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  • June 27, 2013 0 comments
    Health and Safety Inspections Due to Tip-Offs Surges

    There has been a marked increase in the number of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspections resulting from tip offs. The law firm Pinsent Masons has carried out research which found that the number of inspections as a result of intelligence escalated by around 43%.

    There are numerous ways that tip offs can occur, and one of the most significant types that the report mentions is those which come from employees from the workplace. If a person is working in a...

  • June 13, 2013 0 comments
    Culture of Safety in UK Rail

    The rail industry, like many other public service industries, has held a blame culture for a long time. After any incident or accident leading to injuries or deaths, the industry would look at which member of staff had been the final link in the line of culpability, and lay all the blame on them, regardless of the processes involved or other people who had played a part in the problem earlier on in the chain. This process was seen as...

  • May 30, 2013 0 comments
    News Round-up: Fire Service Has Diamond Safety; Workers are Happier Despite the Recession; Carpentry Boss Fined for Safety Breaches

    Fire Service Receives Safety Award

    The Devon and Somerset Fire Service, covering 85 fire stations and 2,300 staff,  have received a Diamond award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Quality Safety Audit scheme. After implementing RoSPA's recommendations on employee safety, the Fire Service managed to reduce the number of staff injuries by a massive 37%, with 136 in 2011 – 2012, compared with 216 during the previous year.

    The chief fire officer of Devon & Somerset Fire &...

  • May 23, 2013 0 comments
    Increase in Irish Construction Industry Fatalities Causes Concern

    The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland has released its annual statistics about the numbers of people injured and killed during the course of their work in 2012. They found that, overall, the number of workplace deaths fell by a significant 13%, and the sector with the biggest drop in deaths was the transportation and storage sector, with 1 death in 2012 compared with 7 in 2011.

    However, despite the overall numbers going down, deaths in the construction sector rose...

  • May 16, 2013 0 comments
    Health and Safety Executive Summarise Electrical Safety Guidance

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued a summary document containing their Electrical Safety Guidance. This important information is to help people to stay safe while working directly with electricity, and also to benefit those who might not work with sockets or power cords directly, but who perhaps work within building sites or in locations with a lot of electrical equipment. It is a comprehensive guide to maximising the chances of a safe working environment.

    In order to stay...

  • April 2, 2013 0 comments
    Don't Let Health & Safety Myths Stop Your School Trips

    We’ve all heard the stories of the traditional school trip disappearing under a pile of Health and Safety paperwork and threatened by an increasing fear of litigation. In a move to debunk the ‘school trip myth’, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) recently brought out a common sense guide for schools, extolling the benefits of extra-curricular outings and reassuring teachers that, with a few sensible precautions, it needn’t be a health and safety minefield.

    This principle is enshrined...

  • March 8, 2013 0 comments
    Prohibition Notice in Fees for Intervention Programme Served to Individual, Not Company

    One of the first fines associated with the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 Fees for Intervention (FFI) programme has gone to an individual rather than a company.

    As a Health and Safety inspector drove down the A419 on the 19th October last year, he witnessed what appeared to be dust rising from a building site, and because he had investigated a similar issue some months earlier, decided to stop to investigate what was causing it. It was found that workers...

  • February 20, 2013 0 comments
    Rise in Corporate Manslaughter Cases is “Tip of the Iceberg”

    Leading law firm Pinsent Masons have warned corporate manslaughter cases are on the rise after seeing an 40% increase in charges from 45 in 2011 to 63 in 2012. In total, 141 cases have been opened since 2009, with 56 prosecutions currently ongoing, but despite the rise in numbers, there have only been three convictions since 2008.

    Since the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, large and medium-sized companies can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter for...

  • February 18, 2013 0 comments
    FFI – The Story So Far and Likely Future Hotspots

    Figures detailing the receipts issued during the first two months of the Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme have been released. It has been revealed that for the period 1 October 2012 to 30 November 2012, bills totalling over £700,000 were issued following investigations at over 903 premises. These amounts are considerably lower than the HSE suggested before the scheme started, which expected to bring in £37m in the first full year. On the basis of the first two months of...

  • January 24, 2013 0 comments
    IOSH Asks Government to Report Work-Related Road Traffic Accidents

    During Road Safety Week 2012, in order to help curtail the number of work-related traffic accidents, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) asked the government to include work-related road traffic accidents in the National Accident Reporting System, RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995).

    Statistics from the Department of Transport show that, until June 2012, approximately 24,870 people are said to have died or injured in work-related road traffic accidents (RTAs). According to the Government, in...

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