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Shell fined 90,000 for offshore platform deaths

Oil giant Shell has been fined £900,000 following the deaths of two workers on its Brent Bravo offshore production platform in September 2003. The workers had been inspecting pipework when they were overcome by a large release of hydrocarbon gas.

HSE updates guide on respiratory protection

The Health & Safety Executive has revised and updated its guidance on the correct and safe use of respiratory protective equipment. Respiratory Protective Equipment at Work: a practical guide provides employers, safety reps and manufacturers with advice on ensuring it is selected and used correctly.

Property developers fined after fall kills worker

Three property developers, Jeremy, Simon and Anne Freeman, and a contractor, David Mitchinson, have been fined a total of £100,000, plus ordered to pay costs of £40,000, after the death of worker early last year, who fell from a fourth floor while refurbishing a mansion block in London.

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