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11th September 2018

Changing your mind about a RIDDOR report?

The Scenario Someone at work has suffered an accident at work and you have had to complete a RIDDOR report for the HSE. The problem is that after doing that, further information could come to light. Are you able to change the contents after it’s been submitted? And if so, how do you go on […]

HSE Fee For Intervention Health & Safety Executive

28th August 2018

Recommendations made to extend HSE Fee For Intervention (FFI) to Local Authority Inspectors

The Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme has been in operation for a number of years now. The premise behind it allows Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors to effectively charge organisations for the time they spend investigating their health and safety management systems when breaches in regulatory compliance are identified. The current rate of charge […]

How to deal with Disciplinary Proceedings UK 2018

31st July 2018

Dealing with Disciplinaries – Possible Pathways

Numerous issues can arise during the course of disciplinary proceedings which are not necessarily catered for in policy documents. This article considers how to tackle these and maintain fairness in the process. When to suspend: If an allegation of misconduct arises, suspending the accused employee should not be the default response. Instead, you should consider: […]

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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 […]

Company Fined for Health and Safety Failures

31st July 2018

£500k fine after worker loses the use of his legs

What’s happened? A 30-year-old Romanian construction worker sustained serious injuries after he fell through a fragile plastic skylight into a basement three metres below. This accident resulted in two companies (the principal contractor and a sub-contractor) being fined over half a million pounds after a site worker suffered a severed spine and is unlikely ever to […]

3rd July 2018

Self-employed status – Pimlico Plumbers

In the Pimlico Plumbers case, the Supreme Court was asked to consider whether the label attached to their ‘self-employed’ contractors reflected the reality of their working arrangements, with a view to deciding if those contractors were ‘workers’ entitled to a range of benefits, including paid annual leave and the right not to be discriminated against. […]

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