Milton Keynes-based health and safety software business has scooped double at a major regional manufacturing awards ceremony organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The Make UK Midlands awards ceremony was held virtually with Riskex Limited picking up the Health & Safety Award. The company, which provides health and safety management software as well as a Covid-19 tool to organisations across the UK, picked up the award for Health and Safety, in recognition of how they responded to support businesses during the pandemic.  Safe2Day is a Covid-19 health assessment platform that helps employers assess who is fit to work and identify those who are vulnerable, as well as provide confidence to staff that Covid-19 transmission is being managed at source.

The Riskex team were also shortlisted in the Innovations category, in acknowledgement of their innovative thinking and quick response to address the workplace risks associated with Covid-19.

On winning the award, Mark Delo, Founder and CEO of Riskex said “We at Riskex were determined to do what we could to help our clients keep their people safe during the pandemic.  Winning the Make UK Midlands Award for Health and Safety means a lot to the team, I am very proud of their achievements and thank them for their dedication”.

Charlotte Horobin, Midlands Region Director for Make UK, said:

“These awards are a testament to the dynamic companies and individuals working within engineering and manufacturing. The sector has been at the heart of delivering during the crisis and as we re-build our economy there will be a bright future for companies and individuals that make the most of their talent.”

Riskex will now go forward to the national finals to compete against other regional winners across the UK.

About Make UK

Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.

Collectively we represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. We directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of EEF. Everything we do – from providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU – is designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.

From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, our advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused.

About Riskex

Riskex was founded 20 years ago, to pursue a disruptive new vision: make good health & safety practices accessible, usable, and valuable to everyone.

Today, AssessNET, Riskex’s flagship brand is a leading software platform for health and safety management.   Riskex enables customers to reduce risk, improve performance and with the recent introduction of its Safe2Day Covid-19 solution, helps organisations to operate safely in these unprecedented times.

 

To book an AssessNET health and safety software demonstration, visit: https://www.riskex.co.uk/request-a-demo/ 

 

Animal feed company fined £140,000 after a serious injury to an employee

An animal feed processing company has been fined following an incident where part of an employee’s arm was severed by a moving conveyor. Chesterfield Justice Centre heard how, on 09 December 2018, the employee had opened the inspection hatch on a closed conveyor in order to clear a blockage at the site in Killamarsh, Derbyshire. The conveyor started unexpectedly, severing the employee’s right arm below the elbow. Hi Peak Feeds Limited of Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £140,000 by the HSE and ordered to pay costs of £2,591.30.

 

Manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing fined £100,000 after a worker was injured

Emtelle UK Limited, a manufacturer of plastic tubing and blown fibre tubing for telecoms and water piping, has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries to his left hand when it came into contact with the exposed clamp of a socket machine.
Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how, on 3 November 2016, an employee was working on a socket machine, building a pipe into a socket, at their site at Oxnam Road, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire. He was placing a pipe into a socket when the shorter length of pipe fell out, the worker reached to catch the pipe to prevent it being clamped and his left hand came into contact with the exposed clamp causing serious injury.
Emtelle UK Limited, Haughhead, Hawick, Roxburghshire pleaded guilty to Regulations 11(1) and (2) of the Provision and Use of work Equipment Regulations 1998 and were fined £100,000.

 

Manufacturer fined £22,000 after worker’s arm caught in machinery

A Wirral-based company that manufactures composite hose products has been fined after an inexperienced agency worker was injured when he was pulled into a spinning lathe, sustaining open fractures to his right arm.
Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 20 November 2018, a worker at Novaflex Ltd was operating a lathe at the Bromborough site when the sleeve of his sweatshirt caught between a pitch wheel and rotating mandrel, pulling his arm into the machine. This resulted in an open fracture of the ulna (long bone found in the forearm) and the radial shaft of his right arm, leaving it permanently weak, making day-to-day tasks difficult and stressful. He also suffered severe bruising to his body and skin abrasions.
Novaflex Ltd of Power Road, Bromborough, Wirral pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2 and 3 of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £22,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,021.30.

