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21st October 2020

Cardiff Care Home Fined £400,000 after Fire Breaches put Residents at “Serious Risk”

What’s Happened?  The Directors of a Care Home have recently pleaded guilty to significant breaches of fire safety regulations at their residential property in South Wales. The breaches were so severe they were described as potentially leading to a “large-scale tragedy”. Following multiple inspections from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Residential Care Home (which […]

14th October 2020

Supermarket Fined £30,000 for H&S Offences

What’s Happened? A supermarket in Hertfordshire has recently been fined £30,000 for providing unsafe equipment and what was described as a ‘flagrant disregard’ of a prohibition notice. Prohibition Notice Environmental health officers carrying out a routine inspection of the supermarket decided to serve a prohibition notice on a meat-cutting bandsaw that did not have an […]

30th September 2020

HSE Targeted Dust Inspections – October 2020

What’s Happening  Despite numerous targeted inspections nationwide checking businesses remain Covid-19 compliant, the HSE has just announced that Health and Safety inspectors across Great Britain will also now be targeting construction firms to check that their health standards are up to scratch during a month-long dust inspection initiative, starting on Monday 5 October 2020. Why […]

Wire fence around a construction site with a digger in the background

17th September 2020

Banksman suffers head crush injuries in accident involving excavator

Garden Discount Centre Limited (GDC) of St. Olaves, Great Yarmouth, have been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,745 following a serious accident involving one of their employees and an excavator. Accident The incident occurred during contracting works being conducted at a school in Cromer, Norfolk. Jeremy Buck was acting as banksman, watching […]

8th September 2020

First Aid Training Requirements Deadline – Coronavirus

What’s Happening? We advised back in March 2020 that The Health and Safety Executive had released a statement, which extends the validity of various qualifications including Emergency First Aid at Work and First Aid at Work due to the current pandemic. To qualify for the extension, you must be able to: explain why you haven’t been able to […]

25th August 2020

Poor Lighting in Stairwell Leads to Death of Pensioner

80 year old Frank Finnie was discovered at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell of Aberdeen Indoor Market in June 2018. An investigation into the circumstances around his death found that the management company of the shopping centre – Market Village Company Ltd, had failed to maintain the lighting in the stairwell and that […]

18th August 2020

HSE Focus on Manchester based Businesses

What’s Happening? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is contacting businesses in Greater Manchester to make sure workplaces are COVID-secure to help tackle the local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Inspectors will be carrying out spot checks of workplaces across Greater Manchester, putting employers on the spot, and making sure that they are complying with […]

22nd July 2020

HSE Target Yorkshire in COVID Compliance Spot-Check Campaign

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have stated that they will be making checks on Yorkshire employers to ensure that they are aware of their obligations to comply with the Safer Workplace guidance issued in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The official HSE statement confirmed that ‘Inspectors are out and about visiting businesses across […]