Public Meeting: What next for Health & Safety? Thursday 20th September

What Next for Health and Safety? Thursday 20th September 7:30pm at Bread & Roses Clapham. Called by Battersea and Wandsworth TUC, London Hazards Centre, Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group, Construction Safety Campaign. This meeting has been called because of the urgent need to co-ordinate a campaign to stop the government tearing up vital health and safety legislation. The follow up to the Löfstedt Review has so far resulted in...

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Working Class Heros: Workers Memorial Day 2012

ArtZone is  a media co-operative  involved with developing the “Working Class Heroes” website (which includes two other main documentary sections: “May Day” and “Common Good”).  Artzone attended the Workers Memorial Day commemorations in Tower Hamlets (Tower Hill and Watney Market) and produced a short video + photos: Workers Memorial Day 2012 Photos from Tower Hill More on the ArtZone Working Class...

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Top marks for our training

The Centre for Armenian Information & Advice say: We have worked several times with the London Hazard Centre over the past year and found them to be an excellent organisation. They came and spoke with Ealing Advice Forum Network members and organised a very professional training as a follow up for BMER groups in the borough this year. Community groups such as ours need and welcome such organisations to provide advice and support...

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Shift work is linked to heart attacks and strokes

Shift work is associated with increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events. Employers should have health screening programs in the workplace, if at all possible & give their employees breaks where they can relax and de-stress, and should rationalize their shift scheduling systems “so that they are more ergonomically designed and more aligned with the human body clock or circadian rhythm”....

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Hazards calls for a workers enquiry to fight cancer

Responding to an HSE intervention paper on occupational cancer presented to an HSE Board meeting on 22nd August in Bootle,  Simon Pickvance of Hazards says: “We are sick to death of being treated as second class workers in Europe, who can wait for preventative action till research is carried out, for example on shiftwork, when other member states have adopted a precautionary, pro active approach.  It is not more science that is...

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Y J Lovell Plant Hire Limited

Does anyone have any information relating to EL insurance for the above company for the period 1969-1979? It is possible that it is Builders Accident Insurers. [requested by Diane HASAG]  ...

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Asbestos – insurance industry avoids payments to victims

 Asbestos cancer compensation scheme is ‘too limited and too late’ A scheme to pay mesothelioma victims compensation where the employers’ liability insurance cannot be traced will not come into play for two years and does not cover asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos-related lung cancer – half of those suffering an asbestos related disease. Campaigners say many cancer sufferers will be dead before...

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Jennifer Deeney to carry the Olympic flame through Merton on Monday 23rd July

Keiron Deeney was killed in August 2004 when he fell through an inadequately covered opening in a lift shaft while working for Laing O’Rourke at Canary Wharf. Jennifer, his wife, has campaigned for better safety ever since and this work is recognised by her being chosen as one of the Olympic torchbearers. If you can, please get along to Merton (preferably wearing a Construction Safety Campaign T-shirt!!!!) to cheer her on. She...

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letter to Jane Ellison MP Battersea, Balham & Wandsworth

  “Dear Jane, London Hazards Centre has worked with the Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group, BCDAG, since it was set up in 2006 following the deaths of Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke after the Falcon Crane collapsed and killed them in Thessaly Road. Our research found London has had the most tower crane crash incidents in the world & the most fatalities from crane incidents in the UK. The recent inquest into the...

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Early Day Motion 259 LOFSTEDT REPORT AND CRANE SAFETY

That this House recalls that after a series of serious accidents and fatalities caused by tower crane collapses a campaign was undertaken by the Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group comprising the relatives of the victims of the accidents, the Construction Safety Campaign and the health and safety campaign, Hazards, which led to new safety legislation related to crane operations being introduced in 2010; but expresses strong concern...

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Mesothelioma Action Day: Friday 6th July, Stratford Town Hall, Newham

London Commemoration Service for all those who have died from asbestos 12 mid day, Stratford Town Hall, Newham “Standing as one, for those we remember, and those who suffer Broadening the knowledge, asbestos more than man is tougher As tears fall like raindrops our symbols of hope are placed With doves of white released, tributes of love and embrace.” Pauline Bonney, 2011  Speakers: Allan Graveson, Nautilus, the...

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Happy Fathers Day – which started in America as a workers memorial day

Did you know that the first Father’s Day has workplace origins?  On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event to explicitly honor fathers[i].  The Sunday sermon was held in memory of the 362 men who were killed in explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, West Virginia the previous December.  These explosions remain the worst mine disaster[ii] and the worst industrial catastrophe of any...

