Category - Health and Safety


Equipment Safety: Hand trapped in pastry machine

Following an accident in which a worker suffered partial de-gloving of his hand when his hand was pulled through a pastry lid maker, a food manufacturing firm (Thomas of York Ltd in Helmsley, York) pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and was fined £6,500 with £691.45 costs at Northallerton …


Prosecution news: Safety breaches cause injury and death

Since February 2016, the implementation of the Sentencing Guidelines has seen a marked increase in fines and prison terms with directors of companies facing significant penalties.  In recent Health and Safety prosecution news, one man has been jailed for six years and another for eight months after two incidents on the same day left one …


Compulsory electrical safety checks in the pipeline for private landlords

With recent statistics for accidents and fatalities due to faulty electrical arrangements on the increase, the Housing Bill has been amended which is currently in the House of Lords. If this bill becomes law (which is expected to be introduced by Summer) Landlords may have to get qualified electricians to carry out safety checks on …


Sentencing guidelines – The impact so far

It’s just a little over one month since the inception of the new sentencing guidelines, and already the impact is starting to be felt. Here we analyse two separate health and safety prosecutions, the fines imposed and lessons that could be learnt to avoid a re occurrence. In the first case study, supermarket chain Aldi and …


Worker suffers serious injury in fall down a lift shaft in Starbucks

A female worker, reported to be in her 20’s, suffered serious injury when falling 25 ft down a lift shaft at a Starbucks coffee shop in Solihull. It is understood that the women broke her pelvis and her leg. A spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Ambulance staff were told that the woman …


Changes to Hazardous Waste Regulations

From 1 April 2016, Hazardous Waste Regulations change in that businesses producing or holding waste would no longer need to register their premises. Duty of care requirements still remain the same with implications for clients as follows: Classify your waste Separate and store hazardous waste separately Use authorised businesses to collect and recycle hazardous waste …

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