In our review of recent news and discussion points, we find chlorinated chicken imports from the US, a huge fine for Warburtons following a worker accident, and numerous prosecutions for Health and Safety at Work Act breaches among the top headlines.
Builder jailed for 22 months following gross negligence manslaughter
The owner of a building contractor was sentenced to 22 months in prison after one of its workers suffered horrific injuries when a trench wall collapsed at a south west London building site. The owner had failed to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act and pleaded guilty to gross negligence manslaughter.
POE recalls food products due to incorrect allergen labelling
POE Limited recalled four of its food products as the presence of gluten and mustard were not mentioned on their labelling. These posed a potential health risk to anyone with a mustard allergy or an intolerance or allergy to cereals containing gluten.
Read more on the Food Gov site.
CIEH posts in July
Posts on the CIEH website during July include an article on lessons to be learned following the Grenfell Tower fire in June. We discussed the Grenfell Tower Fire and cost reduction vs safety here on our blog last month. The CIEH post looks at other major tower block incidents in the UK over recent years and previous decades, highlighting the persistent issues with emergency response processes and the continuing inadequacy of fire and building regulations.
Read more on the CIEH July post.
Contractor sentenced for breaching Health and Safety at Work Act in fatal farm accident
An HSE investigation found that a contractor hired by a retired farmer to cut hedges had failed to follow a safe system of work. A piece of barbed wire was ejected from the contractor’s hedge-cutter, hitting his client in the neck – causing an injury from which he later died.
Read more at Farmers Weekly.
Paint manufacturer fined after worker suffered burns
A Manchester paint manufacturing company was fined £80k and ordered to pay legal costs after one of its workers suffered serious burns when trying to clean a spray booth. The highly flammable solvent he was using created a vapour that was ignited by the electric motor of an industrial floor scrubber that he was also using at the time.
Read more at HSE.
Drinks sector supplier fined £30,000 for ladder slip fall
A manufacturer of water treatment systems for the drinks industry was fined after one of its workers slipped and fell 3.5m from a treatment tank. The worker at this Derbyshire company received head and arm injuries and was knocked unconscious.
Warburtons fined £1.9m after agency worker injured on bread line conveyor belt
In one of the most high-profile health and safety fines this year, Warburtons was fined £1.9 million after one of its agency workers had his arm trapped against a conveyor belt. It took 20 minutes for him to be freed as engineers dismantled the equipment.
Chlorinated chicken and other food safety implications of post-Brexit US trade deals
Post-Brexit trade deals with the USA are high on the UK government agenda at the moment. An implication for those involved with food hygiene issues that was much discussed in the media during July is the potential import of chicken treated with chlorine from the US – a common practice there that falls outside the guidelines of EU legislation. The EU food safety laws are seen as more risk-averse that those in the US, and they also limit the use of animal feeds and production processes that are not yet proven to be safe for human health.
This debate will no doubt intensify as UK trade deals depart EU governance in the not-too-distant future…
Read more on this story from the Guardian.