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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June 19, 2017

Your Health & Safety Guide to Working in Hot Weather Conditions

When we’re working through a heatwave there’s always pros and cons. While the sun cheers everyone up on day one, by day three you start to hear mutterings among staff – it’s boiling in here! Isn’t it about time we got air conditioning? It’s against health and safety to work in this temperature! And while…

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June 14, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Window-Related Deaths

Deaths in care homes are, to a certain extent, a natural occurrence, but those which aren’t leave serious questions to be answered and unfortunately require investigations. In this blog we look at the most recent court cases and the issues which most commonly lead to fatal incidents in care homes. Window fall led to resident’s…

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May 7, 2017

Know Where You Stand on Working at Height

When we think about working at height we think of dizzying towers and neck-straining altitudes but, officially, ‘work at height’ means any work that is carried out above or below ground where someone could fall and be injured. Even a height as minimal as the bottom rung of a ladder is deemed to be working…

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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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