Surviving on SSP | Government urged to fix “gaping hole” in regulations

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 15 September 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

The end of the Job Retention Scheme | What happens once furlough ends?

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 11 May 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

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 […]

Workplace transport safety | Haulier fined after worker injured by moving vehicle

Every year, over 5,000 accidents involve transport in the workplace. Main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being crushed or struck by them. In fact, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fatality figures for the five-year period 2014/15-2018/19 reveal that: Being struck by a moving vehicle accounted for 19% of all fatalities – […]

Crushes, explosions and dangerous machinery | October’s top 5 health and safety fines

HSE inspection

The HSE’s annual summary statistics have highlighted the true extent of rising health and safety fines. Alarmingly, latest figures reveal that the average level of fine has increased 381% since sentencing guidelines were introduced, from £27,000 per conviction in 2014/15 to £130,000 per conviction. Comparing periods before and after the guidelines came into force, the […]

Will a new Bill make mediation mandatory in Scotland?

Consultation has now closed on a new Bill which seeks to make it mandatory for parties involved in civil cases to engage in mediation in the first instance. While the Bill itself doesn’t seek to apply the proposals to the realm of employment law, a related report has called for mediation to be used to […]

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

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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 […]

LOGISTICS | Dismissal for driving disqualification

driving while holding a mobile phone

One mistake in most jobs may not have major repercussions. But one mistake behind the wheel can cause a professional driver to become disqualified from driving.  It is up to a court to decide for how long a driver will be disqualified, taking into account the gravity of the offence. Irrespective of whether it happened […]

LOGISTICS | Personal Safety and Vehicles

Poor personal safety around fleet vehicles is a top Health & Safety failing. When auditing their business, logistic companies are often found wanting in several areas. In particular, they often fail: To ensure appropriate Health & Safety policy and risk assessments are in place To communicate their Health & Safety policy and risk assessment findings […]

H&S NEWS | Logistics company fined

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A logistics company has been heavily fined after a worker was injured unloading a delivery lorry. The agency worker was unchaining the visiting lorry’s loading ramp when the vehicle moved forward with one chain still attached to the ramp. The worker was crushed between the ramp and a barrier. An investigation by the Health & […]