Prisons squalid and dangerous due to staff cuts, report says – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2018 in health & safety, news, prison officers, prisons, reports, violence by sally

‘Prisoners in England and Wales are enduring some of the most disturbingconditions ever seen as violence and self-harm rockets due to stretched resources and staff shortages, the chief prisons inspector has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Prosecution by city council sees landlord ordered to pay £400k for safety failures – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 29th, 2018 in fines, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘A prosecution brought by City of Lincoln Council has seen a landlord in Lincoln fined £400,000 for failing to comply with fire, health and safety standards in two of his properties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

What is the price of safety? And who pays the price? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘On 14 June 2017, 72 people were killed when a huge fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower Block in West London. As we approach the anniversary of that appalling disaster, the inquiry into what happened has only just begun, with harrowing accounts from witnesses and survivors. One thing that does seem clear however, is that the retro-fitted cladding which was applied to the outside of the tower was entirely useless in slowing the blaze. Indeed, it seems that the cladding was itself flammable, feeding the flames, and was fitted in such a way as to aid the spread of the blaze.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th June 2018

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Bouncy castle death pair jailed for three years – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, health & safety, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two fairground workers convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle blew away with a young girl inside have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 35: Lessons from Bloody Sunday and Hillsborough – 1 COR

Posted June 18th, 2018 in armed forces, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news, Northern Ireland by sally

‘Matthew Hill discusses the lessons and warnings from the Bloody Sunday inquiry and the Hillsborough inquest in this talk recorded at One Crown Office Row’s 2018 seminar.’

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Law Pod UK, 14th June 2018

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‘Grenfell’ cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, mortgages, news, valuation by sally

‘A family who have seen the value of their London flat slashed from £600,000 to just £90,000 because of Grenfell-style cladding could sue a government agency that helped them buy their home.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Fireworks boss jailed over explosion deaths – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 14th, 2018 in company directors, explosives, health & safety, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A company boss has been jailed for 10 years today (13 June) after two people died in a series of explosions and a fire at his fireworks shop.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th June 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Judge asked to lift prosecution ban on Hillsborough officer – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2018 in abuse of process, health & safety, homicide, news, police, prosecutions, sport by sally

‘An application by the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute David Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire police officer who was in command at the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1989 when 96 people were killed, has begun at Preston crown court.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry be a truly modern public inquiry? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, inquiries, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Is there any hope that the Grenfell Inquiry will finally gain legitimacy? As with the successful McPherson Inquiry following the Stephen Lawrence murder, recognition of diversity and inclusivity are essential.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd May 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry can be a truly modern public inquiry? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, judiciary, news by sally

‘The wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and the start of the first phase of hearings in the Grenfell Inquiry occurred within hours of each other but could not have been more different in terms of how they were received by the British public.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2018

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Emotions run high as Grenfell Tower fire inquiry opens – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by sally

‘Almost a year after the Grenfell Tower fire, the first substantive hearings of the inquiry into the disaster will open on Monday with tributes from friends and relatives of the 72 victims.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2018

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Tesco fined £1.6m after prosecution by London borough over store incident – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 14th, 2018 in fines, health & safety, news by sally

‘A prosecution undertaken by Ealing Council has seen supermarket chain Tesco fined £1.6m fine for health and safety failures at one of its Tesco Metro stores.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Bouncy castle death: couple convicted of manslaughter – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2018 in health & safety, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘Two fairground workers have been found guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of a seven-year-old girl who died after a bouncy castle blew away with her inside it.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2018

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Cosmetics store and owner ordered to pay £60k over skin lightening products – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in fines, health & safety, news by tracey

‘A hair and cosmetics store has been hit with what is thought to be a record fine in London for breaching cosmetics regulations by illegally selling dangerous skin lightening products.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st May 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Abortion death after ‘repeated failures’ at Ealing clinic – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2018 in abortion, doctors, health & safety, homicide, inquests, news, nurses by tracey

‘A woman who died hours after having an abortion was let down by the “repeated failures” of medics, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2018

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Thomas Orchard custody death: Police force charged – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2018 in corporate manslaughter, death in custody, health & safety, news, police by sally

‘A police force has been charged over the death of a man in custody.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2018

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UK appeal court overturns ‘manifestly excessive’ health and safety fine – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 16th, 2018 in appeals, fines, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has reduced to £200,000 a “manifestly excessive” £475,000 fine imposed on a truck sale and leasing company for breaches of health and safety law which led to the accidental death of a contractor.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th April 2018

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Housing association fined £30k over Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome failings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 5th, 2018 in costs, fines, health & safety, industrial injuries, local government, news by sally

‘A community housing association in Wales has been fined £30,000 after it failed to effectively manage its employees’ exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2018

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Violist wins against Royal Opera House for hearing loss – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The ROH has been found liable for failing to protect the hearing of its musicians and for causing acoustic shock to former viola player Chris Goldscheider. This is the first time a musical institution has been found responsible for damage to the hearing of musicians, and the first time that acoustic shock as been recognised as an injury sounding in damages.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd April 2018

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Musician wins landmark ruling over ruined hearing – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2018 in artistic works, employment, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, noise by tracey

‘A viola player who suffered a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012 has won a landmark High Court judgment against the Royal Opera House (ROH).’

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BBC News, 28th March 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk