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Fork Lift Truck Health and Safety

1st February 2019

Got a Fork Lift Truck On Site? – Best Read On Then…

What’s Happened? At the back end of last year, the HSE prosecuted several companies – all of which failed to manage the risk of forklift trucks (FLTs) on their sites. We take a look at what kind of mistakes were made, and how to avoid falling foul of HSE requirements when operating FLTs. First Case […]

24th April 2018

Huge Fine after fall from Ladder

What’s Happened? Bradford based double glazing company Safestyle UK has recently been fined a whopping £850,000 after a worker fell from a ladder during an installation at a customer’s home resulting in a fracture to his lower leg. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how a window installer working for Safestyle UK, was attempting to install a […]

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 […]

27th February 2017

Report claims 42% increase in hand-arm vibration non-compliance

The UK’s largest construction safety group – Building Safety Group – has issued a report detailing a 42% rise in the number of hand-arm vibration non-compliance identified during their regime of site inspections. The increase was recorded over 20,000 site inspections conducted by the Group in 2016. The figure compares the first six months of […]

14th February 2017

HSE’s Fee for Intervention scheme to be challenged

The HSE’s much loathed Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme is facing a judicial review, in early 2017. We will keep you posted on the result. However, don’t expect the scheme to disappear overnight. Even if the review goes against the HSE, it’s expected that it will lodge an appeal. What’s happening? Towards the end of last […]

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 […]

26th October 2016

£300,000 fine for firm not following correct PUWER procedures

A recycling company based in Kent has incurred a significant fine following an injury to a worker who was repairing a shredder. On 7th October 2013, a plant mechanic employed by recycling firm, Countryside Recycling Limited, commenced remedial works on the machine after the metal roof plate of the hammer drum has become detached. The […]