March 27, 2018

Former UKIP Candidate Jailed for Health & Safety Failings

A millionaire property tycoon who had previously represented UKIP as a parliamentary and local council candidate has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail following the death of a builder working at his Exeter home. Keith Crawford, 74, was sentenced following his conviction by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter, after builder Peter Clements died…

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March 6, 2018

£90k Fine For Meat Producer Highlights Cost of Uncontrolled Work at Height

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height has just closed the evidence-gathering stage of the UK’s first ever inquiry into the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from height and falling objects in the UK workplace. With 18% of those who died at work in 2016/17 killed due to…

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February 27, 2018

Reminder: Health & Safety Risk Assessments for Cold and Snowy Weather

With the ‘Beast from the East’ making itself felt across the country, now is the time to remind yourself of the importance of health & safety risk assessments to protect your employees, customers, and the public-at-large. What does the law have to say around cold weather? The HSE’s Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) L24 for…

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February 13, 2018

Supreme Court Ruling Opens up Scope for H&S Appeals

Published on 8th February 2018 the Supreme Court ruled on an Appeal brought to them by the Health and Safety Executive which followed the overturning of a Prohibition Notice at an Employment Tribunal in May 2013. The ruling allows for evidence, that wasn’t available to an HSE Inspector when serving either a Prohibition Notice or…

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January 12, 2018

Check Your Doors! School Governors Fined After Finger Amputation

If you haven’t run a thorough safety check on your doors in the past few years, this recent story might shock you. In a traumatic turn of events, a four-year-old primary school pupil’s fingers were trapped in a toilet door, resulting in partial amputation. The board of governors pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of…

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October 20, 2017

Business and Terrorism: Looking After your Staff in Dangerous Times

Any employer could be forgiven for being confused about how to protect workers in these times when we are increasingly on alert for terror attacks in the UK. But it is not just a matter of safeguarding workers as they go about their business – it’s also about knowing where they are, particularly for those…

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October 1, 2017

HSE Announces New Way to Challenge FFIs and NoCs

Following a successful challenge by a firm in September 2016, the HSE has announced a new procedure to challenge Fees for Intervention (FFIs) bills and Notices of Contraventions (NoCs). The new process, which came into force 1 September, will require the HSE to disclose information to complainants about how inspectors decided the organisation was in…

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September 12, 2017

Terrible accident in Spanish Hospital Highlights Need for Focus on Lift Safety

The death of a new mum in a Spanish hospital has underlined the need for safe practices and procedures when using elevators. Just hours after delivering her third child by caesarean section in Valme Hospital in Seville, 25-year-old Rocío Cortés Núñez was crushed when the elevator began to move before the trolley she was on…

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September 1, 2017

Five Key Steps to Reduce your Risk of a Norovirus Outbreak

In the sunnier months we tend to hear little about norovirus, but a recent suspected outbreak at the Athletics World Championships in London highlighted the ongoing, all-year-round risk the virus presents. Here we look at what it is and how to reduce the chance of infection. A common virus with nasty effects Norovirus is the…

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July 7, 2017

Auditing Health & Safety During the Current ‘Care Crisis’

The UK’s care home sector has faced renewed criticism after a report found that up to 1-in-3 care homes are unsafe with staffing issues, resident falls and medication errors amongst the top issues. In a recent report featured in the likes of the BBC, Guardian, and the Telegraph, the Care Quality Council (CQC) announced “some…

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