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Wood dust in a woodworking manufucaturing site

15th February 2024

Company Director Sentenced Over Wood Dust Failures

What’s Happened? The director of a woodworking company has narrowly avoided an immediate spell in prison after he was found guilty of continually exposing his employees to harmful wood dust. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspected the firm’s manufacturing site, which identified significant failings in its measures to control employees’ exposure to wood dust. […]

Man prosecuted for removing asbestos from school roof.

7th February 2024

Contractor Is Sentenced For Illegal Removal Of Asbestos

What’s Happened? A Hartlepool man has recently been prosecuted after he admitted removing asbestos from a school when he didn’t hold the appropriate licence to do so. It transpires that the contractor also intentionally falsified air clearance paperwork after removing the asbestos-containing materials, and he is known to have carried out similar work several months […]

Health and safety in winter weather. Two people walking on a snow covered road

22nd January 2024

Health And Safety In Winter Weather

Health and safety in winter weather should be a key consideration for all businesses. Slip and trip accidents increase during the autumn and winter seasons for a number of reasons. There is less daylight; leaves fall onto paths and become wet and slippery; and cold weather spells cause ice and snow to build up on […]

Birds on a red tile roof

12th January 2024

Roofing Company Is Fined £881K Following HSE Investigations.

What’s Happened A roofing company has been recently fined a total of £881,000 after two workers were seriously injured during two separate, but similar incidents. One of the roofing companies’ employees is understood to have fractured his pelvis after falling through a factory roof in Newcastle. He had been replacing a skylight in a corrugated […]

Royal Guards marching

19th December 2023

British Army Rastafarian Guardsman Wins Claim Against MOD

The employment tribunal has ruled that the Claimant’s claim of direct race discrimination, racial harassment and victimisation was successful in D Pile-Grey v Ministry of Defence. The tribunal has not yet published the amount of damages awarded. Mr Pile-Gray was one of the first Rastafarian guardsmen and had a career in the army stretching over […]

Fire alarm on a cracked cream coloured wall.

15th December 2023

Fire Compartmentation – What Is It?

Fire Compartmentation – What is it? The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) requires all non-domestic buildings to be fire risk assessed by a competent individual. Simply put, compartmentation is the process of dividing a structure into ‘compartments’ for effective risk management. Each compartment is reinforced by using fire-resistant materials and by installing protective […]

Warehouse worker sacked after colleague finds a video

28th November 2023

Worker Unfairly Dismissed After Colleague Found A Video Of Him Being Confronted By ‘Paedophile Hunters’

A warehouse worker had his employment terminated after a colleague discovered a video on social media where the Claimant had been accused of ‘grooming’ an underage girl. Mr Cooper, the Claimant’s colleague, carried out a search of the Claimant on social media in January 2021. The search revealed a video and photograph headed: ‘The Hunted […]