RASCS News

IN THE NEWS – SAFETY UPDATE

Welcome to the latest safety news update, where you can see what’s been going on around the world regarding health and safety. The first bit of news, is to ensure that you have heard about our other website www.mysafetyservices.com. This is a collaboration with lots of different organisations, who all share our passion for health and safety compliance and ensuring that you have access to the services you need all in one place – the “one stop safety shop”, pop over and have a look to see who can assist you to remain compliant.

Safety Training… Just to let you know that our 30% training discount has just ended. We ran the discount for a few months and the response was really amazing. Based upon the success of the sale we have decided to make a few changes to our training offering and work has already started to update the website with a wide range of additional training courses. As well as the usual Health and Safety courses, we will soon be offering you online training courses in Business Skills, Leadership and Employability and a number of courses dedicated to the Health and Social Care sectors. Courses for the Hospitality Sector  have also been enhanced to cover Licensed Premises Training Courses and Alcohol Licensing. We will keep you updated and a further post will be made as soon as the courses go live.  Bundles will be on offer targetting specific industries, where we will be offering you training courses at unbelievable prices. Watch this space.

Farm Health & Safety… Safety in agriculture is always in the news. As recently as April 2021 a 21 year-old farmer was found dead in a field in Aberdeenshire following a tragic accident involving a tractor and seed drill. The lone worker was discovered too late to be saved. The incident is currently being investigated by the HSE. RASCS works with a number of farms and estates in the UK and we understand the real hazards that our agricultural workers face on a day to day basis. More importantly though, we know what our clients need to be doing to keep themselves safe at work, in what are often highly dangerous situations. We develop effective, yet simple, health and safety procedures that are easily implemented to keep our clients and their staff safe. We also develop bespoke training courses for our clients which clearly explain the hazards to be expected on their premises, this approach to training makes a real difference as staff can really relate to the training scenarios when they see their actual workplace in the training. Sadly the number of deaths and injuries in the sector remains the highest of all industries with the main killers being:

  • Transport accidents – being run over and vehicles overturning.
  • Falls from height.
  • Being struck by objects such as hay bales, machinery etc.
  • Drowning and asphyxiation in grain silos, slurry tanks and resevoirs.
  • Animal related injuries such as being crushed or gored and zoonotic diseases.
  • Contact with unguarded machinery and moving parts such as unguarded PTOs.
  • Electricity.

The list goes on…

Once a training course has been developed we turn it into a YouTube video and provide a private link for each client so that they can train new staff and provide refresher training when required. If you would like to discuss our Training Services, then please give us a call on 0191 908 0257.

Heavy Engineering… Since 2017, we have conducted in excess of 250 health and safety audits in large heavy engineering repair workshops across the UK. We understand the risks associated with these environments and our audit services will enable you to confirm that your health and safety management system is both current and effectively implemented. Where we identify any shortfalls, we will recommend a course of action to enable you to get back on track and be able to demonstrate compliance. You can download the brochure here or if you would like to discuss our audit services please get in touch

In the Courts… 

A non-profit organisation “Places for People” were successful in their appeal to have the original fine of £1.25m greatly reduced to £400,000 + costs of £13,995.00 after 5 of their workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration, which was directly attributable to their work. If you expose your staff to the risk of hand arm vibration then you should follow the guidance published by the HSE to ensure that you can demonstrate that you have done all that you ought to have done to protect your staff.

Landlord jailed after a boy is electrocuted in pub garden… The 73 year-old landlord was jailed for 9 years after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after a 7 year-old boy was electrocuted at his premises. The child was killed when he touched a defective lighting fixture in the pub in September 2018. The court was told that the metal casing, that the boy came into contact with, was live with electricity and the distribution board serving the lights was not earthed. Investigations also discovered that the landlord often did electrical repairs himself, despite not being competent to do so. Evidence was discovered that showed the last electrical safety inspection, which was completed in 2009, highlighted a number of safety defects, including earthing issues and defective cabling. There was also an unmetered, illegal, electrical supply to the premises. In addition to the 9 years for gross negligence manslaughter, the landlord also recived an aditional year’s imprisonment for failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

RIDDOR – Report your accidents… A building site manager has been jailed for 6 months for failing to report an accident to the HSE as required by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations (RIDDOR). The accident involved a digger overturning and crushing a workers leg which resulted in an amputation. The site manager failed to investigate the incident or report it as required to the HSE. The incident only came to light 8 months later after the victim complained. When investigated, it was discovered that there was no health and safety documentation for the work being completed on the site and there was no employer’s liability insurance cover in place for the the victim to claim against. Paul Adams, who pleaded guilty, was jailed fo 24 weeks and ordered to pay costs for breaching Regulation 3(1) of RIDDOR. For the latest information about RIDDOR and what you must report to the HSE have a look at the comprehensive guidance here.

COVID risk assessments… We are sure that you will have already completed a comprehensive work place COVID risk assessment!! As the UK plans to reduce the COVID restrictions, now is a good time to review your assessment to ensure that it remains current and clearly identifies the risks associated with your workplaces. If you need to discus your COVID risk assessment or would like some guidance then please contact us on 0191 908 0257.

IOSH Courses….

Do you need to train your staff to IOSH Managing Safely level? We can deliver COVID secure face to face training at your venue or alternatively we offer live interactive training over Zoom / TEAMS. Contact us to discuss your training needs and to discuss our fantastic prices. You may also wish to call us on 0191 908 0257, we would love to chat to you.

And Finally…

You do not need to be a client of Risk and Safety Compliance Services to get in touch for a no obligation chat about your health and safety concerns. On the contact page of our website, I invite you to book an appointment for a chat, it wont’ cost you a penny and we like to chat to new people so get clicking and get in touch.