In Court

Drinks firm sentenced after two workers injured

Drinks company Diageo Scotland Ltd has been fined £18,000 for safety failings after two workers were injured in falls at separate plants in Moray. Robert Edward, then 51, fell nearly four metres from a portable ladder while clearing a blockage inside a chute in a grain silo at Burghead Maltings in King Street, Burghead, on […]

Global Standards for safety: g-Guide

The past decade has seen a spurt of events and exhibitions in developing countries, with organisers often working in hazardous conditions. Nick Warburton talks to Simon Garrett, author of the g-Guide, about the moral imperative to protect lives. Take a closer look at any large-scale event or exhibition and what you will discover behind the […]

A construction designer’s dilemma: CDM2015

Since 1995, the mandatory requirement under the criminal law for construction designers (as employers) to have regard to the consequences of their design decisions on others has been explicit. The principle behind this is sound: a failure to do so cannot only affect the wellbeing of others (the rationale of the legislation), but can also […]

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 […]
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