 

Manufacturer fined £12,000 after an employee suffered crush injuries

A manufacturer of carbon-based products, SGL Carbon Fibres Limited (SGL), has been fined following an incident where an employee sustained soft tissue injuries to his right hip and a fracture to his lower right leg.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that, on 25 April 2016, Mr Cameron Fraser was working at SGL, Great North Road, Muir of Ord Industrial Estate, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire, carrying out maintenance work on equipment known as a Regenerative Thermal Oxidiser (RTO). Whilst inside the RTO Mr Fraser had become trapped between a moving poppet valve and the valve seat.

SGL Carbon Fibres Limited of Great North Road, Muir of Ord Industrial Estate, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire pleaded guilty to breaching The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 11(1) and (2) and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and was fined £12,000.

 

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MTC build upon their excellent safety record by implementing Riskex’s Covid solution, “Safe2Day” to optimise staff engagement and support employees with virus-related vulnerabilities and “Covid Anxiety”

 

About MTC

MTC provides justice services across the UK, specifically through its probation, custody and consultancy offerings to transform lives, build safer communities, and break the cycle of reoffending.

With a 1600-strong workforce, the organisation works hand in hand with the community, developing and building capacity to ensure that they can support vulnerable people and reintegrate them into society.

MTC’s strategic approach to optimising its health and safety performance is predicated on building a “people first” safety culture, where the level of staff engagement in its health and safety management system is consistently high and workers are actively encouraged to amplify their “Safety Voice”.

The company’s excellent safety record was recognised by RoSPA this year when MTC became a winner of a RoSPA Gold award –testament to the fact that the business has achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

 

Client Need

At the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, MTC was determined to continue to build upon its safety culture to help drive Covid-secure working practices – and importantly, provide employees with the confidence that the company were doing everything possible to keep them safe and well.

The additional challenges and risks created by Covid required MTC’s safety team to “think outside the box” to develop new ways of working in both the short term and the ongoing “new normal”.  This required a review of how the company adapted its use of technology to facilitate both employees and people managers to have a conversation and consider what steps they can take to make sure they can do their job safely and help stop Coronavirus transmission at the source.

 

The Solution

As a result, MTC turned to their existing EHS software provider, Riskex who were developing a Covid health surveillance tool, Safe2Day.  Both companies worked collaboratively to enhance the system to become a proactive employee health monitoring solution that helped address the disproportionate impact that Coronavirus has on individuals from a BAME background, and other virus-related vulnerabilities.

Safe2Day is a Covid-19 health assessment tool that helps employers assess who is fit to work, as well as provide confidence to staff that Covid transmission is being managed at the source.  In summary, the system has four key elements:

  1. A simple self-assessment questionnaire that employees complete in less than a minute, capturing data on the individual employee and their household.
  2. Management information dashboards for resource planning and Covid transmission risk management.
  3. Task management to allow line managers to review and manage concerns at individual employee level – including uploading individual action plans.
  4. A simple ongoing email mechanism to allow employees to update their status in a few seconds.

Paul Fairbrass, Head of Health and Safety for MTC explains why they selected Safe2Day to help manage Covid related risk: “first and foremost, we needed a solution that provided us with an accurate and up-to-date picture of employees personal circumstances to enable our people managers to have proactive conversations with their staff and agree personal action plans that would evolve as their individual circumstances changed.  Rapid implementation was also key – working with a supplier who understood our business structure and complex requirements was paramount to land a solution quickly and effectively.  Our historical relationship and the fact that they already had a solution that we could tailor very quickly were compelling reasons to partner with Riskex”.

 

 The Results So Far…

Since Safe2Day was rolled out across all MTC’s UK-based operations in August, the business has seen great engagement from employees who have provided positive feedback that the company’s Covid secure measures and health monitoring processes make them feel supported and safe.  Paul explains:

 

“As an organisation, we recognise that the ongoing pandemic continues to cause anxieties for our people and so it’s never been so important to proactively support each of them with personal action plans and demonstrate our commitment to keeping MTC a safe place to work.  This potentially reduces any sickness that could have resulted from anyone feeling that we do not have the correct controls in place to address their specific concerns or vulnerabilities”.

