Tag: Working at Height

Week commencing 19th November 2018 – In the News

Two companies fined after worker sustained severe head injuries Early this week, Liverpool Magistrates Court, together with a HSE Investigation, uncovered how unsafe practices led to the severe injury to an employee of a contractor. The companies involved had been commissioned to work on a warehouse racking system, but failed to implement any safety systems […]

Week commencing 1st October – In the News

A company has been severely fined after ‘insufficient’ workplace transport controls led to collision An HSE investigation uncovered how an unnamed company was ordered to pay £60,000 in fines after failing to adequate control measures. Although no workers were injured in the incident, HSE inspector Medani Close said that the company had not implemented even […]

September 2017 – In the News

Colwyn Bay Pier: Asbestos ‘Could Contaminate Beach’ Concerns are increasing that asbestos from the derelict Grade II-listed Colwyn Bay pier could contaminate the beach. Asbestos sheeting was used in the construction of the main pavilion in the 1930s. A report by Conwy council said the sheeting could break up if the pier was hit by […]

July 2017 – In the News

Volvo goes electric across the board Carmaker Volvo has said all new models will have an electric motor from 2019. The Chinese-owned firm, best known for its emphasis on driver safety, has become the first traditional carmaker to signal the end of the internal combustion engine. It plans to launch five fully electric models between […]

May 2017 – In the News

£750,000 fine for ‘reckless’ asbestos failure Some 200 workers were put at risk to the exposure of asbestos during the early demolition phase of a project, resulting in a £750,000 fine for a construction firm. The HSE carried out two investigations of working practices at a site in 2013 and 2014 while Barroerock Construction Limited […]

March 2016 – In the News

Suspended Jail Sentence For Construction Worker With ‘Staggering Disregard For Personal Safety’ A steel erector has received a suspended jail term after a member of the public photographed him balancing on scaffold tubes about 27 m off the ground and alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told that David Mullholland, […]

February 2017 – In the News

University Fined £400k After Experiment Nearly Kills Students The University of Northumbria at Newcastle has been fined after two students fell seriously ill after a miscalculation in an experiment led to them being admitted to intensive care and requiring dialysis. Newcastle Crown Court heard how students were learning about the effects of caffeine as part of […]

January 2017 – In the News

Look, No Hands If warm words from governments were all that was needed to fuel driverless vehicles they might be all around us. Following the launch in Britain of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) in 2015, this September a new inquiry under the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Committee was announced. […]

November 2016 – In the News

Heinz Forced to Take Their Empty Can-Tapping Advert Off The Air Amid Health And Safety Row Watchdogs have banned a TV commercial for Heinz Baked Beans on health and safety grounds. The advert showed youngsters and adults tapping out the complex rhythms of a song on empty cans. Heinz fell foul of the Advertising Standards […]

July 2016 – In the News

Sports Direct Treats Workers “As Commodities Rather Than Human Beings” A report by the Business, Innovation and Skills committee has accused Sports Direct, one of Europe’s biggest retailers, of not treating its workers like humans, after an investigation revealed “extremely disturbing working practices” and serious health and safety breaches at the company’s Shirebrook Warehouse. MPs […]