Leicester care home fined £100,000 after resident died of serious burns


Photo shows Walter Powley who died following serious burnsWalter Powley was admitted to Western Park View in Hinckley Road for emergency care in May 2012 after an occupational therapist advised his family he could no longer be safely left alone at home due to his risk of falling.

On 23 January, Leicester Crown Court heard that just four days later, Mr Powley fell in his room and became trapped between a wardrobe and a radiator. He suffered serious burns right through the skin of his right leg from the radiator pipe and valves, and …

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6 key requirements of an on-line health and safety management system


Photo shows a woman using a computerAre you looking to make managing your business's health & safety compliance an easier, more efficient process? Maybe you're a risk assessor who is looking to the benefits of an electronic system? We all know technology can revolutionise so why shouldn't the legal compliance industry benefit from these changes too.

I'm a web developer for a health and safety consultancy company who works within a team who develop the company's own on-line risk management system. We use the sy…

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Chessington fined £150,000 for four-year-old girl's injuries


Photo shows the gap in a fence where the four-year-old girl fellChessington World of Adventures has been sentenced for safety failings that led to a four-year-old girl suffering life-changing head injuries when she fell from a raised walkway while queuing for a ride.

The youngster, from Kent, fell nearly four metres while waiting in line for the Tomb Blaster ride with her family at the theme park in Surrey on 7 June 2012. She suffered a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain and broken ribs and was in hospital for a month. She still need…

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Are you paying the price for not looking after your employees?


Businesses owners can see just how costly a health and safety lapse could be thanks to a brand new infographic by the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).

‘Health & Safety at Work: The Cost of Doing Nothing’ shows that the cost of a qualified health and safety consultant is nothing in comparison to the cost of a health and safety claim.

Take a look.

There is some fascinating information on show. For example: did you know that the average fine for …

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Creating a safe workplace for your lone workers


Every business knows that establishing a healthy and safe working environment is essential in order to protect and look after your employees. Whilst there are many companies out there who take their health and safety responsibilities seriously, many do not pay enough attention to more vulnerable staff, such as lone workers, who may often find themselves in dangerous situations.  

There is no general legal prohibition to working alone, but with a sizeable chunk of the UK wor…

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HSE calls for New Year resolution on health and safety blame game


45% of health and safety myths were down to poor customer service - image

The Health and Safety Executive wants businesses that provide customer service to turn over a new leaf and stop blaming health and safety for poor or over-the-top decisions.

The regulator launched its 40th anniversary year with a call to stop the culture of blaming anything and everything on non-existent ‘health and safety’ rules.

Retail and leisure businesses feature prominently in new research (published today) by the University of Exeter, which reveals half of all …

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