H&S Review May 2017: 30 Days of Safety, Training and Compliance News

In the first of our new, monthly media reviews, we look back on the major industry issues related to Health & Safety, Training and Compliance over the last 30 days.


Occupational Safety: Electricity North West fined after worker died falling from power lines

Power Line Maintenance

Following a major breach of occupational safety guidelines, energy firm Electricity North West Ltd was fined £900,000 after a worker died from falling six metres while carrying out routine maintenance of power lines.


H&S Awareness: Industry downs tools as 60,000 promote health, safety and wellbeing

On 18th April 2017, Sites across the country joined in an industry stand-down day to highlight the health, safety and wellbeing challenges across the sector.


Lone Worker Safety: South West Water fined £1.8m after worker drowned

South West Water has been fined almost £2 million for failing to ensure the safety of an employee who drowned in a sand filtration tank.

The prosecutor described this lone worker incident as described the circumstances as “an accident waiting to happen” and said South West Water, which has an annual turnover in excess of £500million, failed to act on warnings that an employee could fall into the tank and be left without a way to escape.


Working at Height: Contractors let unprotected employees on snowy roof

IOSH reported that two roofing firms have been fined after they failed to properly manage work at height safely during a refit in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

MKM pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates’ Court to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Clad-It pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to the same charges and both companies were fined £66,000 with costs of almost £4,000.


Allergy Awareness: Noodles recalled due to wheat / gluten labelling issue

The FSA reported that Hoo Hing Limited recalled Samlip Fresh Udon Noodles because they contained wheat that was not correctly declared on the label. This meant that the product was a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten.


Health & Safety at Work: Oil refinery fined £1.65m over blast in Ellesmere Port

Following “Three Key Failings”, the blast at Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port on 14 November 2013 caused more than £20m of damage.

Operators Essar Oil UK Ltd pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.


Construction: BAM fined £260,000 after worker hits 11kV power line

BAM Construction Limited and its groundworks subcontractors have been fined after a man suffered multiple life changing injuries including severe burns to his neck.


Asbestos Awareness: Surprise HSE inspection caught hostel firms without asbestos survey

Manchester Firms Fined Over Asbestos Survey

A Manchester hostel acting as principal contractor on a basement conversion, as well as the sister company that appointed it, failed to carry out an asbestos survey. They were both fined a total of £34,000.


CIEH: “Cuts to Health and Safety inspectors are counter-intuitive”

Following Unite statistics that say the number of frontline health and safety inspectors have fallen by 25%, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, commented:
“These statistics albeit alarming are not exactly a surprise as they mirror what is happening to local authority-based health and safety officers. Something we were at pains to highlight in our workforce survey almost two years ago now. ”