5 steps to Risk Assessment in the workplace

A Risk Assessment of the workplace & the activities carried out by that business is a legal requirement under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out. If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write anything down. A risk assessment … Read More »

Firm’s £146k fine for safety failures which led to the death of a worker

A family-run business has been given a hefty fine after health and safety failures led to an accident at work in which one of its employees died later in hospital. James Dunkerley Steels, of Higginshaw, was fined £146,500, after pleading guilty at Tameside Magistrates’ Court for  welfare, health & safety failures of an employee during an unsafe and unplanned lift of steel beams. The court heard how an investigation had been launched after 35-year-old Wayne Mallinson died during an operation following the accident at the Shaw Road steel works in July, 2015. Mr Mallinson’s arm was cut deeply while unloading steel beams from the back of a truck on the morning … Read More »

Red Cross thrilled by first aid opportunity of PSHE announcement

The British Red Cross is thrilled by government plans that could see all children in England learning first aid at school.  In an announcement yesterday, Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, set out the government’s intention to make personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) statutory in the future. This is an opportunity for children and young people in all schools across England to learn key life skills, including first aid. Greening also confirmed relationships and sex education (RSE) would be made statutory. For years the British Red Cross, British Heart Foundation and St John Ambulance have been working closely together to call for first aid to be … Read More »

Southwark council fined £570,000 over fatal tower block fire

Local authority admitted safety failings at Lakanal House, where six people died during a fire in 2009. The London fire brigade has said it hopes “lessons are learned” after a council was fined £570,000 over safety failings at a 14-storey block of flats where six people died. Three women and three children were trapped by flames that spread out of control at Lakanal House in Camberwell, south London, in 2009, as a result of safety deficiencies in the block. At Southwark crown court on Tuesday, Judge Jeffrey Pegden told Southwark council, the landlord of Lakanal House, that it must pay a £270,000 fine, plus £300,000 costs. The potentially unlimited fine had … Read More »

Sentence after Burghley House butler fatally crushed in lift incident

The operators of one of Britain’s most iconic stately homes, Burghley House, have been sentenced after a domestic servant was crushed to death by a lift. Arthur Mellar, 48, a butler at Burghley House in Stamford was killed on 12th July 2014 when a luggage lift descended on him while he was trying to free an item of luggage which had become stuck. Peterborough Crown Court heard that a luggage lift was being used to lift guests’ bags from the ground to second floor in the private area of Burghley House, which has featured in movie adaptations such as The Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice, when one of … Read More »