A laboratory design and installation specialist has been fined after it put workers, pupils and teachers at risk by exposing them to asbestos material.

 The incident in Suffolk occurred in July 2012 during a refurbishment project to modernise parts of the school’s science block. During the work, contractors disturbed asbestos as they were removing a wall. This can cause the asbestos to act up and infiltrate workers lungs.

 The installation firm were prosecuted at Ipswich Magistrates Court after an investigation found that they had not arranged for an asbestos survey to be undertaken as was required. The firm was fined £22,400 and ordered to pay £11,741 in costs after being found guilty of four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

 HSE David King said after the hearing: “Exposure to asbestos fibres is a serious and well known health risk, so it is essential that duty-holders take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent the disturbance, spread and exposure to asbestos.

“Failing to take action to identify asbestos while planning work, and to ensure that any contractors who may disturb asbestos are aware of the location and type of asbestos present, and Continue reading

A fish and chip shop in Wales has been investigated after one of their workers was badly burned by hot oil from a fryer. The owner of the shop was taken to court by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s environmental health team following the investigation into health and safety practices at the business.

The workers at the fish and chip shop should have had health and safety training but no documentation of said training was provided during the inspection. HSE legislation requires a safe system of work is put in place for emptying oil from the fryer, yet no such system was implemented.

It was also identified that personal protective equipment (PPE) should have been supplied to staff when operating the fryer but none was provided. It was admitted in court that the owner was aware of the need for PPE and yet did not supply it.

He appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court on April 10 and pleaded guilty to all offences. The owner was then ordered to pay around £4100 and a victim surcharge of £120. Continue reading

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work is today and focuses largely on the prevention of unnecessary injuries and strain at work. The aim of the annual H&S campaign is to curge employers and employees to take steps towards becoming more  aware of occupational health and safety.

Despite fatal injuries and accidents at work being at an all-time low, occupational health incidents continue to rise in the UK.  More than 1.2 million people in the UK are currently suffering from a work-related illness such as stress, hearing loss, respiratory disease and many other preventable injuries caused by poor health and safety management in the workplace. 

During 2013/2014 there were: Continue reading