HSE International

McCain Foods fined for safety failings after employer almost severs arm

The major frozen food manufacturer has been fined £800,000 for safety failings after an employee nearly lost his arm at its Whittlesey factory.

RoSPA: Health & Safety Advice Pack for Smaller Firms

If you have not got the right policies, people and procedures in place to manage health and safety, this pack from RoSPA will help you to get started.

Preparation, careful documentation and teamwork is key for sports event safety, says IOSH

Teamwork, thorough planning and knowing how to deal with incidents as they arise is an integral part of ensuring spectators’ safety at major sporting events, according to IOSH.


A Cheshire building company has been sentenced for safety failings at a building site in Altrincham where they were building residential houses and apartments.


FIFA President announces the creation of Worker Welfare Body to accelerate improvements of safety and labour conditions at FIFA World Cup™ stadiums.

Brexit ‘a big risk for everyone who works for a living’, union warns

Workers could lose many “hard-won” rights and face years of uncertainty if the UK votes to leave the European Union, according to a new report commissioned by The Trade Union Congress.


One of Europe’s leading workwear manufacturers, Danish company F. Engel have introduced a wide range of high visibility safety workwear in accordance with the new International and European standardisation EN ISO 20 471.

With customers’ safety as the company’s prime concern, each item of warning-clothing is produced with the largest possible fluorescent and reflective areas thus ensuring the safest levels of visibility both day and night. LOXY high visibility reflector tape, proven for its hard wearing and effective performance, is used throughout the range.

In addition to the focus on safety, most garments are made with a high specification of polyester and cotton mix to give long term durability and provide a perfect, comfortable fit, giving stretch and freedom of movement; attention is also paid to important practical details such as concealed zip and stud fastenings for added weather protection, and secure, functional pockets. Linings made from a new, soft and durable blended fabric of 70% polyester/30% cotton with a 100% filament yarn warp and a mixed fibre weft, provide guaranteed inner warmth.

Most items also have a water, oil and dirt repellent finish and the fabrics have been tested to comply with the new EN ISO standards to over 50 industrial or domestic wash cycles.

For more than 85 years, workwear from F. Engel™ has been selected by customers from all over Europe as the first choice for all-round protection and maximum comfort no matter what a work situation may demand.

Founded in 1927 by Carl J. Engel Senior and now 4th generation family-owned, the company has 850 employees based at its Headquarters in Norgesvej, Denmark and 2 factories in Lithuania.  Since it first began, with the importing of denim from the U.S. as a hard wearing fabric, the company’s aims have always been the same – to provide superior quality, value for money workwear designed for a perfect, flexible fit and to give long lasting, reliable service.

All Engel garments are available from The Workwear Trade Centre, Milton Keynes; Telephone: 01908 561569; email: sales@wtc-workwear.co.uk and Anchor Safety, Ipswich; Telephone: 0800 328 5028; email: sales@anchorsafety.co.uk

For more information visit: http://www.fe.dk/en/

Email: Mark McBrayne at mmc@f-engel.com or

Telephone: +44 (0) 7933 150197


Redbacks Cushioning Limited, the manufacturers of the World’s only patented, ‘leaf-spring’, non-foam or gel kneepads, has introduced a new strapped version as an addition to its original, big-selling product for pocketed work trousers.

Designed, overseen and approved by a senior Ergonomist, Clinical Scientist and Biomedical Engineer, the new product retains the company’s award winning cushioning technology which incorporates a flexible TPE (Thermo Plastic Elastomer) leaf-spring set within a unique honeycomb matrix.

Elasticated, soft Neoprene straps which have dust and particle resistant fastenings, allow the kneepads to be worn on bare skin without chafing, or over trousers, and ensure that they stay in the correct position when kneeling, walking or sitting.

The pads have a water-resistant covering and a soft breathable, inner fabric that wicks away sweat whilst providing thermal protection from warm or cold surfaces.  Scientifically proven to reduce point pressure and distribute weight evenly, the impact forces associated with kneeling are absorbed giving added protection against back and neck pain.

Durable and hardwearing, Redbacks strapped kneepads give the user unrivalled, all-day comfort and long-term protection even in the most harsh environments.

