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Farm fined after employee crushed during demolition project

Farming partnership, J & D Foster Farms LLP, has been fined following an incident on its farm where a 21-year-old employee was killed whilst dismantling a redundant piece of farming equipment. Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard how, an employee was crushed by a grain drying tunnel at Fishpond Farm in Tonbridge. The employee, George Murrell, sustained […]

Quarrying company fined after blasting operation puts workers at risk

Breedon Trading Ltd has been fined for safety breaches after a fly rock projection event occurred during the use of explosives. Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard that, a blast at Cwt-y-Bugail Quarry in Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, North Wales, resulted in rocks being ejected outside of the danger zone. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive […]

How do you do yours? 

We all know how important it is that all significant risks have been assessed in the workplace but how do you ACTUALLY do yours? There are three common methods: The Ivory Tower Assessment – we have all seen them, A N Other sat behind a desk writing the risk assessment without even stepping out of their office. […]

’Tis the season to be jolly… and “reasonable”!

The festive season will soon be upon us, and we will no doubt be setting out to celebrate with colleagues. Of course, after another challenging year, many will be looking forward to making up for the previous years’ celebrations we lost to COVID. Whilst we may want to encourage everyone to ‘let their hair down’, […]

Instrument and Equipment Calibration

First off, let’s start with ‘what is Calibration’ – well, the short answer is that it’s a comparison of the instrument being tested to a reference standard. That standard is set by a ‘calibrator’ itself which is an instrument with a much higher accuracy. That calibrator must also be calibrated… should we go on? And […]