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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 […]

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 […]

Bad practise of emptying bins into skips using a forklift leads to serious injuries

A carpet sample book manufacturer has been fined after two workers were seriously injured in an incident where a forklift truck crashed into an onsite refuse skip. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, three workers at Profile Patterns Limited had been emptying waste from plastic bins at their site in Wigan. They were using a forklift […]