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27th September 2022

Disabled At The Relevant Time?

In order for an employee to fall under the protection of disabled under the Equality Act 2010, they must be disabled at the time of the discriminatory act. In the recent case of Quinn v Sense Scotland ETS/4111971/2021, the tribunal confirmed that an employee who caught COVID-19 two weeks before their dismissal was not disabled […]

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22nd September 2022

New Targeted HSE Inspection Initiative

What’s Happening? The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently announced that its Inspectors are to commence a targeted inspection regime over autumn/winter – specifically focussing on manufacturing businesses where materials that contain silica are used. This Inspection initiative is on the back of recently updated guidance produced to support businesses who are involved in […]

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7th September 2022

Unsafe Work from Fork Lift Results in Company Fine

What’s Happened? A carpentry and joinery company has recently been fined after one of their employees who was working unsecured on the forks of a forklift truck fell 3.5 metres to the ground. The employee was working for Staircraft Group Limited at their head office site in Coventry undertaking window cleaning duties, he was working […]

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17th August 2022

Civil Engineers Fined £600,000 Following Death Of Young Boy

Leeds company Howard Civil Engineering have been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay £43,000 costs after admitting to breaches of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. On 26 July 2015, a young boy went missing from home and was tragically found dead the next day […]

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10th August 2022

Business Owner Fined for Fire Safety Offences

What’s Happened? The owner of a Bed and Breakfast premises located in Cornwall has recently been prosecuted under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 after Inspectors discovered that it failed to meet essential life safety requirements. Fire Safety Inspection An inspection by officers of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) identified that the […]

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3rd August 2022

B&M Landed With £1M Fine For Health And Safety Breaches

What’s Happened? Discount high street retailer B&M has recently been fined £1 Million after a contractor suffered serious injuries following an electric shock at their Liverpool Warehouse. The electrical contractor was understood to have set on fire during an explosion while using a metal spanner to repair an electrical fault. This case highlights the importance […]

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28th July 2022

Holiday Pay For Part-Year Workers

In the recent case of Harper Trust v Brazel [2022] UKSC 21, the Supreme Court held that holiday pay for term-time workers who work for part of the year but have a year-long contract must have their holiday pay calculated in the same way as a full-time worker and not prorated. In this case, the […]

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18th July 2022

Working in Hot Weather

Introduction Our health and safety advisory service has been receiving a large number of calls from clients in relation to working in the hot weather the country is currently experiencing. Working in excessive heat is not only uncomfortable but can be dangerous – and in extreme cases fatal. Hot work, either outdoors or indoors, can […]