MANUFACTURING | Health & Safety Challenge for Owners

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Managers and owners of small and medium manufacturing companies often juggle a wide range of job functions without help or assistance. One of those responsibilities, which will probably be near the top of the list of priorities, is workplace Health & Safety. Safeguarding staff and others from risk of injury is, of course, a legal […]

Schools Flunking Asbestos Exams


An all-party MP group on occupational health recently reported there is an asbestos “time-bomb in our schools.” Huge numbers of schools built in the three post-World War II decades are nearing their useful life-end. Asbestos was extensively used to fireproof and insulate buildings in this period. Almost all of the 14,000 schools built between 1945 […]

£57,000 Asbestos Fine


A high street shoe chain has been ordered to pay more than £57,000 after it knowingly exposed its staff to asbestos. Pavers, which has more than 100 stores, admitted breaching an enforcement notice issued at one of its shops in Liverpool prohibiting access into stock rooms which contained asbestos in a dangerous condition. Despite the […]

“Appalling” Site Safety

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The managing director of a construction company has been prosecuted and fined after an inspector found “appalling” site safety on a demolition site controlled by the company. Failures included employees at work on a roof without any edge protection, no asbestos survey in place (asbestos was later found when a survey was conducted), no safe […]

Asbestos in Schools

The HSE inspected a sample of 153 non-local authority schools between April 2013 and January 2014, which included independent, voluntary aided and foundation schools, free schools and academies. The majority of schools inspected (71%) required either no further action or were given straightforward, simple advice. However, 29% (44 schools) received written advice from HSE, and […]