Legal Updates

Retail Company & Builder Fined Over Safety Failings

Businesses sentenced after two members of the public tripped and fell over construction work outside a convenience store in Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard that during the three days it took to construct a concrete ramp intended for mobility impaired customers that two members of the public were injured whilst attempting to enter the store. On 12th January 2016 an elderly member of the public tripped over the construction works resulting a in a fractured wrist, head injury and severe bruising. The very next day, another elderly member of public fell from the partially constructed concrete ramp; fracturing his collar bone and suffering severe bruising.
Published: 06 Feb 2018

Thorough examination of vehicle lifts

It is vital that thorough and regular safety checks are carried out on all equipment including lifting gear by a 'competent' person. Make sure that all improvement notices are adhered to.

Published: 09 Jan 2018

Road Safety Week: How To Protect the Your Drivers Whilst On The Road

Driving for work is one of the most hazardous work activities conducted by a huge percentage of employees. IOSH brings together research which it published in this regard. The research examines this important issue and provides advice for employers on how they can ensure their employees are safe on the roads, pointing to resources which are available to Employers and Managers.
Published: 30 Nov 2017

Obstruction of Fire Exits Leads to a £60K Fine for Employer

We know that this is a very busy time of the year (leading up towards Christmas) for all businesses; especially those that take frequent deliveries of product on to their premises to meet the additional demands of their customer base. This must not be done at the risk to the safety of occupants within the business and its customers. In this regard the Motor Vehicle Repair (MVR) sector and Car Dealerships could be vulnerable because of the nature of the work undertaken (e.g. vehicle repair and use of highly flammable substances and emptying of vehicle fuel tanks; or storage of large plastic replacement component parts that are readily combustible etc.)
Published: 30 Nov 2017

Business fined £1M following death of contractor whilst on site

A Hull based bakery has been fined following the death of self-employed electrical contractor who died following a fall from height. Hull Crown Court heard how the worker was contracted to complete electrical work at the Greencore Grocery Ltd site in Hull. The Contractor was wiring a motor that was situated above a machine; whilst standing on a stepladder. The company agreed this work activity could be completed using a stepladder (which it had provided).
Published: 04 Oct 2017

To Be (Safe) Or Not to Be – That is the question!

Putting aside my little twist on a quote from the Bard - recent research has shown that it’s much more cost effective to comply with health and safety legislation and to meet employer’s duties; rather than leaving it to chance that nothing will go wrong and with it the subsequent enforcement action.

Published: 21 Jun 2017

Work Related Stress

The statistics are stark and speak for themselves. In 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases. The total number of working days lost due to stress in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. This equated to an average of 23.9 days lost per case; with 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.  Employers and managers cannot ignore the consequences of a diagnosis by others of a work-related stress!
Published: 06 Apr 2017

Plant hire director jailed for two years

The director of a plant hire firm who took the decision not to replace the broken boom on a MEWP that later failed, killing a worker has been jailed for two years. Company Director; Donald Craig, was found guilty under Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (the Act) after a trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court and was sentenced to the maximum penalty of two years in prison.

Published: 26 Jan 2017

Worker Suffers Life Threatening Injuries After Drum Explodes

A Kent company who supplies road safety products has been fined after a worker suffered life threatening injuries when a drum he was working on exploded. An investigation by the HSE into the incident found that the company failed to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
Published: 08 Dec 2016

Company Fined After Worker Suffers Head Injuries

A concrete supply company in Ilkeston, has been fined a worker after a worker suffered head injuries. Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Stanton Bonna Concrete Limited suffered head injuries when preparing to clean a concrete mixer.
Published: 10 Nov 2016

Security Firms Fined Over Death of Security Guard

Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Javaid Iqbal, 29 and a father of three, was employed by London based KK Security Services Ltd as a security guard on a construction site in Leigh, Wigan. KK Security were sub contracted by Veritas Security (Southern) Ltd, a Southampton based company, despite it being written into the contract from the client that no sub-contracting would take place.
Published: 31 Aug 2016

Company fined £250,000 for Safety Failings with Lifting Equipment

A coach company in Wrexham has been fined £250,000 after it repeatedly failed to comply with legal notices to get its lifting equipment examined. Wrexham Magistrates’ Court heard that, between 4 April 2014 and 28 August 2015, GHA Coaches Limited failed to have its lifting equipment thoroughly examined within the required timescales to ensure that health and safety conditions were maintained and that any deterioration could be detected and remedied in good time.
Published: 31 Aug 2016

Motor vehicle repair company fined after work experience student crushed by vehicle

A Motor Vehicle Repair (MVR) company was fined after a 27-year-old man gaining work experience at the garage, was crushed to death by a vehicle. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that in December 2014, Muhammed Zohaib Yasin, had been working at, Just Mercedes Limited, watching another employee carry out repair work on a Vauxhall Corsa.
Published: 23 Jun 2016

Company fined after worker injured by machinery

A Swansea company which manufactures plastic sheeting has been fined after an employee suffered serious injury when his hand was caught and dragged into machinery. Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard that the employee was part of a maintenance crew at ITW Limited, and was repairing a break in the plastic sheeting. The court was told the employee was rethreading broken plastic sheeting into a pinch roll when his gloved hand was caught and dragged into the rollers. The first finger on his right hand was so badly damaged it was surgically removed below the knuckle.
Published: 16 Mar 2016

Work on Electrical Equipment, Machinery or Installations

We have prepared this simple guide; aimed at Managers having the responsibility to instruct others
(possibly) their own employees (where competent) or, more likely Contractors engaged to carry
out electrical work on their premises. Within the document there are a number of hyperlinks that
the Manager can follow for further detailed advice and guidance.
Published: 17 Feb 2016

Major Construction Firm Fined £1million After Death of Worker

Construction firm Balfour Beatty has been fined after a worker lost his life whilst repairing a central reservation barrier damaged in a road traffic collision. Canterbury Crown Court heard how, a team was sent out by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty PLC, to install temporary traffic management in order to repair barriers on the A2 at the location of a collision site.
Published: 03 Feb 2016

Two Firms Fined £183,000 After Asbestos Management Failings

A food company and their contractor have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during building work and only identified by chance when an employee for an asbestos removal contractor attended site.
Published: 19 Jan 2016

Hand held grinders, a Health and Safety perspective

Hand held grinders are used in many garages and bodyshops, be safe when you or staff members are using them.

Published: 21 Jul 2015