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Cranes Bill – a poem for 3rd July lobby of DWP, Tothill St, Westminster

By Graham Shepherd  Cranes “Bill” – for flowers, not funerals ! There’s not a lot more magnificent than tower cranes manouvering on high; (as long as safety measures aren’t as impracticable as pie in the sky….!) Once assembled, all cranes should be LOLER examined – (not just registered) to receive their “MOT” – by independent, third-party, licenced engineers, allowing HSE inspectors to better police crane safety. All crane...

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KEEP THE CRANE MOT: Latest News

PROTEST ORGANISED TUESDAY 3rd JULY 2012 12.00 pm OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS, TOTHILL  STREET LONDON SW1H 9NA 2.00 pm LOBBY AND PUBLIC MEETING,  HOUSE of COMMONS CAMPAIGN UPDATE A resolution to support a campaign against the Löfsted proposals on the Crane Register, Hard Hat  & Work at Height Regs, was passed at the UCATT conference held in Scarborough the last week of May. Tony O Brien and Liliana Alexa had a 2...

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Legionella advice from HSE trade union PROSPECT

PROSPECT SAYS PROACTIVE INSPECTION PREVENTS INFECTION Prospect, the union for 1,400 health and safety professionals, today (Friday) said the Legionella outbreak in Edinburgh is a stark reminder that cuts to public services can create dangerous and ultimately expensive health-related issues in the longer term. The union says that as a result of a ministerial instruction, the government’s safety regulator – the Health and Safety...

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Self-employed builder killed after a roof fall

Small fine for Hounslow landlord re death of Mr Sanghera self-employed builder in fall 2009.  “It is not known whether Mr Sanghera had any experience in carrying out roof work, but the three workers he employed had no training in this type of work or in any aspects of health and safety associated with construction.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-ldn-8612.htm...

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International Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2012: London Events

10.30 am at the statue of the Building Worker Tower Hill next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge 12.30 pm at the Clock Tower Watney Street Market Commercial Road London E1 Details here: International Workers Memorial Day 2012 Watney Street Market event Information in Bengali: 12.30pm Watney Street Market – remember the dead  ...

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workplace stress: european study says workers expect it to increase
Apr07

workplace stress: european study says workers expect it to increase

Eight in ten of the working population across Europe think that the number of people suffering from job-related stress over the next five years will increase (80%), with as many as 52% expecting this to ‘increase a lot’. Do you think the number of people suffering from job-related stress in your country over the next 5 years will…..?   Base: All worker (19,502) 52% Increase a lot, 28% Increase a little, 12% Stay around the same,...

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Unite tanker drivers case for a safety passport scheme

Unite, the country’s biggest union,  explain the health and safety issues surrounding this long-running dispute: http://youtu.be/AZidpiFbnTI The film focuses on three Unite drivers who deliver fuel for a living. It highlights the changes to the industry which has seen contracts chop and change and drivers at the sharp end of the race to the bottom. And they make the case for a safety passport scheme. For more on the safety failings...

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The asbestos trigger case victory in the Supreme Court 28th March 2012
Mar28

The asbestos trigger case victory in the Supreme Court 28th March 2012

    The ruling means insurance liability and damage begins when workers are exposed to asbestos – not when cancers develop many years later. Some facts the case goes back to 2006 6,000 families are involved all have someone who has died or is suffering from mesothelioma payouts to these victims could be £600m up to 25,000 future claims, and compensation of £5bn, also are at stake the insurers in the case are: MMI,...

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Construction Safety Campaign International Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2012

This year the Construction Safety Campaign has decided to focus on one of the earliest cases they were involved in as a campaign when three workers were killed at Watney Street Market,  Tower Hamlets. Brothers David and Paul Richardson aged 19 and 17, and Steve Hammond, aged 32, were killed on 22nd September 1990 when they were overcome by toxic hydrogen sulphide gas fumes after they were sent to work in a sewer. Paul Barker survived...

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RIP 20,000 dying each year because of work
Mar25

RIP 20,000 dying each year because of work

  A graphic from the TUC about the numbers dying because of work   Tweet

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Toilet breaks request for information

Please respond to mail@lhc.org.uk and we will pass it on to Keith To whom can maybe help me please. I am doing occupational  level 3 health and Safety @ CONEL, and part of this course requires me to do a project on any h&s factors affecting my workplace/members. The Project I am going to do is on toilet breaks – or lack of them and being monitored etc….. I am hoping you will have any additional information on Employers...

