3 health and safety disasters that cost employers thousands

If you follow health and safety even somewhat closely, you’ll know how alarmingly common accidents in the workplace are. Not a week goes by without a Health and Safety Executive bulletin bringing to our attention a long list of new safety catastrophes – and highlighting the significant costs that may result from a sub-par safety management system. […]

Top 5 health and safety fines | December 2019

Health and safety might not be the most exciting part of running a business, but a lax attitude can have devastating effects. Serious health and safety incidents are very often entirely preventable – resulting from human oversight, inadequate procedures and training, and failure to properly address blatant hazards. In cases where harm could have been prevented but […]

Court highlights importance of safe work at height

Falls from height are one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries, accounting for 40 fatalities in 2018/19, and employers face record fines for failing to implement effective controls. A recent court judgment has shown just what is at stake when height work is not safely carried out. Get your FREE consultation What […]

HSE releases fatal injury statistics for 2018/2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now published its yearly report on workplace fatalities in Great Britain. The report is based on provisional annual data for the period April 2018 to March 2019. It gives us a yearly figure in relation to the number of fatal work injuries for 2018/19, as well as the […]

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 […]

Parliamentary Group Reports on Working at Height

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An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has published an inquiry report calling for a review by government and industry of the risks associated with working at height. The report “Staying Alive: Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height” shows more needs to be done to create a safer environment. In the period between 2013 […]

Working At Height

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Falls in the workplace are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury. No surprise then that work at height should be one of the risks at the forefront of any employer’s mind when undertaking risk assessments of their workplace. Ellis Whittam’s Health & Safety specialists examine […]

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 […]

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 […]

H&S NEWS | Courts get tough on unsafe work at height

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One week has seen three separate courts hand out heavy fines after unsafe work at height. This includes: Survey Roofing Group was ordered to pay more than £65,000 in fines and costs after two workers were seen on a Homebase store roof without adequate safety measures. Broadley Roofing was fined £53,000 after a worker was […]