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Tree work e-bulletin - Issue 6, July 2014

In the News

The Triennial Review of HSE published

The Triennial Review, published on January 9, examined HSEs status as a public body, the delivery of its functions and its governance arrangements. It concluded that all of HSEs functions remain necessary and that it should continue to operate as an executive Non-Departmental Public Body.

New guidance on managing risk sensibly in local government

HSE has published new web resources on sensible risk management for local government. They are specifically written for use by officers, elected members and health and safety practitioners in local authorities whether as a training or briefing tool, or as an approach to evaluating individual decisions.

Health and Safety Law Poster reminder to display the new 2009 version from 1st April

Employers have a legal duty to display the approved Health and Safety Law Poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet that outlines British health and safety law, by April 2014. The 2009 poster replaces the version that was published in April 1999.

Fatal Accident Inquiry Accident to John Campbell MacKinnon, Kyle Farm, Isle of Skye, 22 December 2011

The inquiry into the above fatal accident by Sheriff Margaret Neilson has reached its conclusion. Mr MacKinnon was electrocuted when the crane jib of the vehicle he was driving contacted a high voltage overhead power line. The inquiry concluded that a factor in the accident was confusion at the planning stage between the landowner and Forest Works Manager over responsibility for the exchange of information about overhead power lines and the erection of goals posts.

The accident highlights the importance of identifying where forestry works require vehicles to pass beneath overhead power lines and the need to take appropriate precautions.  Guidance can be found in the FISA leaflet 804 Electricity at Work: Forestry.

The Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA)

Colin Mann (Managing Director of Scottish Woodlands) has been elected as the new Chair of FISA. Colin Mann succeeds Steve Lavery.

A FISA working group has completed the design and development of a one-day training course for Forest Works Managers and Main Contractors. Courses will be delivered by the Learning and Development branch of the Forestry Commission.

Proposals to exempt certain self-employed people from health and safety law

Plans to make some self-employed people exempt from health and safety law are out for publicconsultation: make sure you have your say

New figures show all time low in fatal injuries to workers

New figures released on 2 July 2014 indicate the number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen to the lowest annual rate on record.

New guidance

Information on how the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) apply to arboriculture  and HSE's Treework website

Recent enforcement

An estate in Scotland has been fined 140,000 after a forestry worker was killed whist felling a tree.

Enforcement details

A Council has been fined 20,000 after an employee was injured,,when she was thrown from a tractor, whist carrying out maintenance in a city park.

Enforcement details

An Arboricultural contractor has been fined 4000 after and employee was injured whilst using an inadequately guarded log splitter

Enforcement details

A grounds maintenance company have been fined 10,000 after failing to control the risks to their employees from hand arm vibration.

Enforcement details

A council and a tree surgeon have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was injured when a tree he had been felling landed on a railway line and was hit by a train.

Enforcement details

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