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Battersea Crane collapse Inquest – the verdict
Mar19

Battersea Crane collapse Inquest – the verdict

On Monday 12th March, at the end of the inquest into the deaths of Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke which happened on 26th September 2006, the jury returned a narrative verdict:  Both men died as a result of a crane collapse due to failure of the inner slew ring bolts due to overloading of the counterweight. The overloading was due to an incorrect manual being used in the erection of the crane. On the 25th July 2006, four inner slew...

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health and safety is no ‘monster’

In the week we have heard all the evidence in the Inquest for Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke, here is a reminder of the debate earlier  in the year in the Guardian. The letters are responding to David Cameron:  health and safety is no monster This is London Hazards letter: The most recent figures show the number of workplace deaths in London nearly doubled – from nine to 17 – in a year. When workers get killed, inevitably...

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Uxbridge firm fined £18,000

Skyways Shopfitters Ltd, Morgans Yard Arundel Road Uxbridge were fined £18,000 for: for failing to provide storage for highly flammable liquids not examining lifting equipment or providing training for operators not checking exhaust ventilation not providing suitable respirators for sprayers not repairing defective electrical systems failing to protect workers from dangerous moving parts of machinery. 30 workers were put at risk. HSE...

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early reports from Battersea Crane Inquest

Some early reports of the Inquest into the Battersea Crane deaths of Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke The Evening Standard reports: “The machine, owned by Falcon Cranes, should have had eight tons of concrete balancing the weight of its load but the contractor used a manual for a different model which needed 12  tons….. Health and Safety Executive inspector Brent Bolton said the extra weights would have increased the...

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London construction blitz underway

Between 20th February and 16th March HSE inspectors will be looking at whether: Jobs that involve working at height have been identified and properly planned to ensure that appropriate precautions are in place Equipment is correctly installed / assembled, inspected and maintained and used properly Sites are well organised, to avoid trips and falls Walkways and stairs are free from obstructions Work areas are clear of unnecessary...

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Duncan Wallett & Co – London upholstery – anyone know this firm?

Wonder if anyone has any information relating to Employer Liability insurance for the above London based upholstery company. They were formally registered under Company No 511878 between 1952 and 1972 They changed their name in 1972 to Sealine Services (Marine Supplies) Ltd and in 1976 to P&O Group Purchasing and Supplies Ltd Any information would be gratefully received. mail@lhc.org.uk    ...

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ASBESTOS – GUILTY -the Italian Eternit verdict

Dear Friends- The Italian criminal court in Turin declared the two asbestos defendants GUILTY and condemned them to 16 years in jail! You can hear the full English version of the sentence read out (it took nearly 3 hours) online at: http://www.livestream.com/greenbox_/video?clipId=pla_0c7ba848-010d-4338-9afe-e6f75fa45c5d The verdict was a sensation and everyone in the court was very relieved and pleased, the exception being the...

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Asbestos in the dock

On Monday the 13th February 2012 the verdict of the Turin Eternit Trial will be announced: it is the largest and most important criminal case ever on asbestos-related deaths. Three thousand victims in four Italian plants – Casale Monferrato, Cavagnolo, Rubiera, Napoli – await justice. There is live screening of the trial here: Asbestos in the dock starting at 9am with a live stream providing an english translation....

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The Great Asbestos Trial

From Laurie Kazan-Allen: On February 13, 2012, in a Turin Court, the Italian prosecutor is asking for 20-year jail sentences for defendants Stephan Schmidheiny and Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, executives of the Swiss and Belgian Eternit Groups which at various times were responsible for operations at Eternit asbestos-cement factories in Casale Monferrato and other Italian towns. There is little information on this important...

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Snow is here

Sheffield  Occupational Health Advisory Service has produced a factsheet for workers who have to work outside when its cold which you can download here: SOHAS Guide to Cold Work In wet, windy or extremely cold conditions all but emergency outdoor work should be stopped. Look out for  frostbite freezing of tissue: especially for ears, nose, fingers and toes. Hypothermia– drop in core body temperature this can lead to coma or...

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Asbestos in schools: new blow

Time bomb in the classroom Jonathan Owen in the Independent on Sunday , today 29th January 2012, investigates asbestos in schools and the government decision to exclude asbestos from a review of conditions in schools. It says: ‘The Government has deliberately excluded asbestos from an unprecedented review of the condition of the country’s schools because it knows that tackling the risks to schoolchildren and teachers could...

