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Category Archives: Health and Safety News

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Workplace deaths fall 13pc but farms still most dangerous place

FARM deaths accounted for almost half of all workplace fatalities last year, figures show. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed 47 people were killed in workplace accidents in 2012, down 13pc from 54 a year earlier. The victims included … Continue reading

Tesco worker fired for driving ‘flat out’ at 10kmh in warehouse, tribunal told

A TESCO worker was dismissed from his job for allegedly driving a small tow-truck type vehicle “flat out” at its top speed of 10kmh through a company warehouse, an Employment Appeals Tribunal has been told. Onder Ates (34), of Lotts … Continue reading

Injuries Board chief warns against cutting corners on safety

Injuries Board chief warns against cutting corners on safety Injuries Board chief executive, Patricia Byron, has cautioned businesses against cutting corners on health and safety. Speaking following the launch of a report on workplace accident claims, issued to mark the … Continue reading

Man settles action after roadworks accident

A MAN has settled a High Court action for damages over an accident he claimed was caused by loose chippings from road improvement works. Declan Reilly (39) was left with severe spinal injuries when his car allegedly skidded on the … Continue reading

Manual handling one of the biggest causes of injury in the workplace

With many employers looking for ways to reduce costs, increase productivity and generally do more with less, nowadays it is even more important to ensure that the costs associated with workplace accidents don’t become a major issue for any business. … Continue reading

Skip Hire Company and Director fined for safety breaches

Fines totalling €20,000 were handed down to Derry White Skip Hire Ltd and one of its Directors, Mr. Derry White, yesterday (Tuesday 7th February) by Judge Carl Moran in the Limerick Circuit Court. This case arose as the result of … Continue reading

Rise in 2010 workplace deaths to 55 with agri sector most dangerous

FIFTY-FIVE people died in the workplace last year, a 15pc rise on the number of reported deaths in 2010. The Health and Safety Authority, which has launched graphic new awareness campaigns featuring a farmer who lost his arm in a … Continue reading

Food Safety News- Nov 2011

Food Safety News- Nov 2011 There have been a record number of Closure Orders served in October,  with 12 food business closed down due to breaches in food safety legislation during this period. It is now more important than ever … Continue reading

‘Text Neck – Are you at risk??’

‘Text Neck – Are you at risk??’ With the increase in the use of smart phones and tablet computers along with it has come an increase in neck pain and repetitive strain injury. When the user is working on or … Continue reading

Construction firm fined €30,000 for safety failures at road works

Construction firm fined €30,000 for safety failures at road works A fine of €30,000 was handed down on 19th October 2011  by judge Michael O’Shea in Dundalk Circuit Court to Gibson Brothers Ltd, after they pleaded guilty to 2 breaches … Continue reading