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Chemical manufacturing company fined after employee scalded with boiling water

Calachem Limited, a chemical manufacturing company, has been fined after an employee was scalded with boiling water during a cleaning operation. Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that, work was undertaken to clean down part of a production plant in Grangemouth, Scotland. The cleaning process involved filling a chemical powder charging chute leading down to a reaction […]

Worker impaled when using wrong steps to clean ovens

Country Style Foods Ltd were sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was impaled upon a set of ‘airline’ style steps. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that, the employee was working at height on a set of steps to reach and clean the top oven in a stack of horizontal ovens. He slipped whilst on the […]

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 […]