Category - Health and Safety

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 …

26
Jul

Extreme hot weather conditions – practical steps to keep safe over this period

Hot weather conditions – practical steps to keep safe over this period. With extreme temperatures reaching a record high this Summer, the MET office has issued many weather alerts affecting most parts of the country. With the majority of the CSC client base predominantly hospitality and leisure driven, we look at how this may impact …

20
Jun

Bouncy castle death update: Prison sentences for gross negligence manslaughter

As reported widely in the press recently, husband and wife William and Shelby Thurston, were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a child – Summer Grant in March 2016. The two were found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter last month, and were this week sentenced to three years jail time at Chelmsford Crown …

13
Jun

Tea towels pose risk of food poisoning

A recent study has indicated that the multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used in homes for a month. The multiple use of these towels for various tasks including cleaning and wiping surfaces, hand drying and the …

10
May

Bouncy Castle Trial: Two Guilty Over Girl’s Death

You might have seen this week that husband and wife William and Shelby Thurston, have been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence over Summer Grants death in March 2016. Summer aged 7, died in hospital after she was rescued from an inflatable bouncy castle which blew away with Summer still inside.  The castle bounced …

10
May

RIDDOR – When/What/How to report

Over the years the CSC helpdesk have processed thousands of accidents and incidents through our online portal and have always been in a position to advise clients on reporting RIDDOR reportable accidents to the HSE. The downside of not reporting RIDDOR cases within the required time scales to the HSE can result in prosecution. This …

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