agency workers


Safety fears over recruitment-sector deregulation

The Government wants to loosen the regulatory regime for employment agencies by, among other things, removing their current duty to provide temporary workers with health and safety information about their role. Read More

Live electrical cable left unprotected in restaurant’s kitchen

An agency worker suffered an electric shock while working in the kitchen of a restaurant in Warwickshire. Read More

Tribunal rules against worker blacklisted for raising health and safety concerns

A construction worker who lost a case against a major firm that admitted blacklisting him for union activities and raising health and safety concerns may go to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that UK law does not sufficiently protect agency workers. Read More

“Simple and inexpensive” measures would have prevented lift-truck incident

A Lincolnshire farming company has been fined after an agricultural worker was hit by a forklift truck at a farm where pedestrians and vehicles were inadequately segregated. Read More

Advice for employers on agency-worker changes

New guidance is available to help employers and the recruitment sector prepare for the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations later this year. Read More

Agencies face accusations of defying PPE rules

Construction workers' union UCATT believes some employment agencies are deliberately flouting safety regulations by failing to provide PPE for those workers they place in jobs. Read More

Language-barrier oversight linked to toxic-gas discharge

Three agency workers were taken to hospital with breathing difficulties after a toxic gas was released inside a vegetable packaging factory following a chemical incident. Read More

Businesses unprimed for agency-worker changes

Just 7 per cent of UK employers have assessed how they will be affected by the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), suggests research by recruitment and HR services company, Randstad. Read More

Managing director admits he “wasn’t aware of his H&S responsibilities”

Two companies pleaded guilty to failing to protect workers after four agency staff fell 3.5 metres through an unsecured floor. Read More

Botched planning highlighted in manual-handling fatality

An agency worker was crushed to death by a stack of glass he was helping to unload on his first day at work. Read More



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