£1m Fine for Failing to Assess Risk

Risk assessment

A manufacturing company has been fined £1m after a worker was crushed by falling machinery. As with the recent fine of £5m for the owners of Alton Towers, this huge sum reflects the tougher Health & Safety fines being handed out. These developments should sharply remind organisations to review their risk management. Higher Health & […]

Director Jailed After Fatality

mobile platform

A company director has been jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay £4,000 costs following the death of one of his employees. Paul Williamson, a 51 year old worker at Thorn Warehousing Ltd, was fatally injured when a Mobile Elevated Working Platform he was loading onto a lorry fell from ramps and crushed him […]

HSE Censures MoD over Brecon Beacons Deaths

MoD Censured Over Brecon Beacons Deaths

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it will administer a Crown Censure to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over the deaths of three soldiers on a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013. Three reservists fell ill while on a training march in temperatures that reached 27C and with little opportunity […]

Aldi Fined £100,000

Aldi Fined £100,000

An employee of supermarket chain Aldi was taking a smoking break outside one of their distribution centres when a gust of wind moved an unsecured smoking shelter striking him and pinning him for a few seconds. The employee received soft tissue injuries to both arms and his back and continues to have nightmares about the […]

Water Temperature Safety

Water Temperature Safety

Are you responsible for bathing vulnerable persons? Many health and social care providers are responsible for vulnerable individuals who may be at higher risk on contact with hot water and surfaces. This could include older people, children, and people with a range of disabilities or those who could not react to temperature quickly enough to […]

Legionella – Is Our Water Safe?

Legionella bacteria

Water is sometimes taken for granted. We drink from the tap and turn on the shower without a second thought. But have you ever stopped to think that your water may not be as ‘clean’ as you imagined? This article aims to raise awareness of Legionella bacteria, which are hidden ‘lesser known’ killers that might […]

Risk Assessments – Not Child’s Play

A Borough Council has been fined £13,000 plus costs of £1,317 after a two year old child had two fingertips severed when playing in a park for children under 11 years old. The child had trapped his fingers in the external gate of the children’s play area when one of the other children in the […]

Sports Days – A Lesson for Schools

The Governing Body of a school in Kent has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £1,375 in costs after admitting a breach of section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Magistrates heard how a 14 year old pupil was struck on the back of the head by a shot […]

H&S Made Simple

The Health and Safety Executive have now published their revised and updated ‘Health and Safety Made Simple – the Basics for Your Business’ leaflet for small and medium-sized businesses or those who are new to health and safety. The leaflet provides a basic run-down of the health and safety requirements for a business and is […]