Category - Health and Safety

22
May

Prison sentence for Director after employee is killed using dangerous machinery

In recent prosecution news, it has been reported that the director of a Skip Hire company in Norfolk has been jailed for one year, following the death of an employee. This case highlights how a cost cutting exercise resulted in the unnecessary loss of life which could have easily been avoided. Robert Baldwin is to …

17
Apr

The New PPE Regulations

Background information As reported in the news, the PPE regulations ((EU) 2016/425) will come into effect on 21st April 2019. These regulations aim to ensure that the user will get better and safer PPE. This means that distributors and importers are now responsible for standards as well as the manufacturers. The new regulations deal mainly …

17
Apr

Update: British Standard for Workplace First Aid kits – BS 8599-1:2019

The correct response to administering First Aid to an injured person is vital. It is therefore imperative that adequate First Aid provisions are in place. As Health and Safety requirements within the industry have evolved, BSI (British Standards Institute) has undertaken a review of existing standards and a NEW British Standard specification has been launched; …

19
Mar

Pensioner Death at Care Home

Care homes have a number of vulnerable people within them, and therefore extra care has to be taken to ensure the safety of all residents. At CSC we have a number of care home based clients so we understand the importance of a good health and safety policy being implemented to ensure the best care …

19
Mar

Importance of Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are a very important part of the H&S policy at site. They’re vital to be able to look at different risks on site and to be able to ensure that there is a control measure to reduce the risk to avoid an accident or incident occurring at site. Recently we have heard of …

19
Feb

Entrapment accidents – Food manufacturer fined in excess of £200k

Following two separate accidents involving entrapment with moving machinery, a food manufacturer has been sentenced. On 26 March 2016, whilst working for 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd at its poultry site in Flixton, Norfolk, Mr Romas Ciurlionis trapped his thumb in a moving shackle shortly after being shown how to remove chicken intestines. As the …

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 …

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