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Fatal Injury Workplace Stats for 2015/2016

The H&SE have released the annual workplace stats (provisional) for 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 which cover fatal accidents in workplaces in the UK courtesy of RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) […]

Will BREXIT Affect UK Health and Safety Laws?

After Friday’s vote on whether to leave or remain in the EU many UK companies are now wondering what the Brexit “Leave” vote may mean for them in the future in terms of health and safety legislation. UK health and safety legislation dates back as far as the 19th century when the Factories Act and […]

RIDDOR

Health and Safety plays a major role in everyday work life. But when things go wrong and accidents or deaths occur they must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (H&SE) and it’s important to make sure you know how the law affects you. In this article we will be looking at the reporting of injuries, occupational diseases and dangerous […]

Press Releases March/April 2016

This month we will be looking at some of the Health and Safety press releases published on the HSE website. From fairground ride operator to solar panel specialists to a demolition contractor. These cases highlight the importance of health and safety […]

Electrical Safety

Electricity is part of our everyday life and as such we can often forget just how dangerous it is. Electricity can kill or cause severe injuries to people. Non-fatal shocks can result in falls from height leading to severe injury. Poor or faulty electrical installations can cause fires leading to deaths and injuries. Electrical safety […]

Working At Height

The HSE say “Working at height is to work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury (for example a fall through a fragile roof)“. Falls from height is one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. In […]

Plumbing Health and Safety

In previous articles we’ve looked at health and safety in various industries including the office, construction, restaurants and hair and beauty salons. In this article we will be looking at plumbing health and safety. As with any industry its vital that plumbers take Health and Safety seriously. There are a number of risks associated with […]

Xmas Health and Safety Myths

Christmas is a special time of year and many businesses love to get into the festive spirit by putting up Xmas tress, lights and decorations. However even at this time of the year Health and Safety is important BUT it is often wrongly cited as why certain activities can’t take place. This can dampen the […]

Health and Safety in the Office

When you think of health and safety, professions like construction workers, working from heights or in a restaurant may all come to mind but how many times do you think about health and safety in the office? Health and safety affects all professions including office workers. In this article we are looking at how health […]

Getting to Grips with Slips and Trips

Health and safety statistics on the HSE website show slipping and tripping to be the single most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces. Slipping and tripping are also often what initially causes other types of accidents e.g. scalding, falls from height and machinery accidents. Slips and trips are responsible for: £512 million costs […]

Health and Safety in the Construction Industry

Health and Safety in the construction industry is governed by the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) which came into force in the UK on April 2015. These regulations set out what construction companies (and their workers) need to do to ensure their safety. Construction Hazards Like all jobs there are a number […]

Manual Handling

One of the most common causes of injury at work is due to incorrect manual handling. When an item is not lifted correctly it can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) which account for over a third of all workplace injuries. Statistics supplied by the Health and Safety Executive report the total number of MSD cases in […]