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22nd May 2018

GDPR: what employers need to do after D-Day (Part Two)

With the emphasis on complying with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation now shifting to what needs to happen after 25 May 2018, we continue the discussion on how to ensure compliance is maintained. Record keeping and central register Although businesses employing fewer than 250 people are not obliged to maintain records about […]

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22nd May 2018

What’s the Deal with Asbestos Registers?…

An asbestos register is a massively important document showing people where asbestos can be found in a building, but a recent study shows that they’re not well used. A recent study highlighted that up to a third of construction workers would not check the asbestos register on a site before starting work. This not only […]

22nd May 2018

What is the HSE up to in 2018 and 2019?

What’s happening?  The HSE has recently released its 2018/19 business plan that sets out its agenda for enforcement and strategic actions throughout the UK. What can you expect and how might you be affected? The Plan In 2017 the HSE conducted targeted inspection on approximately 20,000 workplaces; principally those which were known to be higher risk […]

15th May 2018

What’s the Deal with Racking Inspections?…

What’s the Deal with Racking Inspections?… This issue is applicable to many clients and is one routinely identified by our consultants during recent site visits. An industry body which advises on the safety of storage systems has recently produced guidance on the best practice for carrying out a pallet racking inspection. What advice does it […]

15th May 2018

Six Figure Fine for Manufacturing Firm after Fatal Accident

What’s happened? A Somerset pre-cast concrete products manufacturing company has recently been fined after a 43-year-old man was fatally injured when trapped by machinery he was undertaking maintenance on. A maintenance fitter was carrying out maintenance work on site while a machine was not isolated. As a result, a conveyor started moving and the employee […]

24th April 2018

GDPR: what employers need to do after D-Day

Much of the publicity surrounding the General Data Protection Regulation has focused on what needs to be done in the run up to 25 May 2018 when the new data protection regime comes into force.  However, it is what happens beyond this date that really matters because it is only when the processes and procedures […]

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24th April 2018

Contractor Handed £50K Fine for Shoddy Site

What’s Happened? A contractor carrying out some refurbishment extension works at a site has recently been fined more than £50,000 after a routine HSE inspection found a series of serious safety breaches. The court heard that PVAD Limited was the contractor controlling works at a construction site in London when it received a routine inspection […]

24th April 2018

Huge Fine after fall from Ladder

What’s Happened? Bradford based double glazing company Safestyle UK has recently been fined a whopping £850,000 after a worker fell from a ladder during an installation at a customer’s home resulting in a fracture to his lower leg. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how a window installer working for Safestyle UK, was attempting to install a […]

Principal Contractor - Construction

10th April 2018

Must there be a Principal Contractor?

Do I Need a Principal Contractor? This is one of the more commonly asked questions received on our H&S advice line and so this blog post has been written to provide clear definitive advice to clients on the subject of CDM and the role of Principal Contractor. The Scenario You have a relatively minor construction […]