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18th January 2023

Company Fined £858,000 after Serious Machinery Accident

What’s Happened? A Kent-based food production company has recently been fined £858,000 after a 26-year- old employee had to have his right arm surgically removed following a machinery incident. The employee was understood to be removing filling ingredients from a paddle mixer at the company’s factory site when his arm became entangled in the unguarded […]

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5th January 2023

Evac-Chairs – Do You Need One?

How do you know if you need to supply an evacuation chair for persons with mobility issues, and what are your legal responsibilities in relation to staff training? Why have an Evacuation Chair? According to government statistics, 53% of disabled people aged 16 to 64 are employed within the UK – that equates to over […]

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7th December 2022

Vanishing dismissal

In the case of Marangakis v Iceland Foods Limited [2022] EAT 161, the Employment Appeal Tribunal determined whether an employee could rely on their dismissal if they appeal and are reinstated. On 24 January 2019, Ms Marangakis (“the Claimant”) was dismissed from her role at Iceland Foods Limited (“the Respondent”) as a part-time sales assistant […]

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1st December 2022

Keeping the Workplace and Staff Warm During the Energy Crisis

Introduction With concerns about rising energy costs, the H&S advice line has recently received a high number of calls from clients about options to save energy and reduce costs, with clients quite rightly being concerned about their heating bills over the coming months. This article therefore takes a closer look at what options you do […]

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23rd November 2022

Guidance to Employers ahead of World Cup

The FIFA World Cup kicks off on Sunday the 20th of November 2022, lasting just under a month, with the final on Sunday 18th of December 2022. Global sporting events such as the World Cup or the Olympics present a challenge for employers wanting to maintain the appropriate staffing levels without stopping their entire workforce […]

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17th November 2022

New Fire Safety Requirements Come into Force from 2023

What’s Happening? From 23rd January 2023, The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022 introduce new key legal duties for building owners/managers (responsible persons). This article provides the key salient points of what you need to be aware of in order to stay compliant and be prepared for the new requirements. Why is there a Change? Following […]

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9th November 2022

Company Fined After Staff Exposed to Asbestos

What’s Happened? Logistics giant Eddie Stobart has recently been fined £133,000 after work at one of its sites exposed staff to asbestos. The firm was fined following a series of failures that took place while excavation work was carried out at its rail and container freight port in Widnes. The works resulted in the disturbance […]

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2nd November 2022

Company and Director Fined after Fire Risk Failings

What’s Happened? A Building Contractor has recently been fined £600,000 and its director ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and also fined £4,200 following serious and repeated failings in managing fire safety during work on a construction site under their control. Back in January 2018, an Inspector from the Health and Safety Executive […]