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The Nuclear Safeguards Bill 2017/19 passed its Second Reading on Monday 16 October 2017. It has now entered the Committee stage which is scheduled to conclude by Thursday 16 November. The UK will withdraw from Euratom in 2019 as a result of the decision to leave the EU and the Nuclear Safeguards Bill will ensure that the UK has the right regime in place for the ONR to regulate nuclear safeguards.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released its annual figures for work-related fatalities. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that one hundred and thirty-seven workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record.
Of these:Construction sector – Thirty fatal injuries were recorded. While this accounts for the largest share, this is the lowest number on record for the sector. However, over the last five years the number has fluctuated, and the annual average for the past five years is thirty-nine. The annual average rate over the last five years in construction is around four times as high as the all industry rate. Agriculture – Twenty-seven fatal injuries were recorded. This sector has the highest rate of fatal injury of all the main industry sectors, around eighteen times as high as the all industry rate. Waste and recycling – Fourteen fatal injuries were recorded. Despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around fifteen times as high as the all industry rate.
Ninety-two members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2016/17. Almost half of these occurred on railways with the remainder occurring across a number of sectors including public services, entertainment and recreation.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has given development consent for the Keuper Gas Storage Facility, at Holford Brinefield, north of Middlewich, Cheshire to provide resilience to the UK gas supply network.
The underground gas storage facility will consist of up to nineteen underground caverns, gas processing plant and associated development with capacity to store up to 500 standard million cubic meters (mcm) of natural gas, having an import and export capability of up to 34 mcm per day.