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PPE in non-healthcare work during the coronavirus outbreak

30 Jun 2020

The HSE has reminded us that the coronavirus outbreak has not changed an employer's duty to make sure people are not exposed to hazardous substances as part of their work and has issued guidance to employers specifically aimed at the outbreak. Personal protective equipment (PPE) protects the…

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HSE Prosecutions Update

29 Jun 2020

Two recent HSE prosecutions remind employers of their obligations to employees when working in potentially dangerous situations and of the fines and imprisonment that will follow if the HSE finds failings. Chelmsford Crown Court heard that in July 2017, a worker was seriously injured when roof…

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Coroners Statistics for 2019

22 May 2020

The MOJ have recently released the Coroners statistics for 2019 for England & Wales on the 14th May 2020*. The statistics confirm: · The lowest level of deaths reported to coroners since 1998, at 210,912 · Of those 1,939 were reports of deaths that had occurred outside…

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What does emergency volunteer leave mean for employers?

27 Apr 2020

In the midst of a global crisis, with the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, many losing their loved ones, job losses, business closures, families and friends separated for an uncertain amount of time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless negative aspects of the…

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Regulatory Round Up

21 Apr 2020

Construction firm fined by HSE after worker suffers serious injuries in fall from height A construction firm has been fined £55,620 after a 17-year-old worker fell through an opening for a roof light. The roof light had been covered with a sheet of insulation and the area had been left…

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Regulatory Round Up

21 Apr 2020

Waste management company fined after banksman suffers crushing injury A waste management company has been fined £400,000 after an employee was crushed by a reversing 22.5 tonne shovel loader driven by an on-site contractor. The injured employee was acting as a banksman, assisting a lorry to…

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Coronavirus Bill

31 Mar 2020

The Bill is designed to provide the Government and the authorities with wide ranging powers to respond to the current health crisis. It will cover the following areas: · Workforce · Easing Pressure · Limiting Contact · Controlling Borders · Sick Pay…

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Derbyshire Council fined £500,000 for failure to provide safe care

19 Dec 2019

Derbyshire County Council have recently been fined £500,000 following the first prosecution brought by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) against a local authority since the watchdog was given powers in 2015 to prosecute health and social care providers for failing to provide safe care and…

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