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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 […]

25th September 2018

So What Exactly is ‘Fire Stopping’…?

You’ve recently had a fire risk assessment of your building carried out. Within the report you have been told by your fire risk assessor that there are gaps in “compartment” walls and floors throughout your premises which require “fire stopping”. What exactly do they mean by this, and how should you go about fixing the […]

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19th June 2018

Business owner jailed for Fire Safety breaches

What’s happened? Despite repeated warning from the Fire and Rescue Service, a businessman and owner of a 14th century wedding venue in Crewe, Cheshire, has recently been sentenced to 20 months’ jail for breaching Fire Safety regulations. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service visited the Haslington Hall site which is a Grade 1 listed timber-framed building. […]

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13th July 2017

What’s the latest on First Aid for events?

The Lighthouse H&S advice line receives many calls this time of year from clients who are planning outdoor events, summer parties and BBQ’s for customers and staff. One common question asked is in relation to first aid cover for such events. Sources of advice The previous source of guidance on events first aid was the […]

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3rd March 2017

Do the CDM Regulations apply to all maintenance work?

When the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM Regulations) came into force nearly two years ago, they caused a lot of confusion for the industry. There were significant changes to roles and responsibilities. In addition, the consensus opinion was that most building works and maintenance activity was covered. Is this right? The legal jargon […]

4th August 2016

Equality Act 2010

The Government has published its response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disabled people. The Select Committee published the report in March 2016 which considered whether the Equality Act 2010 provides sufficient protection from disability discrimination. The conclusion was, in short, that sufficient protection […]

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24th July 2016

The Myth of “Safety Socket Covers” – unnecessary and a hazard!

A recent alert bulletin has been distributed from the Department of Health warning that in certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can actually overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets. The alert advises that 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social […]

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9th May 2016

Company fined after worker is fatally crushed in trench

A company has been fined £2.6 million after an employee was killed when the trench he was working in collapsed on him in Lancashire. James Sim, a 32-year-old worker, from Barry, South Wales, a sub-contractor working on behalf of Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited. On the 14 April 2010, Mr Sim was working in a trench, […]

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