Category - Health and Safety

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 …

10
May

Getting ready for the Summer – Barbecue Safety

With Summer on the way, the sunshine brings barbecue season. However barbecuing is not without risk. Barbecues are involved in many accidents that occur each year with vast numbers of people visiting A&E as a result. The most common types of barbecue-related accidents include cuts/tears by sharp objects/edges, burns, scalding and other fire related incidents. Cooking and eating …

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 …

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