Pothole fine of £250,000

Potholes cause injuries, but we too often treat them as “the norm”. During various site assessments, I have raised issues such as the one described below on numerous occasions. Some clients respond and deal with the matter (which seems sensible as they asked for the advice). Some choose to ignore it and occasionally deride the narrative (because they don’t like the message).

Pothole fine – In a recent case, Fareham Borough Council successfully prosecuted One Stop Ltd after a customer tripped over on a pothole on the forecourt last year and sustained serious injuries at the shop on Warsash Road in Warsash. A District Judge at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court handed down the judgement along with a £250,000 fine and One Stop were also ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £3700.

Opportunities to address this issue were not taken

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Corporate Manslaughter – case involving an apprentice

A 16-year-old boy died after suffering head injuries after he became trapped in a lathe at a Greater Manchester factory. The 16 year old apprentice (Cameron Minshull) died after the incident at a factory in Huntley Mount Road in Bury in 2013. He started with the Company on 03 December 2012 and the incident that led to the fatal injury occurred on 08 January 2013.

Following investigation, the Company Director and a supervisor are due before Bury Magistrates’ Court on 4 November. The pair have both been summonsed for manslaughter by gross negligence. Their company, Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd, has also been summonsed to court for corporate manslaughter and for failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees. Further to this, Lime People Training Solutions Ltd, which places apprentices with employers, has been summonsed for failing to ensure the health and safety of a person other than an employee. A joint Greater Manchester Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation is under way.

Corporate Manslaughter – case involving an apprentice to go to court on 04 November 2014

A Brief History of Health and Safety

Working within the consultancy over the past few months I have gained an insight into the world of Health and Safety as it is today, and with this knowledge I have decided to, admittedly briefly, research the origins of Health and Safety in this country and plot it’s development to modern times.

From the Health and Morals of Apprentices Act 1802 to the “Six Pack” regulations of the 90’s, here we go…

First Legislation

The “Health and Morals of Apprentices Act 1802” was the first Health and Safety legislation to be passed by parliament yet it was extremely limited an d was on the whole only applicable to apprentices in cotton and wool mills. There is also not a great deal of evidence that this legislation was ever enforced.

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