Emergency First Aid at Work Testimonial

This was my first first-aid training and I found it very informative the trainer was great and communicated the seriousness  to the group whilst making it engaging and even fun.  I feel confident that if a situation arises I would be able to deal with it calmly and effectively …good job

Delegate from Edwards Hand and Lewis, Solicitors

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Manual Handling Training Testimonial

Manual Handling Training Testimonial for one of the team of consultants following delivery of an on-site course

“Paul Godwin recently carried out manual handling training at our offices for both Facilities and IT.  Paul interacted well with both groups and made the training a lot more interesting than it possibly could have been.  Paul explains things in a clear and concise manner and is very helpful and approachable.”

Joanna Giles, PKF Cooper Parry


Health And Safety Failings – Worker Killed By Falling Boxes

Worker Killed By Falling Boxes

The Case

A Plymouth firm has been prosecuted after a worker was fatally injured when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him. The 22-year-old employee was helping to clear a fallen stack of boxes in a cold store area of the factory when another stack of boxes fell and struck him. He received multiple serious injuries which proved fatal.

The subsequent HSE investigation found that there was no safe system of work in place, and staff were not given adequate instruction on how pallets could be safely stored. There was no written procedure for dealing with falls of stock.

The case was heard at Plymouth Crown Court where the firm pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.  They were fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,800.

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Health And Safety Failings: Farm worker seriously injured in quad bike incident

Farm worker seriously injured in quad bike incident where he was not provided with a helmet

Key Facts

  • The HSE have urged farmers to wear helmets while riding quad bikes after a worker was seriously injured
  • A 17-year-old worker sustained serious head injuries in an incident in 2014, where he had not been provided with a helmet
  • The firm was fined £6,000 plus costs of £4,693.

The Case

A 17-year-old farm worker was seriously injured in a quad bike accident, prompting an agricultural safety chief to urge farmers not to ignore simple life-saving advice and wear helmets while riding quad bikes.

In an incident in April 2014, the farm worker was trapped underneath an overturned quad bike for an hour. He sustained a serious head wound that later needed 17 stitches.

The worker was instructed to use the farm’s quad bike, but was give no training and was not provided with a helmet to wear.

The case was heard at Carlisle Magistrates Court where the company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. They were fined £6,000 plus costs of £4,693.

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