For more information and to order visit www.redbackscushioning.com

Email: info@redbackscushioning.com

or Telephone: + 44 (0) 1327 702104

International flavour to annual IOSH food and drink awards

International flavour to annual IOSH food and drink awards

An international award is seeking to honour innovative ideas that have improved working conditions in food and drink manufacturing.

Companies based in the UK and overseas can share their successful solutions to occupational safety and health issues in the sector through the International Food and Drink Health and Safety Awards 2016.

The awards are organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Food and Drink Group, with the support of the Food and Drink Manufacture Health and Safety Forum in the UK.

IOSH Food and Drink Group committee member Doug Russell, who chairs the awards’ judging panel, said: “The awards aim to recognise innovative projects that have produced a practical solution to, and made a positive impact on, occupational safety and health issues in the food and drink manufacturing industry.

“We are keen to showcase good practice and highlight experiences from across the globe, whatever a company’s shape and size. By sharing learning across borders it can help to make the industry a safer and healthier place to work, no matter where in the world you are.”

In previous years the awards scheme was a national one for companies based in the UK and Ireland, but judges have decided to widen the scope in 2016 to reflect the industry’s global reach.

The judges this year are particularly interested in innovations which have had a long-term sustainable effect or which can be transferred readily to other workplaces.

Entries are open to both individuals and teams of people working in the food or drink manufacturing industry.

Doug said: “Taking the time to enter the awards is in itself a great way of recognising the effort that goes into protecting the safety and health of colleagues in the workplace.

“Those companies that have won or been highly commended in previous years have said that entering the awards has had a really positive impact on the overall safety culture at their workplaces.”

The winner will receive a trophy, certificate and a cheque £750, with up to two runners-up prizes also on offer. Representatives from the winning and runner-up entrants will additionally have the opportunity to present about their project during the UK National Food and Drink Manufacturing Conference, hosted by IOSH Food and Drink Group, in October.

Further details about entering this year’s awards are available online at www.iosh.co.uk/foodanddrinkgroup. The deadline for entries is 3 June.

Any queries can be directed to the IOSH Networks team by calling +44 (0)116 257 3100 or emailing networks@iosh.co.uk.

Amnesty report shows systematic abuse of Qatar stadium workers

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Migrant workers building Khalifa International Stadium in Doha for the 2022 World Cup have suffered systematic abuses, in some cases forced labour, Amnesty International reveals in a new report published today.

The report, The ugly side of the beautiful game: Exploitation on a Qatar 2022 World Cup site, blasts FIFA’s shocking indifference to appalling treatment of migrant workers. The number of people working on World Cup sites is set to surge almost ten-fold to around 36,000 in the next two years.

For players and fans, a World Cup stadium is a place of dreams. For some of the workers who spoke to us, it can feel like a living nightmare.
Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty.

“The abuse of migrant workers is a stain on the conscience of world football. For players and fans, a World Cup stadium is a place of dreams. For some of the workers who spoke to us, it can feel like a living nightmare,” said Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty.

“Despite five years of promises, FIFA has failed almost completely to stop the World Cup being built on human rights abuses.”

Severe abuses including forced labour

The report is based on interviews with 132 migrant construction workers rebuilding Khalifa stadium, set to be the first stadium completed for the tournament and slated to host a World Cup semi-final in 2022. A further 99 migrants also interviewed were landscaping the green spaces in the surrounding Aspire Zone sports complex, where Bayern Munich, Everton and Paris Saint-Germain trained this winter.

Every single gardener and construction worker who spoke to Amnesty International reported abuse of one kind or another, including:

  • squalid and cramped accommodation,
  • paying large fees ($500 to $4,300) to recruiters in their home country to get a job in Qatar,
  • being deceived as to the pay or type of work on offer (all but six of the  men had salaries lower than promised when they arrived, sometimes by half),
  • not being paid for several months, creating significant financial and emotional pressures on workers already burdened with heavy debts,
  • employers not giving or renewing residence permits, leaving them at risk of detention and deportation as “absconded” workers,
  • employers confiscating workers passports and not issuing exit permits so they could not leave the country,
  • being threatened for complaining about their conditions.

Amnesty International uncovered evidence that the staff of one labour supply company used the threat of penalties to exact work from some migrants such as withholding pay, handing workers over to the police or stopping them from leaving Qatar. This amounts to forced labour under international law.

