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Headteacher Dies After Being Exposed To Asbestos At Schools

A recent inquest has heard how a headteacher from Cirencester died because he was often subject to asbestos exposure at the schools where he worked during his career. David MacDonald, who formally lead Amberley Ridge School in Stroud, died on 2 July 2012, Gloucester Coroner’s Court heard. After Mr MacDonald was diagnosed with mesothelioma in […]

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H&S concerns outweigh religious rights, court rules

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favour of hospital bosses who ordered a nurse to remove the Christian cross she was wearing because it posed a health and safety risk. The judgement of Eweida and others v UK gained national media coverage earlier this week, with the majority of reports focusing […]

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Most fatalities occur in uninspected sectors, researcher claims

The majority of workplace deaths occur in industry sectors officially categorised as exempt from unannounced health and safety inspections, according to research by a university academic. Professor Rory O’Neill, a researcher at the University of Stirling, made several Freedom of Information requests and analysed more than 20 HSE reports to map fatality statistics against a […]

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IOSH wants H&S framework simplified and strengthened

The UK’s health and safety legal framework is strong and standards must not be weakened but more has to be done to help businesses comply, IOSH has warned. The comments were delivered as part of a submission to the HSE, which is compiling a report for the Government on the UK’s implementation of European occupational […]

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Scottish Government puts weight behind competence in construction

In what is being described as a boost for health and safety on construction sites in Scotland, its Government is insisting that all on-site workers involved in public-sector construction contracts are registered with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), or equivalent. The new policy, which was proposed by the Scottish Building Federation, was announced before […]

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