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20th October 2021

Contractors Fall Results In £100K Fine

What’s Happened? Two Rotherham-based companies have recently pleaded guilty to health and safety offences and each received fines of £50,000 for their roles in an incident. The contractor fell six metres to a concrete floor after a wooden crate balanced on the forks of a reach truck was used as a makeshift platform for working […]

29th September 2021

Principal Contractor Fined As Sub-Contractors Fall From Height

St Modwen Homes Ltd – a principal contractor based in Birmingham, has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £13,332 following an incident that occurred at one of their sites.  Three bricklayers who had been appointed as a sub-contract trade fell approximately 2.5 metres when a temporary stairwell cover that had been incorrectly […]

Land fill and waste management

22nd September 2021

Skip Hire MD Landed Suspended Sentence Following Serious Accident

What’s Happened? The managing director of a skip hire and waste management firm has recently received a six-month suspended prison sentence, with the company itself being fined £150,000 following a serious accident in the company’s yard.   An employee of Easy Load Ltd was crossing the firm’s yard which is based in Dartford when he was […]

15th September 2021

Fencing Manufacturer And Landlord Fined After Fatality

What’s Happened? A fencing manufacturer and the owner of the yard where the business operates, have both recently been fined following the death of an employee at the site. An employee of PA Fencing Ltd was working within the yard area. At the time a telescopic forklift (telehandler) was also being used to move timber. […]

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8th September 2021

Surfacing Driver Takes One for the Road

Many employers have seen a reduction in sickness instances over the last sixteen months of the pandemic; furlough, flexible working and operating from home are significant contributing factors to this positive development.  A more fluid approach to work continues to improve the physical and mental well-being of the employee, and innovations in the support offered […]

19th August 2021

Heatwave Working

When is it too hot to work? Having endured one heatwave already this summer, meteorologists are predicting another bout of extreme temperatures towards the end of August and the beginning of September.  Employers should be aware of these rising temperatures and take measures to ensure that employees are working in as comfortable conditions as possible.  […]

Ben Taylor, Senior Health & Safety Consultant

11th August 2021

Get To Know Our Senior Health And Safety Consultant Ben Taylor

If you’ve ever wanted to know about the Lighthouse team now’s your chance. We will be shining a spotlight on someone from the team and hitting them with some quick-fire questions. Next up is Ben Taylor, our Senior Health and Safety Consultant. How long have you been working for Lighthouse? 8 years  What is your […]

4th August 2021

The “Kost” of Bargaining Behind the Unions’ Back?

Collective bargaining describes the process by which workers negotiate terms of employment, through their union representatives; unions will most likely pre-negotiate, before negotiating and attempting to reach contractual agreement on a particular matter.  This process is pro-employee and certainly gives a voice to workers in the betterment of their wages and working conditions.  As well […]