Spotlight On – Noise at work
Apr
29

Noise at work

Noise at work is an important area of focus for health and safety. Excessive noise at work can cause health conditions and seriously affect peoples’ way of life. It is, therefore, important for employers to seriously consider the effect of excessive noise in the workplace, and take steps to prevent their employees.  Continue reading

Health and Safety Failings – School governors fined after pupil’s shot-put injury
Apr
28

School governors fined after pupil’s shot-put injury

Key Facts:

  • A school’s governing body have been prosecuted for ‘substantial’ safety breaches after a pupil was hit by a shot-put during PE lesson.
  • The pupil was struck on the back of the head by a shot-put thrown by another student during a multi-sports lesson.
  • His life-threatening injuries needed emergency brain surgery.
  • The school’s governing body was fined £10,000 and £1,375 in costs.

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Health and Safety Failings – Inadequate training leads to £10k fine
Apr
27

Inadequate training leads to £10k fine 

Key Facts:

  • An HSE investigation was launched after a worker’s hand was crushed by a pressure beam at a Birmingham factory.
  • The worker was unable to work for over 3 months after the incident.
  • Inadequate training and a failure to appropriately manage the site maintenance programme were at the root of the incident.
  • The company was fined £10,000 and costs of £940.50 for safety failings.

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Simply Put: The benefits of good health and safety
Apr
27

The benefits of good health and safety

We often talk about the importance of good workplace health and safety, and the far-reaching benefits of encouraging a positive health and safety culture. So we thought today, we’d have a look at what exactly those benefits are, and why health and safety should be an important aspect of every business.  Continue reading

Health and Safety Failings – Suspended jail sentence over asbestos exposure
Apr
24

Suspended jail sentence over asbestos exposure

Key Facts:

  • An HSE investigation was launched following asbestos exposure during works to remove asbestos insulting board from a residential property.
  • A Leeds trader undertook the work, with the assistance of two workers, despite not holding the relevant legal license required for the work.
  • The HSE said ‘It would appear that he has put profit ahead of the health and wellbeing of others, and in this case quite bafflingly, he put his own health at risk as well.’
  • The trader was sentenced to 8 months in jail, suspended for 12 months, and costs of £260 for health and safety breaches.

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Health and Safety Failings – Multiple prosecutions after worker fell to his death
Apr
23

Multiple prosecutions after worker fell to his death

Key Facts:

  • A toy distributing firm and a builder have been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death.
  • The worker fell 9m after falling through a warehouse roof panel whilst undertaking work at height.
  • The toy company was fined £200,000 and £10,483 in costs.
  • The builder was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for twelve months.

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Spotlight On – Changes to labels on chemical packaging (CLP Regulations)
Apr
21

Changes to labels on chemical packaging (CLP Regulations)

In this article, we’re looking at the recent changes to labels on chemical packaging.

The CLP Regulation, which deals with classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, came into force in January 2009.  CLP adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.

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