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24th April 2018

Contractor Handed £50K Fine for Shoddy Site

What’s Happened? A contractor carrying out some refurbishment extension works at a site has recently been fined more than £50,000 after a routine HSE inspection found a series of serious safety breaches. The court heard that PVAD Limited was the contractor controlling works at a construction site in London when it received a routine inspection […]

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 […]

6th March 2018

Employee Receives Prison Sentence for Work at Height Breach

In a fairly rare case, a 28-year ­old scaffolder has been individually prosecuted after he was found to be working at height without suitable and sufficient safety measures in place. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Terrance Murray was spotted by a member of the public erecting scaffold in an unsafe manner. The concerned […]

6th March 2018

HSE Enforcement Notice Appeal – New Rules

A recent judgement in a case heard by the Supreme Court has ruled that organisations wishing to appeal enforcement notices will now be able to rely on information that was not available at the time to the inspector who served the notice. What’s Happened?… Oil exploration company Chevron was served a prohibition notice from a […]

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 […]