I can serve this only once – gas safety certificates – Nearly Legal

Posted February 12th, 2018 in energy, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, regulations by tracey

‘Caridon Property Ltd v Monty Shooltz. Central London County Court. 2 February 2018 (from note of judgment). This was an appeal to a circuit judge of a first instance decision of District Judge Bloom (who is an experienced housing lawyer). The circuit judge was HHJ Jan Luba QC (a very experienced housing lawyer).’

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Nearly Legal, 11th February 2018

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Supreme Court backs Chevron over use of new evidence in appeal over HSE prohibition notice – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 9th, 2018 in evidence, health & safety, news, offshore installations, Scotland, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Tribunals are entitled to take into account additional evidence that was not available to the health and safety inspector when considering an appeal against a prohibition notice, the UK’s highest court has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 8th February 2018

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City worker suing train operator for £2m after losing both legs when he fell between train and platform – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2018 in health & safety, news, personal injuries, railways by tracey

‘A city IT worker is suing a train operator for nearly £2m in damages after losing both his legs when he fell between a train and a platform looking for his lost season ticket.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2018

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Prisoner dies at HMP Nottingham three weeks after watchdog makes stark warning that ‘lives are at risk’ in jail – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2018 in health & safety, news, ombudsmen, prisons, suicide by tracey

‘A man has died in what is believed to have been a suicide at HMP Nottingham less than a month after the prisons watchdog made an unprecedented warning that the lives of inmates were at risk.’

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The Independent, 9th February 2018

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Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower ‘was never fire safety tested’ – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The cladding system fitted to Grenfell Tower was never subjected to fire safety testing, according to reports. The panels installed on the block, which have since been found on 299 other high-rises, were apparently not put through large-scale lab examinations to test their combustibility before being fitted.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2018

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Council fined £100k after vulnerable employee hit by reversing dust cart – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 8th, 2018 in contracting out, fines, health & safety, local government, news, waste by tracey

‘A London borough has been fined £100,000 after a vulnerable employee was crushed by a reversing dust cart, suffering significant injury. Waste company Veolia ES (UK) was meanwhile fined £250,000 for its role in the incident, which took place on 9 May 2016.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th February 2018

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Fire Safety – Who Pays? – Nearly Legal

Posted February 5th, 2018 in costs, fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Since the extent of the issues with the cladding to blocks of flats became clear after Grenfell, and it became clear that private blocks as well as social were affected, we have been waiting for the beginning of the legal fall out over who was to pay for rectifying the problems. For leaseholders in those blocks, this was always going to be a very serious issue.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th February 2018

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Anomalies in sentencing for fire safety breaches create uncertainty – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in fire, health & safety, news, sentencing by sally

‘Fines for breaches of fire safety regulations are not explicitly covered by health and safety sentencing guidelines – leading to anomalies in the way in which companies are prosecuted and the ultimate fine.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2018

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MPs begin inquiry into effectiveness of working at height rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 24th, 2018 in consultations, health & safety, industrial injuries, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Construction firms and trade bodies have been urged to contribute to a new inquiry into best practice and solutions for tackling serious injury and fatalities for working at height.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 23rd January 2018

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Government introduces new product safety office – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in consumer protection, fire, health & safety, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is creating a new Office for Product Safety and Standards to help manage large-scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2018

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Liverpool prison has ‘worst conditions inspectors have seen’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2018 in health & safety, news, prisons, reports by tracey

‘Prison chiefs have been summoned next week to explain to MPs their “abject failure” over living conditions in Liverpool prison, which have been described by inspectors as the worst they can recall.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2018

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Coroner’s concern over ‘fixie’ bikes after Italian aristocrat killed falling under truck on cycle without brakes – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 18th, 2018 in accidents, bicycles, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A coroner has raised concerns about fixed-gear bikes with no front brakes, as she heard how an Italian aristocrat died after falling under the wheels of a truck.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2018

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Acid attacks: Major UK retailers ban acid sales to under-18s – Daily Telegraph

‘Under-18s will not be able to buy products containing harmful levels of acid or corrosive substances at a number of retailers, following the launch of a voluntary Government plan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2018

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Grenfell Tower fire: Police ask for £38m to fund investigation – BBC News

Posted January 5th, 2018 in budgets, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police has asked the Home Office to pay £38m for its Grenfell Tower fire investigation.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2018

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Laser pen offenders face five years in jail and unlimited fines under new laws – The Independent

Posted December 21st, 2017 in aircraft, bills, fines, health & safety, news, road traffic, sentencing, ships, transport by tracey

‘People who shine lasers at air, ground and sea vehicles could be jailed for up to five years under new laws. Offenders also face unlimited fines as part of Department for Transport (DfT) measures to boost safety.’

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The Independent, 20th December 2017

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Smoking ban cannot be enforced in jails, UK supreme court rules – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2017 in Crown, health & safety, news, prisons, smoking, Supreme Court by sally

‘A prisoner suffering from poor health has lost his attempt to enforce the smoking ban in English and Welsh jails after the supreme court ruled that crown premises are effectively exempt from the enforcement of health regulations.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2017

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Liverpool jail: The worst conditions ever seen, says report – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2017 in drug abuse, health & safety, news, prisons, reports by sally

‘Inmates at Liverpool prison are being kept in the worst living conditions inspectors have ever seen, according to a report seen by BBC News.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2017

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London borough fined £100,000 after social workers assaulted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2017 in fines, health & safety, local government, London, news, social services, violence by sally

‘A local authority has been fined £100,000 after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit by the mother of a vulnerable child they were visiting.’

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Local Government Lawyer, December 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry ‘needs a diverse panel’ – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2017 in diversity, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry could become a whitewash unless there is a diverse panel to oversee proceedings, survivors and bereaved families say. They say chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick should sit with people from a range of backgrounds who understand the issues facing those affected by the blaze, in which 71 people died on 14 June.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2017

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Draft Drone Bill to hand police powers to tackle unsafe and criminal use – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2017 in aircraft, bills, health & safety, news, police, privacy by sally

‘A draft Drone Bill, to be published in spring 2018, will hand the police new powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones, the Government has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2017

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