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 […]

Entanglement danger | Keeping workers safe with machinery

As industrialisation has progressed, so too has the use of efficiency-saving machinery. However, it’s important to think about safety when working with machines, as they are easily capable of causing injury or death. Get your FREE consultation A serious health and safety risk when operating machinery comes from entanglement with a rotating part, where material […]

5 STEPS | Developing safe systems of work

A large percentage of serious and fatal accidents at work involve a lack of, or failures in, systems of work. After all, without a set method for carrying out a task safely and a recognised procedure in place to deal with non-routine processes, the threat of mistakes being made is high. Get your FREE consultation […]

Top 5 Health and Safety Fines – March 2019

No company wants to face a health and safety fine. As we’ve shown, bigger companies are facing bigger fines since the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines. This trend continues. March 2019 saw the following five high health and safety fines for breaking health and safety law: Freight firm fined £2.7m after boy electrocuted A rail freight operator was fined […]

HOSPITALITY | Health & Safety in the Kitchen

A commercial kitchen can be a very dangerous working environment. Even more so with a Gordon Ramsay style head chef! When you’ve got kitchen and waiting on staff dashing back and forth all day long in compact areas there are lots of hazards to contend with. These can include: Hot surfaces Harmful substances Sharp implements […]

HEALTH & SAFETY | The Challenge for Retail Owners

Owners and managers of small and medium retail companies have to juggle multiple functions and responsibilities, and often overlook Health & Safety regulations. But workplace Health & Safety should be a top priority. After all, safeguarding people from risk of injury is a legal duty – as a retailer, you have to protect everyone in […]

HEALTH & SAFETY | The Challenge for the Care sector

Owners and managers of care companies, juggling multiple functions and responsibilities, often overlook Health & Safety regulations.    But workplace Health & Safety should be a top priority. After all, safeguarding people from risk of harm is a legal duty – the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 states employers must protect employees and […]

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 […]

Unsafe machinery lands manufacturer in court  

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Workers having body parts slashed, crushed and fractured… doesn’t this bring to mind images of a Victorian workhouse? Tragically, such injuries are very much part of modern day working. In fact, workers suffer 40,000 such injuries every year including a dozen or so deaths. And the cause? Well, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court recently heard in an […]

Crisp maker fined £330k over unguarded machine

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Getting hands caught in unguarded machinery is one of the most common causes of injury in manufacturing. More than 10 food and drinks firms were prosecuted last year by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after hands and arms were struck by machines. This year’s total has already begun in another incident that the HSE […]