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News & Updates

Broadcast February 2021

Welcome to this month’s Broadcast, which includes articles about whether you can force an employee to have a vaccine, manual handling and first aid at work during the pandemic. H&S UPDATE: Manual Handling – time for a refresh? Manual handling occurs in practically every workplace and encompasses everything from lifting and supporting a load, through […]

What makes someone a ‘worker’ rather than self-employed? Uber learned the hard way

Following a five-year legal battle, The Supreme Court has finally ruled that drivers for Uber are considered “workers” and not self-employed. This means that they are now entitled to receive basic employment rights and the Company could be made to pay out millions in backdated holiday pay to those affected. So, what can we learn […]

Are visiting vehicles included in your risk management?

A Southport waste and recycling company has been fined after an employee sustained serious injuries to his arm when it became entangled in the automatic roof sheeting mechanism of a visiting articulated truck. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how the 22-year-old labourer had been working at Johnsons Scrap Metal Limited, assisting in loading a 44 tonne […]

Poor planning leads to worker falling through roof light

Property partnership Alex Brewster and Sons has been fined £4,000 after an employee fell through a roof light. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how, two employees were removing roofing panels from a derelict shed in Midlothian. One of the workers stepped on to a roof light, which gave way causing him to fall to the floor […]

Construction firms fined after presence of asbestos not communicated to contractors

A construction company and a property management company have both been fined after failing to manage asbestos safely during a refurbishment of a former office block in Stockport. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Samer Constructions Limited had been contracted by Swift Property Management MCR Ltd to refurbish the property in Hazel Grove, Stockport. Materials containing […]