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  • Farmer safety focus required to stop rise in deaths

    Mega phone 15 November 2018
    Farmer with cow

    An increase in the number of agricultural workers in Northern Ireland killed at work last year has highlighted the need for a greater focus on the safety of farmers, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) said today.

    The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) earlier this week published its latest Annual Report, which shows that while workplace fatalities in 2017-18 were down by 31% – to 11 compared to 16 in the previous year – farm-related fatalities increased by one, with seven deaths.

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  • Dhaka’s response: from Rana Plaza to major safety success story

    Mega phone 13 November 2018
    181113 Bangladesh

    More than 4,500 Bangladeshi workers have undergone health and safety training as a project set up in response to the Rana Plaza disaster gathers pace.

    The OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) Initiative for Workers and Communities was launched following the factory collapse in Dhaka, which killed well over 1,000 people and seriously injured many more in April 2013.

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  • Six things we learned from IOSH’s first annual construction conference

    Mega phone 09 November 2018

    The prevalence of musculoskeletal diseases in the construction industry, the significant costs of ill health to employers and the importance of mental health support for construction workers were some of the key highlights discussed at the first IOSH Construction Group conference on Wednesday 7 November.

    Dr Michael Cash, Chair of the IOSH Construction Group, set the stage for an engaging discussion attended by more than 50 delegates from across the sector, where a number of key issues were raised:

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  • Greater efforts needed to combat older worker deaths

    Mega phone 01 November 2018
    Older worker

    The proportion of fatal injuries to workers over the age of 60 is the highest it has been in over a decade, figures published this week by the Health and Safety Executive have shown, highlighting the urgent need for greater workplace precautions to protect older workers.

    Nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 - up from approximately 25% last year - were to workers aged 60 and over, despite them making up just 10% of the national workforce. This means there were 55 older-worker deaths, more than one a week on average.

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  • Developing countries’ miners face “substantial risk inequality”

    Mega phone 31 October 2018
    181031 Coal mines crop

    More employer and state commitment towards worker representation on health and safety issues can better protect coal miners in developing countries, new research suggests.

    Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), found that worker representation is restricted in many ways by mine management in India and Indonesia, two of the countries they studied.

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