Teen dating violence awareness and prevention week
Government plans to strip Network Rail of complete control of England's railway tracks could bring a return of the rail tragedies seen under its privately-owned predecessor Railtrack, unions have warned. Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Ltd of Thorpe, Derbyshire, pleaded guilty to criminal breaches of the Working at Height regulations and was fined £267,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,750. Industri ALL assistant general secretary Jenny Holdcroft said: “More trade unions need to adopt strong policies against violence in the workplace, which can be used to educate all their members about what is and what is not acceptable treatment of women.” Industri ALL news release. Reps told the TUC that disabled people can have higher or more frequent rates of sickness absence, but that workplace policies were not adjusted to account for this.
HSE news release and guidance on musculoskeletal problems. A Derbyshire engineering construction company has been prosecuted after a worker fell from height and suffered severe injuries. The report summary says it “reviews the international literature and a selection of regulatory instruments with respect to occupational violence - work-related violence involving incidents in which a person is physically, psychologically or sexually assaulted, threatened, harassed, bullied or mobbed in circumstances relating to their work.” Addressing occupational violence: An overview of conceptual and policy considerations viewed through a gender lens, ILO, November 2016. Unions are putting the issue of violence against women at work high on their safety agenda. Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of the union reps responding to the TUC’s 2016 Equality Audit said that disability-related sickness absence was the number one equality issue they dealt with at work.
Brighton Magistrates Court heard how Mark Taylor, 48, a window fitter from Southampton, was helping in the installation of u PVC windows at a three storey house when an unsecured ladder slipped sideways and he fell to the ground. Roman Lodge Asset Management Limited was fined £20,000 with £8,010.00 costs; director Jonathan Marshall was sentenced to four months imprisonment on each count, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £8,010.00 costs; and Lewis’ friend Leigh Bakewell was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to pay £8,610.47 costs. Trump’s favoured candidate, Wilbur Ross – dubbed ‘the King of Bankruptcies’ - also engineered buyouts that cost workers their benefits and their jobs.
Kevin Mc Lean, trading as South Coast Installations, has been fined after a worker suffered fatal head injuries following a fall from a ladder. A company, its director, and a self-employed contractor have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after Terry Lewis, a retired mechanic helping out his friend, was fatally injured after falling through a roof light. US president-elect Donald Trump is reportedly close to choosing for commerce secretary a New York billionaire who waved away concerns about his seriously dangerous West Virginia mine in the run-up to a 2006 disaster that killed a dozen miners.
The issue is a high profile concern, with Canada’s Transportation Safety Board this month identifying employee fatigue as a contributing factor in 20 per cent of its rail incident investigations conducted since 1994 where human factors were identified as a primary cause. Good Electronics news release and Chemical Challenge Gap Analysis. Two weeks after the 1 November explosion and fire at the yard, 28 workers had been confirmed dead and a further 60 workers injured, most in a critical condition, with many others feared missing.
Exhausted delivery drivers could pose a road safety risk over the next few weeks as thousands of staff are urged to work up to 20 days in a row to cope with the rush of online orders around Black Friday on 25 November. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation's Business Pulse publication. An organisation set up by Walmart as an alternative to independent scrutiny of its supply chain in Bangladesh is giving a clean bill of health to factories that have not improved their dangerous practices since the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013 that killed over 1,100 people (Risks 760). Construction union UCATT is calling on the industry to introduce ‘long overdue’ health and safety guidelines on work in extreme weather. Bonfire Night attacks on fire crews have been condemned and described as “nothing but a criminal act” by the firefighters’ union FBU. Nearly one in ten shopworkers have been assaulted in the course of their duties, but almost a third of them did not report the incident, retail union Usdaw has found. The rules were amended and approved by the European Parliament’s transport and tourism committee last week, and will introduce EU-level requirements for drones, to ensure safety and privacy. The maintenance engineer, 50, was repairing a water tank in the barn loft of an agricultural firm, elevated 15 feet above the ground, when the injury occurred. The Unite member, whose name has not been released, was employed at Greys Packaging in Bristol. HSE also reports that the ‘total costs’ bill for work-related injuries and work-related ill-health has not fallen in five years, with its costs breakdown showing that nearly 57 per cent of the cost of workplace injuries and new cases of work-related ill-health is borne by the individuals affected, compared to less than 20 per cent falling on employers, who also pay significantly less than the public purse. Greg Hands, the junior minister at the Department for International Trade, was in Qatar for a 9 November conference in Doha called Sport is Great, billed as an opportunity “for UK companies to meet with key decision-makers and buyers actively looking to procure services to support projects in the run-up to the 2022 Fifa World Cup”. Construction union UCATT, which represents hundreds of motorway maintenance staff, has condemned government plans to allow motorists to speed up to 60mph within motorway roadworks. The families of firefighters Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge, killed in the Marlie Farm blaze on 3 December 2006, and seven other emergency services personnel injured in the incident have finally received compensation payments. Britain could slash environmental and safety regulations on imported products after it leaves the European Union (EU), a Conservative MP has suggested. Britain’s information commissioner has reopened the file on construction industry blacklisting amid fears that the life-destroying practice is still taking place. Michael O’Brien, 45, was killed on 27 April 2011, while helping set up the fun fair run by Stevens Amusements Ltd. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker was servicing a large delivery truck and repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness. The worker suffered several injuries, spending ten days in hospital after a 9.5m fall from a tower scaffold while cleaning a former lift shaft in September 2014. “But what we see here is policy-based evidence-making.” Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) translation of 29 November 2016 article from Le Monde. Logistic companies are risking lives by getting seafarers to lash and unlash ships’ cargoes at the dock side, a job normally reserved for specially trained dock workers. A 10 December global day of action by workers at the building materials multinational Lafarge Holcim will, unions hope, provide a renewed focus on the company’s safety and labour rights abuses. Refuse workers’ union GMB is calling for a crackdown on the scourge of dangerous driving its says is responsible for high death rates in the sector. The 29 November lobby heard Labour’s John Mc Donnell say many of those firefighters who had died in the line of duty “would still be alive” if politicians had listened to FBU concerns over cuts. Growing worries about safety at work and a decline in passenger service and safety standards on London Underground are behind a vote in favour of industrial action by customer service assistants on the Tube. Tube union RMT has said ‘serious consideration’ should be given to closing the Piccadilly line until its antiquated and broken trains are made safe. Rail firm Southern’s efforts to roll out driver-only trains have received a further blow with train drivers announcing nine days of strike action.