Grenfell Tower fire: tenants’ rights and the gaps in the law – Legal Voice

‘The Grenfell Action Group and residents raised repeated concerns about the apparent neglect of health and safety legislation. Whilst there are several potential causes of action, the reality for tenants is that they would have struggled to bring a claim for a number of reasons.’

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Legal Voice, 23rd June 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Working in a heatwave: your legal rights – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2017 in employment, health & safety, news by sally

‘Have you been sweltering at work this week in a suit and tie? You may have already ditched the office dress code, but what does the law say about wearing a uniform during a heatwave?’

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The Guardian, 21st June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Prosecutors are considering manslaughter charges after Grenfell Tower disaster, Keir Starmer reveals – Daily Telegraph

‘Criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy is looking into manslaughter charges, Sir Keir Starmer has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2017

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Care home staff guilty of ‘organised and systematic’ abuse of disabled adults – Daily Telegraph

‘Care home bosses could increasingly face prosecution over the neglect of residents after a “groundbreaking” court case into “organised and systematic” abuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2017

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Council ordered to pay £45k in fines and costs after apprentice injured – Local Government Lawyer

‘A city council has been ordered to pay £45,000 in fines and costs after an apprentice suffered serious hand injuries.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

‘Measures needed’ after Gatwick Express train window death – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in accidents, health & safety, news, railways by tracey

‘Train companies should do more to stop passengers leaning out of train windows following the death of a man in south London, investigators have said.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2017

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Co-op fined for wet floor slip death in Truro shop – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2017 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The Co-op has been fined £400,000 over the death of a man who slipped on water leaking from a faulty sandwich chiller.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2017

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Company directors jailed following fatal roof fall – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three company directors have been jailed today (May 19) following the death of a man who fell while working at a warehouse in Essex.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New laws on vaping come into effect this week – The Independent

Posted May 16th, 2017 in health & safety, news, smoking by sally

‘Electronic cigarette users will be hit by new restrictions this week, under a new directive cracking down on all smoking products.’

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The Independent, 15th May 2017

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Amanda Telfer death: Construction boss jailed – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2017 in health & safety, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘A construction boss has been jailed over the “wholly needless” death of a lawyer who was crushed by falling windows.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2017

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Health and safety sentencing ‘still hit and miss’, says expert, as Whirlpool fined £700,000 – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 28th, 2017 in fines, health & safety, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The substantial fine recently imposed by a court against domestic appliances manufacturer Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd (Whirlpool) illustrates “how hit and miss” the sentencing of health and safety offences can still be, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th April 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Council fined £1m after disabled man hit by vehicle for collecting branches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 21st, 2017 in disabled persons, fines, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, parks by tracey

‘Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £1m after a disabled member of the public was struck by a vehicle used for collecting branches.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Two firms face charges over death of man in UK detention centre – The Guardian

‘Two private firms will face criminal charges over the death of a man in a British immigration detention centre.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2017

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‘Hillsborough law’ could imprison police officers who are not truthful – The Guardian

Posted March 29th, 2017 in health & safety, inquests, news, police, statutory duty by sally

‘A proposed “Hillsborough law” requiring police forces and public authorities to be open and truthful in legal proceedings, including about their own failures, and that would give bereaved families the same resources as the police to make their case at future inquests is to be presented to parliament.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Mayfair window crush death: Kelvin Adsett guilty of manslaughter – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2017 in health & safety, homicide, news by sally

‘A man has been convicted over the death of a woman who was crushed by window frames weighing more than half a tonne.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2017

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Coroner to write to Blenheim Palace over safety of ‘grace and favour’ cottages after gamekeeper and wife die in fire – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2017 in health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner is to write to Blenheim Palace over the safety of a “grace and favour” cottage after a head game-keeper and his wife died in a fire.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Church liability: fall from ladder – Law & Religion UK

‘On 3 March 2017, the Court of Appeal (Civil) Division handed down the judgment in Casson v Hudson & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 125 in relation to a claim for damages following a fall from a ladder during the painting of a church hall. The case highlights the potential liabilities faced by incumbents and PCCs in relation to persons undertaking work on premises for which they are responsible.’

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Law & Religion UK, 8th March 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

NHS mental health trust to be prosecuted amid claims it failed to offer safe care – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in duty of care, health, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news by tracey

‘A mental health trust is to be the first NHS provider to be prosecuted under legislation brought in after the Mid Staffs scandal.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2017

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There is a growing trend to hold those in control of risk in the care sector responsible, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 1st, 2017 in care homes, care workers, health & safety, news, prosecutions, sentencing by sally

‘There is a growing trend to hold care workers in control of risk responsible when things go wrong, a health and safety expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th February 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Southwark council fined £570,000 over fatal tower block fire – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2017 in costs, fines, fire, health & safety, housing, local government, news by tracey

‘The London fire brigade has said it hopes “lessons are learned” after a council was fined £570,000 over safety failings at a 14-storey block of flats where six people died in a fire.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk