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26th May 2021

Kebab Takeaway Owners Prosecuted For Breaches Of UK Fire Regulations

The Cardiff-based takeaway owners have been prosecuted for multiple breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO).  The premises were visited by the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service for a routine inspection in April 2019 and were immediately handed a prohibition order and an enforcement notice.  Prohibition order The order was served […]

20th May 2021

Get To Know Our Health & Safety Consultant

If you’ve ever wanted to know about the Lighthouse team, now’s your chance. Each month we will be shining a spotlight on someone from the team and hitting them with some quick-fire questions. Next up is Julie Byrne, our H&S Consultant.  How long have you been working for Lighthouse? 4 years. What is your favourite thing […]

19th May 2021

Site Manager Jailed For Failing To Report Under RIDDOR

On 8th January 2019, a site operative working on a demolition site in New Malden, Surrey, had their leg crushed as the excavator they were using tipped.  The injuries sustained resulted in the amputation of the leg.   RIDDOR The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) require specific injuries to workers to be […]

12th May 2021

Supermarket Store Workers Seeking To “Pocket the Difference” In Equal Pay Claim

Last month in Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley & Others, the Supreme Court found that the claimants (mostly women working in supermarkets) were entitled to compare themselves for equal pay purposes with employees (mostly men) working within Asda Distribution Centres (“DC”).  A ‘valid comparator’ is a critical stage in establishing the basis for a successful […]

6th May 2021

Court Finds Employer Not Liable For Injury

A compensation claim for an injury incurred by an employee of Swallowfield plc whilst manoeuvring a 48kg disused pump has been dismissed in the High Court as the activity being conducted carried no foreseeable risk of personal injury. Dynamic risk assessment The employee in question was an engineering technician, who was hired to conduct maintenance […]

7th April 2021

“You Can Do A Lot If You’re Properly Trained, It’s All To Do With The Training” – Queen Elizabeth II

When is an employee deemed effectively trained in employment policies and procedures?  An excellent sense check is to imagine the worst-case scenario played out in any particular area, then examining whether the training expectation is actually being fulfilled properly.  Is it a fluid, progressive programme that facilitates colleagues to live, breathe and keep up to […]

31st March 2021

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – What Is It And When Is Health Surveillance Needed?

HAVS is an occupational disease caused by excessive use of vibrating tools.  It develops through gripping on to tools and machinery resulting in the transmission of vibration into the body.  Symptoms include tingling, numbness and loss of strength with damage being irreversible in some cases.  Risk Assessment As with any workplace hazard, vibration exposure needs […]