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13th December 2018

A Christmas Warning…..!

What’s Happened? A Staffordshire social club has recently been fined £20,000 after a volunteer fell from a ladder while putting away some Christmas decorations. A member of The Lea Hall Social Club in Rugeley, was putting extra decorations back in the club’s loft when the loft ladder gave way dropping him two metres on to […]

15th May 2018

What’s the Deal with Racking Inspections?

What’s the Deal with Racking Inspections?… This issue is applicable to many clients and is one routinely identified by our consultants during recent site visits. An industry body which advises on the safety of storage systems has recently produced guidance on the best practice for carrying out a pallet racking inspection. What advice does it […]

20th March 2018

£20k fine for CDM safety and welfare failings

What’s Happened? A construction firm has recently been fined £20,000 after failing to safeguard the public and workers on site, and rather uniquely…. for not providing adequate welfare facilities for workers on site. Toft Construction Limited were carrying out the refurbishment of a domestic property in Salford. A HSE inspector visited the site and discovered […]

19th February 2018

Retailer and Contractor fined after customers injured

A retail company and contractor have recently been fined at total of £640,000 following two separate incidents involving elderly customers. What happened and what should have been done to prevent this……. What happened? In January 2016, High Street Retailer Martin McColl Ltd (M). engaged a contractor to install a concrete disabled ramp at the entrance […]

28th June 2017

Beards and facial hair is a hot topic in the construction industry at the moment…

Construction contractor Mears caused quite a stir in the national press recently when they asked all staff to report to work clean shaven. So why have they taken this stance and should all contractors consider following suit? Mears’ new ruling details that all staff working in potentially dusty environments be clean shaven when undertaking their […]

9th May 2017

Double fine for working at height dangers

Two roofing contractors have recently been fined £66,000 each after the HSE investigated hazardous working at height conditions. MKM Fabrications Ltd was employed as the principal contractor to carry out a roof replacement on a building at Valley Mills, Oldham. The company subcontracted part of the project to Clad-It Limited, which effectively meant employees from two […]

3rd January 2017

Stepladder fall costs Volvo £900,000 Fine

Car Giant Volvo has recently been prosecuted £900,000, ordered it to pay costs of £5,820 after an employee was seriously injured following a fall from stepladders at their Truck and Bus Depot in Enfield, North London. The technician was servicing a lorry owned by delivery firm DHL when he identified that the access rope to […]

9th December 2016

Controlling Drug and Alcohol use this Festive Period

Winter can be a tricky period for managing health & safety in the workplace. Not only are there the increased risks of slips, trip and falls due to icy conditions, but the festivities and celebrations around Christmas time bring with them the added issue of employees potentially being under the influence whilst at work. It […]