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2nd February 2018

£45k fine for CDM 2015 breach

A principal contractor has recently been fined £45,000 for a CDM 2015 breach, after a roller shutter door fell down during its removal, causing severe damage to a high street market stall in Walthamstow. Employees of construction firm – Flex D B Construction Ltd were engaged in removing a roller shutter door on the boundary […]

22nd January 2018

Sales director fined and tagged after apprentice fall from height

What’s happened? The sales director of a West Midlands roofing firm tried to disclaim his managerial status to stop the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) charging him with neglect after an untrained apprentice sustained severe head, facial and back injuries when he fell more than 6 m through a fragile skylight on to a concrete […]

2nd January 2018

What HSE inspectors are looking for, and how to stay one step ahead in 2018?

In order to improve associated death and injury statistics Local Authority and HSE inspectors have been tasked with focusing on the following priority areas within businesses in 2018: 1. Falls from height – work on/adjacent to fragile roofs/materials 2. Health risks – respirable silica dust exposure 3. Duty to manage asbestos 4. Construction What does this mean […]

5th December 2017

Right to Work and Unfair Dismissal

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has recently considered the fairness of a dismissal in circumstances where an employee failed to present full right to work documentation as part of a workplace audit. The case raises questions about the extent of an employee’s obligations and the reliance which an employer may place on a failure to […]

5th December 2017

Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

Recent headlines have shattered any illusions that sexual harassment in the workplace had become a thing of the past. The ongoing media coverage of allegations made against high-profile business figures may now lead to an increase in complaints made by others who have encountered inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature while at work. What is […]

20th November 2017

HSE Latest ‘Health’ Campaign

What’s Happening? The latest campaign from the HSE is branded ‘Go Home Healthy’. What does this mean and what should you expect if an Inspector turns up at your site? In recent years it has become evident that HSE’s focus has shifted on protecting the health of employees rather than focussing on traditional safety risks […]

14th November 2017

Directors Jailed Following H&S Prosecution

In a recent hard hitting case – three directors of two separate companies have recently been jailed for a total of 32 months after being found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. The case follows a workers death from a fragile roof fall at warehouse premises in Essex. Furthermore, the directors’ […]

13th November 2017

Health and Safety Prosecutions Increase by 80%

If ever there was a good argument to bring to the board regarding the importance of effective Health and Safety management– then read on! Fines handed to those found guilty of health and safety breaches has increased by a staggering 80% in the last 12 months following the introduction of the new sentencing guidelines in […]