H&S NEWS | Induction Failings Fine after First Day Injury

new starter induction

A distribution company has been fined after inadequate Health & Safety training led to a worker being seriously injured on his first day of work. The court heard that the agency worker was given a “brief” induction at the firm’s depot before starting work the same day as a multi-drop delivery driver. The worker delivered […]

H&S NEWS | Worker loses leg

A commercial vehicle dealer has been sentenced after an employee was injured in an oil drum blast. The agency worker had been cutting up an empty drum using an oxy-acetylene gas cutter when the flame ignited flammable vapours inside the drum. The explosion resulted in the drum body landing some 20m away with the drum […]

H&S NEWS | Healthcare Firm Fined

rise in health and safety fines

A healthcare firm has been heavily fined after transporting a patient in an unsecured minibus. The court heard the “vulnerable” patient opened a door and leapt from the vehicle which was travelling from an out of hours GP appointment. Failings  A Health & Safety Executive investigation found the company had failed to put in place […]

H&S NEWS | Textile firm failed to identify risk

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A textile firm has been fined after safety breaches led to a worker being crushed to death. In attempting to free a stuck package, the employee leant into machinery but became trapped between upper and lower moving conveyors. Unsafe  An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found: no measures were in place to […]

Average Health & Safety fines double in year

health safety slip trip

Enforcement figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show the significant impact of February 2016’s sentencing guidelines. HSE statistics show total fines increased 80% in the year following the guidelines’ introduction from £38.8 million in 2015/16 to £69.9 million in 2016/17. In 2016/17, the first full year the new tougher sentencing guidelines for Health […]

Hugo Boss Mirror Kills Child

Hugo Boss

Fashion retailer Hugo Boss has been fined £1.2m after a four-year-old boy died following an incident at its outlet in Bicester Village in 2013. The boy was killed when an unsecured seven-foot tall changing room mirror weighing 114kg fell on him at the store. Despite undergoing an emergency operation to relieve pressure on his brain, […]

Strict New Sentencing Guidelines

Corporate Killing Law

New guidelines announced by the Sentencing Council are set to have a dramatic effect on penalties handed down to organisations or individuals convicted of Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety, and Food Safety and Hygiene offences in England and Wales. Until now, there has been limited guidance for judges and magistrates in dealing with what can […]

Magistrates Get Power to Issue Unlimited Fines

Magistrates Court

On the 12th of March this year the limit of £20,000 for health and safety offences tried through the Magistrates’ Court was removed and fines of unlimited amounts can now be imposed. The change, brought about through Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, removes the cap on magistrates’ […]

Health & Safety – All Change for employers

When it comes to health and safety legislation, it seems change is here to stay. Whatever way you look at it, the burden upon employers and business leaders to stay on top of the issues and raise standards is increasing. Below, we review some recent and impending important changes. If you are an EW client […]

New H&S Sentencing Guidelines

The consultation on new sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences has closed after a three-month window for feedback. It is generally accepted among safety professionals that the final guidelines will look very similar to the consultation draft. International law firm Eversheds ran their own consultation amongst leading lawyers […]