Category Useful Links

CHANGES TO CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS ON THE 6th APRIL 2015: USEFUL LINKS

Construction remains one of the most dangerous areas to work in.  On the 6th April 2015 the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 replace the 2007 Regulations. LINKS TO HSE GUIDANCE ON THE NEW REGULATIONS Details of the transitional arrangements can be found here The draft guidance from the Health and Safety Executive can be […]

LOSS OF EARNINGS: THE “OGDEN APPROACH” IN PRACTICE: TWO CASES EXAMINED

Several years ago the notes to the Actuarial Tables set out a more “scientific” means of assessing damages for future loss of earnings. In essence this is done by using the difference between the multipliers in relation to disabled and non-disabled claimants. See the guidance at paragraph 45 of the explanatory notes.  Here we look […]

AVOIDING UNDER SETTLEMENT IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES: LOSS OF EARNINGS

I have started a series on “avoiding under settlement” on the companion blog “Civil Litigation Brief”. The first few posts in the series are on avoiding under settlement in loss of earnings claims.  I will post a link through to this blog when a post is written, and provide a summary when the series is […]

NEW GUIDANCE ON HEALTH AND SAFETY IN DOCKS AND PORTS

The Health and Safety Executive has produced new Guidance on Health and Safety in Docks and Ports. The HSE state: “The new guidance (Safety in Docks: Approved Code of Practice and guidance – L148) replaces the existing Approved Code of Practice (COP25) which has been withdrawn as part of the revocation of the Docks Regulations […]

HSE CONSULTATION PAPERS: THEIR POTENTIAL SIGNIFICANCE IN PERSONAL INJURY ACTIONS

The Health and Safety Executive have produced several consultation papers relating to proposed reforms of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and to amend the approved codes of practice (ACOP) on the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) (L22); Safe Use of Power Presses (L112) and Safe Use of Woodworking Equipment THE […]

TRIPS, SLIPS & FALLS: USEFUL GUIDANCE FROM THE HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE

The Health and Safety Executive have produced an e-bulletin on slips, trips and falls (the most common place of workplace accident costing an estimated £800 million a year). Useful guidance can also be found at The HSE site on guidance on slips and trips The HSE guide to preventing slips and trips at work The […]

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 […]

NEW HSE GUIDANCE ON MANAGING AND WORKING WITH ASBESTOS

The Health and Safety Executive have produced new guidance on Managing and Dealing with Asbestos. The HSE specifically cite the Lofstedt Report in their explanation of the changes. The HSE press release is at http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/analysis/comment-and-opinion/relief-from-sanctions-more-tough-action/law/court-of-appeal-cites-mitchell-to-refuse-relief/5039209.article The approved Code of Practice can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l118.htm?ebul=hsegen&cr=4/23-dec-13