Recycling company apologises after trial over shredder death – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2017 in accidents, costs, fines, health & safety, news, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A recycling company has apologised after an agency worker was dragged into an industrial waste shredder and killed.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2017

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Closing the Gaps – the failure of the law on health & safety at home – Nearly Legal

Posted November 15th, 2017 in bills, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, reports by tracey

‘Three months ago we wrote about a research project and report on housing and health and safety law being carried out for Shelter by legal academics from the Universities of Kent and Bristol. Now the report has been completed.’

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Nearly Legal, 14th November 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: Britain’s housing laws ‘inadequate’ and ‘outdated’, finds Shelter report – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2017 in fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, regulations, reports by tracey

‘Britain’s “inadequate” and “outdated” housing laws are failing to prioritise tenant safety, a damning report commissioned by Shelter has found.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2017

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Close dangerous fire safety loophole, London Fire Brigade says in wake of Grenfell disaster – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 13th, 2017 in building law, fire, fire services, health & safety, London, news by tracey

‘A fire safety loophole means “dangerous decisions” are being made about building design that could lead to more serious blazes, the London Fire Brigade has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2017

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Healthcare provider fined over internal occupational health service failures – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in fines, hazardous substances, health & safety, hospitals, news by tracey

‘A Bedford-based private healthcare provider has been fined after it failed to act on concerns raised about the running of its internal occupational health service.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd November 2017

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Brecon Beacons deaths: families dismayed at junior officers’ charges – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in armed forces, courts martial, health & safety, inquests, negligence, news by tracey

‘The families of three men who suffered fatal heat illness during an SAS training march in the Brecon Beacons have expressed dismay that two relatively junior special services soldiers face charges of neglect rather than more senior figures or Ministry of Defence officials.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2017

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Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online – Ministry of Justice

‘Britain is to become the safest place in the world to be online thanks to new proposals announced today by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley.’

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Ministry of Justice, 11th October 2017

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Council fined £150k over failures on hand arm vibration syndrome – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 10th, 2017 in costs, fines, health & safety, local government, news by sally

‘A Welsh council has been fined £150,000 after a 57-year old employee in its StreetScene department was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th October 2017

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Warnings on hospital crowding with doubling in legal actions by CQC – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 9th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, health & safety, hospitals, news by sally

‘A growing crisis in hospital safety is revealed in official figures showing a doubling in the number of legal warnings issued by NHS watchdogs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th October 2017

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NHS trust ‘truly sorry’ about death of teenager Connor Sparrowhawk – The Guardian

‘An NHS trust has said it is “truly sorry” about the death of a teenager with epilepsy who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings.
Southern Health trust pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law in the case of Connor Sparrowhawk, who had a seizure and drowned in a bath in an NHS care unit in Oxford in 2013.’

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The Guardian, 18th september 2017

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UK legal claims grow over exposure at work to toxic diesel fumes – The Guardian

‘Legal claims over exposure to diesel exhaust fumes at work are growing as unions warn toxic air in the workplace is a ticking time bomb on a par with asbestos.’

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The Guardian, 16th September 2017

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Secret Millionaire property developer jailed for manslaughter after carpenter fell through ceiling – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 18th, 2017 in costs, fines, health & safety, homicide, imprisonment, negligence, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A property developer who appeared on The Secret Millionaire has been jailed for manslaughter after a carpenter fell through the ceiling of a development a year after safety warnings.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th September 2017

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Grenfell Tower inquiry chairman refuses to let residents who survived fire help assess evidence – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2017 in evidence, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The chairman of an inquiry into the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower has refused calls to allow a survivor of the disaster to be part of a team assessing evidence.’

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The Independent, 14th September 2017

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Hillsborough disaster: Judge rules that six men charged following the investigation can go on trial – The Independent

‘Six men charged after an investigation into the Hillsborough disaster can go on trial, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2017

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Male police officers given £96,000 payout after they were sidelined for calling out sexism – Daily Telegraph

‘Two male police officers have been awarded £96,000 after they claimed they were sidelined for raising concerns about sexist attitudes in their force.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd August 2017

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Overcoming the hurdles – Tanfield Chambers

Posted August 21st, 2017 in fire, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘The recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower in west London has brought into sharp focus the importance of having adequate fire safety in large blocks of flats. There has been much public debate about landlords cutting corners with fire protection or failing to retro-fit sprinklers. There are now calls for landlords to be required to bring older blocks up to modern standards of fire protection. This is an imperative but there are obstacles to achieving it. This article examines the legal and financial hurdles that landlords face in bringing their blocks up to an acceptable standard and proposes legislative reform to bring about the much needed works quickly.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 25th July 2017

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Connor Sparrowhawk: no risk assessments before teenager’s death, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘A senior psychiatrist failed to carry out any risk assessments on an epileptic teenager before he had a seizure and drowned in a bath, a medical tribunal has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2017

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Grenfell Tower: Government dismisses conflict of interest concerns over chair of independent buildings review – The Independent

‘There is no “conflict of interest” over a former role held by the woman leading a probe into building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell disaster, the Government has said.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2017

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Grenfell fire inquiry may have to suspend work if CPS brings charges – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2017 in corporate manslaughter, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The judge-led inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is in danger of having to suspend operations entirely for a lengthy period if prosecutors authorise corporate manslaughter charges.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2017

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Building regulations to be reviewed after safety tests following Grenfell – The Guardian

‘The government has announced an independent review of building regulations after tests showed that at least 82 residential high-rises use a combination of insulation and cladding that does not meet fire safety standards.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2017

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