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17th May 2023

New Nationwide HSE Inspection Campaign

What’s Happening Starting this week, HSE inspections will be undertaking a targeted Inspection campaign to Construction Sites across the country – with a specific focus on dust control. The Inspections are understood to be continuing throughout May, June and July 2023. As part of this focussed ‘respiratory health’ campaign, HSE will be checking that both […]

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10th May 2023

Director Of Hotel Is Fined For Fire Safety Breaches

What’s Happened? A hotel director has been recently fined for failing to safeguard customers, employees and contractors after blocked fire escapes were found. Officers from Swindon Borough Council’s Food, Health and Safety Team visited the Swandown Hotel in Swindon following complaints from customers regarding health and safety concerns which included blocked fire escapes, damaged electric […]

Should employers be providing pat testing for home workers?

5th May 2023

PAT Testing For Home Workers

While PAT testing isn’t required by law, it is the responsibility of employers to ensure that any electrical equipment used by employees is maintained and is in a safe working condition. PAT testing may be included as a part of measures put in place by employers to make sure that employees and the wider public […]

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3rd May 2023

Halifax Company Fined £30k After Large Fire

What Happened? A West Yorkshire-based supply company has recently been fined £30k after an explosion of flammable liquid led to a fire at its premises in Halifax. An employee at the site had been decanting a flammable chemical named heptane from a metal drum into a plastic bulk container without suitable precautions. The so-called ‘splash […]

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27th April 2023

Paralegal Succeeds In Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

In the recent case of Farzana Yasin v Swift Lawyers Ltd (2407552/2021) the Employment Tribunal held that Ms Yasin (‘the Claimant’) was discriminated against on the grounds of pregnancy but was not unfairly dismissed. The Respondent was a Law Firm and the Claimant commenced employment in 2017 as a paralegal working on cavity wall insulation […]

two workers on roof

20th April 2023

Company Fined After Worker Fractures Back

What’s Happened? A company has recently been fined after an employee fractured his back and ribs following a fall from the roof of a house where he was working in Cheshire. Why did the accident happen, and what can you do to protect your workers from falls from a height? Chain of Events Employees of […]

forklift truck transporting products

18th April 2023

Company Fined £600,000 After Forklift Truck Incident

What’s Happened? A manufacturing company has recently been fined £600,000 after a worker’s leg was crushed by a forklift truck. The employee was working at the companies Birmingham site at the time of the incident. He had been walking across a pedestrian crossing at the site when a forklift truck (that was being driven by […]

Asbestos Health and Safety Risks

5th April 2023

HSE Launches New Asbestos Campaign

What’s Happened? The HSE has recently launched a new campaign entitled ‘Asbestos and You’ with the aim of reminding those working in construction (and allied) trades to manage the risks associated with asbestos. Despite the product having been banned within the building industry since 1999, figures show that 5,000 people a year still die from […]