Health and Safety Failings – Risk assessment failings lead to prosecution
Mar
27

Risk assessment failings lead to prosecution

Key Facts: 

  • An ecology consultancy firm have been prosecuted after a worker broke her back falling through a loft hatch.
  • The HSE said that “A ‘one size fits all’ approach is obviously not suitable and the company’s tick-box approach to risk assessment failed to protect this worker.”
  • The company was fined £12,000 and costs of £1,138.50.

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Spotlight On – Asbestos Related Diseases
Mar
25

Asbestos Related Diseases:

Every year, asbestos causes around 5,000 deaths in the UK. It remains the single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Asbestos isn’t yet a thing of the past – asbestos can be present in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. Current estimates suggest that there are still up to 1.3million workers are at risk of asbestos exposure.

The Facts: 

Every year, asbestos causes around 5,000 deaths in the UK. It remains the single cause of work-related deaths in the UK.

Asbestos isn’t yet a thing of the past – asbestos can be present in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000. Current estimates suggest that there are still up to 1.3million workers are at risk of asbestos exposure.

When asbestos containing materials are disturbed, fibres are released into the air. If inhaled, they can cause serious diseases. These often take a long time to develop, and it is often too late to do anything after diagnosis.

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Health and Safety Failings – Work at Height breaches lead to serious injuries and a £60,000 fine
Mar
19

Work at Height breaches lead to serious injuries and a £60,000 fine. 

Key facts: 

  • A cleaning firm employee suffered life changing injuries after falling six metres through a fragile roof-light.
  • The HSE said that ‘the limited safety measures taken to protect the workforce were grossly inadequate’.
  • The company was fined £60,000 and £5,471 for multiple breaches of the Work at Height Regulations.

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