 

Paul finishes by commenting on the impact Safe2Day is having across the business: “the software has received great uptake and employees are really appreciative and supportive of how the tool is supporting them. Safe2Day has undoubtedly helped employees feel MTC is protecting them and keeping them safe in these uncertain times”.

 

Next Steps

MTC will continue to expand the scope of how the Riskex EHS platform (branded AssessNET) supports its health and safety strategy, and is currently planning to add further modules to manage Health, Safety and Fire Risk Assessment processes, as well as deeper reporting and data analytics capability via Riskex’s new BI tool.

 

Paul Fairbrass

Head of Health and Safety

MTC

 

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With many UK universities already suffering Covid outbreaks requiring a lockdown or cessation of face-to-face teaching, it seems inevitable that more will be forced to follow suit as the rate of infection grows.

Now that seasonal viruses are upon us, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to distinguish the differences between Covid and other illnesses with similar symptoms – and for universities, this problem is compounded with the addition of “Freshers Flu”.

Freshers’ Flu is the term given to the ailments common among students within the first few weeks after arrival at university.  These illnesses are largely attributed to poor diet and heavy consumption of alcohol during Freshers’ Week. Stress, which may be induced by tiredness, combined with a lack of good nutrition, late nights and too much alcohol can weaken the immune system and be a recipe for ill-health.

What guidance are universities giving to students surrounding what to do if they suspect they are suffering from Freshers’ Flu?

The University of Warwick released the following statement on the topic:

 “A note on Freshers’ flu. Every year, we expect a number of students to become unwell with what is known as Freshers’ flu. Because some of the symptoms are the same as Covid-19, it’s really important…. that both you and those you live with should self-isolate until a (Covid) test comes back as negative”

More information at https://warwick.ac.uk/coronavirus/testandtrace/coronavirus/

How can technology help universities manage Covid transmission and support students and staff who have Covid-related vulnerabilities – or is the NHS Test and Trace system sufficient?

NHS Test and Trace deals with Covid transmission management only once a person tests positive for the virus – and importantly, it does not assist organisations in prioritise tracing activities according to individual vulnerabilities.  In order to stop transmission at source, tech solutions have to be able to provide an accurate and up-to-date picture of an individual’s personal circumstances, as well as be able to highlight potential Covid cases at the point of first symptoms or a positive test result – whichever comes first.

To find out how Riskex’s Safe2Day Covid monitoring and tracing system can work hand-in-hand with the NHS Test and Trace application for your University, book a 1-1 consultation here.

The HSE calculated that stress, anxiety and depression led to the following results in 2019:

  • 6 million workers suffering from work-related stress anxiety and depression (new and long-standing cases) in 2018/2019
  • 21 working days lost per case on average
  • 8 million working days lost
  • 54% of all working days lost due to ill health
  • 44% of all work-related ill health cases
  • £5.2B annual cost of work-related stress, anxiety, and depression in Great Britain

Due to the impact of Covid-19, it’s safe to say these numbers are set to increase.

 

To download and use the HSE’s Talking Toolkit to help monitor your employees click here

 

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Riskex Ltd welcomed Iain Stewart, the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes South, to discuss how their Covid Monitoring and Tracing System, Safe2Day, is having a positive impact on client’s ability to manage coronavirus transmission in the workplace.

 

The Milton Keynes-based health and safety technology firm has serviced organisations across private, public, and not-for-profit sectors for over 20 years, helping them to manage enterprise level health and safety risk.

Many of Riskex’s clients provide frontline and essential services, and at the start of the pandemic, they needed a solution to allow them to monitor the health status of their employee and contractor base, as part of their duty of care obligations in managing the risk of coronavirus transmission in the workplace.

The solution has now expanded to address client demand across all sectors and additionally, can now be used to support businesses with their contact tracing requirements.

