Category - Health and Safety

8
Nov

The CSC guide to a joyous (and safe) festive season!

The festive season is upon us again and the countdown to Christmas has begun! With Christmas parties and festivities being planned, it is important for employers and businesses to be aware of potential health and safety hazards so that everyone can enjoy this special period. We revisit the CSC festive season guidance: Here is an …

8
Nov

HSE releases annual injury and ill health statistics

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work a new report shows. Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18. The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the …

8
Nov

Waste management company director jailed for crush death

Two owners of a recycling and waste company in Liverpool have been jailed for the death of a 39 year old worker who died while working on a waste crushing machine. In 2010 Zibigniew Galka was working for Gawkells Waste services. He was working on a baller which compresses recycling and waste into small blocks. …

7
Nov

Retail outlet fined for Health and Safety failing

This month has seen a high street retail outlet receive a large fine after an incident in its Taunton store which has led to the biggest fine in the company’s 225 years retail history. The company was fined £337,500 after a 62 year old woman fell down into the basement after staff had left a …

9
Oct

Bonfire Night – CSC Safety Guidance

With Guy Fawkes night approaching on 5th November, we revisit the CSC guidance for the planning of fireworks displays and bonfires. Although one of the most popular festivals of the year, Guy Fawkes night can also be considered as potentially one of the most dangerous. Keeping your staff and customers safe should always remain your number …

11
Sep

Deep Fat Fryer incident results in £25K fine

The failure to implement and follow basic health and safety requirements can result in catastrophic injuries with massive fines imposed since the inception of the Sentencing Guidance. This was very much the case for The Cross, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Kenilworth. It has been reported that an 18 year old Apprentice Chef had been told …

6
Sep

Orkney Cheese Company prosecuted £8,000 for breaching work at height regulations

A staff employee was seriously injured when he was asked by the General Manager to retrieve a dead mouse from an unfloored loft area in October 2017. Orkney Cheese Company Limited has been fined £8,000 after an employee was seriously injured when he fell through a fragile roof by crawling along ceiling battens, in which …

15
Aug

Gross corporate manslaughter: New Sentencing Guidance to be introduced in November 2018

The Sentencing Council has published definitive guidance covering new sentences for individuals who commit gross negligence manslaughter. With this guideline coming into force in courts on 1 November 2018, jail time of up to 18 years is being proposed for the worst offenders. Gross negligence manslaughter is committed by an individual whose gross breach of …

26
Jul

Management of risk assessments

Employers have a duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to carry out risk assessments to identify what hazards exist in a workplace, and how likely these hazards are to cause harm. They must then decide what prevention or control measures are needed. As part of managing the health and …

26
Jul

Another bouncy castle death: safety concerns escalate!

This summer is proving to be a watershed moment for the safety and regulation of the use of bouncy castles. The unsafe practices surrounding the use of these facilities (intended for fun) has resulted in the unnecessary deaths of children and jail time for those found guilty. In recent months, we heard about the gross negligence manslaughter conviction …

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