Category - Health and Safety

12
Apr

Carbon monoxide leaks – Fatalities in suspected gas leak in London accommodation

Following on from the news last month about the death of a Spanish tourist linked to a gas leak at The Mayflower Hotel in Kensington London, it is with sadness that more fatalities have been reported in another suspected gas leak. This time in a house in Edgeware, North London. With safety standards for accommodation blocks and …

9
Apr

Importance of Control of Contractors

Accidents at work or site are often heard of when talking about H&S and different stories are used to help promote the importance of safety at work. It is not only important to think about your own employees but also think about those who come onto site as you also have responsibility for them. One …

9
Apr

Prosecution update: Safety of young persons, chemical safety and window safety under the spotlight

We continue to hear about prosecutions resulting from avoidable incidents across the industry. Far too often the failure to implement and follow basic health and safety requirements is resulting in catastrophic injuries and in some cases fatalities. We look at some recently reported prosecutions from the last few weeks: Guest falls to death from hotel …

27
Mar

CSC Easter Safety Guidance

As Spring has started, it has been reported that this could be a ‘White Easter’ in the aftermath of the ‘Beast from the East’. We revisit the CSC Easter safety guidance and review the possible dangers that could be associated with activities around the holiday. Although the biggest likely threat is over-indulgence in chocolate it is …

8
Mar

Musculoskeletal injuries – update from HSE and impact on the workplace

HSE reported that in the UK approximately 507,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or long-standing) in 2016/17 which led to 8.9 million working days lost in that year. This highlights the need to ensure that all staff are working safely at work. Keeping employees safe benefits both staff and employer. Musculoskeletal disorders can …

8
Mar

Gas Safety: Tourist dies in London hotel after suspected carbon monoxide leak

Safety standards for accommodation blocks and hotels are fresh in everyone’s mind after incidents such as the Grenfell tower disaster and other recent building fires. It has now been reported that a tourist has died in a hotel after a suspected carbon monoxide leak. The BBC reported that The Mayflower Hotel in Kensington was evacuated …

8
Mar

Failure to follow risk assessments and implement safety standards results in major fines

Far too often the failure to implement and follow basic health and safety requirements is resulting in catastrophic injuries and in some cases fatalities. With the impact of the Sentencing Guidance being felt across numerous sectors, massive fines are now becoming the norm. We look at some recently reported prosecutions: £1,4M fine: Tata Steel was …

13
Feb

Hotel fined £120k for mouse infestation

All business’s could be at risk of pest infestations if proper measures are not taken to manage the situation. Even fine dining and high end hotels can find themselves falling victim to a rodent infestation. Recently, Hotel du Vin was fined £120,000 following a mice infestation in the kitchen of its Birmingham hotel. The 66-bedroom hotel admitted …

13
Feb

Blade injury results in £120k for severed hand

The impact of poor equipment safety practices can have far reaching consequences, not only for the injured person, but for the business also. This is true for a recently reported case which involved a worker sustaining life changing injuries and their employer being fined £120k On 3 October 2016, the worker was employed as a …

16
Jan

The impact of the Sentencing Guidance is felt across sectors

Over the last 6 weeks or so we have witnessed the full effect of the Sentencing Guidance across numerous sectors. Accidents and breaches in health and safety regulations have seen fines ranging from 100K to 2 million pounds being issued. These cases include slip, trip and fall hazards, manual handling and working at heights. If …

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