Monthly Archive: January 2017

New Penalties for drivers’ mobile phone use from March 1st 2017

DRIVERS who break the law face new penalties within weeks with a double clampdown on those threatening lives with higher penalties for using a mobile or for speeding. The doubled new penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone, confirmed last November, will be introduced from March 1, a Department for Transport spokesman confirmed. Much higher fines for the worst speeders...

Tips to Ensure Workers Remain Safe around Vehicles

Being struck by a vehicle in the workplace accounts for a large number of serious and fatal injuries each year. Take action today to ensure that your vehicle operations on site are managed properly, and the risks are controlled. Identify the risks involved. Think about how someone could be run over, reversed into or hit by moving vehicle parts such...

Workers Receive Chemical Burns While Cleaning

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated an incident, and found that PSL Worldwide Projects Ltd had not completed a suitable risk assessment for the job, and the equipment provided – including the hose – was not suitable for the task. It was also established that the company had failed to provide its workers with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)....

Top Tips to Prevent Overturning Forklift Trucks

Undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to establish whether a forklift is the best option for the job, or if an alternative piece of equipment could be used such as a cherry picker. Identify any hazards in the intended route which could cause a forklift to overturn, such as ditches, large pot holes or slopes. Produce a method statement...

In 2017: Target Ill-health to Reduce Lost Working Days

The HSE have devised a strategy for 2017. They focus on work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease. The Health and Work strategy has been developed to enable companies to engage with each other and the regulator itself, by both providing vital information on controlling health risks, and sharing information about best practice and the contributions by industry to...