Category Archives: Regulatory

Definitive Guidelines on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea Released

The Sentencing Council have released updated Definitive Guidelines on the Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea. The purpose of the guidelines is to encourage those who are going to plead guilty to do so as early in the court … Read more

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Star Wars Production Company fined for injuring Harrison Ford

Following our previous blog reporting the fine handed down to Alton Towers after the Smiler crash, the Court yesterday sentenced the film company responsible for producing the latest Star Wars movie after it pleaded guilty to Section 2 and 3 (1) of … Read more

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Alton Towers’ owners fined £5million over Smiler crash

Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc, 1974 and were fined £5million with costs of £69,955.40 after a rollercoaster collision left 16 people seriously injured.

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HSE to prosecute Alton Towers’ after ‘Smiler’ incident

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that it will prosecute the owners of Alton Towers over an incident in which five people were seriously injured on a rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers in Staffordshire.

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Star Wars: The HSE Awakens

The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed that it intends to prosecute after an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg when he … Read more

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Tougher Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety Offences and Corporate Manslaughter

The Sentencing Council has issued new guidance for Health and Safety Offences and Corporate Manslaughter. The Guidelines will be effective from the 1 February 2016, regardless of the date of the offence.

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HSE Construction Inspection Initiative Finds Below Standard Construction Sites

The Health and Safety Executive’s Chief Inspector of Construction has called on the industry to act now and protect their workers, after 46 per cent of sites fell below standards during a recent inspection initiative.

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Health & Safety Laws No Longer Applicable to Certain Self Employed Individuals From 1st October 2015

From 1 October 2015, self-employed individuals whose work poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public will be exempt from health and safety laws.

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Company Serving Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails Prosecuted

Most will recall the story of Gaby Scanlon who drank a “Nitro Jaeger” (a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen) in a Lancaster wine bar whilst celebrating her 18th birthday in 2012. Miss Scanlon had her stomach removed after consuming the lethal drink.

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