Category Avoiding injury

THE EMPLOYER’S DUTY: THE SUPREME COURT STATES THE IMPORTANCE OF RISK ASSESSMENTS

In Kennedy -v- Cordia Services LLP [2016] UKSC 6 the Supreme Court allowed the appellant’s appeal. The case related to Scottish law, however the principles are of general application.   It raises interesting issues as to the relevance of “It follows that the employer’s duty is no longer confined to taking such precautions as are […]

HEALTH & SAFETY AT WORK ACT HAS ARGUABLY SAVED MORE LIVES THAN ANY OTHER PIECE OF LEGISLATION

There is a useful post on the Health and Safety Executive Website considering the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The piece from the Health and Safety Executive is available here. The Telegraph article that it refers to is here

ACCIDENTS AT WORK: THE TUC AND THE MYTH OF THE COMPENSATION CULTURE

The TUC’s ever helpful guide to health and safety is out for April  and available here . The Bulletin covers numerous aspects of health and safety in the workplace. However one notable article relates to the “compensation myth”. This shows that 6 out of 7 people injured in the workplace do not obtain compensation. “TUC explodes the […]

THE WORK AT HEIGHT REGULATIONS: NEW HSE GUIDANCE AND A POTTED GUIDE

For accidents after the 1st October 2013 there is no action for breach of statutory duty in relation to these Regulations.  However this does not mean that the Regulations are not relevant. Indeed they remain highly relevant for the reasons discussed in previous posts.  Here we look at: 1. Guidance as to the continued relevance […]

ACCIDENTS ON CONSTRUCTION SITES: INADVERTENT OPERATION OF CONTROLS

Construction sites remain of of the most dangerous places to work. One issue that can arise is where workers are injured due to the inadvertent operation of controls in excavator plants.  Given the size and nature of the plant and the risks posed to those working nearby any inadvertent movement can be serious, even fatal. […]

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE GUIDANCE: SLIPS AND TRIPS

One effect of the ending of civil liability for breach of the Regulations is that all lawyers are going to have much more closely at recommendations by the Health and Safety Executive.  These, along with the Regulations and Codes of Practice, are likely to form the standard by which employers are judge.  In some cases […]

EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS: STILL A MAJOR RISK: LINKS AND GUIDES FOR PRACTICAL ACTION

The dangers of asbestos are now well known. However it remains a very real risk, particularly to builders, tradesmen and the self employed. This post looks at useful links which deal with the risks of exposure to asbestos. HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE “Asbestos is the biggest on the job killer of trades people in the […]