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UK Fire Truck

10th July 2024

Blackpool Landlord Prosecuted For Fire Safety Failings

What’s Happened? Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has recently prosecuted a Blackpool landlord for his failure to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which put the lives and safety of tenants at risk. Fire safety officers from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were understood to have carried out a routine inspection […]

16 Year Old Exposed To Asbestos Breaking Up Concrete Slabs

3rd July 2024

Companies Fined After Exposing 16yr Old To Asbestos

What’s Happened Two companies have been fined after a teenage worker was exposed to asbestos during work to an outbuilding of a domestic property in Richmond, North Yorkshire. The 16-year-old had been working for a Joinery and Building company who had been hired by a principal contractor to refurbish a domestic property. The 16-year-old had […]

School building

27th June 2024

Disabled Teacher Given “Career-Changing Ultimatum” Awarded £61k

A disabled teacher who received a four-day “career-changing ultimatum” during a forced school transfer has been awarded £61k by an employment tribunal. Allison Shearer, an English support teacher for Clydesdale Support Base in Carluke, refused to move to Kear Secondary School due to extreme anxiety believing it was inevitable that she would experience assault there […]

Colourful properties on a road

19th June 2024

Sheffield Landlord Sentenced For Breaching Fire Safety Laws

What’s Happened? The Landlord of a residential block of flats in Sheffield has recently been sentenced to six months in prison, a £10,000 fine and an additional 250 hours of community service after admitting to violations of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. A fire broke out at the property in the early morning […]

Man jet washing a car

12th June 2024

Car Wash Firm Fined £40,000 for Health And Safety Failings

What’s Happened? A car wash firm has recently been fined £40,000 after it placed both employees and customers at risk from electrical hazards at its site in Devon. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors undertook site visits to the car wash site in Tavistock. They found employees were carrying out car washing outdoors, using electrical […]

Man in high-vis suffers accident at work

5th June 2024

When Does The HSE Decide To Prosecute?

Introduction The advice line has received several recent calls from clients who have been subject to visits from the Health and Safety Executive.  It can be confusing why some companies are taken to task by the HSE after accidents at work, and others aren’t. In this blog we explore the rationale behind HSE’s decision making […]

Employment Tribunal

30th May 2024

Employment Tribunal: Professor’s Remark About Sushi Not Racist.

A claim for direct race discrimination has failed after a Japanese language and translation specialist accused her line manager of harassment, bullying and unfair treatment on the basis of her ethnicity. In September 2021, University of London Professor Nana Sato-Rossberg alleged that her boss, Provost Claire Ozanne, raised the subject of Japanese food and that […]

Man in high vis jacket & hard hat holding a clipboard

23rd May 2024

RIDDOR Guidance Updated

What’s Happened The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released updates to its guidance in order to help organisations to understand how and when to submit a report under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). What’s Changed? The recent changes do not include any changes to the legal requirements, although the […]

14th May 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week: Preventing Work-Related Stress

Introduction Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13-19 May 2024. This is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and promote support for those struggling with mental health issues. The week aims to tackle stigma and help people understand and prioritise their and others’ mental health. The campaign […]