News & Events

News & Events

Stay up to date with all of the latest industry and legislative news relating to the safety and maintenance of workplace equipment.

We will post blogs relating to HSE prosecutions and HSE accident statistics, safety initiatives and topical events relating to equipment safety and the consequences of failing to maintain equipment at work across a wide range of industries – from farming to construction, warehousing to transport and logistics. In addition we will highlight how our Good to Go Safety inspection systems could help to improve workplace safety and help your company to reduce maintenance costs while complying with key statutory legislations such as PUWER, LOLER and WAHR.

Worker crushed at London Heathrow Airport
Worker crushed at London Heathrow Airport
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation after an employee of Dnata Ltd was crushed to death at London Heathrow Airport on the 23rd February 2022. The incident occurred during the unloading of baggage containers from an Emirates Airbus which had arrived from Dubai. The employee walked underneath a high loader (a raised platform similar to a scissor lift) in order to access the other side of a trailer. At the same time the high-loader operator lowered one of its tw...


Tragedy at Go-Kart Centre
Tragedy at Go-Kart Centre
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Capital Karts in Barking, East London has been fined almost £120,000 after an incident on the 6th August 2021. Newham youth group organised a fun filled day at Capital Karts with a group of teens, however the day turned to horror when one of the teens had to be resuscitated at the venue after her hijab (a traditional muslim headscarf) got caught in a go karts drive axle. Ruwaida Adan, 15, died in hospital of hypoxic brain injury and asphyxiation four days after she visited Capital ...


Worker crushed to death by overhead crane load
Worker crushed to death by overhead crane load
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A 46-year-old worker was crushed to death by two granite slabs whilst working for Graniteland Limited at the company’s Lyde Green site in Halesowen. An investigation by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that the incident which occurred on the 30th November 2020 could have been avoided with the correct training and maintenance procedures. The investigation found that Robert Czachracz, who was from Poland, had been moving the granite slabs onto storage racks, using an over...


Farming company fined £320,000 after fatality
Farming company fined £320,000 after fatality
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A company involved in fruit and vegetable production has been fined £320,000 after a man “who always put family first” was killed at a site in Burscough. Francis Schlachter, known as Frank, suffered severe head injuries when he fell from a skip at a farm operated by M.A.Forshaw Limited on 3 January 2020. The 64-year-old from Southport was described as ‘a rock’ by his wife of 35 years Linda, who said how much he would be missed by his friends and family. Frank had been working at th...


Now's the time for farms to change
Now's the time for farms to change
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Farmers are being reminded they must change their attitude towards safety as Britain’s workplace regulator readies itself for a wave of inspections in the coming months. Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit farms across England, Scotland and Wales as part of a push to change the culture in the industry and check for compliance with long standing legal requirements. People on farms are 21 times more likely to be killed in a workplace accident than other i...


The importance of workplace site assessments
The importance of workplace site assessments
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A farm has been fined £60,000 following the death of a 43-year-old father-of-three who was electrocuted on the 13th May 2021 by a power line. Patrick Rice was unloading stone when the hydraulic arm of the dumper truck came into contact with 11kV overhead power lines at VB Farms LLP's in Devon. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found VB Farms LLP failed to carry out an assessment of how the work could be completed safely and did not consider the dangers in...


Work-related fatality statistics 2022-2023
Work-related fatality statistics 2022-2023
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There were one hundred and thirty-five workers killed due to work-related incidents in the United Kingdom the last year, according to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the 6th of July 2023. The statistics released covers the period between April 2022 and March 2023 and shows an increase of fatalities verses the previous year (one hundred and twenty-three deaths) however is in line with pre-coronavirus levels (2020/2021 fatalities were reported at one hundred a...


Straddle Carrier Incident causes Fatality
Straddle Carrier Incident causes Fatality
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A straddle carrier tipped over at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg earlier this week, killing the driver The accident occurred shortly before the end of the night shift at around 5am CET (3am GMT) on Wednesday, 18th January 2023. The straddle carrier tipped over as the machine was being driven without a load on the way to pick up a container. The 29-year old driver is believed to have died on impact. His body was taken from the cabin by the fire brigade whilst the police and the...


How the Cost-of-Living Crisis is affecting Road Safety
How the Cost-of-Living Crisis is affecting Road Safety
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Over the last year cost-of-living has impacted us all, but when it comes to travel, the increasing costs are crippling many drivers ability to keep their vehicles maintained and road safe. In a survey (by Brake and AXA) regarding vehicle safety, 58% of people said they are worried about the cost of having their vehicle serviced, 62% concerned about repair bills and 47% of survey respondents worried about the cost of their vehicle MOT. Compared with results from a Brake survey carried...


Work Right - Agriculture
Work Right - Agriculture
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The Health and Safety Executive have launched a campaign called "Work Right - Agriculture" in a bid to reduce farm vehicle deaths and injuries Vehicles play a key role in farm work but incidents involving vehicles are the number one cause of deaths and serious injuries on British farms. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain's workplace safety regulator, is calling on everyone in the farming community to do what they can to reduce the number of injuries involving vehicles and save liv...


Man falls from Rollercoaster
Man falls from Rollercoaster
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A situation of nightmares comes true at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales on Sunday the 23rd October 2022. Riders of a rollercoaster heard "horrific screams" as a man and his teenage daughter held on for their lives after their support bars failed leaving them dangling from the carriage. Eye-witnesses said that the man fell to the ground with a "bang" and that his daughter was only saved from falling from the 26ft rollercoaster due to riders in another carriage. Aaron McCalmon, 47, sai...


Road Casualty Statistics released by Government
Road Casualty Statistics released by Government
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The Government statistics released earlier today show a post-pandemic rise of road deaths and injuries in Britain. The full report can be viewed by clicking here. The number of reported road casualties in 2021 continued to be impacted by the national restrictions following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a period of lockdown between January and March. Casualty numbers increased compared to 2020, which was also affected by the pandemic, but remained lower than the pre-pandem...


Why You Should Inspect Telehandlers
Why You Should Inspect Telehandlers
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A fencing manufacturer and the owner of the yard where the business operates, have been fined following the death of an employee at the site. North Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard how on 14 August 2017, Roderick McKenzie Hopes was working for PA Fencing Ltd. A telehandler tipped and knocked over stacked timber which fell on to Mr Hopes resulting in his death. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the telehandler’s safety device, designed to stop loads being...


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