North West Housing Association prosecuted after exposing staff to vibration hazard

A North West housing association has been fined after failing to manage exposure to vibration, resulting in a diagnosis of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs) for one of its employees. HAVS is a serious condition caused by regular and frequent exposure to hand arm vibration which can result in tingling, numbness, pain and loss of strength in the hands.

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Government announcement on building safety regime changes

On Tuesday 18 December the Government announced its commitment to a ‘tougher regulatory system for building safety’. The programme of change has been named ‘Building a Safer Future’ and follows Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of building regulations and fire safety.

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Changes to RIDDOR proposed

The HSE has reviewed the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 and is likely to make changes.

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Aegis staff member India charity trek

Sue Doran, an employee at Aegis Services Ltd, has recently returned from India having completed a five-day trek in India to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

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HSE undertaking Construction Site inspections

During October and November 2018, inspectors from the HSE’s Construction Division are aiming to target 2,000 construction sites across the country with refurbishment sites being of particular interest.

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HSE Annual Fatalities Data 2017/18

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures detailing how the UK is performing with regard to work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18.

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