Should you stand or sit?

Working on DSE, do you stand or sit? This question has come up several times for our team as we have been assisting some larger organisations with their DSE Assessments. Paul, one of our Health and Safety Consultants, put together an illustrative piece to get people to think about the alternatives.

Q: What have Da Vinci, Charles Dicken, Lewis Carrol, Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill all got in common?

A: They all did their work at standing desks!

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Barbecue Food Safety and Food Hygiene

Many of us like a good barbecue, even if this means dodging the rain. That said, we would like to offer you a few points about barbecue food safety.

Barbecue Food Safety

Here are some of our essential food safety tips for barbecues this summer:

  • Make one person responsible for the cooking beforehand
    • remember that alcohol and cooking do not mix.
  • Make sure that food is fully thawed out before you cook it, and always keep raw food covered and out of the sun.
  • Before you start cooking, make sure you have dressed appropriately, don’t wear a bikini, or very loose clothing. Wear an apron, and tie long hair back. Continue reading

Ignoring Enforcement Notices – where does it get you?

So what happens if the HSE issues an Enforcement notice to your organisation and you choose to ignore it?

Ignoring Enforcement Notices – you don’t have to be a genius to determine what is likely to happen. There will be some form of follow-up (they know where you are) and then things will not proceed so well. There may well be a court case, and the lack of cooperation is unlikely to favour the defendant. Bad press will follow, remedial works will still be required, the workforce will be aware of the situation (this will not improve morale, safety culture, etc.), and the Enforcement Officers will “have you on their radar”.

A couple of recent cases can indicate what happens:

A coach company in Wrexham has been fined £250,000 after it repeatedly failed to comply with legal notices to get its lifting equipment examined.

Wrexham Magistrates’ Court heard that between 4 April 2014 and 28 August 2015, GHA Coaches Limited failed to have its lifting equipment thoroughly examined within the required timescales to ensure that health and safety conditions were maintained and that any deterioration could be detected and remedied promptly. In 2015, an inspection revealed overdue Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) examinations on at least 14 items. An improvement notice was served, and extended twice, and still resulted in a failure to comply.

The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a previous improvement notice was served in 2011. The Company, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(3)(a)(ii) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), and failing to comply with an Improvement Notice, and was fined a total of £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,068.

 [Source: HSE]

Firm fined for safety failings at property development

A company based in Cardiff has been fined for safety failings during a property development. Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court heard Ziman Trading Limited, formerly Ziman Investments Limited (Ziman), was acting as the principal contractor at the property development of the former New York Hotel, York Street, Porth.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that appropriate measures were in place to control risks on site, including falls from height, exposure to asbestos and the risk from fire.

The company failed to adequately plan and manage the work which put workers at risk. Ziman did not cooperate with the investigation and neglected to comply with enforcement action taken by the HSE. The Company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and Section 33(1)(G) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,478

[Source: HSE]

Ignoring Enforcement Notices is a bad idea. Avoiding getting them (because you work in compliance with the principles of good practice) is good business.


Tyre firm fined £1 Million after a young worker killed

A Kent tyre company has been sentenced and fined £1,000,000 (one million pounds) after a young worker killed following for safety failings that resulted in a tyre exploding.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how the young employer (MH), an employee of Watling Tyre Service Limited of Kent, was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a ‘dresser loading shovel’ when it exploded. The investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that MH was working on his own with inadequate work equipment which was not properly maintained. He was neither trained nor competent to undertake the work he was told to complete.

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