Soho Theatre fined over fall that paralysed stage manager – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2014 in fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries, theatre by tracey

‘A theatre where a stage manager was paralysed in a fall through an unmarked balcony door on to the stage below has been fined £20,000.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Pyranha Mouldings oven death: Health and safety charges dropped – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2014 in accidents, corporate manslaughter, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Two men who faced health and safety charges over the death of a factory worker in an industrial oven have had the case against them dropped.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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Cosmetics tested on animals banned in the EU – or are they? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Attorney General, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (intervening) [2014] EWHC 4222 (Admin) 12 December 2014. Conscientious shoppers who check the labelling of shampoos and other cosmetic products for the “not tested on animals” legend may not be aware that there is in place an EU Regulation (“the Cosmetics Regulation”), enforceable by criminal sanctions, prohibiting the placing on the market of any product that has been tested on laboratory animals. Any comfort drawn from this knowledge however may be displaced by the uncertainty concerning the status of cosmetics whose ingredients have been tested on animals in non-EU or “third” countries. (Incidentally the Cruelty Cutter app is designed to enable consumers to test, at the swipe of a smart phone, whether the product they are contemplating purchasing has been tested on animals.)’

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UK Human RIghts Blog, 12th December 2014

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Stage manager is awarded £3.7m compensation after being left paralysed – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2014 in compensation, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

‘A stage manager for an award-winning theatre company, left paralysed after walking through an unmarked backstage door into “thin air” and falling three metres, has been awarded £3.7m in compensation, in one of the biggest payouts in the UK entertainment sector.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2014

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Food allergy laws enforced in restaurants and takeaways – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2014 in EC law, food, health & safety, news by sally

‘Restaurants and takeaways across Europe will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2014

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Regina (Heath & Hampstead Society) v Mayor, Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London – WLR Daily

Posted December 8th, 2014 in environmental protection, health & safety, judicial review, London, news, water by sally

Regina (Heath & Hampstead Society) v Mayor, Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London [2014] EWHC 3868 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 517

‘The purpose of the Reservoirs Act 1975 was not to mitigate the effect of water escape from large raised reservoirs but rather to prevent such escape and to avert the potential danger to persons and property from an escape.’

WLR Daily, 28th November 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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What does Duty of Candour mean for employers? – Cloisters

‘So far, commentators have focused on the interplay between clinical negligence law and the Duty of Candour. But the latest requirements also have important repercussions for those in regulated professions such as doctors and nurses and their employment relationships. In this article, we look at steps which employers should now consider in light of the new Duty of Candour.’

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Cloisters, 1st December 2014

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Employers told to look out for the signs of domestic violence or ‘they could be held liable’ – The Independent

Posted November 24th, 2014 in domestic violence, employment, health & safety, news by sally

‘In the advice from the Government’s health agency, managers will be asked to spot sudden shifts in behaviour, or changes to clothing and appearance which may disguise bruising, and are to be encouraged to approach staff sensitively and offer help.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2014

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New sentencing guidelines proposed for corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety offences. – Sentencing Council

‘Proposed sentencing guidelines have been published today which will assist sentencers dealing with corporate manslaughter, health and safety and food safety and hygiene offences.’

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Sentencing Council, 13th November 2014

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

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Government gives green light to level crossing reform – Law Commission

Posted November 6th, 2014 in health & safety, Law Commission, news, railways, road safety, roads by sally

‘The Government has accepted the majority of the reforms to level crossing law recommended by the Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission, and has committed to review the remainder.’

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Law Commission, 5th November 2014

Source: www.lawcommission.justice.gov.uk

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‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ – The Defence of ‘Reasonable Practicability’ in a Claim for Breach of the Workplace Regulations – Zenith PI Blog

‘Whilst the caselaw suggests that a defence of ‘reasonable practicability’ in an employers liability claim will often be difficult for a Defendant to make out, a recent High Court decision is a reminder that such a defence can succeed in appropriate circumstances.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 6th November 2014

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Miners’ deafness claims against government on the rise – Litigation Futures

‘Compensation payouts to miners suffering from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) are rising sharply, government figures have shown.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th October 2014

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Hospital safety standards shocking, say inspectors – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2014 in budgets, health & safety, hospitals, news, quality assurance, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Safety standards in hospitals in England are “shocking”, inspectors say. The warning by the Care Quality Commission came as it released the results for the first 82 hospital inspected under a new regime. The system has been designed to be tougher and was overhauled following the Stafford Hospital scandal.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2014

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Mentally ill patient dived off roof of Boston Pilgrim Hospital – BBC News

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in fines, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mental health trust has been fined £20,000 after a patient dived off a hospital roof, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.’

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BBC News, 2nd October 2014

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PC Ian Terry death: GMP officer ‘required to resign’ – BBC News

‘A Greater Manchester Police officer has been forced to step down over the fatal shooting of an unarmed colleague during a training exercise.’

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BBC News, 17th September 2014

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Retaliatory Eviction and Law Reform – NearlyLegal

Posted September 15th, 2014 in bills, complaints, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, repossession by tracey

‘The government (through its Minister for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Williams) today announced its backing to Sarah Teather’s private members bill, whose aim is to prevent landlords from evicting tenants who have complained about disrepair in their home or where health and safety hazards are found to exist at the premises, using the accelerated possession procedure. Statistics provided by Shelter show that 200,000 tenants faced possession proceedings in the last 12 months in response to complaints about the condition of their home.’

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NearlyLegal, 11th September 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk/blog/

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‘Ignorant’ crane boss David Saunders fined over death – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2014 in accidents, fines, health & safety, news by sally

‘A company has been fined £150,000 after a worker was killed when a crane wheel he was dismantling “exploded like a bomb”.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2014

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Government agrees to set up Food Crime Unit following Elliott Review – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 8th, 2014 in consumer protection, food, fraud, health & safety, news, quality assurance by sally

‘A new Food Crime Unit is to be set up after the Government accepted all of the recommendations of the Elliott report on food integrity and assurance of food supply networks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th September 2014

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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West Herts NHS trust fined nearly £90,000 over asbestos risk – BBC News

Posted August 20th, 2014 in asbestos, employment, fines, health & safety, hospitals, news by tracey

‘An NHS trust which put staff at risk to exposure from asbestos for 11 years has been ordered to pay nearly £90,000 by a court.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2014

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Drink-driving: Parliamentary group calls for tough new rules – The Independent

Posted August 11th, 2014 in advertising, alcohol abuse, drunk in charge, health & safety, news by sally

‘Tough new rules on drink-driving are expected to be proposed to Parliament on Monday that would bring the UK in line with Europe on the issue.’

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The Independent, 10th August 2014

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