News & Updates

£120k fine for chemical company after ladder fails

Vertellus Specialties UK Limited has today been fined after an employee fell two metres from a ladder and suffered a serious elbow injury. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard that at the company’s site in Northside, Workington, an employee was using a ladder to inspect a steam leak at height when the ladder failed and the employee […]

Broadcast September 2019

This month our H&S Advisor, Shaun Allan, talks about the effects Brexit may have on health and safety practices. Then Joanne Fearon, our HR Advisor, discusses the pros and cons of flexible working – is it the way forward? As ever, should you need any support or advice about these or any other health and […]

Prison sentence for company director after worker impaled on a spike

Hafeez Ghafoor, formerly a director of the now-dissolved landscaping company R K United Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injuries. Leeds Crown Court heard that, an employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to deliver a load of soil to a new house […]

Council fined £100,000 for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS)

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how Dacorum Borough Council reported seven cases of HAVS between May 2015 and June 2016, due to the excessive use of power tools. The affected employees were all part of its grounds maintenance and street care team, looking after the public spaces in Hertfordshire. The HSE’s investigation found that the council had neither […]