health and safety

Firms hit with fines and costs after injuries to workers

August 12, 2013

Two firms have been fined and ordered to pay costs after a brick archway collapsed during a major refurbishment project, injuring both workers. The two men – who ask not to be named – were working as joiners on the refurbishment project of a former confectionary building at the time of the accident in February […]

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Police force heavily fined after death of officer

July 17, 2013

A police force and a police officer have been prosecuted and fined after a fellow police officer was killed in training in 2008. The court case came about after PC Ian Terry, 32, was killed by a colleague during a firearms training session in Manchester after a number of health and safety failings. The incident […]

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New figures from the Health and Safety Executive show drop in workers’ deaths

July 5, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive released figures on Wednesday 3 July 2013 which showed that the number of deaths suffered by workers in the workplace has fallen over the last year. Provisional data released by the Health and Safety Executive showed that there were 148 fatal injuries to workers between April 2012 and March 2013, […]

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North Wales company heavily fined after worker injured in fall

June 18, 2013

A business based in north Wales has been heavily fined after a worker suffered a serious injury in a fall at work. A haulage firm in north Wales has been heavily fined and ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs after a worker suffered a serious injury in a fall from height in 2011. The unnamed […]

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Managing health and safety in the workplace – an introduction

March 26, 2013

Health and safety in the workplace is a prevalent issue for employers and is a constant theme in the media (see the recent – and probably justified – coverage of the “triangular flapjack whack rap claptrap”). We’ll therefore take a brief introductory look at an employer’s health and safety obligations in the workplace. What are […]

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Health and safety disaster results in criminal court appearance for company officials

February 10, 2013

This Is South Wales reports that a number of employees of the company which owned the Gleision mine and colliery have appeared in court after both they and the company were charged with various counts of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter The manager of the Gleision mine, Mr Malcolm Fyfield, 57, appeared at the […]

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The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 – an introduction

January 21, 2013

The Health and Safety Executive’s website regularly releases details of cases that it has recently successfully prosecuted. Recent examples include: Chester landlady prosecuted after ignoring gas safety warnings North-East hospital NHS Trust found guilty after exposing contractors to asbestos Injury to factory employee results in Bolton fabric firm being taken to court Unregistered gas fitter […]

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