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Person performing asbestos removal

9th November 2022

Company Fined After Staff Exposed to Asbestos

What’s Happened? Logistics giant Eddie Stobart has recently been fined £133,000 after work at one of its sites exposed staff to asbestos. The firm was fined following a series of failures that took place while excavation work was carried out at its rail and container freight port in Widnes. The works resulted in the disturbance […]

Fire Extinguisher below Fire Hose

2nd November 2022

Company and Director Fined after Fire Risk Failings

What’s Happened? A Building Contractor has recently been fined £600,000 and its director ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and also fined £4,200 following serious and repeated failings in managing fire safety during work on a construction site under their control. Back in January 2018, an Inspector from the Health and Safety Executive […]

three cranes on a building site

12th October 2022

Building firm fined after Ignoring Prohibition Notice

What’s Happened? A building firm has recently been fined after putting workers working at height at risk during the refurbishment of a former warehouse building in London. It is understood the company deliberately breached a HSE Prohibition Notice served on the site. The company was using a site-made cradle during the renovation of the five-story […]

Cement flowing at construction site

5th October 2022

HSE launches new Construction Site Inspection Campaign

What’s Happening? HSE has recently announced that its Inspectors will be carrying out over 1,000 inspections to construction sites during October and November, with specific focus on checking how workers are moving heavy or bulky materials. Recent accident/incident statistics show around 40,000 people in the construction industry suffer a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) each year. The […]

Man fatigued at work

27th September 2022

Disabled At The Relevant Time?

In order for an employee to fall under the protection of disabled under the Equality Act 2010, they must be disabled at the time of the discriminatory act. In the recent case of Quinn v Sense Scotland ETS/4111971/2021, the tribunal confirmed that an employee who caught COVID-19 two weeks before their dismissal was not disabled […]

man with clipboard

22nd September 2022

New Targeted HSE Inspection Initiative

What’s Happening? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently announced that its Inspectors are to commence a targeted inspection regime over autumn/winter – specifically focussing on manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silica are used. This Inspection initiative is on the back of recently updated guidance produced to support businesses who are involved in […]

Forklift truck

7th September 2022

Unsafe Work from Fork Lift Results in Company Fine

What’s Happened? A carpentry and joinery company has recently been fined after one of their employees who was working unsecured on the forks of a forklift truck fell 3.5 metres to the ground. The employee was working for Staircraft Group Limited at their head office site in Coventry undertaking window cleaning duties, he was working […]