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RIDDOR Reforms 2019

13th December 2018

Major overhaul of RIDDOR proposed in 2019

What’s Happening? The HSE has recently reviewed the success of the Report of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 and as a result has proposed some major changes. The changes are fairly wide reaching in that the HSE proposes to not only cut the number of accidents to non-workers which need reporting, but also […]

Asbestos Health and Safety Risks

13th December 2018

Developer Fined After Disturbing Asbestos

What’s Happened? The owner of a building has recently been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after it was discovered that major refurbishment had taken place without an asbestos survey. When HSE Inspectors visited the large site in Manchester, they found that the Developer had renovated the building without firstly checking for asbestos. The […]

Health & Safety Christmas Decorations

13th December 2018

A Christmas Warning…..!

What’s Happened? A Staffordshire social club has recently been fined £20,000 after a volunteer fell from a ladder while putting away some Christmas decorations. A member of The Lea Hall Social Club in Rugeley, was putting extra decorations back in the club’s loft when the loft ladder gave way dropping him two metres on to […]

26th November 2018

HSE Releases 2017/2018 Injury And Ill Health Statistics

What’s Happened? The HSE have recently released the annual injury and ill health statistics for 2017/2018. The annual statistics cover cases of work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to employers in Great Britain along with details of HSE enforcement action taken.  What do They Say? It’s a well known fact that Great Britain […]

26th November 2018

Is Your Business H&S Ready for Winter?

Each year businesses undergo challenges when winter arrives. Workers complain of being cold, vehicles get stuck, equipment breaks down and external areas get slippery. After the particularly good weather this summer, early signs of frost as winter approaches might therefore come as a shock to the system. Preparing early will make the transition more comfortable […]

1st November 2018

Do I Have to Train Fire Marshalls?

The Scenario This question is commonly asked by clients when our consultancy team are undertaking fire risk assessments at sites. When you’re putting together your buildings excavation strategy you’ll need to appoint key members of staff to take charge in an emergency situation. But once you’ve done that, what training is actually required…….and how often […]

30th October 2018

Fee for intervention (FFI) – Is it Going to Get Worse…?

What’s happening? As most will be aware, the much loathed ‘Fee for Intervention’ (FFI) scheme was introduced in October 2012 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which allows its inspectors to charge for their time if they find that a business is “in material breach” of H&S legislation. The idea of the scheme being […]

30th October 2018

£40,000 Fine for Poor Ladder Management

What’s happened? London Zoo has recently been fined £40,000 after a cleaner fell from a faulty ladder while working inside their hawk aviary. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee suffered neck injuries in the accident while removing droppings from a shelf under the birds’ perches. The ladder she was using had been retrieved from a […]