The hidden costs of health and safety fails
Aug14

The hidden costs of health and safety fails

For employers, the cost of implementing health and safety initiatives can be expensive. However, when safety standards aren’t adhered to properly, the hidden financial costs can cripple the internal economics of a business. In the UK, it is estimated that annually between 2015/16, 622,000 workers were injured at work, and 528,000 workers suffered a new case of ill health that they believed was brought on as a result of their working...

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Law firm raises concern over serious fire safety gaps in UK workplaces
Aug09

Law firm raises concern over serious fire safety gaps in UK workplaces

New research from law firm Hugh James has raised serious questions over health and safety in the workplace when it comes to managing fire risks. 1 in 5 haven’t had a fire drill in the last 12 months Almost one in five (16%) Brits work for a company where not a single fire drill has been carried out in the last twelve months, despite this being a UK Government requirement for workplace health and safety regulations, according to...

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Young people not taking health and safety seriously enough, finds survey
Aug09

Young people not taking health and safety seriously enough, finds survey

More than a quarter of young people are failing to follow the health and safety procedures put in place by their employer and are putting themselves in danger, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 27% of workers aged between 18 and 34 have put themselves at risk by not following their companies’ safety procedures. This is despite them being more...

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Could tech help improve remote worker safety?
Jul27

Could tech help improve remote worker safety?

Whilst employers have a duty of care to protect employees where possible, lone workers like estate agents, district nurses, carers and enforcement officers can still be vulnerable.  New high-tech global tracking apps could hold the answer. The safety of lone workers has been in the spotlight since the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986, when she was due to meet a client, ‘Mr. Kipper’ at an empty property...

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UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy
Jul20

UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy

More than a fifth (21 per cent) of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes have no road safety policy in place, new research has revealed. The study by TomTom Telematics among senior managers at 400 UK businesses found a further four per cent did not know whether their organisation had a defined policy. At the same time, 60 per cent of respondents said staff members had been involved in road traffic accidents while on...

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Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures
Jul13

Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures

A quarter of employees working in hazardous job roles believe their employers aren’t doing enough to keep them safe at work. 25% of labourers in manual professions, such as construction, thought their company’s health and safety information didn’t go into enough detail about their role and the dangers they could face, or how to deal with risky situations. Worryingly, the survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over...

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We should be concerned about unsafe workplaces, warn experts
Jul11

We should be concerned about unsafe workplaces, warn experts

The horrific Grenfell fire really brought home the dangers of tall buildings with small exits and what can happen in the event of a fire. High-rise office blocks are part of the corporate landscape, and following Grenfell, both workers and their bosses are expressing concerns as to whether or not these buildings are safe. The TUC is calling for urgent advice for employers. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Millions of...

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Leading Health & Safety professionals urge Government to end deregulation following Grenfell Tower blaze
Jun21

Leading Health & Safety professionals urge Government to end deregulation following Grenfell Tower blaze

The UK Government has been urged to scrap its approach to deregulation of health and safety legislation in light of the Grenfell Tower blaze. In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, over 70 leading organisations and figures from the UK’s safety and health profession have jointly called for a political sea change in attitude towards health and safety regulation and fire risk management following the tragedy. The collective has...

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Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers
Jun20

Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers

It is generally understood that as an ‘at work’ activity, driving for work purposes comes within an employer’s responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In its latest ‘fit to drive’ campaign, road-safety charity Brake has highlighted that the organisation may be prosecuted if a crash is proven to have resulted from lack of fitness to drive and the organisation is judged to have been negligent in preventing it. Specsavers...

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Grenfell Tower fire highlights fire risk of high-rise buildings
Jun16

Grenfell Tower fire highlights fire risk of high-rise buildings

The tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London has raised serious concerns about fire safety in high rise buildings, which are often used for commercial purposes as well as residential accommodation. The fire, which is believed to have started on the fourth floor, spread quickly to engulf the entire 24 storey building. All floors from the second floor up were affected and seventeen people are known to have died, with police saying they...

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UK businesses breaking ‘basic’ health and safety laws
Jun14

UK businesses breaking ‘basic’ health and safety laws

Almost two thirds of UK businesses are failing to meet basic health and safety laws and are putting their employees in danger, according to new research. 65% of workers have no information about health and safety policies A survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over five employees, found that 65% have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies. This is despite it being a basic...

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Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos
May22

Teacher & pupil risks ‘under-reported’ as 86% of school workplaces found to have asbestos

NAHT is a member of the Joint Union Asbestos Committee (JUAC), which is campaigning to make schools safe from the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos is present in 86 per cent of schools. Since 1980, there have been 319 teacher deaths from mesothelioma (a cancer caused by asbestos fibres); on average 17 teachers now die every year from mesothelioma, compared to 3 per year in 1980.  It is estimated that up to 300 people a year die as adults,...

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Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC
May02

Women’s safety is being disregarded when it comes to PPE, warns TUC

Less than one in three women are given protective clothing and equipment specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC last Friday. So why do employers need to consider men and women differently when it comes to PPE? “PPE cannot protect a worker from hazards if it does not fit. Equipment designed for men may not fit women properly due to differences in body size, height and composition”, says...

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Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane
Mar23

Aircraft company fined after workers fall from the tail of a plane

An aircraft engineering company has been fined after two men fell about 15 feet while they were carrying out checks at the tail of an aeroplane. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee of Inflite Engineering Services and an agency worker suffered broken bones after the fall at Stansted Airport on 10 June 2015. They were working either side of the tail using mobile elevated work platforms when another employee closed the...

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MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle
Mar17

MOD receives third HSE Crown Censure in 12 months after agency driver killed by reversing vehicle

As HR and Health and Safety experts know only too well, breaches in health and safety law could result in the company being charged with Corporate Manslaughter where an employee is fatally injured as a result of that breach. However, as a Crown body, the MoD cannot face prosecution for breaches in health and safety law as the Crown is exempt under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act. When their standards fail, a...

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