News Updates August 2012

Bite Size News Updates from the HSE

Regular Information and links for you and your business put together in one easily accessible email.

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A gardener in Lincolnshirewas spotted carrying out unsafe tree work. The two men were spotted by a neighbour who was
trained to assess chainsaw work. Mr H and an employee were felling a tree at a house in on 19 August 2011. They were both using a chainsaw, despite not being qualified to do so and neither was wearing protective clothing such as protective trousers and boots.

In addition, Mr Holland was working in the crown of the tree without any kind of safety equipment that would have prevented a fall, such as a harness. He was fined a total of £4,000 and told to pay £2,000 of costs.


A pensioner was killed when a reversing bin lorry struck his mobility scooter and dragged him more than eight metres down
the road. The Court heard that Mr B, 76, was returning home from the shops when the vehicle struck him. Basssetlaw

District Council was collecting rubbish as it had missed a bin collection during routine rounds. The vehicle was manned by just a single worker, and as it reversed it collided with Mr B, who was driving his mobility scooter along the road. The bin lorry continued to reverse and Mr B, who was trapped underneath the scooter, was dragged eight metres by the truck until the driver noticed shopping spilling into the road. Mr B was taken to hospital and died a few hours later owing to crush injuries. The HSE issued an Improvement Notice.

Bassetlaw District Council was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £12,987 in costs.


MYTH: Children to wear safety goggles while playing conkers

FACT: Realistically the risk from playing conkers is incredibly low and just not worth bothering about. If kids deliberately hit each other over the head with conkers, that’s a discipline issue, not health and safety

DID YOU KNOW that IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) sponsored the world conker championship!

MYTH: Trapeze artists to wear hard hats

FACT: There never were any such regulations! Hard hats do an excellent job of protecting building workers from falling debris – but they have no place on a trapeze.

MYTH: Candy floss on a stick being banned in case someone trips and impales themselves

FACT: There are no health & safety laws banning candyfloss on a stick


There are few greater myths than that  health and safety has gone mad. (See the previous article for proof!)

During the last few years we have all heard about some truly ridiculous misrepresentations of health and safety, including the banning of conkers, firemen’s poles and park benches.

This concerns us.

It confuses businesses about their responsibilities and workers about their rights.

Grove Services (UK) Ltd offers sensible advice and practical steps to assist you in how take to deal with workplace risks properly.

After all health and safety is about saving lives, not stopping them.


Visit our web page to download free self-user risk assessments, templates and manuals.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.

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