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Employee suffers deep lacerations from chainsaw use

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Injuries can happen anywhere, any place and at any time; and most certainly at work. This was the case for one employee who was injured by a chainsaw whilst they were cutting down a tree.

Two employees of Growing Green Limited, a salad growing company, were working together at Brentwood Nursery on cutting down a tree… Whilst one employee held and supported the branches the other cut the tree using a chainsaw. Midway through the process, one of the employee’s arms tragically landed on top of the chainsaw whilst the machinery was still in operation.
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Uber to resume their ‘self-driving’ vehicle testing after crash

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The alternative taxi company Uber have recently restarted their testing after a three day suspension following an autonomous vehicle test crash.

Uber were testing one of their Volva XC90s in its ‘self-driving’ function in Arizona when things got out of hand. Thankfully no one was seriously hurt in the crash. Two test drivers were in the Volvo, testing its autonomous self-driving mode.
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A Concrete Firm has been fined a whopping £300,000 after an employee suffers leg amputation injury

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On the 30th June 2015 a 42 year-old unnamed employee was working nearby a trailer on a Buchan Concrete Solutions’ Drakelow site in Burton-on-Trent. He was working next to where concrete blocks were being moved when tragedy struck.

Another worker was in the process of moving some wooden struts that were supporting the concrete blocks. One of the extremely heavy concrete blocks became dislodged and fell off a forklift truck and onto the 42 year old employee.

Although the concrete block thankfully missed his head, it did crush one of his legs. With the sheer weight of the concrete block, the man’s foot was severely crushed beyond repair, and was later amputated.
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Is the exploding Fitbit going to be the next Samsung Galaxy Note 7 scenario?

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Although technology is growing at an unprecedented rate, the safety of such technological products remains questionable.

The first trend of such products exploding/catching on fire started with the Samsung Galaxy phones, then the iPhones (according to some disputed reports), and now the Fitbit.

The Fitbit is a wireless activity tracker and sleep wristband which measures data such as the number of steps walked, heart rate, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics to regulate an individual’s fitness and well-being.

From this story, there may be dangers of using them…
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Gloucester Crown Court issues £600,000 fine after employee was set on fire

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The Health and Safety Executive have concluded their investigations into a horrific incident that saw a 61 year-old man set on fire whilst working on site.

Mr Steven Brown was working on installing a new set of traffic lights in Chester city centre by first moving a traffic light pole. He was using a pneumatic drill to break up the concrete when he hit an 11,000 volt cable. This gave him a huge electric shock and sparked a serious fire that engulfed the man in flames. Mr Brown suffered severe burns all over his hands, arms, legs, abdomen and face.

His injuries were so severe that he had to put in an induced coma for two weeks.
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Accident at work caused an employee skin loss and a fractured finger

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Employers are legally responsible for employee safety and must do all they can to prevent employees from being injured in the workplace.

A seal and label producing company based in Kent was fined after a worker injured his hand in a printing press. Maidstone Crown Court heard that an employee of Fuji Seal Europe Ltd (FSE) was cleaning a blade on a printing press when his hand was drawn into the machine.

The employee suffered severe injuries; namely fractures and skin loss to fingers on his right hand which required a titanium fixture for his middle finger.
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District Council fined quarter of a million after employee suffers Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) Syndrome

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Thanet District Council in Kent have been fined a quarter of a million pounds after an employee was diagnosed with Hard Arm Vibration (HAV) Syndrome.

The council was also found to have breached their Health and Safety obligations through various omissions, and the Health and Safety Executive made investigations into how Thanet District Council operated, and identified numerous concerns.
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Monster energy drink to be sued over teen death

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Back in 2015, a teenager named Dustin Hood drank 3 and a half cans of Monster Energy drinks within 24 hours.

These supersized cans held 680ml each, meaning he drank in total over two litres of high caffeine fizzy drink. The total caffeine content is the same as drinking 14 regular cans of Coca Cola or 7 cups of coffee in 24 hours. For an adolescent teen like Hood, it’s not recommended to exceed more than 100 mg of caffeine a day yet he drank over 700mg in a day.
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Samsung blames faulty batteries for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire

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Samsung has been engaged in fierce competition with Apple to be the top mobile phone provider in the world. Consumers have witnessed the two brands constantly spewing out countless smartphones, each one being faster, smarter, clearer, more vivid etc than the last.

