accidents at work

  1. We often hear about companies being prosecuted for breaching health and safety legislation, however, individual employees can also be prosecuted for breaching health and safety law. Employees duties for Health & Safety at work are covered under Section 7 of the Health & Safety at work act. Under Section 7 Employees must: (a) to take reasonable […]

  2. In February 2019, the HSE issued a safety alert to inform employers that they are strengthening their enforcement expectations with regards to controlling exposure to welding fumes. HSE Control Requirements The HSE have stated that regardless of the duration of exposure, the HSE will not accept any welding being undertaken without suitable control measures being […]

  3. The HSE has recently published its provisional annual figures for the number of work-related deaths for the period April 2018 to March 2019. These HSE fatality figures show a rise in the number of work-related deaths from the previous year. In the period between April 2018 to March 2019 a total of 147 workers died […]

  4. The number of serious injuries involving forklift trucks (FLT’s) has increased by almost a third in the last year, the number of injuries has risen from 1,000 to 1,300 in the last 12 months. These aren’t just minor matters, they are life-changing injuries involving crushed bones, amputations and deaths. Our Health and Safety blog provides […]

  5. There are two parts to Health and Safety Law – civil and criminal. They’re not the same. As an employer, you must protect your workers and others from getting hurt or ill through work. Failure to put effective safety procedures in place could result in the following action: A regulator such as the Health and […]

  6. The statistics are shocking. The Health and Safety Executive reports that 1.4 million people in the UK are currently suffering from a work-related illness or injury. 555,000 injuries occur every single year at work. A staggering 144 people were killed at work in the year 2017/18. It is critical for employers to actively assess and […]

  7. A recent fatality in the Care Sector highlights the need for all organisations to ensure they have effective COSHH safe storage procedures in place. The care home responsible was fined £270,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33 (1)a of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The HSE prosecution follows […]

  8. A recent tragic case highlights the importance of carrying out COSHH risk assessments before workers use any products. By law, your supplier must give you an up to date safety data sheet for a substance that is ‘dangerous for supply’. If a substance is hazardous, employers should research to find out if safer alternatives are […]