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3rd February 2021

Rekindling The Office Romance

In recent employment history, workers have campaigned for their employers to embrace home working; trusting the employee to work independently and to offer an environment that promotes work life balance and improves mental health.  Many flirted with the notion, some paid lip service while others went further; viewing the arrangement as a Golden Ticket to […]

27th January 2021

Iconic Bradford Hotel Fined £24,000 For Health & Safety Breaches

The owners of the famous Midland Hotel in Bradford City Centre have been found guilty of four breaches of Health & Safety legislations following an investigation by local environmental health officers (EHO).  The authorities were first alerted to the issues by a departing general manager who had raised concerns about the pace of action being […]

19th January 2021

A Crisis Is A Terrible Thing to Waste

This year demonstrated that when companies are forced to change through necessity, rapid business transformation can occur; many employers and employees have shown a willingness and ability to innovate rapidly, adapting to the evolving landscape. Smart businesses are using the pandemic as an opportunity to ‘stop and think’, pausing to profoundly review their customer proposition, […]

14th January 2021

Spot Check And Inspections Continuing In Lockdown

The HSE have confirmed this week, via their weekly digest, that spot checks and inspections will continue; to ensure employers are providing COVID-secure places of work, despite the measures put in place as case numbers rise. They have reiterated that employers must continue to keep their COVID-19 risk assessments relevant; and ensure that they are […]

11th January 2021

Get to know our Senior Safety Consultant

If you’ve ever wanted to know about the Lighthouse team, now’s your chance. Each week we will be shining a spotlight on someone from the team and hitting them with some quick-fire questions. Next up is our most Senior Health & Safety Consultant, Mr. Matthew William Blackburn Esq. How long have you been working for […]

5th January 2021

Should You Undertake Annual Testing Of Homeworker’s Appliances?

Before coronavirus, home-working was largely a sporadic activity. Therefore, testing of portable appliances was not something that was of much concern.  As the pandemic has unfolded, more and more roles have evolved to allow for flexible and extended home working hours. So, should we now be thinking about including home appliances in our annual testing […]

15th December 2020

Death Of Roofer Leads To Charge Of Gross Negligence Manslaughter For Employer

A Preston based roofing contractor has been fined £130,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,970 following the death of one of their employees whilst undertaking skylight replacement works. As a result, a charge of gross negligence manslaughter has been placed on file for Design Roof Systems Ltd (DRS), following a Crown Court hearing.  DRS Director, […]

11th December 2020

Getting Ready For The Winter Weather

It’s that time of year again! Where we compile a blog about the onset of winter and the weather it brings.  In-between concentrating on the festive celebrations and the inevitable New Years resolutions, the winter period can be a troublesome time for employers and duty holders. The change in weather can result in slip, trip […]

9th December 2020

Your Obligations With COVID-19 Positive Workers

Employers in England now face fines of up to £10,000 if they allow staff to work when they should be self-isolating. But, how will this be applied in practice? On 28 September 2020, The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Self-Isolation (England) Regulations 2020 came into force.  These new regulations place a legal obligation on employers to […]