Samsung finally made it to the top of the headlines and gained worldwide attention… when reports came in that their phones were setting themselves on fire.
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University of Northumbria fined for allowing two students to overdose on Caffeine, equivalent to 300 cups of coffee

students coffee overdose

The U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined the University of Northumbria for an experiment that quickly went south, putting the lives of two students in danger.

As part of a laboratory experiment, students at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle learned about the effects of caffeine and what effect it would have during sports. The experiment included a practical exercise whereby volunteer students would guinea pig test the impact of caffeine intake.
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Employee suffers deep lacerations from chainsaw use

Employee suffers deep lacerations from chainsaw use

Injuries can happen anywhere, any place and at any time; and most certainly at work. This was the case for one employee who was injured by a chainsaw whilst they were cutting down a tree. ...

Published on the 19/05/2017


Uber to resume their 'self-driving' vehicle testing after crash

Uber to resume their 'self-driving' vehicle testing after crash

The alternative taxi company Uber have recently restarted their testing after a three day suspension following an autonomous vehicle test crash. Uber were testing one of their Volva XC90s in its 's...

Published on the 11/05/2017


A Concrete Firm has been fined a whopping £300,000 after an employee suffers leg amputation injury

A Concrete Firm has been fined a whopping £300,000 after an employee suffers leg amputation injury

On the 30th June 2015 a 42 year-old unnamed employee was working nearby a trailer on a Buchan Concrete Solutions' Drakelow site in Burton-on-Trent. He was working next to where concrete blo...

Published on the 04/05/2017


Is the exploding Fitbit going to be the next Samsung Galaxy Note 7 scenario?

Is the exploding Fitbit going to be the next Samsung Galaxy Note 7 scenario?

Although technology is growing at an unprecedented rate, the safety of such technological products remains questionable. The first trend of such products exploding/catching on fire started with the...

Published on the 28/04/2017


Gloucester Crown Court issues £600,000 fine after employee was set on fire

Gloucester Crown Court issues £600,000 fine after employee was set on fire

The Health and Safety Executive have concluded their investigations into a horrific incident that saw a 61 year-old man set on fire whilst working on site. Mr Steven Brown was working on installing...

Published on the 21/04/2017


Accident at work caused an employee skin loss and a fractured finger

Accident at work caused an employee skin loss and a fractured finger

Employers are legally responsible for employee safety and must do all they can to prevent employees from being injured in the workplace. A seal and label producing company based in Kent was fined a...

Published on the 12/04/2017


District Council fined quarter of a million after employee suffers Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) Syndrome

District Council fined quarter of a million after employee suffers Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) Syndrome

Thanet District Council in Kent have been fined a quarter of a million pounds after an employee was diagnosed with Hard Arm Vibration (HAV) Syndrome. The council was also found to have breached the...

Published on the 06/04/2017


Monster energy drink to be sued over teen death

Monster energy drink to be sued over teen death

Back in 2015, a teenager named Dustin Hood drank 3 and a half cans of Monster Energy drinks within 24 hours. These supersized cans held 680ml each, meaning he drank in total over two litres of high...

Published on the 22/03/2017


Samsung blames faulty batteries for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire

Samsung blames faulty batteries for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire

Samsung has been engaged in fierce competition with Apple to be the top mobile phone provider in the world. Consumers have witnessed the two brands constantly spewing out countless smartphones, each o...

Published on the 14/03/2017


University of Northumbria fined for allowing two students to overdose on Caffeine, equivalent to 300 cups of coffee

University of Northumbria fined for allowing two students to overdose on Caffeine, equivalent to 300 cups of coffee

The U.K. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined the University of Northumbria for an experiment that quickly went south, putting the lives of two students in danger. As part of a laboratory ex...

Published on the 07/03/2017


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