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Carillion blacklisting ET decision

“Agency workers have no legal protection against blacklisting” Press Release from Blacklist Support Group 21st January 2012 Agency workers have no legal protection against blacklisting by multi-national firms according to a shock decision in the Central London Employment Tribunal today. The court found that Dave Smith (an engineer) had been blacklisted by the respondents Carillion (JM) Limited and Schal International...

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Don’t let Cameron ‘murder’ safety culture

Replies to Cameron in the Guardian including one from LHC Read some of the replies here: health and safety is no monster   London Hazards letter: • The most recent figures show the number of workplace deaths in London nearly doubled – from nine to 17 – in a year. When workers get killed, inevitably investigations prove that corners have been cut and the law broken. It is London Hazards Centre’s belief that the 35% cut to...

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Asbestos Hidden Killer campaign reprived

  In December the HSE agreed to continue the Hidden Killler campaign which was threatened by government cuts in public spending. Ian Wright launching the original campaign said: “We must take this seriously because it is deadly serious. If it was 20 premier league players dying a week it would mean in 3 months there’d be no premier league.” Listen to Ian Wright on our Asbestos page which links to HSEs asbestos...

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Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group

Request for funds “Please can you help us to save lives. We are in urgent need of funds and if you could make a donation, however small, it would be put to good use.” BARCLAYS: Sort Code 20-90-69 Account Number: 20357138 or cheque or postal order to: Secretary: Mrs Liliana Alexa, BCDAG, 24 Ascalon House, London SW8 4EA. cheques payable to Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group email: lilianaalexa@aol.com...

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London workplace deaths: sharp increase from 9 to 17 fatalities

The last HSE press release of 2011 (30/12/2011) is at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2011/coi-ldn-statslondon.htm It says: The 17 deaths and 2,480 major injuries in London compare to 9 deaths and 2,630 major injuries in 2009/10. Another 11,101 workers suffered an injury or ill health which required them to take at least three days off work in 2010/11, compared to 11,676 in 2009/10.  ...

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European wide anti-blacklisting laws agreed in Strasbourg

The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted for legislation on workplace health and safety including supporting whistleblowers and calling for an end to the practise of “black-listing” workers who speak out, on Thursday 15th December. Commenting on Facebook Dave Smith says: “As with all these things, its not so grand as it first seemed. The EU voted for a report which was in favour of anti-blacklisting laws –...

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Löfstedt Review: bad news for building workers

Lofstedt is recommending the following be revoked: The Notification of Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 and the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes (Amendment) Regulations 2010 – because the Impact Assessment was not able to identify any quantifiable benefits to health and safety outcomes. A slap in the face to those who campaigned for this with the Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group. Link to full Lofstedt report:...

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Asbestos in council and social housing

This link has been sent to us by Tony Whitston, Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/repairs/deadly-dust/6519107.article It tells the story of John Shiers a member of their group and a campaigner who recently died of mesothelioma. In the 1980s he also campaigned to get asbestos managed safely on his estate – the large Hulme estate in Manchester. It says: “While the terminal...

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Oppose staff cuts at rail station ticket offices

The following Early Day Motion, EDM 2312, proposed by Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead has been signed by 37 MPs. Find out if your MP has signed it at the link below. That this House is concerned by the recommendation in the report by Sir Roy McNulty on the future of the rail industry, that nearly 1,000 station ticket offices should have their staff removed or reduced; notes that this figure amounts to approximately 40 per...

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Beckton Gasworks fatal mesothelioma case

If you have any information about people who have suffered an asbestos related disease while working for Beckton Gasworks we would appreciate you getting in touch. We are particularly interested in the period 1949 – 1954 concerning the death of a man employed as a fitter in this period. Contact mail@lhc.org.uk or phone 02077945999...

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RMT drivers to take action over Tube train safety

RMT TUBE drivers are to refuse to follow what the union considers to be dangerous new instructions from London Underground after voting by a margin of four to one for industrial action over train safety. From Friday RMT train operators and instructors will not co-operate with aspects of LUL’s misnamed ‘Operational Effectiveness Programme’ and will continue to use the proven safe procedures for reversing trains and carrying passengers...

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New Regulations for Agency Workers

The Agency Workers Regulations came into force on 1st October 2011.  Under these regulations, agency staff who have worked for 12 consecutive weeks at a company will be entitled to the same pay and other basic working conditions as the permanent staff. To get a full copy of the Agency Workers Regulations, please follow this link –...

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