New fire safety regulations following Grenfell Tower fire come into force in England – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 26th, 2023 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, regulations by sally

‘The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which implement the majority of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations, came into force yesterday (23 January 2023).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2023

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Former Royal Marine seeks £1.5m in damages over hearing loss – BBC News

‘A former Royal Marine is seeking more than £1m in damages from the government over “noise-induced hearing loss”.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2023

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Inquiry launched into corruption claims after crowd crush at O2 Academy Brixton – The Independent

‘The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching an inquiry into corruption allegations made following the crowd crush at the O2 Academy Brixton last month when two people died.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2023

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Government to review damp and mould guidance following death of Awaab Ishak – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 17th, 2023 in children, coroners, health & safety, housing, inquests, news, reports by sally

‘The Government has announced plans to review guidance to landlords on damp and mould, after a coroner asked the government to take action to prevent future deaths.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th January 2023

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Basildon Hospital maternity staff exposed to 30 times legal gas limit – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2023 in employment, health & safety, hospitals, midwives, news by tracey

‘Staff at a maternity unit were exposed to almost 30 times the legal workplace exposure limit for nitrous oxide, documents have shown. Testing at Basildon Hospital revealed the levels more than 16 months before colleagues were informed.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2023

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Firm fined a further £200,000 over Wolverhampton storm death – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2023 in accidents, bereavement, fines, health & safety, inquests, news by tracey

‘A company has been fined £200,000 after a woman was killed by a water tank cover falling from a shopping centre.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2023

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British Airways fined for Rhoose engineer’s brain injury – BBC News

‘The company that maintains British Airways’ planes has been fined £230,000 after an employee suffered a brain injury near Cardiff Airport.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2023

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Newcastle council fined £280,000 after falling tree killed six-year-old – The Guardian

‘A council has been fined £280,000 for oversights that led to a six-year-old girl being crushed to death by a falling tree in her school playground.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2023

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D Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd: Court of Appeal dismisses landmark Coronavirus case – St Philips Barristers

Posted January 10th, 2023 in chambers articles, coronavirus, health & safety, news, unfair dismissal by sally

‘At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the employer (via an external professional) carried out a Coronavirus risk assessment to identify areas of risk and put in place measures to protect its staff who worked in a large, ventilated factory space (about five employees in a space the size of half a football pitch). Despite this, on 27 March 2020 Mr Rodgers left the premises and subsequently made it clear to his employer he would not be returning until lockdown eased. A month later, having had no contact from Mr Rodgers, his employer terminated his employment.’

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St Philips Barristers, 20th December 2022

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Children face multiple safeguarding risks at out-of-school settings in England – The Guardian

‘A government report has identified multiple safeguarding risks at “out-of-school settings” (OOSS), which include sports clubs, tuition centres and uniformed youth groups attended by millions of children across England every week, prompting calls for better oversight of the sector.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2023

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Ombudsman’s decisions and housing conditions claims – Nearly Legal

Posted December 15th, 2022 in complaints, damages, health & safety, housing, news, ombudsmen, repairs by tracey

‘Plunkett v Clarion HA. County Court at Central London. Ms Plunkett was an assured tenant of Clarion, on the Eastfields Estate. She began a claim for disrepair and unfitness for human habitation while in temporary accommodation in a hotel. The defects complained of were primarily leaks to the interior of the flat and outside the front door causing interior damp, significant mould growth, leaks from above, non-functioning ventilation to kitchen and bathroom, and infestation of mice, for periods of two to four years. The existing issues and unfitness for human habitation were confirmed in an independent expert report. Clarion had refused to agree a single joint expert.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th December 2022

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Awaab Ishak: Widespread failings at mould death housing group – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2022 in children, complaints, health & safety, housing, news by tracey

‘A government regulator has found “widespread failings” at the housing association that rented out a mouldy flat to the family of Awaab Ishak.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2022

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Doctors raise safety fears at Birmingham hospitals – BBC News

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in doctors, health & safety, hospitals, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Whistleblowers at one of England’s worst performing hospital trusts have said a climate of fear among staff is putting patients at risk.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2022

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Awaab Ishak’s death shed light on a social housing scandal. Now we have a brief chance to fix it – The Guardian

‘A two-year-old died after exposure to mould in his house in Rochdale. We must ensure no other family suffers like this.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2022

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Awaab Ishak: The Right To An Adequate Standard Of Living Should Prevent Such Deaths – Each Other

‘Awaab Ishak, a two-year-old boy from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, died in 2020 from a severe respiratory condition caused by prolonged exposure to mould in his home, an inquest has heard. The right to an adequate standard of living – which includes decent housing conditions – ought to protect people in the UK from living in a home which causes them harm.’

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Each Other, 21st November 2022

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Racial inequality hard-wired into housing system in England, study finds – The Guardian

‘One in three black people who have experienced homelessness have also faced racial discrimination from a landlord, six times more than the general population of those who had struggled for shelter, a study reveals.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2022

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Building Safety Act 2022: changing the rules on the landlord and tenant relationship – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘The Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA 2022) creates a whole new world of building safety regulation and litigation. A key legislative objective was to regulate and direct responsibility for the cost of works to remedy building safety issues, so that the risk of such costs could no longer be the subject of agreement between landlord and tenant, but would (in defined circumstances) be apportioned in advance, by law, to the landlord.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 16th November 2022

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An Avoidable Death – Nearly Legal

Posted November 16th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news by sally

‘“Every death was avoidable” said Richard Millett KC at the closing submission to the Grenfell Inquiry. Now we know from the inquest verdict into the death of two year old Awaab Ishak’s that this death was also thoroughly avoidable,and we know the catalogue of failures that caused the tragedy.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th November 2022

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Waking watch costs and flawed reports – Nearly Legal

Posted November 14th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news, service charges, tribunals by tracey

‘Assethold Ltd v Leaseholders Of Corben Mews (LANDLORD AND TENANT – SERVICE CHARGES – whether reasonably incurred – costs of a waking watch) (2022) UKUT 282 (LC). An Upper Tribunal appeal of an FTT decision that the costs of a waking watch were not reasonably incurred by the landlord and so not recoverable under the service charge.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th November 2022

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Landlord was warned of mould that killed toddler in Rochdale flat – The Guardian

‘A health visitor wrote to housing officials expressing concern about conditions in a rented flat months before a two-year-old died after his exposure to mould.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2022

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