HSE International ISSUE 109 - Page 7

Neil Hancox, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing for the west section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, said: “From identifying a lack of suitable PPE clothing, Leena has led the drive to develop something that could be a fantastic legacy. A group of people may have been excluded from our industry down to a simple naivety and non-understanding of clothing needs. This is a fabulous idea to aid us as an industry to become more diverse and inclusive.” Earlier this year, Tideway rolled out specially-designed PPE for women including maternity-wear, and this latest development marks a considerable step forward in PPE inclusivity. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km sewer tunnel, running from Acton in west London to Newham in east London, that will help tackle sewage overflows into the River Thames. Construction has been divided into three sections – East, West and Central – with each section being built by a different joint-venture. The west section is being constructed by a joint venture of BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty. Photograph: Stock PRIMARY SCHOOL BOARD OF GOVERNORS FINED AFTER RECEPTION PUPIL’S FINGER INJURY LEAD TO AMPUTATION The Board of Governors at a Mossley primary school has been fined after a pupil’s fingers became trapped in a toilet door. M and now the ECA and Unite are working together to deliver a step-change in the way the industry manages occupational health, and how we report the industry’s performance in this increasingly important area.” Alex Meikle, ECA Director of Employment and Skills, added: “The ECA firmly supports the JIB’s industry-leading occupational health initiative. This forward-looking scheme represents a significant win-win for both employers and employees in our sector. “We hope this development will encourage employers from across the sector to review their approach to managing workers’ health.” To carry out the assessments, the JIB has partnered with four leading occupational health specialists – Clarity Healthcare, Express Medicals, RPS Group and Sarsen Health – to allow JIB members to select the most convenient provider and location. anchester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 29 September 2016, the four-year-old pupil, who had been at St Joseph’s RC Primary School for just three weeks, was allowed to access the girls’ toilet alone. She was heard screaming by members of staff, who found her with her fingers trapped in the hinges of the toilet door. These injuries later resulted in partial amputation of her right middle finger. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the finger guard on the door was missing as one had not been fitted since the toilets were converted five years previously. In addition, the investigation found there was no system in place for checking and monitoring the door guards. Staff had also highlighted to the former head teacher that the door was too heavy for young children to open. The Board of Governors at St Joseph’s RC Primary school, of Market Street, Mossley, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £4,000 with £1,750.90 costs. After the hearing, HSE inspector Lisa Bailey said: “This injury could have easily been prevented if a door guard had been fitted and a system was put in place to maintain and monitor the guards. “The risk should have been identified so that reception pupils were not permitted to access the toilets alone, or they should have been allowed to share the nursery toilets.” To find out more, please visit www.jib.org.uk/oha HSE INTERNATIONAL 7