April 21, 2017

Tragic Case Highlights Risk of Lone Working

A utilities company has been fined £1.8 million following the death of a man in a water filtration tank in a case that should serve as a stark reminder for companies with lone workers on or off site. The father-of two died in December 2013 when he fell into six and a half feet of…

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March 7, 2017

Jury is out on FFI Costs after Questions over Material Breach Assessments

A lot has been said to condemn and approve the introduction of Fees for Intervention (FFI) after the introduction of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012. The Regulations were written to empower the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to recover costs from companies who were found to be in material breach of health &…

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February 24, 2017

Elevating the safety issues around lifts and lifting equipment

Lifts, lifting equipment and lifting accessories are essential part of modern life. They remove the need to climb numerous flights of stairs in an office and make working in an industrial environment more tolerable. Often, lifting equipment is used to make a job safer but when that equipment fails there are disastrous consequences for users…

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February 23, 2017

Lessons to be learned from working at height legislation breaches

The year has barely got underway and already several companies have received significant fines for breaches of legislation in relation to Working at Height Regulations 2005. Here Moorepay looks at the lessons to be learned and how employers can protect themselves and employees. Failure to assess risk resulted in worker death Two companies from Carmarthenshire…

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January 30, 2017

Driving home safety through safe workplace transport policy

2016 ended badly for one Staffordshire-based logistics company after they received heavy fines following two serious employee injuries in just two days in a story that should drive home the importance of safe workplace transport. Oxford Crown Court heard how on a 39-year-old male employee sustained crush injuries to his left foot when he was…

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December 18, 2016

Getting to grips with changes to Manual Handling guidance

It’s something we do every day at home and work, yet manual handling is the biggest cause of work related injuries in the UK. And if we don’t manage it properly, manual handling can lead to chronic, debilitating disorders including injury and damage of the joints or other tissues in the upper and lower limbs…

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December 5, 2016

Banish the bah humbugs – top tips for decorating the office safely

What can you possibly do in an office around Christmas that puts life and limb at risk? The answer you’re searching for is hanging up decorations around the office, and that’s because many people don’t consider the risks attached to readying the workspace for festive fun. With trips/slips or falls, electrical incidents and manual handling/lifting…

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November 28, 2016

New sentencing guidelines focus on potential outcomes of H&S breaches

How have the latest changes to sentencing guidelines affected the outcomes of recent cases and why should business owners shift their focus when managing Health and Safety failures? A recent case involving a care home resident falling down an unprotected stairwell provides a stark reminder of the need to protect against falls from height, specifically…

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November 21, 2016

Managing your team in extreme weather conditions [CHECKLIST]

With forecasters predicting up to four months of stormy weather ahead, Britain could be facing the worst winter in 100 years. Managing your team during a period of disruption can be a challenge, so here’s a quick checklist to make sure you’ve given yourself the best chance of success. With experts EXACTA WEATHER warning Brits…

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October 25, 2016

New H&S sentencing guidelines are hitting small businesses hard

11% of ALL prison sentences for H&S offences (since guidelines were first introduced in the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974) have been handed out in the last eight months to October 2016. In a trend we predicted in our Sentencing Guidelines update webinar earlier in the year (hat tip), recent reports show…

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