  

Commenting on the MP’s visit, Riskex Founder and CEO, Mark Delo said:

“This was a welcome opportunity for us to highlight the changing risk landscape when it comes to managing employee safety during the pandemic, as well as discuss the impact Safe2Day is having on an organisation’s ability to manage effective Covid health surveillance amongst their workforce, both in the workplace and when working from home”

At the end of his visit, Iain Stewart MP said “It was very interesting to learn how this local company is making a difference to businesses during the pandemic. I can see how this Covid Monitoring tool can provide confidence to employees returning to the workplace”

About Riskex

Riskex was founded 20 years ago, to pursue a disruptive new vision: make good health & safety practices accessible, usable, and valuable to everyone.

Today, AssessNET, Riskex’s flagship software brand is a leading software platform for Health & Safety management, that enables customers to reduce risk, improve performance and with the recent introduction of its Safe2Day Covid-19 solutions, assists organisations to operate safely in these unprecedented times.

To learn more about AssessNET and Safe2Day, visit www.riskex.co.uk/

 

 

Riskex Press Contact: 

Nikki Samme, Marketing Director

Riskex Ltd

Phone: 01908 915 272

email: n.samme@Riskex.co.uk

Address: 1 Radian Court, Knowlhill, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK5 8PJ

 

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Facilities management company fined after an employee was crushed

Following an HSE investigation, facilities management company, Totally Local Company Ltd, has been fined after an employee was crushed between a construction vehicle and shipping container during footpath improvement works in 2018. The accident resulted in serious injuries including a collapsed lung and various broken bones, requiring multiple surgeries. Totally Local Company Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching sections 2 & 3 of The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,367.36.

 

HSE issues MoD with Crown Censure following the death of a military diver

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been issued with a Crown Censure by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a military diver died during training back in 2018. 27-year-old Lance Corporal George Partridge was brought back to surface after he stopped responding to lifeline signals while he was underwater in 2017 during a training exercise with a dive buddy. His cylinders were found to be empty.

 

Company fined after fatal incident using high-pressure water jetting equipment

A specialist industrial services company, Leadec Limited, has been fined after a worker suffered a fatal injury, whilst cleaning waste-water pipes in 2017. Leadec employee, Joseph McDonald, was struck by the end of a flexi-lance whilst he was using high-pressure water jetting equipment to clean paint residue from pipes. This resulted in a fatal injury. Leadec Limited of Leadec House pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £2,000,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 in costs.

 

Scaffolding company and director fined following fall from height fatality

Wembley Scaffolding Services Limited has been fined following an incident where a worker suffered a fatal head injury after a fall from height. During the dismantling of scaffolding, the frame collapsed resulting in the employee falling five meters, suffering a head injury from the fall. He died 16 days later from his injuries. Wembley Scaffolding Services Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3)(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and 8(b)ii; Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £7,860 and ordered to pay costs of £8,940. Director of the company, Sean Chapple pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(2)(ii) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005; sections 33(1)(a) and 37(1) of the Act; Section 33(2) and Schedule 3A to the Act (as amended by section 1 of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008. He was fined £1,000, received a 12-week prison sentence suspended for one year and was ordered to pay costs of £11,000.

 

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Covid transmission is a concern for any industry, but for construction, the risks are higher than most – why is this?

There are several challenges in play here, including track and trace effectiveness, the nature of work activities making social distancing harder, sharing of living accommodation and use of public transport/vehicle sharing to commute to site.  Moreover, when we consider the sheer size of this industry (10% of UK employment is in this sector), construction workers have the potential to become a key source of Covid transmission.

A specific challenge in this sector is the difficulty in deploying effective track and trace processes to help stop transmission at source.  This is driven by the complexities in contacting the high volume of workers who are on zero-hour contracts, employed via agencies or are self-employed contractors.

So, what can employers do to help control transmission amongst this vulnerable group?  Not surprisingly, there is a raft of Government and HSE guidance for the construction sector, as well as support and advice available from various trade and industry bodies regarding how to properly plan works that allow for social distancing, and enable workers to follow PHE guidance.

In addition, employers should ensure that they have robust health surveillance processes in place, including regular Covid health assessments that ideally, extends to assessing the workers household situations.  This will enable managers to properly assess the risk of transmission at an individual worker level.

