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 13, 2014

World Safety News - Partial Loss Of Fingers Leads To Post Traumatic Stress

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.

Ireland Records 46 Workplace Fatalities In 2013 - Causes Are Similar To Those In The U.S.

The Irish News reports that there were 46 workplace fatalities in 2013.  The industry with the greatest number of fatalities was construction. Vehicle accidents and falls were the leading cause of fatalities.  The statistics also include four children killed in farming accidents.

Read the story here.

UK Union Slams Plans To Make HSE More Commercial

The Health and Safey Executive (HSE) is the UK's equivalent of OSHA in the US.   An article in UK's Construction magazine calls into question the HSE's plan to become more commercial in limited areas.  The Department of Work and Pensions Minister Mike Penning explained it this way:

"Therefore, I have asked HSE to begin work immediately to examine commercial models for HSE in collaboration with HMT and Cabinet office, and to review the HSE Board to ensure it has the right skills to oversee future efficiencies and commercial income generating options."

 Read the article, including the union's response, here.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosed Following Serious Hand Injury

David Taylor lost parts of all of his fingers on his left hand in a workplace accident. An article in Safety And Health Practitioner describes what happen and the effect the accident has had on Mr. Taylor--to the point that he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

The article reports that:

"The HSE investigation established that the company had failed to produce a written risk assessment for the work, and there was not a safe system of work in place. Mr Taylor had also never received any formal training to use the crane, despite working for the firm for nearly three months."

Read the article here.

Related past posts:
UK Courts Fine Roofing Company
Training Results In Fewer Eye Injuries
World Cup Stadium Crane Collapse

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