Occupational Health news in brief

Heart-attack prevention device wins Bupa award

A risk assessment tool that can help prevent pilots having heart attacks in flight has won medical research charity the Bupa Foundation’s 2009 Health at Work Award. The device was developed by Dr Stephen Houston, pilot medical officer for British Midland Airways.

HSE risk assessment template for SMEs

The Health and Safety Executive has developed a new Risk Assessment and Policy Template, designed to encourage smaller employers to carry out more risk assessments. It brings the requirements of a risk assessment, health and safety policy and a written record of health and safety arrangements into one document.

Consultation document on unsafe artificial light

A consultation document on the implementation of a European Union directive on protecting staff from hazardous sources of artificial light has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The consultation will run until February, with the HSE intending to introduce the regulations by 27 April 2010.

Construction firms fined

Two construction firms were fined £105,000 in November after one man died and another was seriously injured when a concrete slab collapsed at Heathrow Airport in 2005. Both the principal contractor, Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure, and the equipment supplier, SGB Services, pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation.

Rice manufacturer fined

A rice manufacturing company, Kent-based Veetee Rice, has been fined £140,000 for health and safety breaches after one of its employees died in 2006 when his leg became entangled in a machine. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £20,500.

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