News & Updates

Building contractor and director fined after fire risk failings

A building contractor has been fined £600,000 and its director has been ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and fined £4,200 following serious and repeated failings in managing the risk of fire during work at a construction site. In January 2018 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) undertook a proactive inspection to investigate […]

Implications of drug and alcohol testing within the workplace 

Many employers operate Drug and Alcohol policies detailing what is acceptable within the workplace when it comes to alcohol and drugs, and the implications of being under the influence of either substance during working hours. Such policies generally cover an organisation’s right to perform random drug or alcohol tests and may also include reference to […]

Manual Handling Training

Manual handling is an everyday occurrence in the workplace and will vary in intensity from role to role.  This month HSE launched a campaign to combat serious aches, pains and strains in construction and will be carrying out 1,000 inspections until November, checking how workers are moving heavy or bulky materials. ​​ Regardless of industry, a large […]

How can you reduce back pain problems?

In 2021 189,000 workers had time off due to back pain alone. What causes work-related back pain and how you can lower costs and improve productivity with simple steps to reduce this risk in your workplace?  What causes back pain? While all work-related back injuries can’t be prevented, ignoring job-related risks is a leading factor […]

Company fined £20,000 after worker fell through station canopy

A Tyne and Wear engineering company has been fined £20,000 after a worker fractured his pelvis and suffered internal injuries after falling through a petrol station forecourt canopy. The employee of G Nicholson (Engineers) Limited was replacing guttering at the top of the canopy on the company’s petrol station in Blue House Lane, Washington, Tyne […]