Category - Health and Safety

12
Feb

Lift Death: Significant failures in lift safety management results in death of toddler.

Lift safety has been brought back into focus following the sentencing of two companies in the death of a five-year-old girl who became trapped while using a lift at her home in Weymouth. This fatality highlights the failures in the relationship between landlord and managing agents. Catastrophic situations can occur when regulatory compliance is not …

14
Jan

Chain saw accident: Life changing injury results in 6 Figure pay-out.

Tree surgery has become common practice with the use of chainsaws and dangerous machinery often designated to the greenkeeping and maintenance teams. There are various requirements for the use of chainsaws to cut wood – felling, crown raising, logging. If chainsaws are not used correctly, the end result could be horrific with staff suffering life …

14
Jan

Bathroom safety: The risks affecting your business

In 2018 the HSE reported 31% off all (non-fatal injuries) accidents reported via RIDDOR were caused by slips/trips/falls from the same level. In the last year at the CSC helpdesk we have noticed an increase in these type of accidents in bathroom settings. Typical scenarios have involved guests slipping on floors or falling whilst getting …

6
Dec

Norovirus Guidance and Advice

As the Winter is upon us again, this time of the year often sees an increase in the winter vomiting bug commonly known as Norovirus (Norwalk Virus). Norovirus is contagious and can spread very fast. It is therefore imperative that adequate controls are put in place to prevent an outbreak from occurring and to contain …

29
Nov

Winter safety focus: Gas safety requirements

As part of our Winter safety focus, we look at gas safety requirements which need to be met to ensure that your business, staff and guests are kept safe. It is a legal requirement that any gas safety work must be undertaken by an engineer that is Gas Safe registered. During the winter months we are all …

29
Nov

Winter safety guidance – Cold weather

The winter months bring dark evenings and often cold temperatures. These factors can pose added risk to many organisations and should be carefully considered when conducting risk assessments for both staff and customers. We look at a few of the high risk areas and ways to reduce the likelihood of an accident. Ice on pavements Snow …

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 …

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