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8th December 2021

Director Jailed for Ignoring 15 HSE Safety Notices

What’s Happened? The boss of a car salvage yard has recently been jailed for a year after ignoring a whopping 15 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforcement notices served on his scrapyard business. This is an interesting case in that whist no injuries actually occurred from the poor safety standards – the sentencing guidelines are […]

2nd December 2021

What is The Fire Safety Bill..?

What is the Fire Safety Bill? The Fire Safety Bill (or The Fire Safety Act 2021 as it’s now known) is a new piece of legislation that has been introduced following the Grenfell tragedy in 2017 and the subsequent public enquiry. The aim of the new Act is to prevent such future tragedies from occurring […]

24th November 2021

Holiday Inn Express Fined for Health and Safety Breaches

What’s Happened The Holiday Inn Express in Dunstable has recently been fined following a serious health and safety breach following a serious incident involving a deep fat fryer which resulted in third-degree burns to an employees arms, legs and torso. Incident An untrained member of staff was instructed by a manager to empty and clean […]

17th November 2021

Serial Safety Offender is Prosecuted….Again!

What’s Happened A leading Food manufacturer – Bakkavor has once again appeared in court and been fined £130,000 with costs of £2607 for safety breaches after one of its employees suffered two broken ribs having been crushed within an industrial cooking machine while attempting to clear a blocked water inlet. This is the latest case […]

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10th November 2021

Applying for Medical Exemption From Vaccination 

The Government has recently legislated to require employees working in Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated care homes in England to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to provide proof that they are medically exempt from vaccination.  There has been a concern since the legislation was introduced that the process for obtaining an exemption was uncertain […]

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4th November 2021

Manufacturer fined £20,000 after Machine Accident

What’s Happened? A handrail manufacturing company has recently been fined £20,000 after an employee’s hand was drawn into a roller and crushed. An employee of Manchester-based business Dealercast Ltd was being trained by the company director to use a rolling machine in order to bend pieces of steel tube. While the employee was feeding the […]

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27th October 2021

Lift Shaft Fall Results in 90K Fine

What’s Happened? A care home firm in Flintshire, Wales has recently been fined £90,000 with an additional £85,00 in costs after one of its staff, a newly-recruited care home manager, fell down a lift shaft. The Care Home Operators – Pearlcare Wellfield Limited were found guilty of four health and safety breaches at Mold Crown […]

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27th October 2021

Holiday Inn Fined After Wedding Disaster

What’s Happened? The owners and operators of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Hemel Hempstead have recently been found guilty of Health & Safety breaches and ordered by the courts to pay almost £160,000 after the wooden staircase that a wedding party was standing on for a group photograph collapsed beneath them. The incident occurred during […]

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20th October 2021

Contractors Fall Results In £100K Fine

What’s Happened? Two Rotherham-based companies have recently pleaded guilty to health and safety offences and each received fines of £50,000 for their roles in an incident. The contractor fell six metres to a concrete floor after a wooden crate balanced on the forks of a reach truck was used as a makeshift platform for working […]