The workers, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, spoke to Amnesty International in Qatar between February and May 2015. When Amnesty International researchers returned to Qatar in February 2016, some of the workers had been moved to better accommodation and their passports returned by companies responding to Amnesty International findings, but other abuses had not been addressed.

Indebted, living in squalid camps in the desert, paid a pittance, the lot of migrant workers contrasts sharply to that of the top-flight footballers who will play in the stadium.
Salil Shetty

“Indebted, living in squalid camps in the desert, paid a pittance, the lot of migrant workers contrasts sharply to that of the top-flight footballers who will play in the stadium. All workers want are their rights: to be paid on time, leave the country if need be and be treated with dignity and respect,” said Salil Shetty.

Qatar’s sponsorship system leaves workers threatened, living in fear

Qatar’s kafala sponsorship system, under which migrant workers cannot change jobs or leave the country without their employer’s (or “sponsor’s”) permission, is at the heart of the threats to make people work. A much-touted reform of the sponsorship system, announced in late 2015 will do little to alter the power dynamics between migrant workers and their employers.

Some of the Nepali workers told Amnesty International they were not even allowed to visit their loved ones after the 2015 April earthquake that devastated their country leaving thousands dead and millions displaced.

My life here is like a prison. The work is difficult, we worked for many hours in the hot sun
Deepak (a migrant worker in Qatar)

Nabeel (name changed to protect identity), a metal worker from India who worked on the Khalifa stadium refurbishment, complained when he was not paid for several months but only received threats from his employer:

“He just shouted abuse at me and said that if I complained again I’d never leave the country. Ever since I have been careful not to complain about my salary or anything else. Of course, if I could I would change jobs or leave Qatar.”

Deepak (name changed to protect identity), a metal worker from Nepal, said:

“My life here is like a prison. The work is difficult, we worked for many hours in the hot sun. When I first complained about my situation, soon after arriving in Qatar, the manager said ‘if you [want to] complain you can but there will be consequences. If you want to stay in Qatar be quiet and keep working’.”

World Cup Welfare Standards not enforced

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the organization responsible for World Cup 2022 and ultimately for stadium construction published Workers’ Welfare Standards in 2014. They require companies working on World Cup projects to deliver better standards for workers than are provided for under Qatari law.

“The Supreme Committee has shown commitment to workers’ rights and its welfare standards have the potential to help. But it is struggling to enforce those standards. In a context where the Qatari government is apathetic and FIFA is indifferent, it will be almost impossible for the World Cup to be staged without abuse,” said Salil Shetty.

Time for FIFA and sponsors to up the pressure

Amnesty International is calling on major World Cup sponsors like Adidas, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s to pressure FIFA to address the exploitation of workers on Khalifa stadium, and disclose its plan for preventing further abuses in World Cup projects.

FIFA should push Qatar to publish a comprehensive reform plan before World Cup construction peaks in mid-2017.

Essential steps include removing employers’ power to stop foreign employees from changing jobs or leaving the country, proper investigations into the conditions of workers and stricter penalties for abusive companies. FIFA itself should carry out, and publish, its own regular independent inspections of labour conditions in Qatar.

In a context where the Qatari government is apathetic and FIFA is indifferent, it will be almost impossible for the World Cup to be staged without abuse
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International

“Hosting the World Cup has helped Qatar promote itself as an elite destination to some of the world’s biggest clubs. But world football cannot turn a blind eye to abuse in the facilities and stadiums where the game is played,” said Salil Shetty.

“If FIFA’s new leadership is serious about turning a page, it cannot allow its showcase global event to take place in stadiums built on the abuse of migrant workers.”

Facilities at the heart of world football

Khalifa stadium is part of the Aspire Zone sports complex, whose Aspire Academy training and Aspetarmedical facilities have been used by some of the world’s biggest football clubs.

Some of world football’s biggest stars may already be training on pitches grown and maintained by exploited migrant workers.
Salil Shetty

“Some of world football’s biggest stars may already be training on pitches grown and maintained by exploited migrant workers. They could soon be playing in stadiums built by them too,” said Salil Shetty.

“It is time for football’s leaders to speak out or be tainted by association, be they global football brands like Bayern Munich and PSG or major sponsors like Adidas and Coca-Cola.”

Five years of inaction

Amnesty International has documented abuses of migrant workers in Qatar several times since FIFA awarded it the 2022 World Cup

Original Source: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/03/Abuse-of-World-Cup-workers-exposed/