The Safety Business Latest blog entries CGFeedMaker 1.0.14 on CMS Made Simple ( ) Street Cleaner Awarded £3,000 A street cleaner that cut a finger clearing garden rubbish has been awarded a minimum of £3,000 with costs to the council of at least £100,000.  After three court cases on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis the street cleaner... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:58:01 +0000 Why do you think I wouldn’t be able to concentrate? Couples wanting to join the Mile High Club from a Gloucestershire airport have found their flights grounded due to Health & Safety reasons.  Several online papers, including the, have reported that Mile High Flights from Gloucester have not had... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:42:12 +0000 I’m really getting sick of it now Poor health and well being among employees can cost a business a lot of money.  Collectively, in the UK, sickness absence costs are estimated to be £12 billion a year but this cost could be reduced significantly if workers had... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:41:17 +0000 Anyone can do it can’t they? Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:37:38 +0000 From 4 January 2011 the law changes! Don’t get caught out, check with your building manager that you are operating within the law. Any business with an air conditioning system producing a rated cooling output over 12 kilowatts (kW) must have had an Air Conditioning Inspection... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:25:59 +0000 That shouldn’t take long to dry should it? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:49:55 +0000 You’ve still got over 3 years Since April 2009, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has published new versions of its approved Health and Safety Law poster that UK businesses must display in their workplace.  However, so as not to burden companies with an immediate unplanned... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:48:37 +0000 Are you looking at both sides? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:47:16 +0000 You may be good but are you legal? Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:45:13 +0000 Where are you when I need you? Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:06:11 +0000 Liable for your product – OR NOT!! Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:05:25 +0000 Working Time Consultation – Should Employees be allowed to choose how many hours they work? Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:04:34 +0000 Return to Work Guidance – It takes two to tango! Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:03:20 +0000 Man Blinded at Work When Stock fell on him – An expensive lesson learnt The co-owner of a Londis Store in London has received a fine of £17,000 and court costs of £5,790 following an accident on a defective ramp.   His employee lost his sight in one eye and his sense of smell after... Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:02:24 +0000 Long Hours ‘Contributes to Heart Disease’ – more exercise, less work It’s official! The Journal Heart suggests that men who work more than 41 hours a week and are unfit have a 59% increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease than those who are fitter and working 40 or less... Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:01:29 +0000 Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Wed, 01 Dec 2010 13:00:21 +0000 Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:04:26 +0000 It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it There are a lot of elderly people around and many of them need care.  In fact, 3 million people in the UK are aged over 80, with the over 85’s estimated to cost 3 times the cost of care for... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:00:37 +0000 A burning Issue Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:55:40 +0000 NHS Trust pays £ 12,500 in fines and £9,000 incosts after Sharps Injury A health care worker contracted hepatitis C after injuring herself on a needle. The healthcare worker had taken blood from a patient, known to be infected, with the virus.  She then had difficulty disposing of the needle in the... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:41:42 +0100 A thing of the past! The Press ( ) has recently asked their readers to participate in a vote.  Following the decision of council bosses in Suffolk to ban conkers since they present a serious threat of injury, a school near York is not... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:40:19 +0100 Recycling hazard spotting The HSE has prosecuted a recycling company following an injury, broken ribs, that occurred when he was forced onto a metal conveyor belt.  The employee was pushing waste cardboard onto the conveyor belt when he was forced onto it by... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:39:00 +0100 Common Sense Approach Wins! Fri, 29 Oct 2010 11:37:03 +0100 Outsourcing the Key to Improved Health & Safety? Fatalities at an all time low!  So trumpets the HSE.  But……. Why is no-one telling us why?  And do they even know?   Is it because the HSE has done such a good job of educating business that our health and... Fri, 08 Oct 2010 14:00:16 +0100 Staying Relevant Achieves Buy In Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:59:00 +0100 Is this sensible? Fri, 08 Oct 2010 13:57:42 +0100 Keep Calm and Carry On Thu, 07 Oct 2010 11:03:33 +0100 Most times Health & Safety is common sense! At Staffordshire Crystal, trading as Brierley Crystal, employees lacked the facilities to wash their hands or be provided with a rest area to have meals; as a result they exposed employees to dangerous levels of lead.  This was “picked up”... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:41:28 +0100 Workplace Health Promotion provides a return on investment – it’s a fact! Fri, 01 Oct 2010 12:41:08 +0100 Have we exported our falls abroad? New figures released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) earlier this month reveal that the number of people killed at work in Britain fell last year to a record low.  151 workers were killed between 1 April 2009 and... