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Annual figures for the number of work-related fatalities in 2019/20

The HES’s provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers), the lowest year on record.  This represents a fall of 38 deaths from the previous year, though it is likely that this fall […]

Propert company fined £1.1 million after a worker fell 3 metres

An engineer was testing a sprinkler system at a site in Hemel Hempstead.  In the course of his investigations he climbed onto an internal roof using an extension ladder. The ladder slipped and he fell 3 metres into the gap between the internal roof and the external wall.  Once safely extracted he received treatment for […]

Hotel group pays £250,000 for fire breaches

The firm which runs the Campanile Hotel group has been ordered to pay a fine of £220,000 and costs of over £30,000 after one of its properties was found to be operating without a working fire alarm.   The breach of fire safety legislation initially came to light when a guest made a complaint to Buckinghamshire […]

Bringing lifts back into use after lockdown

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published a short guidance document advising businesses how to deal with recommissioning their lifts as buildings are brought back into use. If the lift was unused the CIBSE advises that a specialist lift maintenance contractor carries out a service for any lift which was isolated from […]

Construction company fined after crush injury to employee

Chelmsford Crown Court heard that, a worker was seriously injured when roof trusses toppled over while being moved by crane at a site in East Mersea, Essex. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that scaffolding was not installed around and within the building to enable workers to have a safe area […]