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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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Covid-19 has produced many unique challenges for business, with each industry being impacted differently. Between companies being forced to shut their offices and on-site visits being almost abolished entirely, it has become difficult for many industries to operate as they would under normal circumstances. Of all the industries that have been impacted most significantly, certification bodies aren’t exactly the first one to spring to mind. However, with auditors being unable to conduct onsite re-certifications, many companies are at risk of their ISO certifications lapsing.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has updated their policies and released the following statement on their website regarding the matter:

“Covering timescales for recertification visits, Clause 4.6 of TPS 73 states that: “Management system recertification audits are normally expected to be completed and recertification decisions made prior to expiration to avoid loss of certification. IAF ID3 allows for the extension of the certification for a period not normally exceeding 6 months beyond the original expiry date providing that sufficient evidence has been collected to provide confidence that the certified management system is effective.  Given the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus outbreak, and the uncertainty over the potential impact this will have on the imposed time restrictions relating to travel and social contact, it is anticipated that 6 months may not provide sufficient opportunities for Certification Bodies to conclude recertification audits.  As a consequence, UKAS policy for this outbreak is that the decision on recertification must be made within 3 months of the lifting of restrictions (e.g. travel) that were preventing the on-site audit taking place.  However, if this timeframe exceeds 12 months then the certificate should be withdrawn, and a new initial audit will be required.” 


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According to a survey conducted by the HSE, stress, depression and anxiety made up 12.8 million of the 28.2 million estimated days lost in the UK last year.  Clearly, this represents a huge cost from both human and economic perspectives.

Given the extraordinary challenges and pressures driven by Covid-19, the number of people suffering from stress-related illnesses is only likely to increase whilst we continue to be impacted by these unprecedented times.

Work is currently underway on a new ISO Standard to help improve the identification and management of employees’ mental health.  As its full name (Occupational health and safety management — Psychological health and safety at work: managing psychosocial risks) suggests, the Standard will aim to train managers on what to look for as well as ensure businesses have processes and policies place to measure, monitor and improve the mental health of all its employees.

ISO 45003 will provide guidance on the following:

  • The identification of conditions, circumstances and workplace demands that have the potential to impair the psychological health and well-being of workers.
  • How to identify the primary risk factors and assess them to determine what changes are required to improve the working environment.
  • Control measures to manage work-related hazards and manage psychosocial risk within an OH&S management system.

This new Standard is currently in its consultation phase and BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body is seeking comments from business owners, line managers, HR and OH&S professionals – and anyone else who has an interest in psychological health and well-being at work. This commenting phase will be open until the 4th October 2020.

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