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12th August 2019

Two Firms Fined in Fall From Height

What’s Happened? In a recent case that highlights the need for contractors to be properly vetted and managed, a manufacturing company and the firm it hired to repair a section of pipework on its warehouse roof have been fined a total of £118,000 after workers were put at risk of falling from height. Poor Planning […]

Health and Safety Site Management

31st July 2018

Company Fined due to Poor Site Management

Recent unannounced inspections at a company’s construction sites undertaken by the HSE revealed widespread safety failings that put workers at risk. The company (Sherwood Homes) had appointed several Principal Contractors to construct housing developments at two separate sites located in Preston and at Tarporley. The HSE carried out proactive inspections at both sites and found […]

26th June 2018

Working outdoors in Hot Weather

The Lighthouse H&S advice line receives many queries each year from clients who have employees working outdoors in hot weather and want to know their obligations. With temperatures set to hit 30 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country this week, it’s important to ensure you have considered the additional risks faced by staff. […]

19th June 2018

Hotel Fined £50,000 after Ignoring Hot Water Risks

What’s Happened? The owners of a hotel based in Norfolk has recently appeared in court after ignoring the risks associated with Hot water at its site which resulted in a pensioner being left with catastrophic scalds. An 86 year old pensioner was staying at Ancient House – part of the Victoria Hotel in Holkham. He […]

19th June 2018

Tips for Appealing against a HSE Enforcement Notice

What’s Happened? The HSE has recently lost a court case in which it claimed that certain evidence should be inadmissible by the other party. The favourable outcome now makes it easier for employers to successfully appeal against enforcement notices. Here’s what you need to know… Being Served with a Notice When you receive a visit […]

20th March 2018

Face Fit Testing – What you need to know

We have received several queries from clients on the subject of face fit testing recently. In order to help clarify some issues, we have drafted this briefing guidance note on the key concerns surrounding this topic. So…What Exactly is Face Fit Testing? Ok let’s start at the beginning, everyone knows that breathing in dust, gases […]

20th March 2018

Changes Planned to CSCS Cards

What’s Happening? The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is to withdraw from its role as an administrator of the construction skills certification scheme (CSCS). The CITB has indicated that after 20 years of running the CSCS card service there are now new potential providers who can offer a more efficient, modern service than currently provided. […]