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Company fined after boy falls from scaffolding

A company has been sentenced after a 12-year-old boy slipped off a scaffold ladder, falling approximately 10 metres.


Potato processing company fined after worker struck by telehandler load

A potato processing company has been fined £50,000 for safety breaches after a worker was struck by a telehandler load.


Construction company fined after two workers injured in fall from height

A construction firm has been fined after two workers were injured after falling through a ceiling.


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Health and safety vital for new and temporary workers


We have a range of health and safety advice and guidance across a variety of seasonal topics...


With many temporary and seasonal jobs being filled at this time of year, it is important that employers ensure these workers understand their health and safety responsibilities.


Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at a workplace as during the whole of the rest of their working life. Check out our specific advice for new workers.


A company was recently fined £30,000 when an agency worker's arm was injured in a potato grading machine. Read the full story here

Electrical safety at work


Electricity is a familiar and necessary part of everyday life, but electricity can kill or severely injure people and cause damage to property.


There are simple precautions that you can take when working with, or near electricity that will significantly reduce the risk of electrical injury to you and others around you.

Our poster on Electric Shock First Aid gives basic advice on first-aid procedures if someone has an electric shock at work.


On 16 May we host our HSE Inspectors Guide to Electrical Safety course, that will give you a practical understanding of what our inspectors are looking for in the control of general electrical safety risks.

HSE issues livestock risks warning


Farmers warned of livestock risks ahead of upcoming inspections.

Farmers have been told they must pay closer attention to health and safety after HSE raised concerns over recent livestock handling incidents.


HSE’s Head of Agriculture, Andrew Turner said: “The campaign focus is timely as last year eight people died on farms in cattle related incidents, nearly one quarter of the total deaths on British farms."


HSE inspectors will be visiting farms to remind farmers of their duty to protect themselves, their workers and members of the public from the risks of cattle.


More information on what topics the inspectors will be looking at when they visit farms can be found in our free, downloadable 'What a good farm looks like' guide.

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