H&S NEWS | Topshop Fined £450k after Barrier Fall

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A retail chain has been fined after a girl suffered a fractured skull when shop furniture hit her head. The ten-year-old had been on a shopping trip with her mother. As the mother returned a display item, she heard a scream and turned to see her daughter lying on the floor with a queue barrier […]

H&S NEWS | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Nine hair and beauty workers from Havering College of Further and Higher Education have been awarded more than £100,000 in damages after being poisoned by carbon monoxide.  The court was told the workers suffered “vice-like” headaches, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting and hair loss. They frequently consulted doctors to try and discover the cause of their symptoms.  […]

2018 | Health and Safety Review

The past year has again been something of a mixed bag for occupational Health & Safety risk management. We take a look back at some of the incidents and stats that have shaped 2018. Injury and Fatality Figures  The Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics showed a continued general downward trend in the number of major […]

FUNDRAISING | Health & Safety Top Tips

Health & Safety for Fundraisers Have you considered the health and safety aspects of running your fundraising event? Fundraising is more than beans in a bath and cutting long hair these days. From tough mudder to skydiving, fundraising has taken on hair raising adventures in the quest for greater funding. This has implications for health […]

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 […]

HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS | Bouncy Castle Conviction

Two fairground workers were convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle blew away with a young girl. William Thurston and his wife Shelby were each sentenced to three years at Chelmsford Crown Court. They were also sentenced to 12 months in prison for two charges of failing to discharge a duty of […]

Co-op off its milk trolley

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Council officers prosecuted a supermarket after a worker was injured moving a trolley with a faulty roll cage. The court heard managers could have prevented the incident had procedures to stop the use of broken equipment been followed. Entirely preventable The trolley was carrying milk cartons and the weight of the load contributed to it […]

Frequently Asked Health & Safety Questions

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Ellis Whittam is often asked about Health & Safety in the workplace. So we’ve put together some of the more commonly asked questions: Do Health & Safety laws apply to my small business? They apply to all businesses no matter how small, to the self-employed and also employees. They apply to all businesses no matter […]

Vehicle company fined after airbag fractures apprentice’s skull

A vehicle maintenance company has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries. The court heard the apprentice along with an experienced mechanic was replacing air suspension bags beneath a 39,000kg trailer. But the still under pressure bag ejected sideways and struck the apprentice fracturing his skull. Failings An investigation by the Health & […]

Fine after poultry Health & Safety measures

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An egg production company and a joinery sub-contractor have been sentenced after a worker fell through a roof. The joiner had been helping to re-roof an old feed mill when he fell through a gap to the concrete floor five metres below. Poor planning An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found: the […]