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HSE release provisional fatality figures for 2012/13.
The HSE has just released provisional figures for the number of fatal workplace accidents for the period 2012-13. Following the increase in 2011-12 the figure has come down from 172 to 148 which represents a frequency of 0.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. It is encouraging to see that this figure is not only lower than last year but is lower than the average frequency for the last five years (0.6 per 100,000). It is also interesting and encouraging that this reduction is reflected in data for specific industries with the exception of waste and recycling where the rate is 8.2 deaths per 100,000 as against the five year average of 4.7. However, this is a sector where there is volatility from year to year. In the sectors which are traditionally viewed as ‘dangerous’, construction and agriculture, the 2012-13 figures show a marked reduction over both the previous year and the five year average.

Estate Fatality (worker crushed by 2 tonne limestone block)
A Stone Contracting Company, working on the 1200 acre Well Barn Estate, Wallingford, is the first construction conviction under the very act we discussed in the last bulletin, The Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide act 2007,. They had already been convicted under section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They will be sentenced on July 3.

Publicity like this can be ill afforded by estates trying to maintain slim margins. Although the estate is not liable as such, the HSE will look at the process of selection of competent contractors. Once they delve into this what else may be uncovered, if you do not have a robust safety management system in place and professionally administered. This leads me nicely into our next item.

HSE Tip-off inspections on the increase.
The number of inspections carried out by the HSE as a result of whistleblowing by workers and complaints my members of the public has jumped, by 18%, in the past year. In the year to March 31st 2014 there were 4,097 tip-offs; up from 3,475 the year previous and 2,429 in 2011/12.

With the current attention being streamed onto the rural sector, by Scottish Government, media groups, charitable organisations and members of the public, how long will it be before a disgruntled individual or group see this as a way of interfering with estates, farms, rural enterprises and their legitimate practices.

Highland & Hill reiterate their previous professional advice:
Manage Safely - Work Safely – Be Seen To Do Both Safely. If in doubt on any aspect, ask for competent advice.

Quad Fatality - 14/06/2014
The 60-year-old Fencer, from the Kilbryde area of Dunblane, came off his quad bike on an unclassified road near Kilbryde Castle on Saturday and died as a result of his injuries at the scene.

Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time, as this occurred only 4 miles from our offices on an adjoining road to one of our client estates.

Again transport accidents carry the highest fatality rate for Rural Industry in the UK. Please take care out on the ground. Please ensure professional training, appropriate PPE and driving within your capabilities.

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Bridge of Allan
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