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24th April 2024

Receiving A Christmas Grinch Award Was Not Religious Discrimination

At an internal staff awards ceremony, a male, Muslim teaching assistant was awarded the Christmas Grinch Prize. He later brought an employment tribunal claim against the school for religious discrimination. Salah Toughfar claimed he was “upset and distressed” after being compared to a character with such negative connotations, despite him being unaware of the Christmas-associated […]

Ship in a shipyard

10th April 2024

Tip Off To HSE Results In £100,000 Fine

A video of a worker using a pallet on the raised forks of a forklift as a working platform in July 2022 was sent to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) by a member of the public. The worker was seen standing on the pallet to remove items from the deck of a ship at […]

Employment Tribunal

27th March 2024

Humanitarian Aid Charity Ordered To Pay £31,000 Following Unfair Dismissal

A humanitarian aid charity called Human Relief Foundation has been ordered to pay an ex-employee £31,000 following an unfair dismissal complaint. Background to Whistleblowing What is whistleblowing? You are a whistleblower if you are a worker and you report wrongdoing. The wrongdoing you disclose must be in the public interest and therefore must affect others. […]

Pizzas on a conveyor belt

20th March 2024

Pizza Company Is Fined £800,000 After Machinery Incidents

What’s Happened? One of the nation’s largest producers of supermarket pizzas – providing millions of pizzas each year, has recently been fined £800,000 after two workers suffered serious injuries at its Lancashire factory. The company was hit with a sizable fine after employees were seriously injured having being caught up in machinery during  two separate […]

Mechanic working on an engine

13th March 2024

Engineering Firm Is Prosecuted After Double Amputation

What’s Happened An engineering firm based Perth has been recently fined £10,000 after an employee lost two of his fingers when carrying our maintenance works on a machine. The employee was understood to have inadvertently placed his hand into the blades of an unguarded rotary fan used as a grain dryer. The fan was rotating […]

Cows in a field looking at the camera

8th March 2024

Friends Attacked By Cows Leads To Fine For Farmer

Two friends walking a popular route near Masham, North Yorkshire, were confronted by a herd of cows on 25th July 2021. The pair had been walking a dog on his lead across fields and public rights of way near Shaws Farm. Upon entering one of the fields through which their path cut, they noticed a […]