News & Updates

Fee for Intervention (FFI) hourly charges are going up too! 

The HSE has announced another rise in the Fee for Intervention (FFI) scheme’s hourly charges. The changes took effect on 1stApril 2022, with the fee increasing from £160 to £163 per hour.  The surge is the latest of several increases since the original £124 in 2012 when the fee was first introduced.  What is Fee […]

Self-employed painter and decorator fined after employee falls through fragile roof

A painter and decorator has been fined after an employee stepped off a working platform and fell two and a half metres through the fragile roof of a carport.  Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that, sole trader Neil Beattie and an employee were undertaking the removal of a wasps’ nest at a bungalow in Daviot, Oldmeldrum […]

Farming partnership fined after worker suffered multiple fractures

W Gibson & Son was sentenced for safety breaches after a self-employed farm worker fell approximately three metres from a 360-excavator vehicle. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the 31-year-old worker had been carrying out maintenance work on the gable end of a barn on the farm. He was working from a non-integrated work platform or […]

Prison sentence for builder that undertook illegal gas work

A self-employed fitter has been jailed after carrying out gas work at a residential address in the New Forest whilst he was not competent to do so, leaving a gas boiler in an ‘at risk’ condition. Southampton Crown Court heard how Michael Smithers, who traded under the name of Bournemouth & Verwood Builders, was contracted […]

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 […]