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Waste Packaging Recycling Fraud

08 Mar 2022

Recycling and the PRN System The momentum behind the sustainability movement has drastically increased the obligations placed on UK companies to recycle waste plastic. Resultantly it is anticipated that by 2030 UK companies will be expected to recycle 70% of waste plastic material. While…

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Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme Closure

01 Mar 2022

The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will close on 17 March 2022. Essentially, employers will no longer be able to claim back Statutory Sick Pay for any of their employees' covid-related absences or subsequent isolation that occur post this date. Employers have until 24 March 2022 to submit any…

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HSE prosecutes school

28 Feb 2022

With school trips re-commencing both for days out and for weekends away, it is important that schools carefully consider the guidance provided by the Health and Safety Executive before ascending up mountains or embarking upon open swimming or water sports activities. There are two types of visits…

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Plumbing supply company and contractor fined after building collapse

01 Jul 2021

A plumbing supply company and its building contractor have been fined after unsafe construction work took place at the company premises in Burnley. Burnley Magistrates' Court heard that on 21 October 2018, Northwest Plumbing Supplier Limited and contractor Daniel Georghiou, carried out…

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Pub owner jailed over boy's electrocution death

28 May 2021

A pub landlord has been handed a nine-year prison sentence for gross negligence manslaughter after a child was electrocuted in a beer garden. Harvey Tyrell, 7, died from an electric shock after he touched a defective lighting fixture at the King Harold pub in Romford, Essex, on 11 September 2018…

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Hotel chain fined after a guest fell 6 feet through rusty railings

28 May 2021

Failing to adhere to health and safety standards can be a very costly mistake to make, as the owners of the Britannia Hotel in Southport recently found out. The hotel chain was fined £80,000 after a guest sustained life-changing injuries when she fell through rusty iron railings to a…

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Case analysis - Dynamic Risk Assessments

28 May 2021

What is needed to enable a defendant to successfully say that they relied on a dynamic risk assessment rather than to have specifically risk assessed every task? This question arose in two cases over the last 6 months that help identify the issues that need to be considered. The first is the…

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£120,000 Fine for Manufacturing Company Following Machine Incident

28 May 2021

A Lancashire based manufacturer of plastic-coated fabrics has been fined after an employee's hand was drawn into an unguarded part of a machine, resulting in the surgical amputation of three fingers. Manchester Magistrates' Court heard that on 20 August 2019, a machine operator at the Earby…

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