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Written by Steve McClean   |   25 June 2013
RIDDOR changes for October 2013

Changes will be introduced to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) from the 1 October 2013 that will simplify the mandatory reporting of workplace injuries for businesses.

To allow businesses time to familiarise themselves with the changes, the following information has been developed to support duty holders with the requirements.

The changes follow a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report Reclaiming health and safety for all, an independent review of the health and safety legislation. Although the process for implementing the changes is on track for October 2013, they remain subject to Parliamentary approval.

The changes are being made to simplify the reporting requirements in the following areas:

  • The classification of 'major injuries' to workers is being replaced with a shorter list of specified injuries.
  • The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease is being replaced with eight categories of reportable work-related illness.
  • Fewer types of 'dangerous occurrence' will require reporting.

There are no significant changes to the reporting requirements for:

  • Fatal accidents.
  • Accidents to non-workers (members of the public).
  • Accidents which result in the incapacitation of a worker for more than seven days.

The guidance is subject to Parliamentary approval and applies from 1 October 2013.

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Written by Steve McClean   |   07 June 2013
Machine-guarding failures land two firms in dock

Unguarded machineTwo companies in a factory in Wales have admitted safety failings after a worker had his finger ripped off by an unguarded machine.

Brian Allen, 53, was working at Ardagh Metal Packaging (UK) Ltd.'s factory in Dragon Parc, Merthyr Tydfil, when the incident took place on 25 January 2011.

Mr Allen was feeding sheets into a coating machine when his wedding ring got caught in the conveyor and severed his finger. He still suffers continual pain and is unable to grip properly with his injured hand.

The HSE investigated the incident and found Crabtree of Gateshead Ltd had machines installed without guards around the moving parts. Ardagh Metal Packaging had also failed to identify the risks posed by the missing guards.

On 4 March 2011, the HSE issued two Improvement Notices, which required Ardagh Metal Packaging to carry out a sufficient risk assessment and install guards on the machine.

The HSE inspector identified that the Risk assessments carried out by Crabtree identified that the conveyor could cause injury and a warning was included in the operating manual, but they continued to install the machine without adequate guarding.

Ardagh Metal Packaging (UK) Ltd appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 11(1) of PUWER 1998. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £11,754 in costs.

Crabtree of Gateshead Ltd appeared at the same hearing and pleaded guilty to the same charge.

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Written by Steve McClean   |   04 June 2013
Increasing number of construction workers refusing to take legal action

A law firm who deal with serious injuries is warning that an increasing number of construction workers who have been injured whilst at work are refusing to take legal action against their employers.

Southport-based Fletchers Solicitors has seen a 20 percent decrease in workplace accident claims by construction workers over the past year. It subsequently carried out research, which questioned over 200 injured workers and found many had decided not to take legal action against their employer due to fears over job security.

Fletchers Solicitors CEO Ed Fletcher stated that there has been a sound drop in the number of claims against larger construction companies however it is the smaller sites where the problems seem to lie. Examples of incidents on construction sites, including falls from height, injuries caused from faulty equipment and lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), which all could have been avoided if effective and robust safety measures were already in place. 

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Written by Steve McClean   |   20 May 2013
Recycling giant fined for worker death failings


A worker at one of the world's largest metal recycling firms was killed due to not properly segregating people and moving vehicles, a court has heard.

European Metal Recycling Limited, which operates across Europe, Asia and the Americas, was ordered to pay more than £370,000 in fines and costs for its safety failures after also accepting shortcomings linked to training, instruction and supervision.

The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after Linas Mataitis, 25, from Mitcham, was struck by the bucket of a wheeled loading shovel at EMR's site on Scrubs Lane, Willesden, during a shut-down clean-up on 18 July 2010.

European Metal Recycling Limited, of Warrington, Cheshire, was fined a total of £300,000 and told to pay a further £72,901 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

This case highlightes the need for adequate Health and Safety training, instruction and supervision. We offer a variety of courses and consultancy services designed to support your business.


Written by Steve McClean   |   15 May 2013
Driving at work, the number one safety risk

Did you know driving at work is the single biggest safety risk most organisations face? That's the message Roger Bibbings of RoSPA, told an audience of safety practitioners at the Safety and Health Expo 2013.

Introducing the discussion, Fleet21 director Simon Turner outlined how there are around 2,000 deaths on UK roads every year, around a third of which are work-related involving business drivers.

Mr Bibbings added that not only should driving be number one on the health and safety management risk register, but risk needs to consider various elements, the driver, the vehicle, and driving tasks. He also added that the line manager is the person who needs to be helped to assess the risks and understand the component parts involved.

John Lawrence JP lamented the lack of communication between drivers and senior managers in organisations, adding that they often only get involved when things go wrong, with directors who find themselves in the dock following a driving-at-work prosecution often pleading ignorance.

To help you identify risk, we offer courses in Risk assessment and Health and Safety for Managers.