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  • 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...

  • 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...

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