July 18, 2016

Farms – places of work not playgrounds

The six-week school summer holidays can be a source of joy for children and frustration for parents. But 100 years ago, there was no danger of anyone getting bored or struggling to find childcare. School term times, including the long summer break, were developed to coincide with the agricultural calendar. During the summer months, children…

View Post

July 14, 2016

E. coli 0157 outbreak affecting more than 100 people in UK

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157, with 100 cases currently being looked into. The organisation, which suspects mixed salad leaves could be responsible for the outbreak, has put in place ’heightened surveillance’ across the country. To date, 109 incidences of this strain have been identified across the…

View Post

June 21, 2016

Reckless restaurant owner jailed after killing customer with peanut curry

A ‘reckless’ restaurant owner has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a customer who suffered a fatal anaphylactic shock following an allergic reaction to a takeaway curry. The 52 year old businessman was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence when a customer with a severe peanut allergy died after eating a…

View Post

June 15, 2016

#Forkliftfail – how not to be a smash on YouTube

YouTube is many things. Home of all cat videos. Handy DIY resource. And 21st century TV station (or the 21st century equivalent of Beadle’s About at least). But one thing it is not renowned for is a repository of health and safety best practice. Search ‘forklift’ and the top three hits are: In many ‘blue…

View Post

May 16, 2016

HAV you mitigated the risk of Health and Safety claims?

Failure to protect your employees from the risks associated with vibration can result in prosecution and large fines, as discovered by two separate construction firms. The two firms have been fined a total of £292,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16,852.  The fines were issued following reported cases of carpel tunnel syndrome and hand…

View Post

April 22, 2016

A slippery slope? – Costly safety risk assessment lessons

Employers that require staff to work outdoors, travel or visit outdoor locations need to be aware of a recent Supreme Court decision which has had a huge impact on safety risk assessments. The decision involved a Glasgow home carer, Tracey Kennedy, who was hurt after slipping on ice while visiting a terminally ill client in…

View Post

April 21, 2016

The ups and downs of passenger lift safety

Recently, the BBC reported the shocking news that a woman fell into an open lift shaft at a Birmingham Coffee Shop. It will be some time before the events leading up to the accident in Birmingham are known, but reports indicate that the doors, on an upper level, were able to opened without the lift…

View Post

March 31, 2016

Tougher Sentences for Health & Safety Offences

It’s the biggest change to Health & Safety legislation since the 70s… Now, serious breaches in Health & Safety legislation can lead to bigger fines and heavier prison sentences. With magistrates having much more power to issue heavier fines or even jail sentences, employers are now likely to face much harsher penalties for these breaches.…

View Post

March 21, 2016

Forget the AC/DC… worry about the decibels

Loud employers take heed – the lead singer of rock band AC/DC has been told he could lose his hearing from the band’s deafening noise levels. The Australian rockers have postponed the remaining U.S gigs on their current world tour. Brian Johnson, from the North East of England, has been warned by medical professionals that…

View Post

March 14, 2016

The NEW Fire Safety Good Practice Guide for 2016

Fire safety experts have called for immediate action from employers in charge of properties to prevent more loss of life. The fire safety guidance for residential care premises has now been updated by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) and the Chief Fire Officers Association. Many of the points in…

View Post

February 24, 2016

The Force is strong … but not as strong as legislation …

After Harrison Ford broke his leg on set, the latest stage for a Star Wars follow up will be a high court room, with a Disney subsidiary facing charges for four safety breaches. What can businesses learn from this spaceship slip up? “May the 4th be with you” … or in this case, 8 days…

View Post

January 19, 2016

Having no Employers’ Liability Insurance will cost you £4000

January 2016 saw a takeaway shop getting fined £2,000, with costs of £2,360, for failure to produce an ELCI (Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance) certificate. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how local fire protection services notified the HSE that the business did not have ELCI.  After numerous letters to the Takeaway business they failed to provide a…

View Post