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Multiple safety failures lead to £260k fine after worker falls from height

Construction company, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches after worker, Mark Smith, fell 4.8 metres through an unprotected opening. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how, Mr Smith, aged 36, was working at Stone Gappe Hall, Lothersdale, Keighley, owned by Richard McAlpine, a director of the McAlpine group of companies. Mr Smith was attaching […]

Minimum Wage Increases for 2020

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum wage per hour a worker is entitled to in the UK. These rates are reviewed annually by the government, who have this week confirmed that the National Living Wage (for employees over the age of 25) is set to rise by a huge 6.2%. This means a full-time […]

£12k fine for ignoring three HSE dust and weld fume improvement notices

A Lincolnshire metal fabrication company has been fined £12,000 for not complying with three HSE improvement notices. In December 2018, W S Barrett & Son Limited was issued with three improvement notices relating to testing wood dust and powder coating local exhaust ventilation (LEV), and providing LEV for welding fume extraction on its site in […]

Are you following correct working at height procedures?

A Northamptonshire painting and decorating employer has been sentenced after an employee sustained serious, life changing injuries after falling from height. Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court heard that, an employee of Ian Ramsay was severely injured when he fell from height whilst installing a roof ladder on a pitched roof at a property in Mawsley, Northamptonshire. The […]

Broadcast November 2019

This month our H&S Advisor, Russell Spurr, alerts us to the latest welding fume update from HSE and their planned inspections commencing in the new year. If you undertake any type of welding process within your business, it’s extremely important that you ensure you’re compliant with the law and have all of the relevant control […]