Fruit farm manager jailed over deaths of men who ‘scuba dived’ for apples – The Guardian

‘A fruit farm manager has been jailed for the manslaughter of two workers who died after climbing into a sealed storage unit to collect the best apples for a competition.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2015

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Andrew Stocker found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following death of employees on an apple farm – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 22nd, 2015 in employment, health & safety, homicide, negligence, press releases by tracey

‘Andrew Stocker has been found guilty by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th June 2015

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SAS deaths: criminal charges may follow inquest – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2015 in armed forces, crime, health & safety, inquests, news, police, prosecutions, witnesses by sally

‘Police and health and safety lawyers argue against media attempt to see witness statements in case they prejudice future prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 17th June 2015

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Muslim nursery worker loses appeal to wear jilbab gown at work because it is a ‘tripping hazard’ – The Independent

‘A nursery worker has lost her appeal to wear a head-to-toe Islamic jilbab dress to work, after a judge upheld a previous ruling that it was a “tripping hazard”.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2015

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NHS patient safety fears as health watchdog scraps staffing guidelines – The Guardian

Posted June 5th, 2015 in budgets, health & safety, hospitals, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance, standards by tracey

‘The NHS has been accused of backtracking on improvements to patient safety brought in after the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal in an effort to tackle its escalating financial problems. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) watchdog has unexpectedly scrapped work to set out how many nurses are needed in different parts of hospitals to ensure safe patient care.’

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The Guardian, 4th June 2015

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International Energy Group Ltd v Zurich Insurance plc (Association of British Insurers and another intervening) – WLR Daily

International Energy Group Ltd v Zurich Insurance plc (Association of British Insurers and another intervening) [2015] UKSC 33; [2015] WLR (D) 233

‘At common law, an employer who had compensated an employee for exposing him to mesothelioma was only entitled to an indemnity under his liability insurance to the extent of the proportion which the policy period bore to the whole period of the employee’s exposure by the employer but could recover 100% per cent of the defence costs incurred in defending the employee’s claim.

WLR Daily, 20th May 2015

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UK Supreme Court judges show little appetite for extending ‘Fairchild’ exception to other scenarios, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Comments made by some of the UK’s top judges during a recent ruling appear to signal their reluctance to extend the so-called ‘Fairchild’ exception to the normal rules of causation to cover any more types of damage or injury, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th May 2015

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Swindon placenta smoothie maker ‘will not fight ban’ – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘A woman who was banned from using raw placenta to make smoothies for new mothers, has said she cannot afford the legal battle to fight her case.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2015

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Coroner calls for law to ensure swimming pools are fenced off after young boy’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 16th, 2015 in accidents, children, health & safety, news by sally

‘Assistant coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon to ask government for similar fencing laws to Australia where families must install child-resistant barriers around pools.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th April 2015

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Not So Alarming – Nearly Legal

‘There are new provisions requiring smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th March 2015

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Smoothie court case leaves nasty taste in the mouth for placenta fans – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘Swindon Borough Council argue ‘the processes involved in the production of placenta for human consumption present a number of potentially serious health risks”

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The Independent, 20th March 2015

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Hillsborough inquests: Assessing David Duckenfield’s evidence – BBC News

Posted March 19th, 2015 in evidence, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

‘Police match commander David Duckenfield spent a week in the witness box at the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. But what were the key parts of his evidence, and what have we learned?’

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BBC News, 19th March 2015

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Fire safety – a hot topic! – Park Square Barristers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in appeals, fire, health & safety, news, regulations by sally

‘A recent case on the issue of fire safety — or, more exactly, the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 — has proved both interesting and instructive on the desirability and necessity of precision when drafting an indictment for proceedings brought before the Crown Court.’

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Park Square Barristers, 4th MArch 2015

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More health and safety offenders likely to appeal, says expert, as magistrates get power to issue unlimited fines – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 17th, 2015 in appeals, fines, health & safety, news by sally

‘Companies and individuals charged with health and safety offences in England and Wales will be likely to change their tactics in the courts following last week’s removal of the cap on fines imposed by the magistrates’ courts, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th March 2015

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NHS trust ordered to pay nearly £20,000 over dermatitis failings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 11th, 2015 in costs, fines, health, health & safety, hospitals, news by tracey

‘An NHS trust in Cornwall has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 in fines and costs over failings in its approach to dealing with dermatitis. The Health & Safety Executive prosecuted the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust following an investigation that found 23 cases of dermatitis – occurring between 2007 and 2012 – had not been reported to it as is required by the law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2015

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The Strange Case of the Salted Snack – BBC Law in Action

Posted February 18th, 2015 in food, health & safety, news, parental responsibility, school exclusions by sally

In this week’s Law in Action we tell the cheesy story of the 6-year-old boy excluded from school because of the salted snack in his lunch box. We ask what the law has to say about this – can a child be excluded because of what his or her parents have done?

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BBC Law in Action, 17th February 2015

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Lee Balkwell concrete mixer death: Family awarded £12,000 – BBC News

‘The family of a man found dead in a concrete mixer in Essex has been awarded £12,000 in compensation.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2015

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Pub chef and manager jailed over Christmas dinner that left a diner dead – The Guardian

‘A pub chef and his manager have both been jailed after a Christmas dinner served at their restaurant left a mother dead and dozens of other diners ill with food poisoning.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2015

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Street butcher fined after boy loses hand in mincing machine – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in accidents, costs, fines, guilty pleas, health & safety, news, young persons by sally

‘A butcher has been fined £3,000 after a teenage apprentice’s hand was chopped off in a mincing machine.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2015

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Accidents abroad: The need for evidence of local standards – Zenith PI Blog

‘A holidaymaker who sustained personal injuries from slipping on a wet staircase in a hotel in Spain succeeded at first instance in a claim against the holiday operator. The Court of Appeal overturned the first instance decision where there had been no evidence of local standards of care and the judge had wrongly imposed an evidential burden of proof on the holiday company to prove it exercised reasonable care and skill in performance of the contract.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 13th January 2015

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