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27 July 2017
 July 27, 2017
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Waste and Recycling Sector Fatalities Soar in 2017

The number of fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector for 2016/17 is almost double the annual average for the past 5 years according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures.
The Health and Safety Executive noted that despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around 15 times as high as the average industry rate. The sector finds itself positioned at third most dangerous industry with 14 fatal injuries following Construction with 30 fatalities and Agriculture with 27. The HSE figures also stated that 5% of lone workers in this industry are likely to sustain a work related injury.

This time last year an incident occurred which sparked huge concern regarding the personal safety standards among the recycling and waste industry. Five workers were crushed to death by a 15ft concrete structure containing mental that collapsed on them in a Birmingham recycling plant. Two ambulances, an air ambulance, a hazardous area response team and an emergency planning officer were immediately

21 July 2017
 July 21, 2017
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How Can Safety Be Improved for Delivery Drivers After Recent Acid Attacks?

Last week it was reported that takeaway delivery driver, Jabed Hussain was attacked on his moped when two men pulled up and threw a corrosive substance at him. This shocking incident in London’s East End has brought the issue of driver safety firmly into the public spotlight.

Sadly, violence against delivery drivers is becoming increasingly common. According to Mr. Hussain, he and his colleagues have “felt unsafe for months,” having regularly been targeted by groups of youths. As a result of this, many drivers are now refusing to work after 8pm with some even asking to switch delivery area. Such is the level of concern for their safety, drivers in Hackney have created a WhatsApp group to alert each other to danger.
Safety Risks When Out on Deliveries
Typically, drivers are self-employed and there may not be adequate measures in place to protect them. Theft is one of the biggest issues, with many drivers being targeted by thieves looking to steal money or even vehicles. Drivers often work alone, travelling to remote areas and those with high crime

5 July 2017
 July 5, 2017
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Can Snapchat’s New Snap Map Feature Help Keep You Safe?

Popular photo messaging app, Snapchat has recently launched a brand-new feature, Snap Map, that lets users share their location with friends and online contacts. Although many have raised obvious privacy and security concerns surrounding this, could Snap Map actually help to make its users safer?
What is Snap Map and how does it work?
Firstly, let’s take a look in more detail at what Snap Map does. Users can mark where they are on a map and post videos from their location to show their friends what they’re up to. The idea is that people can see what their friends are doing so they can keep in touch and meet up.

Of course, the flipside to this that people may not want others, or certain individuals to see where they are and turn up unexpectedly. It’s not hard to imagine the difficult scenarios this could create socially, but much worse is what could happen if this information fell into the hands of someone who wanted to do harm.
Safety issues associated with sharing location information online

4 July 2017
 July 4, 2017
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Ten Top Safety Tips for Construction Workers

Those who work in construction find themselves in one of the most dangerous industries for accidents and injuries.

Due to the nature of  work being carried out they are more inclined to encounter injuries than other types of workers. In figures just released this week, the HSE reported that the most fatalities occurred in the Construction industry with 30 deaths in the past year alone. Although these are extreme examples, the sector suffers a higher accident rate than any other. Some accidents are more serious than others however it is important to protect yourself from any form of injury at the workplace.

We have assembled ten key tips on how you can help to avoid accidents as a construction worker.
1) Always wear the appropriate clothing
Although it may seem inevitable that a construction worker must wear the appropriate clothing when performing any form of building work, many incidents do occur due to a lack of protective apparel. Ultimately, what you wear whilst working is going to act as the biggest barrier to an injury due to the nature of

25 May 2017
 May 25, 2017
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5 Secret Codes Used to Alert Employees of Emergency Without Alarming the Public

Have you ever witnessed a strange message issued over a public tannoy or heard coded phrases being spoken by a security person and wondered exactly what it all meant?

In times of increased security, the use of coded announcements is nothing new. Emergency codes are inconspicuous words and phrases that are often used in public areas to alert those in charge, of possible danger. This allows staff to control an emerging situation, so they can investigate further and put emergency plans into action without causing mass panic.

Failing to do this can make matters worse, as was the case in 1913 when 73 people tragically died after a stampede at the Italian Hall in Michigan, which was caused by someone falsely shouting that the building was on fire.

Keeping people safe and carrying out controlled evacuations is a priority in an emergency. Here’s an insight into some of the secret code words used to indicate a variety of threats.
Inspector Sands
Often heard as: “Could Inspector Sands please report to the…”

Means: There is a fire

Inspector

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