RIDDOR

Do you know how to RIDDOR report?

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) reporting is a simple and straightforward procedure for any accident that needs to be reported to the HSE. The HSE have produced a guide on the RIDDOR Regulations, covering what needs to be reported, who should report the accident and how to go about it.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453.pdf

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Asbestos dust

What should you do if you suspect that asbestos has been disturbed?

Your first response should be to stop the disturbance and isolate the location.  In many cases isolation will be straightforward and the room or area can simply be locked.  If the space is occupied, tell employees to calmly leave the area and not to take anything with them.  Read more

On the Line

The injury rate in the food and drink manufacturing sector is double the manufacturing sector average and the HSE estimate that 25% of these injuries are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). However, despite these figures, HSE’s enforcement relating to MSDs remains low.

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Trench

Trench Work

According to BS6031 Code of practice for earthworks, a trench is any excavation whose length greatly exceeds it width.  They sometimes qualify under the Confined Spaces Regulations.

Incidents in trenches are not as common as falls from stepladders, but are often fatal. A typical small trench collapse will contain 800kg of soil, which is equivalent of 8 people sitting on your chest, you won’t be able to breathe and you won’t be able to dig yourself out.  Read more

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Manslaughter

North Eastern Maritime Offshore Cluster Ltd (NEMOC) hired Allan Turnbull trading as A&H Site Line Boring & Machining to dismantle structural steelwork on the roof of a shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle. Read more