Tags: safety at work

Company’s risk assessment failure

A forklift truck driving employee of Manufacturer Vesuvius UK Limited of Derbyshire was badly injured when he fell from a ramp whilst unloading a lorry on 15th February 2010. He was unloading a 7-metre long container at its Sheepbridge Works in Chesterfield using his truck and mobile ramp when the ramp became separated from the…

Businesses should consider safety of expectant mothers

Employers should be more alert to the health and safety needs of pregnant employees following reports that the number of births in the UK is now at its highest since 1991, according to evacuation experts at Evac+Chair International. Recently published figures from the National Office of Statistics revealed that the UK population increased more last…

Teachers see increase in abuse by parents of pupils

More than one in ten school head teachers have been physically assaulted by a parent or carer of a pupil at their school, according to figures released by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT). Incidents include being punched, kicked, spat on, head-butted, bitten, attacked with chairs and tables and sexually assaulted. Almost 75% of…

Richard Evens: Corporate manslaughter is a warning to businesses

The £385,000 fine for Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings Ltd, following the tragic death of geologist Alexander Wright and subsequent corporate manslaughter trial, serves as a clear warning to businesses and senior management that health and safety is critical. The 27-year-old geologist was employed by the company to take soil samples from inside a pit. The pit…