DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, January 20, 2014

World Safety News - New Zealand Officials' Focus To Improve Safety

A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

Busted: Top Ten Health and Safety Myths In The United Kingdom

This article comes from the Lincolnite in the United Kingdom.  It lists the ten most common myths about how the Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) applies and enforces safety standards in the U.K.  This is a list of those areas in which people think the HSE enforces safety regulations, but in fact there is no need.

For example, the game of  "conkers" is at the top of the list.  What is "conkers?"  It is a game played by school children and adults in which chestnuts are swung on threads with the objective being to break your opponent's chestnut.  There is even an international conkers competition that is held annually.

I first wrote about safety concerns involving conkers in October 2007.  Since then nothing has changed. You can still play conkers safely without the need for PPE.

See the top ten list here.

New Zealand Officials Focus in on Workplace Safety

The New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is working to develop an Safety Star Rating Scheme (SSRS). The objective of SSRS will be to recognize employers with outstanding workplace safety practices and records by awarding them "stars."  The employer's star rating, if it is a good rating, can be used by them to help build their brand.

WorkersCompensation.com reports that:

“ACC and WorkSafe are also looking to improve the connection between a business’ star rating and its brand, productivity and reputation as a respected supplier,” said ACC Minister Judith Collins. “This is a good opportunity to make safety reputation a key factor in business-to-business transactions. Businesses with a good safety star rating will also be rewarded with levy discounts."

Read the story here.

Carbon Parts Company Fined Over Lorry Driver’s Death

A lorry driver was crushed and killed by heavy graphite parts after being allowed to unload his vehicle in a dangerous manner, a court has heard.

Ahmet Yakar, 52, was struck by parts weighing up to a quarter-of-a-tonne each in the fatal incident at Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd at Upper Fforest Way, Swansea, on 19 July 2011.

The company was prosecuted January 17th by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), for failing to ensure an unloading operation was properly and safely managed.

Swansea Crown Court was told that Mr Yakar, a Turkish national who did not speak English, was reluctant to open up the sides of his curtain-sided lorry as he arrived to make a delivery at Morganite.

Instead, he was supplied with a hand operated pallet truck to move the boxes to the back of the lorry, where they were transferred to a forklift truck.

During the operation, the boxes – at the time stacked four high – became unstable and the top box toppled and knocked him off the lorry. The next box toppled onto him as he lay on the floor. Despite efforts to free and revive him, he died at the scene.

HSE’s investigation found that Morganite did not have safe working procedures for receiving and unloading delivery vehicles and did not carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for unloading at the site. The company also had no set policy for dealing with drivers who did not speak English.

Morganite Electrical Carbon Ltd, of Upper Fforest Way, Swansea, was fined a total of £120,000 ($197,292) and ordered to pay a further £16,021 ($26,340) in costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Steve Lewis, said: “This tragic incident could have been avoided had Morganite carried out a proper risk assessment of the unloading procedure and insisted Mr Yakar open the curtain sides to the truck instead of unloading from the rear of the vehicle.”

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UK Courts Fine Roofing Company
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