Occupational cancer burden: target new workers

The health and safety profession needs to focus its efforts on preventative measures that will protect new workers entering industry if the burden of occupational cancers is to be reduced in the coming decades. Speaking at the British Safety Council’s annual conference last week, Dr Lesley Rushton from Imperial College highlighted the main findings from […]

Enforcement notices: Court of Appeal guidance?

By Michael Appleby HSE is appealing to the Court of Appeal over the High Court’s ruling in the recent case of Hague v Rotary Yorkshire Limited [2014] EWHC 2126 (Admin) where a prohibition notice was cancelled (see SHP on-line blog: Challenging a Prohibition Notice). At one time it was thought that the only challenge to […]
In Court

Dublin Zoo pleads guilty after toddler is attacked by exotic animal

Dublin Zoo has been ordered to pay €5000 to charity for breaching health and safety regulations after a two-year-old girl was mauled by a Brazilian tapir, leaving her with stomach and arm injuries. Her mother also required medical attention. The incident happened during a supervised “close encounter” experience in the tapir enclosure on 8 August […]

Community service order after bar worker’s death

A director and a company shareholder were ordered to carry out 200 hours community service each, instead of a six-month jail sentence, following a breach of health and safety legislation in the Irish Republic. Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed the community service at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 22 October in relation to a case […]
Behavioural Safety

The five essential elements of driver risk management

Do your staff drive on business? If so there are certain activities that all employers must undertake as part of their duty of care under current health and safety at work legislation. 1. Employer Risk Assessment Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, employers are required by law to carry out a […]
In Court

Care home sentenced after resident’s tragic death

The owners of Thameside Residential Care Home in West Molesey have been fined after an elderly resident tragically died following a food related incident at the home in 2011. Anchor Trust was fined £130,000 and awarded costs to the Council of £60,000 at a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, 1 October 2014, after pleading guilty on […]

Workplace violence: dealing with alcohol fuelled aggression

Often in training sessions, learners ask us how they should deal with customers who are behaving aggressively and appear to be under the influence of alcohol. This got me thinking… Does alcohol really make us more aggressive? Research supports what seems to be common sense; if you are easily angered or act aggressively when sober, […]
In Court

No criminal charges over nightclub crush deaths

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said that there is no evidence of gross negligence in the case of two women, who died after being crushed at Lava & Ignite nightclub, Northampton in October 2011. Nabila Nanfuka, 22, died at the time of the crush and Laurene-Danielle Jackson, 19, died 18 days later in Leicester […]
Legislation And Guidance

Deregulation Bill: safety exemptions voted through

  The House of Lords has voted in favour of government plans to deregulate areas of health and safety. Clause one of the government’s Deregulation Bill includes plans to make certain self-employed workers exempt from health and safety law. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health has been lobbying against the clause, raising concerns that […]
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