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Wembley Stadium test for firefighters

London’s iconic Wembley Stadium recently provided the backdrop to a Brigade training exercise, testing the emergency services’ response to incidents involving hazardous materials.

Strong safety processes ‘vital’ for all businesses

The latest research, this time by law firm BLM, reveals that the amount UK firms paid out in health and safety fines rose sharply last year following the introduction of tougher sentencing rules.

HSE inspector numbers fall by 25%

Figures obtained by the Unite union, via a Freedom of Information request, have revealed that since 2010 there has been a 25% reduction in the number of HSE inspectors. In 2010 there were 1,311 frontline inspectors – by 31 December 2016 that number had reduced to just 980, says the union.

Girl, 11, dies after falling from ride at Drayton Manor

A young girl has died after falling into water at Drayton Manor, a theme park located in Staffordshire. The incident occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th on the Splash Canyon ride.

Drivers face increase in speeding fines

Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales have risen by up to 50% (from 24 April) after new sentencing guidelines took effect.

Results of construction SmartCard Audit

Build UK and CECA have published the results of an industry-wide SmartCard Audit, which took place on 8 February 2017 to understand how widely Smart technology is being used to read CSCS skills cards in the industry.

‘Shameful’ delay in workplace death convictions

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has used a Freedom of Information request to discover that the average time between a workplace death and a conviction is 1,234 days.

Crackdown on whiplash claims

The Ministry of Justice recently launched a consultation on proposals which aim to reduce the unacceptably high number of whiplash claims and allow insurers to cut premiums. Insurers have pledged to pass on savings to drivers - worth a total of £1 billion.

Speeding or distraction viewed biggest road threats

Drivers who are speeding or distracted (for example by a mobile phone) are considered to be the biggest threats on the roads, according to a survey by the road safety charity Brake, Aviva and Specsavers.

Employers should be clear on drinking cultures

The gap between the amount of alcohol consumed by men and women has all but closed, research has suggested. But with evidently continuing impacts upon performance, health and safety at work, an ongoing challenge for many employers is the conflicting messages many organisations often send out around drinking in (and after) work. That is according to the Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA).

ISO 45001: progress on development

According to IOSH, safety and health experts across the world remain committed to ensuring a proposed new international standard for occupational safety and health is “as good as we can all make it”.

Fatal tram accident in Croydon

RAIB is investigating the fatal tram accident that occurred near to Sandilands Junction on the London Tramlink system at around 06:10 hrs on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

Prison officers end protest over health and safety concerns

Prison officers returned to work last week after a High Court injunction ordered them to end a 24-hour protest.  Up to 10,000 prison officers in England and Wales stopped work over claims of a “surge in violence” in jails.

Firefighter receives mesothelioma compensation

A retired member of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has been awarded compensation after developing the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

Making road travel as safe as rail and air

The latest annual analysis of crashes on British roads from the Road Safety Foundation suggests that road deaths are now 10 times greater than all deaths in all workplaces added together.

Considerate Constructors Scheme announces considerate companies

The Considerate Constructors Scheme – the national scheme established by the construction industry to improve its image – has recognised the most considerate companies and suppliers at this year’s national awards, which recognise the highest performing companies and suppliers which have demonstrated excellence in relation to the community, the environment and their workforce.

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