No retrial for artist whose inflatable Dreamspace creation led to two deaths – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2009 in artistic works, health & safety, homicide, news, retrials by sally

“The artist who created an inflatable artwork which blew away in a high wind, killing two people, will not face a retrial on manslaughter charges, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced this morning.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2009

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Director fined after work death – BBC News

Posted March 3rd, 2009 in company directors, health & safety, news by sally

“A company director has been fined more than £7,000 at Nottingham Crown Court for health and safety breaches after an apprentice died at his workshop.”

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BBC News, 2nd March 2009

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Craner v Dorset County Council – Times Law Reports

Posted February 27th, 2009 in health & safety, law reports, personal injuries by sally

Craner v Dorset County Council

Court of Appeal

“It was no defence for a county council which left paving slabs uneven, causing injuries to a school caretaker, to say that what had occurred was a freak accident which could not have been prevented or guarded against.”

The Times, 27th February 2009

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Council in court over cave death – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2009 in health & safety, news by sally

“A council will be in court later over the death of a boy who drowned on a school caving trip.”

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BBC News, 27th February 2009

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Jury fail to reach verdicts in inflatable artwork trial – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2009 in artistic works, health & safety, homicide, news by sally

“The jury in the trial of an artist accused of killing two women when his inflatable sculpture blew away failed to reach verdicts today (25 February).”

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The Guardian, 25th February 2009

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Artist guilty over safety charge – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2009 in artistic works, health & safety, news by sally

“An artist has been found guilty of breaching health and safety rules after his inflatable sculpture blew away in a County Durham park, killing two women.”

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BBC News, 24th February 2009

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Egan v Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust – Times Law Reports

Posted February 4th, 2009 in burden of proof, health & safety, law reports by sally

Egan v Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust

Court of Appeal

“Where a hospital employee was injured using a mechanical hoist to move a patient, the burden was on the employer to prove that it had taken appropriate steps to reduce any risk to the lowest reasonably practicable level.”

The Times, 3rd February 2009

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M&S fined £20,000 over lost toe – BBC News

Posted February 3rd, 2009 in health & safety, industrial injuries, news by sally

“Marks and Spencer has been fined £20,000 after a worker lost part of his toe in a warehouse accident.”

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BBC News, 3rd February 2009

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Women killed after inflatable artwork’s safety system failed in wind, court told – The Guardian

Posted January 29th, 2009 in health & safety, homicide, negligence, news by sally

“Amateurish safety precautions led to a huge inflatable artwork tearing free and twisting into the air in a strong gust of wind, killing two women inside, a court heard yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 29th January 2009

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Council fined after boy impaled – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2009 in fines, health & safety, news by sally

“A Greater Manchester council has been fined £25,000 after a four-year-old boy was impaled on a tree branch during a nursery school outing.”

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BBC News, 26th January 2009

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Pair not guilty of manslaughter – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2009 in health & safety, news by sally

“A farmer and his son have been found guilty of health and safety failings after a teenager died in a farm machinery accident near Bristol.”

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BBC News, 23rd January 2009

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Council is fined over bath death – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2009 in care homes, health & safety, news by sally

“The death of a 50-year-old disabled man who drowned in a bath in council-run accommodation was preventable, health and safety officials have said.”

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BBC News, 23rd January 2009

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Stop unnecessary staking says minister – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 21st, 2009 in burials and cremation, health & safety, press releases by sally

“Too many burial grounds operators are staking or laying down memorials which are not a serious risk to the public. New guidance published today by Justice Minister Bridget Prentice makes it clear this should only be done as a last resort.”

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Ministry of Justice, 16th January 2009

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MP’s victory over grave toppling – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2009 in burials and cremation, health & safety, news by sally

“New guidelines to help assess the safety of gravestones after councils carried out ‘over-zealous’  topple-testing have been welcomed by an MP.”

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BBC News, 20th January 2009

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Payout for railway whistleblower – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2009 in compensation, health & safety, news, unfair dismissal, whistleblowers by sally

“A rail worker has won £200,000 in compensation for being sacked after he blew the whistle on a manager who asked him to lie about an accident.”

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BBC News, 14th January 2009

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Employees warned over strict new workplace safety rules – The Times

Posted January 12th, 2009 in health & safety, news by sally

“Careless workers and their bosses could be more likely to go to prison than muggers when new health and safety legislation comes in to force this week, lawyers have warned.”

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The Times, 12th January 2009

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Egan v Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust – WLR Daily

Posted December 19th, 2008 in burden of proof, health & safety, law reports by sally

Egan v Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospitals NHS Trust [2008] EWCA Civ 1424; [2008] WLR (D) 394

Once an employee had shown that a manual handling operation at work carried some risk of injury, for the purposes of reg 4(1)(b) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, the burden of proof was on the employer to prove that it had taken appropriate steps to reduce the risk to the lowest level reasonably practicable, under reg 4(1)(b)(ii).”

WLR Daily, 18th December 2008

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Theme park fined £250,000 over ride death – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2008 in fines, health & safety, news by sally

“The distraught family of the teenager who fell to her death from a white-knuckle ride condemned a £250,000 fine for the company running the theme park today as ‘far too little’.”

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The Independent, 18th December 2008

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Regina v Chargot and Others – Times Law Reports

Posted December 16th, 2008 in burden of proof, health & safety, law reports by sally

Regina v Chargot and Others

House of Lords

“In criminal proceedings against an employer after an accident ot work, it was sufficient for the prosecution to prove merely a risk of injury arising from a state of affairs at work, without identifying and proving specific breaches of duty by the employer. Once that was done, a prima facie case of breach was established. The onus then passed to the employer to make good the defence of reasonable practicability.”

The Times, 16th December 2008

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R v Chargot (trading as Contract Services) and others – WLR Daily

Posted December 11th, 2008 in burden of proof, health & safety, law reports by sally

R v Chargot (trading as Contract Services) and others [2008] UKHL 73; [2008] WLR (D) 379

“When criminal proceedings were brought against an employer under ss 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 it was sufficient for the prosecution to prove merely a risk of injury arising from a state of affairs at work, and it was not necessary to identify, allege and prove specific breaches of duty by the employer. Once that was done a prima facie case of breach was established. The onus then passed to the employer to make good the defence of reasonable practicability.”

WLR Daily, 10th December 2008

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