Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (GMHC)

provides health and safety advice across the North West.

GMHC is a not for profit organisation  which campaigns, lobbies and advises workers on occupational health, safety and welfare issues.  GMHC produces fact sheets and information packs; sets up and supports health and safety campaigns; raises awareness; co-ordinates a network of health and safety representatives in the North West; and has developed a health and safety App to support workers and trade unionists

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As England and Scotland start another period of lockdown, we all have to come to terms with following stricter covid-19 restrictions, most likely for a relatively long period of time. [...]More...

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Heartfelt condolences to this college tutor from Burnley

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National Activists meeting 2pm Sunday 24 January

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Daily Covid-19 deaths reach horrifying new levels
Last Tuesday People Before Profit held another very successful online rally which featured Jeremy Corbyn MP, NEU general Secretary Kevin Courtney, Diane Abbott MP, Bell Rebeiro-Addy MP and a host of other brilliant speakers including from current workplace disputes and those involved in strikes.

Over the previous few days the National Education Union had stood firm in opposing the reopening of schools. On the Monday evening 4 January Boris Johnson brought in a national lockdown. It was very much beyond doubt that coronavirus cases were out of control.

if you missed the rally “After the school revolt...fight for jobs, fight for safety” you can watch it back on YouTube.

Since then the numbers of daily deaths are reaching alarming new levels. On Wednesday 13 January 1564 Covid-19 deaths were recorded taking the UK beyond a total 100,000 deaths from the disease.

The scandal around Chartwells provided school meals has further highlighted the inadequacies of support for people in the face of this pandemic.

The government hasn’t stubbornly refused to improve economic support for those impacted worst in the pandemic. Progress only seems to be made when the Tories are forced into humiliating climb-downs owing to public outcry. That’s why we’ve seen u-turn after u-turn.

People Before Profit national activists meeting Sunday 24 January
On Sunday 24 January, People Before Profit is holding a national activists meeting. Unlike our Facebook live rallies this will be a participatory meeting held on Zoom with workshops and pleneraries.

The workshops that will be held are as follows:

1. Fighting redundancies - fighting for climate jobs.
2. Defending Services - Resisting austerity - Opposing the pay freeze.
3. Covid - the battle for safety at work.
4. After the schools revolt... resistance on campuses and schools.
5. No to scapegoating—don’t let the Tories divide us.
6. Campaigning for welfare and housing.

Please go to the Facebook event, share it and click “going” to give the event a boost and help promote it.

Unlike our Facebook live events this event is taking place on Zoom. You must register and select your choice of workshop in order to receive the full details that you will need to access the event on the day
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Greater Manchester Hazards Centre

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Hazards Campaign - Thursday Talk
21st January, 6-7.30pm
Picking up the Threads

Picking up the Threads!
Across the UK, transmission of the virus is out of control and workers are dying or being left with Long-Covid because their employers haven't controlled the transmission risks. What can we do to ensure all our workplaces are Covid-Safe and what does this mean?
We will be joined by Trade Union experts from different trade unions, sectors and industries, who will lead a discussion in how to keep workers safe and prevent infection risks.
If you have any specific questions you would like to put to the panel, email them in advance or post in the chat on the night.

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If you would like to get involved in the work of the Hazards Campaign and/or would like to donate. Then please send an email and/or any donations to Hazards Campaign c/o:
Account: Greater Manchester Hazards Centre Ltd
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Hazards Campaign c/o Janet Newsham
177 Watling Street Road,

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Sawmill firm sentenced after serious hand injury
11th January 2021

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A company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when his hand came into contact with a rotating bandsaw blade.

Blackpool Magistrates’ court heard how on 18 April 2019, the employee was working on a multi-head bandsaw machine at P Irving & Sons Ltd sawmill in Carnforth, when the pipes supplying cooling fluid to one of the six band-saw blades became blocked.

The machine had already been stopped several times that morning to replace damaged blades. An engineer was called to fix the issue and the employee assumed the problem had been rectified.

Rather than stopping the machine a further time, the employee pulled apart the base of the cabinet, creating a gap large enough to place his hand inside. Holding a torch to see what was causing the blockage, the employee put his hand inside the gap.

There was no interlock or sensor to this part of the housing to stop the machine, and the sensor to the top of the housing failed to activate, so the machine continued.

The rotating blade caught the back of the employee’s right hand severing the tendons. He has undergone several operations since the incident and is still unable to bend his fingers and cannot grip, write or hold objects. He is awaiting further surgery.

A HSE investigation found there were insufficient measures in place to stop the blade rotating when the cabinet housing was opened. Measures to prevent access to the dangerous rotating blade, such as fixed and interlocked guarding, had not been taken so far as was practicable. This meant the cabinet housing could be opened with the blade still turning and ultimately led to an employee sustaining a significant injury.

P Irving & Sons Ltd of The Sawmills, Hutton Roof, Carnforth pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.They were fined £60,000 and ordered to pays costs of £20,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Leona Cameron said: “The risk of serious injury to employees operating this machine had existed for some considerable time.

“This injury could have been easily prevented, if the risk had been identified.

“Employers should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”

Multi-head bandsaw at P Irving & Son Multi-head bandsaw at P Irving & Son

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1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise.
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HSE eBulletin

HSE eBulletin
Issued: 12 January 2021

HSE is interested in your views and experiences regarding the risks that you and/or your employees face when driving in work time.

This information will be used by HSE to update our guidance INDG382: Driving at work.

For all the latest updates on health and safety visit our website.

Driving for work – Review of joint HSE / DfT guidance
For most people, driving will be the most dangerous activity they do.

It is estimated that one third of all road traffic collisions (RTCs) in Britain involve someone driving as part of their job and countless other RTCs involving people travelling to or from their place of work.

Although the risks associated with driving cannot be completely controlled, an employer has a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to manage these risks and do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm in the same way as they would in the workplace.

HSE and Department for Transport produced joint guidance in 2014, INDG382: Driving at Work, to help duty holders manage work-related road risk.

However, in recent years there have been significant developments in driving technologies and practices that have brought into question the currency of this guidance.

We are interested to hear from people who drive for work or employ those who do, across all industries including construction, to help identify how INDG382 can be improved in terms of relevance, currency and accessibility.

Please help us by providing feedback via this short survey

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And paying £k s for accommodation they can’t return to. This year is hard enough for students to cope with, without a lesson in exploitation! #StudentDebt

Solidarity Kevin from Greater Manchester Hazards Centre and the Hazards Campaign

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Kevin Byrne
Tomorrow I will withdraw my labour, along with thousands of my colleagues, to fight to stop the unjust, pernicious practice of ‘fire and rehire’

Fire and rehire stops now.


Solidarity from the Hazards Campaign!

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This is what the strike at British Gas is all about.

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