Risk Assessments

  1. This article is aimed at companies who use a scaffold tower but may also be beneficial to those who hire contractors who potentially may use a scaffold tower as part of their work. The aim of the article is to provide guidance on what a scaffold tower is, addressing the standard governing scaffold towers and […]

  2. Businesses which inspect, maintain and repair motor vehicles sometimes have inspection pits on their premises. Inspection pits are narrow sunken areas in the ground which a vehicle can drive over and park so that mechanics can gain easy access under the vehicle without the need to jack or lift the vehicle up. Although inspection pits […]

  3. Falls through fragile roof surfaces can cause death and serious injury. The HSE are regularly publishing press releases about incidents resulting in prosecutions, where poorly planned works have led to falls through fragile roofs and roof lights.One of these prosecutions was the case of a fatal fall at a farm in Wrexham whereby a self-employed […]

  4. Over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over one million people are injured. Over two million suffer illnesses caused by, or made worse by, their work. So, preventing accidents and ill health caused by work should be a key priority. As the owner or manager of a business you know […]

  5. In order to ensure that employees are safely protected at work, organisations have a legal duty to carry out Risk Assessments to identify workplace hazards that may cause foreseeable harm or damage and to put control measures in place to manage the risks.When Risk Assessments have been completed, they need to be kept up-to-date to […]

  6. Notes taken at the time of meetings with individuals, telephone calls, visits to premises and so on are referred to as ‘contemporaneous’ notes. They are used so as you can account for your actions during an incident or investigation. They also assist others working in your team to know what actions you took. This will […]

  7. Falls from height are one of the most common causes of accidents and injuries at work. We review a recent HSE prosecution case and provide practical health and safety guidance for employers regarding working on fragile roofs.The HSE recently fined a maintenance company £30,000 and ordered them to pay £8,000 costs after a friend of […]

  8. Before you reopen your business you must ensure your employees, visitors and customers are safe. We review the key steps you need to consider following a closure due to a period of lockdown. Reopen Your Business | Key Steps 1. You will need to review existing risk assessments, carry out new risk assessments and put […]