What types of solution should employers be looking for to help them have a real-time view of the health status of their workforce?

  • Processes and technology need to support managers with understanding and acting upon Covid transmission risks from many perspectives – company, regional location, site, team, and individual worker levels.
  • Processes that are easy and quick for workers to engage with.
  • Powerful analytics to quickly spot trends in transmission risks and assist in resource planning.
  • Health surveillance technology that provides management information based on real-time data for rapid decision making.
  • Strong controls for GDPR and high levels of security to protect sensitive information.

Utilising a simple and effective daily health status check could prove vital in identifying potential coronavirus carriers and help safeguard vulnerable employees.

Find out how Safe2Day from Riskex supports businesses in helping to control Covid transmission at source and restore employee confidence in returning to the workplace.   Register to attend  a webinar or  book a demonstration at:  https://www.riskex.co.uk/covid-19-health-assessment-using-assessnet/

Miniclipper’s “Safety Cultures” goes from strength to strength with Riskex’s health and safety software, AssessNET

 

About Miniclipper

Miniclipper Logistics is a fast-growing family haulage business with almost 50 years’ of UK distribution expertise.

Operating from a 24-hour distribution centre and 6 warehouses, Miniclipper stores 30,000 pallets within 300,000 sq. foot of high bay warehousing.  With a fleet of 40 rigid and articulated vehicles, Miniclipper delivers to all corners of the UK every day.

 

Client Need

Miniclipper’s array of ISO certifications, FORS accreditation and RoSPA awards are a testament to its commitment to driving a high-performing health and safety function and continually improve its safety culture.  However, as a result of unprecedented growth, the business has found it increasingly more difficult to manage the various data-centric aspects of business risk, as most of its processes were managed on paper and disparate systems.

This became a real burden on time to gather data for reporting and making decisions, as well as for frontline employees when, for example reporting hazards and incidents or completing risk assessments. Miniclipper’s management team knew they needed to introduce additional technology as part of their longer-term safety strategy and so Steve Blaydon, who heads up Business Process Management (BPM) for Miniclipper went to the EHS software market to find a best-in-class solution, trialling several high-end EHS platforms.

 

The Solution

As a result, Riskex was awarded the contract to supply a SaaS-based solution to manage many areas of safety risk, including Risk Assessments, Incident Reporting & Investigation and Hazard Management. Steve Blaydon explains why Riskex was selected as their preferred partner: “Putting people first sits at the heart of our Health and Safety strategy and so it goes without saying that we needed a health and safety management solution that was easy and quick for our employees to use, wherever they were based.  Riskex ticked these boxes for us with its user-friendly interface, helpful training guides and portal which allows all our people to access the system to report incidents and hazards”

 

The Results So Far…

Miniclipper have only been using AssessNET over recent weeks, as the system went live shortly before the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and the start of lockdown. Despite this, the business is already seeing the benefits.  Steve explains;

“Since starting to use AssessNET, we are already experiencing higher levels of employee engagement as our people see the system as a timesaving tool – releasing them from the burden of manual paperwork to allow them to get on with their day jobs”.

He goes on to say “I am extremely proud of how the Miniclipper team have continued to go about their daily work in a safety-conscious manner, in spite of the operational challenges we have all faced in the light of the pandemic and in particular, how they have embraced the new AssessNET solution to carry out risk assessments and report incidents. The Portal function has been rolled out and the feedback regarding data input is fantastic. This gives all employees the power to report hazards in real-time which in turn assists us to proactively reduce potential serious injuries/incidents”

 

Next Steps

As AssessNET becomes further embedded in the business over the coming months, Riskex and Miniclipper will continue to expand the scope of how the solution becomes a strategic risk management tool, with an immediate focus on using the system to effectively create and manage method statements.  Steve finishes by commenting on its future plans to work with Riskex: “I look forward to continuing to work in true partnership style with Riskex to help shape how we use the system now and in the future”

 

Steve BlaydonSteve Blaydon

Business Process Manager

Miniclipper Logistics

 

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