Prosecutions for safety breaches reach record low

    Prosecutions for health and safety breaches have reached a record low, HSE has revealed prompting warnings that bosses are prepared to flout safety laws because they no longer fear consequences.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 14 November 2019

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    Millions of workers missing out on basic rights: Resolution Foundation report

    Around one in twenty workers report not receiving any holiday entitlement, while around one in ten do not receive a payslip according to new analysis published today by the Resolution Foundation.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 September 2019

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    Single enforcement body for worker rights proposed in consultation

    A consultation entering its last weeks asks whether a new Single Enforcement Body for employment rights should be created to protect vulnerable workers.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 13 September 2019

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    The jury is out

    Paying the high price for health and safety failure: the Sentencing Council reports a five-fold increase in the average fine for health and safety convictions.

    By Neal Stone, McOnie Agency on 28 August 2019

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    HSE flags fall in convictions for safety breaches as concern

    The number of convictions for health and safety breaches has plummeted in the past four-year period, latest figures show.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 July 2019

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    39 per cent of SMEs say health and safety ‘feels like paperwork’: HSE survey

    Over a third of small businesses (39 per cent) believe that procedures for managing health and safety risks in their workplace are ‘excessive and disproportionate’, HSE research has revealed.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 June 2019

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    Post Grenfell where are the changes?

    It is now almost two years since the tragic Grenfell tower fire and so an appropriate moment to reflect on the progress —or lack—on implementing subsequent measures to ensure that occupants of high-rise buildings not only feel safe but actually are safe within their homes.

    By David Parr, British Safety Council on 04 July 2019

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    200 million pounds: is it enough?

    The government has confirmed that it will allocate £200 million to fix private tower blocks that are wrapped in combustible aluminium composite material cladding, the same kind that sent the Grenfell Tower block up in flames back in June 2017, claiming the lives of 72 people.

    By Stephen Horin, Bushbury Cladding on 20 June 2019

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    POA says jail time for prison officer attack ‘appropriate’

    The Professional Trades Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers (POA) has approved a court’s decision to order a prisoner who assaulted his officer to four years’ extra jail time.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 12 June 2019

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    Guilty firms feel the impact of heavier fines

    In February 2016, the Sentencing Guidelines Council introduced new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences in the workplace.

    By Helen Devery, BLM on 10 June 2019