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7th November 2019

2019 Injury and Ill Health Statistics Released

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently released the annual injury and ill-health statistics for 2018/2019. These figures include statistics for work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, enforcement action taken, and the associated costs to Great Britain. Figures show that around 581,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries in 2018/2019, with 1.4 million workers […]

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26th October 2019

Watch Out for Generic Risk Assessments

What’s Happened? A construction company has recently been fined £65,000 after one of their carpenters sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back after a fall from height. The employee had climbed up to remove a nail from a brace holding trusses, one of which started to fall causing the employee to fall with it. The 36-year-old employee sustained nerve and tissue damage to […]

Construction worker wearing a hard hat - 5 steps to better health and safety compliance

23rd October 2019

Five Steps To Ensuring Health & Safety Compliance In Your Business

Every trading business carries Health & Safety risks. UK Health & Safety legislation is in force to ensure businesses take effective steps to manage these risks. We’ve compiled a 5 step guide to ensure your business has the relevant procedures in place to understand your exposures and implement the required actions. Competent Person All businesses […]

Asbestos Health and Safety Risks

16th October 2019

How To Manage Asbestos

Introduction If you’re responsible for any premises, managing any asbestos which may be present is a high priority. There are a number of rules regarding how to do this, but we still see many businesses getting it wrong! This guide has been developed to cover the essential requirements of how to go about fulfilling your […]

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9th October 2019

Getting ready for the off-payroll tax reforms – changes to IR35

IR35 is a tax law initiative introduced in April 2000 to address issues of ‘deemed employment’ where a business engages workers on a self-employed basis, (usually through intermediaries) rather than on an employment contract, essentially ‘disguising’ the worker as an employee. There are benefits to the company in using this method, alleviating the requirement to […]

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24th September 2019

Director Sentenced For Safety Breaches

What’s happened? The Director of the now-dissolved landscaping company R K United Ltd has recently been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life-changing injuries from using a lorry loader which was in an appalling condition. An employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to deliver a load of […]

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22nd September 2019

Groundworks Company Hit With £10,000 Fine

What’s happened? A groundworks company has been fined after a security guard working on-site suffered serious hand injuries which resulted in him being off work for over 7 months as a result. A plant driver employed by Groundworks Company – APK Earthmoving Limited requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company […]

12th September 2019

Managing Hand Arm Vibration Risks

What is hand-arm vibration? Hand-arm vibration (HAVS) is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers’ hands and arms. HAVS comes from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health – namely – painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints. When is it hazardous? Regular and […]