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  • June 13, 2014 0 comments
    HSE Prosecutes Over Faulty Machinery and Preventable Serious Injuries

    Two HSE prosecutions reported in the news this month caught our eye. Each resulted in large fines awarded following serious injuries caused by faulty safety mechanisms on potentially dangerous machinery. Each case highlighted the fact that there was no proper maintenance and safety check systems in place that would have identified the broken safety device.

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  • January 21, 2014 0 comments
    HSE Announce A New Safety Initiative Of Inspections

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced a new safety initiative of inspections targeting construction work taking place at schools, universities and student housing in the North West from Monday 29 July.

    The two week safety initiative will see inspections from the HSE visiting construction sites in the North West. The visits will be unannounced to ensure that work on sites is being carried out safely. The inspectors will look particularly at working at height, working safely with...

  • September 10, 2013 0 comments
    Ladder Exchange Campaign Kicks Off With Spotlight on Inspections

    The Ladder Association’s highly successful Ladder Exchange campaign returns for another year from 1 September – 31 December 2013. Continue reading

  • September 6, 2013 0 comments
    HSE Launches National Clampdown on Poor Construction Site Safety this September

    September marks the start of a national clampdown by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of Britain’s building sites as part of an initiative targeting poor construction site safety.

    The HSE’s month long initiative, which started on 2 September, will see inspectors carrying out unannounced checks at sites where refurbishment projects or repair work is taking place. The inspectors will look to ensure high risk activities, such as working at height and work that could result in exposure to harmful dusts...

  • August 29, 2013 0 comments
    Individuals Increasingly Targeted in Health and Safety Prosecutions

    Recent accusations and prosecutions have revealed a startling trend: more individuals than ever are being targeted in the case of on the job injuries including death. During a speech to the Safety and Health Practitioner Magazine (SHP) Legal Arena Ron Reid, a solicitor from Shoosmiths, stated that senior managers have begun to find themselves part of the firing line in the event of a safety failure. According to Mr. Reid, immediate or suspended prison sentences have been filed against 68...

  • August 22, 2013 0 comments
    New Study Shows Health & Safety Compliance is Third Largest Cost to Small Businesses

    The average small business in the UK is spending £1146 a year on external health and safety support. A new study has shown that the third largest compliance costs faced by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) is on health and safety compliance, with this sector spending £3.7 billion a year to make sure they are following the letter of the law. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) carried out research which found that compliance with health and safety law...

  • August 14, 2013 0 comments
    You Can’t Contract Out Health & Safety Responsibilities

    Regular news updates from the HSE give health and safety professionals a growing case history of precedents for unacceptable working practices, resulting in warnings, fines and potentially prison terms. The most common prosecutions centre on the employer failing to provide the right training or equipment to its employees or the employee then not correctly using the resources provided.  However a smaller but very important body of cases looks at the relationship between the employer and the contractor, sending out a...

  • August 1, 2013 0 comments
    New Statistics Show A Fall In The Number of Injuries to Workers

    New data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has shown a dramatic fall in the number of fatal on the job injuries. From 2012 to 2013, 148 deaths occurred in work situations. The numbers have fallen 0.1 percent per 100,000 workers compared with the five-year average of 0.6 – the figure now stands at 0.5 per 100,000. In fact, statistics show that Britain has consistently had the lowest average of on the job deaths per 100,000 people of...

  • July 18, 2013 0 comments
    Waste Industry Safety and Health Blueprint Revealed

    The Waste Industry Safety and Health (A.K.A WISH) Forum recently released a report that includes its blueprint to improve the health and safety of workers in the waste industry, as well as looking at other areas that require immediate action. The plan stems from the group's landmark summit in February of this year, and it outlines several different areas where action needs to be taken.

    Five strategic titles are at the centre of the blueprint including:

    • strong leadership,
    • putting the workforce in...
  • 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...

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