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Updated Fire Safety Regulations

New fire safety regulations for England, came into force last month which place new duties on building owners or managers (responsible persons) of high-rise blocks of flats, buildings which are high rise, and those above 11 meters in height. It follows several recommendations that were put forward to the Government following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry […]

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations

The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2022 have come into force, amending the original Regulations which came into effect back in 1992. Under these amended Regulations, it now means that responsibilities on employers and employees will extend to limb (b) workers as set out and defined within the Regulations. Under the Regulations, a limb (b) worker […]

Building contractor fined for failing to comply with health and safety regulations

A sole trader has been fined by the HSE for failing to plan, manage and monitor construction work being carried out under their control. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how Rytis Tamasaukas was carrying out extensive refurbishment works to extend a detached property in Chigwell, Essex. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out six site […]

Manufacturing company fined over hand-arm vibration

Metals fabrication company MTL Advanced Limited has been fined for health and safety breaches after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome and other hand and arm conditions, consistent with prolonged use. Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is caused by occupational exposure to vibrating hand tools and in […]

Construction company heavily fined

Construction worker dies after falling from tower A construction company has been fined after a worker died as a result of falling from a mobile tower and later died in hospital. Cambridge Magistrates Court heard how Sean Harding was working from a mobile tower flattening a steel beam that was positioned on a door lintel. […]

Health & Safety: care home fined after resident was injured in fall

Health & Safety: Care Home Fined | HR Solutions

The following health and safety incident could have been so much worse and could quite easily have been a fatality after a 4.5m fall from height. A care home for vulnerable adults has been fined after a resident was injured in a fall from height. Airdrie Sheriff Court heard how on 29 July 2019, a […]

Health and Safety: Prosecution of Principal Contractor and Supplier

Health and Safety Prosecution Principal Contractor | HR Solutions

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), “Anyone engaging contractors has health and safety responsibilities, both for the contractors and anyone else that could be affected by their activities.” This article shows how a Principal Contractor can be prosecuted for the failings on Health & Safety of any of the contractors on the job […]

Interesting Case: Breach of Health and Safety Regulations

Interesting Case: Breach of Health and Safety Regulations | HR Solutions

The following interesting health and safety case shows how even the biggest employers and well-respected companies that we all use still have difficulty in checking, maintaining and making their equipment safe. This accident could have been far worse and could have resulted in the worker not only losing their arm but the effect this could […]

Health and Safety – Legal Minimum Requirements

Why manage health and safety? | HR Solutions | HSE Solutions

This guidance article will help you to consider health and safety in your workplace; because of the size and complexity of the relevant legislation, it can only provide the basic facts and is therefore not exhaustive. Some regulations apply to all workplaces: others are specific to industries with known hazards. Note that employees are required […]

Health and Safety Update December 2020

Health and Safety Update December 2020 | HR Solutions

Covid-19 Secure Spot Checks HSE is continuing to conduct spot checks and inspections to ensure workplaces are Covid-19 secure.  Their inspections will enable businesses to seek further advice on how to manage the risks, protect workers, customers, and visitors. Participation in the spot checks is critical, and so where there is failure to do so, could […]

New Health, Safety and Environment Division for HR Solutions

Dominic Greenwood | Health Safety Environment | HSE Solutions | HR Solutions

HR Solutions is a leading firm of HR consultants and advisors; and we have recently made a key appointment to launch our new Health, Safety and Environment division, called HSE Solutions.  Based in Kettering, we operate in a variety of industries and have a client list ranging from small care agencies to multinational technology firms. To […]

Waste company director banned after repeated health and safety failings

Health and Safety | HR Solutions

In a recent case, relating to health and safety, the director of a waste transfer company has been banned from being a company director after being found guilty of exposing employees to unsafe working conditions. Preston Crown Court heard evidence that in November 2018, Mr Mohammed allowed his workers to continue to use a poorly […]

HSE release annual workplace injury and ill-health statistics for UK

Workplace Injury | Health and Safety | HR Solutions

The number of people experiencing ill-health and injury in workplaces across the UK remains too high, according to the HSE’s latest statistics. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released the 2019 Health and Safety at work annual report which includes statistics for workplace injuries, work-related ill health, working days loss, enforcement action and related […]

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