Recycling firm admits causing manslaughter of employee who died of fatal head injuries – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 15th, 2022 in corporate manslaughter, guilty pleas, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Managers at a recycling firm where a scrap metal worker was killed after suffering head injuries have today admitted health and safety failures.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th February 2022

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New powers proposed to end unsafe cladding – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2022 in bills, construction industry, fire, health & safety, leases, news, repairs by tracey

‘New powers proposed to end unsafe cladding’

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BBC News, 14th February 2022

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Essex concrete mixer death: Father mounts High Court challenge – BBC News

‘The father of a man found dead in a concrete mixer has claimed he may have been “deliberately killed”, the High Court heard.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2022

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Bus driver who lost job for ‘being too short’ reinstated after appeal – The Independent

Posted January 19th, 2022 in appeals, employment, health & safety, news, transport, unfair dismissal by michael

‘A woman who was dismissed from her job as a bus driver for “being too short” has been reinstated, the bus operator said.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2022

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Leaseholders will not have to pay to fix any fire risks, government pledges – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2022 in defective premises, fire, health & safety, leases, news, repairs, taxation by tracey

‘New legislation will protect leaseholders from the costs of all post-Grenfell building safety defects, not just combustible cladding, the government has said.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2022

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Council fined £300k after dog walker hit by tree on public footpath – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 4th, 2022 in fines, footpaths, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, trees by tracey

‘A county council has been fined £300,000 for failing to inspect and maintain trees on a public footpath, following the death of a member of the public.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th December 2021

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Driver who failed to replace worn tyres before fatal crash is jailed in landmark case – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 21st, 2021 in accidents, dangerous driving, health & safety, homicide, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘Henry Reynolds was warned his rear tyres were near the legal limit but continued to drive a further 7,000 miles on them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2021

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Grenfell Tower survivors say criminal charges are taking too long – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2021 in delay, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have demanded charges against those responsible for the disaster.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2021

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Covid: as rules on mask wearing in England return, what exactly is the law? – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2021 in coronavirus, fines, government departments, health & safety, news, transport by sally

‘As part of targeted measures to prevent the spread of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, from 4am on 30 November, people in England will be required by law to wear a face covering in certain places.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2021

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Covid passes: Swansea cinema faces court over law breach – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2021 in coronavirus, health & safety, local government, news, vaccination, Wales by sally

‘A cinema owner who defied the law by refusing to ask for Covid passes is facing court action.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2021

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England’s austerity-hit courts losing days of work to collapsing ceilings, broken lifts and Arctic conditions – The Independent

‘England’s courts are so run-down they are losing days of work to collapsing ceilings, broken lift and Arctic conditions, the Lord Chief Justice has said.’

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The Independent, 16th November 2021

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Fire safety advice for low-rise blocks to be withdrawn, Gove says – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2021 in fire, government departments, health & safety, housing, leases, mortgages, news, repairs by tracey

‘Safety advice that has left thousands of households unable to sell their homes after the Grenfell Tower fire will be withdrawn by Christmas, Michael Gove has announced.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bad Character: an essential guide to propensity evidence in health and safety prosecutions – Henderson Chambers

Posted November 3rd, 2021 in bad character, chambers articles, enforcement notices, health & safety, news by sally

‘The CJA 2003 introduced a sea-change in how bad character evidence was admitted in criminal proceedings. This article is a discussion on the important but difficult subject of when and how bad character evidence may be admitted in a health and safety prosecution. In particular, we consider applications to admit Enforcement Notices issued by the Health and Safety Executive where the prosecution seeks to rely on these Notices as evidence to prove the defendant’s propensity to offend.’

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Henderson Chambers, 1st November 2021

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Controlling Noise at Work: New HSE Guidance on Regulations – Ropewalk Chambers

Posted November 2nd, 2021 in employment, health & safety, news, noise, regulations by sally

‘The first edition of Controlling Noise at Work was published in 1998, and was founded on the earlier Noise at Work Regulations 1989. It was comprehensively revised in 2005 in advance of the enactment of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 from 6 April 2006. Minor amendments to the Regulations, and the passage of time, have generated the need for a third edition, which offers an opportunity to reconsider the Guidance itself, which contains a plethora of detail beyond the Regulations, and fertile material for cross-examination and submissions at trial.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 2nd November 2021

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Emiliano Sala: Businessman who organised fatal flight found guilty of endangering safety of plane – The Independent

‘The businessman who organised the flight that crashed and killed footballer Emiliano Sala has been found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft.’

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The Independent, 28th October 2021

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Housing Ombudsman urges social landlords to adopt “zero tolerance approach” on damp and mould – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Housing Ombudsman has called on social landlords to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to damp and mould, saying it needs to be a higher priority.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th October 2021

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Building safety regulations give industry clarity ahead of new legislation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 22nd, 2021 in bills, building law, construction industry, health & safety, housing, news, regulations by sally

‘The UK government has published several draft regulations designed to give parliamentarians a better idea of how the Building Safety Bill will be implemented.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st October 2021

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Water company fined £100,000 for unsafe street work practices – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 20th, 2021 in fines, health & safety, local government, news, utilities by sally

‘Thames Water has been fined £100,000 after being prosecuted by Transport for London for four safety street works related offences committed on the TfL Road Network.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Major NHS trust downgraded by care watchdog amid safety fears – The Independent

Posted October 8th, 2021 in health & safety, hospitals, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance by tracey

‘One of the largest hospital trusts in England has been downgraded by the care watchdog amid safety fears and criticism that bosses did not act on staff concerns.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2021

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BBC presenter hurt while playing role of ‘crash test dummy’ awarded £1.6m damages – The Independent

‘A television presenter has been awarded £1.6m in damages after he suffered brain and spine injuries while acting as a “crash test dummy” in a science programme. Jeremy Stansfield won a High Court battle with the BBC on Friday, with Dame Justice Amanda Yip ruling that the injuries he received in 2013 had derailed his “successful career in television” and restricted his enjoyment of life.’

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The Independent, 2nd October 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk