Entries by Rebecca Lambert

Six Platform Workers Exposed to Radioactive Material

Thistle Alpha (file image courtesy EnQuest) UK offshore workers’ union Unite said in a statement Monday that six maintenance contract workers were exposed to naturally-occurring radioactive materials on the Thistle platform late last year. The six Wood Group employees were working on a contract for EnQuest to remove pipes on the aging platform. The men said that […]

UK Court Fines Contractor for Worker Shock

The underground cabling at the scene of the incident Health and Safety Executive (HSE) A UK Court has fined a Council contractor after one of its subcontract employees was severely burned from a shock in May 2015. The 61-year-old man was trying to replace a traffic light pole when he came into contact with a […]

Laing O’Rourke fined £800k for Heathrow fatality

Laing O’Rourke has been fined £800,000 for inadequate site supervision leading to the death of an employee. Above: The same type of vehicles as were involved in the incident Philip Griffiths, 38, was killed while working for Laing O’Rourke at Heathrow Airport in October 2014. Southwark Crown Court heard that Philip and his brother Paul […]

£160,000 fine after worker suffered cracked skull

Arrow Recycling A Birmingham recycling company has been fined £160,000 after a worker suffered life-threatening injuries after being crushed by 400kg of cardboard. Parvez Ahmed had been working at Arrow Recycling’s site in Smethwick when bale stacks of cardboard fell on him last April. He suffered a cracked skull and a brain haemorrhage from the […]

Do baby boxes really save lives?

Image copyright: ALAMY It’s been claimed that Finland’s baby boxes, given to every newborn in the country, help reduce cot deaths. But what evidence is there that they lower infant mortality rates, asks Elizabeth Cassin. In June 2013, the BBC News website published an article entitled Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. It’s been viewed […]

R116 coastguard helicopter: Body recovered from wreckage

Image copyright: RTÉ Cpt Dara Fitzpatrick (top left) died after the crash. The body of one of the other crew members has been found. The body of a crew member has been recovered from the wreckage of an Irish rescue helicopter. Four people were on board the Irish Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116 when it went down […]