Overlooking “basic” risks | 5 recent health and safety fines NOT related to COVID-19

Coronavirus might be the focus of employers’ health and safety efforts right now, but it’s not the only risk that needs to be managed. Workplaces present numerous hazards, from uneven floors to dangerous machinery, and the HSE has recently reminded employers not to become complacent to these ‘basic’ health and safety risks while their attention […]

HSE statistics for 2019/20 show fewest work-related fatalities on record

The HSE has now published its annual work-related fatality statistics for 2019/20, which seem to suggest that employers are making good progress when it comes to making workplaces safer. Get your FREE consultation In some welcome good news given the current risk control challenges presented by COVID-19, the provisional data shows a significant drop in […]

New year, new fines | January’s top 5 health and safety penalties

Not a month goes by without harrowing reports of fatalities or serious injury in the workplace. These stories emphasise that, despite the UK’s world-leading position in health and safety, there is still much to be done in 2020 to drive down the figures and ultimately ensure people return home safely at the end of the working […]

Musculoskeletal disorders | What are they and how can employers prevent them?

Work-related health statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that musculoskeletal disorders are the second highest cause of ill health in Great Britain. According to the HSE’s 2018/19 Labour Force Survey: 498,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (new or longstanding), out of a total of 1,354,000 work-related illnesses. That is to say […]

Work-related injury and ill-health | HSE’s annual statistics for 2018/19

As it does at the end of October each year, the HSE has now published its annual report revealing the extent of work-related injury and ill-health in Great Britain in 2018/19. In addition to quantifying incidences of injury and ill-health, the report, titled Health and safety at work: Summary statistics for Great Britain 2019, also […]

Health and safety duties | Why employees aren’t off the hook

Employers often assume that the duty for upholding health and safety lies solely with them. In reality, this isn’t the case. While the primary responsibility for health and safety falls on the employer, section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) places a number of important responsibilities on the shoulders of […]

HSE releases fatal injury statistics for 2018/2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now published its yearly report on workplace fatalities in Great Britain. The report is based on provisional annual data for the period April 2018 to March 2019. It gives us a yearly figure in relation to the number of fatal work injuries for 2018/19, as well as the […]

HSE campaign underway to tackle dust exposure risk

The HSE has announced that it is now visiting sites across the UK to assess how they are controlling dust. Inspectors will be focusing their attention on the construction, woodworking and food manufacturing sectors in particular, where occupational lung diseases, including in some cases occupational cancers, are more common. The aim of the visits is […]