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26th June 2019

HSE launches new round of Dust Inspections

It’s very common for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to run short-term campaigns concentrated on a very specific sector or risk (and occasionally both). Earlier this month, they announced a new campaign and this time their efforts are focused on the risks associated with dust. Why focus on dust? The effects of dust exposure […]

Health and Safety Service Strike

10th June 2019

Sign Installer Fined £35K After Cable Strike

What’s Happened? The potentially simple task of installing a hotel sign has ended in disaster for one worker. He suffered severe burns and his employer has received a substantial fine as a result. How did this happen and what mistakes were made? The Accident An Employee was sent to install a sign at the entrance […]

Woodworking Health & Safety

24th May 2019

Don’t ignore the HSE!

What’s Happened? A company – Glamping Cocoon Ltd – and its Director have both been sentenced for failing to comply with Health & Safety legislation after being served with Improvement Notices. Inspections Glamping Cocoon Ltd was subject to an unannounced inspection as part of the HSE’s targeted campaign of the woodworking sector. Four Improvement Notices […]

NEw PQQ Scheme

15th May 2019

Are PQQs about to get easier?

What’s Happening? Many of our clients get tired of completing the same questions on client Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ’s) s over and over again. Well – the end maybe in sight as a Common Assessment Standard (CAS) has recently been developed by a group of construction sector giants in the hopes of finally putting an end […]

8th May 2019

How can an employer be liable for its employees’ actions?

Employers can be liable for wrongful acts (or omissions) committed by its employees where there is a sufficiently close connection between the employees’ actions related to the employees ‘field of activities’, which falls outside the scope of the contractual relationship. This is commonly known as ‘vicarious liability’. The court will look at the nature of […]

7th May 2019

Fire Safety Inspections – What’s going on?

Introduction As many of our clients have discovered recently, when the Fire & Rescue Service inspects premises, particular attention is now being given to the compartmentation of the building. Historically issues that have never been raised before are now being brought to the table for those in charge of the buildings to address. Why is […]

25th April 2019

Falls from height land Construction Company in Court

What’s happened? A construction company has recently been fined after two workers were seriously injured after falling through a ceiling at a site in Watford. At the time of writing – both of the employees are still unable to return to full time work. Following the incident, one spent two days in hospital after the incident […]