Tag Archives: Occupational safety and health

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 […]

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 LINKS TO HSE GUIDANCE ON THE NEW REGULATIONS Details of the transitional arrangements can be found here The draft guidance from the Health and Safety Executive can be […]

NO LIABILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SENSITIVITY TO PLATINUM: GREENWAY -v- JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

In Greenway -v- Johnson Matthey PLC [2014] EWHC 3957 (QB) Mr Justice Jay decided that there was no claim in law for claimants whose exposure to substances at work led to their developing sensitivity to platinum. THE CASE A number of claimants had become sensitive to platinum salts as a result of their exposure whilst […]

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 […]

IS THE ABOLITION OF BREACH OF STATUTORY DUTY IN THE ERRA LAWFUL: APIL HAVE LODGED A COMPLAINT WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

It is unlikely that many cases relating to “breach of statutory duty” have been considered  after the ERRA (largely) abolished the concept in October last year.  However the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers have lodged a complaint with the European Commission. Which has past the first hurdle and which is being considered by the European […]

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 […]