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6th March 2018

Snow Days – Your Obligations As An Employer

With last week’s extreme weather, many employers will have needed to deal with the question of how to deal with absences resulting from the bad weather such as snow days. For some, absence from work will have been caused by travel disruption and blocked roads; for others school closures will have caused last minute problems […]

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6th March 2018

Employee Receives Prison Sentence for Work at Height Breach

In a fairly rare case, a 28-year ­old scaffolder has been individually prosecuted after he was found to be working at height without suitable and sufficient safety measures in place. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Terrance Murray was spotted by a member of the public erecting scaffold in an unsafe manner. The concerned […]

6th March 2018

HSE Enforcement Notice Appeal – New Rules

A recent judgement in a case heard by the Supreme Court has ruled that organisations wishing to appeal enforcement notices will now be able to rely on information that was not available at the time to the inspector who served the notice. What’s Happened?… Oil exploration company Chevron was served a prohibition notice from a […]

6th March 2018

Firm Fined £20K After Worker’s Injury

A manufacturing company has recently been fined £20,000 with costs of £1,750 after a worker lost his finger after it got caught whilst operating a metalwork fabrication machine. The court heard how an employee of A J Metal Products Limited was injured after his glove caught in the rollers of a machine, pulling his index […]

27th February 2018

Equal Pay For Equal Work

With reports about differences in pay between high profile men and women seemingly in the news on a daily basis at the moment, there cannot be many people in the UK who have not wondered how their pay compares to colleagues of the opposite sex.  In this article, we explain the rules on equal pay and […]

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20th February 2018

New First Aid Guidance for 2018 from HSE

The HSE has recently updated some of its guidance material that covers first aid at work. What has changed and what should you do with this information…..? The HSE has published an updated version of its first aid at work (reference INDG347). It has been updated to cover current best practice advice on basic advice […]

19th February 2018

Retailer and Contractor fined after customers injured

A retail company and contractor have recently been fined at total of £640,000 following two separate incidents involving elderly customers. What happened and what should have been done to prevent this……. What happened? In January 2016, High Street Retailer Martin McColl Ltd (M). engaged a contractor to install a concrete disabled ramp at the entrance […]

2nd February 2018

£45k fine for CDM 2015 breach

A principal contractor has recently been fined £45,000 for a CDM 2015 breach, after a roller shutter door fell down during its removal, causing severe damage to a high street market stall in Walthamstow. Employees of construction firm – Flex D B Construction Ltd were engaged in removing a roller shutter door on the boundary […]