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:39:52 +0100 Time, Needles and Nurses Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:38:52 +0100 Reducing cost in your business Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:35:54 +0100 Do we have to change the law? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:41:42 +0100 Do Health & Safety Awards matter? They do to the people and businesses that received the awards!  Often a lot of work is required to qualify and even more work is required to submit a winning presentation.  It is unlikely that clients will engage with your... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:39:27 +0100 Safety in recession - a luxury? Many people are desperate for a job! The continued lack of funding and business focus on cost cutting is having an impact on unemployment figures. In these situations it can be tempting to overlook dangerous workplaces and think that now is not... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 11:46:09 +0100 So what is the commercial reason for investing in Health and Safety? Let safety work for you! Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:06:13 +0100 “Petty Rules and Nanny State” Fri, 24 Sep 2010 09:24:43 +0100 Did you know? A new study showed that more than 20,000 people were killed prematurely by their work every year. TUC research smashed the “myth” that Britain was one of the safest countries in which to work. Many workplace accidents... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:43:05 +0100 It's in employers' interests to care about stressed staff Reference Ben Wakeling at, Saturday 4 September On 10 September, the European Work Hazards Network conference will be held in Leeds, where health and safety representatives and managers from across Europe will gather to review and discuss the... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:53:51 +0100 Courts take RRO seriously The retailer, New Look, attempted to appeal against a fine under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO). The Court of Appeal upheld the £400,000 fine as it placed a breach of RRO at a higher level than the... Fri, 03 Sep 2010 07:20:31 +0100 The Young Review Thu, 02 Sep 2010 07:48:27 +0100 Day of justice for sentencing guidelines Wed, 01 Sep 2010 08:01:27 +0100 Some good news for successful defendants Tue, 31 Aug 2010 08:13:54 +0100 Blowing the Whistle Workers are protected from reprisal when making a disclosure about health and safety malpractice under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) A disclosure is protected if it is made to a regulator such as the HSE and the... Sun, 01 Aug 2010 06:39:10 +0100 Hearing Health and MP3's Thu, 01 Jul 2010 06:37:16 +0100 Accreditation for Health and Safety Sun, 20 Jun 2010 06:35:13 +0100 Suitable Equipment Fri, 04 Jun 2010 06:29:48 +0100 Fire Drill Apathy - Time for Tea Sun, 30 May 2010 06:27:42 +0100 Political Parties on Health and Safety Issues The main UK political parties were asked to spell out their policies on a range of topics surrounding health and safety in a recent article Connect: Election Special as published on the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) website... Wed, 05 May 2010 13:53:18 +0100 Unions: Tory Proposal is 'Lunacy' Tue, 04 May 2010 10:00:00 +0100 If Proof be Needed Here at Risk Towers our blog articles are often written at very short notice and at great speed so grammatical errors are likely to creep in. This is why our articles are thoroughly scrutinised within the team for accuracy before... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:22:21 +0100 HSE Board - Director Duty Decision after Election The Health and Safety Executive Board meeting held on 24 th Feb did not look at or make a decision regarding improvements to or legal obligations for Directors issues as discussed in previous blogs. This is probably due to the... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:33:49 +0100 Director Health and Safety Duty Bill Opposed Barely a week after MP Frank Doran’s proposal for a positive duty to be placed on directors, the EEF Manufacturers Association has launched a campaign against the proposal. The proposed ‘Health and Safety (Company Liability) Bill would oblige directors to... Mon, 08 Mar 2010 22:18:25 +0000 Goggle Eyed at Swimming Goggle Ban We would just like to point out that contrary to the current news reports, swimming goggles have not been banned in the UK. There are problems associated with wearing goggles particularly when worn by children and these are the main... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 12:54:34 +0000 Corporate Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines Published Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:08:53 +0000 Ceiling Track Hoist: Risk to service user Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:42:40 +0000 Health and Safety Directors Duties Bill The voluntary health and safety guidance for directors was issued jointly by the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). However it’s failed because only a small number of directors are aware of its existence. ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 20:26:36 +0000 The Safety Business January 2010 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:59:48 +0000 Enforcement Notice Overturned A decision by the High Court in England has widened the scope of employers to challenge HSE enforcement notices. Over 8,000 Prohibition Notices and Improvement Notices on average are issued by HSE inspectors each year. Under the Health and... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 14:57:34 +0000 Mental Health and Employment Launch Four documents launched on 7 December 2009 mark a new, cross-government approach to mental health and employment. It is hoped that ' Working our way to better mental health: a framework for action' , implemented in conjunction with the three other papers... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:15:49 +0000