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HSE: Putting my foot in it!

May 2018 ended with me speaking at an AGM for the Drilling and Saw Association about the New Sentencing Guidelines. Standing at the back of the room waiting to be introduced to speak, the crowd looked a little weary and tired of fellow event speakers, so, as the final speaker, I needed to ensure the […]

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Contractor management is your responsibility

Are you certain you and your organisation are doing everything practicably possible (practicably possible means feasible and is capable of being done) with contractor management to prevent harm and protect your business while contractors are operating on your site? Are you thinking, as you yet haven’t had a major problem, why do I need to change? […]

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If you can’t prove it, you haven’t done it

Are you aware of all the implications of H&S legislation for your business?   “Complacency when it comes to safety may be the biggest mistake you’ll ever make.” Would you play a game of football or a board game without first understanding the rules? Your answer is likely to be ‘No!’ as the lack of […]

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Education, Education, Education

Can a lack of understanding of health and safety responsibilities really impact on your businesses operations and finances?   Let’s remind ourselves, we all have a business we own, work for or sub-contract for. Every business has a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety, The first stage must […]

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What are Your Health and Safety Responsibilities?

Do you fully understand what are your health and safety responsibilities are? In 1974 the Health and Safety at Work Act was introduced… “a bold and far-reaching piece of legislation” 43 years later, 2017… 137 workers died, and the annual cost of UK work-related injuries and ill health is £14.9 billion!!! We can all agree that […]

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New sentencing guidelines proposed for manslaughter offences

On 4th July 2017, the Sentencing Council announced a consultation on its proposals for how offenders convicted of manslaughter should be sentenced in England and Wales. Read the full press release here. Individuals found guilty of the most serious gross negligence manslaughter offences following workplace accidents could face up to 18 years in jail under new […]

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How much do you know about the new sentencing guidelines?

With new strict Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety infringements introduced in February 2016, with much higher fines and stricter penalties – there has never been a better time to look into reducing your risks. The British Safety Council have produced a quick 2 minute video where Pinsent Masons LLP Partner Kevin Bridges and Senior […]

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