Health & Safety Newsletter May 2017

Are your stair barriers safe? The minimum required stairway protection is that described in the Approved Code of Practise (ACoP) to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Tip 1. Check that your staircase meets the minimum standard in … Continue reading

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Health & Safety Newsletter April 2017

Self-employed haulage contractor killed by reversing lorry Daniel Adams, 63, of Farnworth, rented a unit on Sandywood Industrial Estate owned by Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited where the fatal incident occurred on the 7th May 2014. Manchester Crown … Continue reading

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DIY chain recieves £450k fine after four workers fell in warehouse

Leyland SDM (LSDM), a decorators’ merchant has been given the fine after four workers fell over 3.5 m while carrying a ventilation unit that they were installing. Two of the men suffered leg fractures. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard last week … Continue reading

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Dairy manufacturer fined £400,000 after worker’s roof fall

A TRAFFORD Park-based dairy manufacturer has been fined £400,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell 15 feet through a fragile roof panel. The company was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, after an investigation by the Health and … Continue reading

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ATVs – Training and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Summary A farmer was prosecuted for failing to provide adequate training in the safe use of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) following an accident to an employee and for failing to comply with a previously issued Improvement Notice. A 23-year old … Continue reading

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HSE Prosecutions

Over the last five years, the number of cases prosecuted by HSE, local authorities and, in Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service* has increased slightly. Offences prosecuted count individual offences of separate health and safety legislation. A duty … Continue reading

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Don’t Identify Us On Social Media

Those who are active on social media often say what they do for a job or specifically name their employer. From your perspective, this is risky. So can you ban an employee from naming or identifying you online? Social media … Continue reading

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PPE – Prevention Before Protection

The most important consideration when evaluating health and safety protocol is that PPE should only be implemented as a last resort. All too often, procurement managers fall into the trap of automatically reordering existing protective equipment and issuing ‘worst case … Continue reading

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Now employers can be held increasingly liable for criminal acts performed by their employees at work

The Supreme Court ruled today that the supermarket chain Morrisons is vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who seriously assaulted a customer. Rejected first by the County Court and then by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The new sentencing guidelines: is your board prepared?

The new sentencing guidelines for health & safety offences are in force from today, 1 February 2016.  They were intended to increase the level of fines, particularly for larger organisations.  However, unintended consequences of the way punishments are now calculated … Continue reading

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