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According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 28.2 million working days lost last year due to work-related health issues. The statistic is a worrying one that is costing UK industry millions of pounds in lost productivity, reports Aero Mag.

What manufacturers are finding frustrating, is that many of the contributing factors can be avoided if firms explore and invest in cost-effective means to deliver a clean workplace for their staff.

The aerospace industry, while seen as being at the forefront of modern technology and innovation, has many examples within all tiers of the supply chain are not doing enough to meet regulations.

“One of the Health and Safety Executive’s main focuses in 2020 is reducing exposure to metalworking fluids and welding fume,” said global industrial air cleaning specialist, Filtermist Systems’ CEO, James Stansfield. “Mild steel weld fume was reclassified as carcinogenic last year, prompting a change in enforcement expectations.

“Inspections for fabrication facilities are being ramped up considerably and failure to comply with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations could carry a significant financial penalty. More importantly, the welfare of staff is continuing to suffer if firms fail to act.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer published findings that proved mild steel welding fumes cause lung cancer, and possibly kidney cancer. The HSE estimates that 40-50 welders are hospitalised every year due to breathing metal fumes at work.

HSE will no longer accept any welding being undertaken without suitable exposure control measures in place, as there is currently no known level of safe exposure.

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Eni might be able to tap into between 200 and 300 million extra barrels of oil after making a new discovery near Mexico.

The oil company located the source on the Saasken Exploration Prospect in Block 10, situated in Cucena Salina in the Sureste Basin.

The discovery was made by the Saasken-1 NFW well, which has become the six consecutive successful well drilled by Eni in the Sureste Basin.

This well, which was drilled by the Valaris 8505 Semisub in water stretching 340 metres deep, can be found 65 km off the coast of the Central American country and has a total depth of 3.83 km.

Following the discovery, data has been collected on the well, analysis of which has concluded more than 10,000 barrels of oil could be collected every day.

This means Block 10 could become a very lucrative commercial production site for Eni. This is particularly the case as other prospects have been located close to the area that “may be clustered in a synergic development”, a spokesperson for the firm said.

Lukoil and Capricorn will work together with Eni on the Block 10 Joint Venture, which will pursue the discovery of oil here and exploit synergies close by to determine whether this area could be developed commercially.

Eni has found its presence in Mexico to be very successful, having been present in the country since 2006. It has become a “core country in Eni’s strategy of future organic growth”, with the firm producing around 15,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day from Area 1.

This comes after Panoro Energy ASA announced oil sources on the Dussafu Marn Permit, close to Gabon.

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