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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

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    Royal Opera House loses appeal against hearing damage case

    A judge has dismissed the Royal Opera House (ROH)’s appeal of a case in which a viola player suffered irreversible hearing damage following exposure to loud noise at an orchestra rehearsal.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 May 2019

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    HSE increases Fee For Intervention (FFI) charges by almost 20 per cent

    HSE has hiked up its Fee for Intervention (FFI) costs, meaning businesses that break health and safety laws will now be charged £154 per hour for inspectors to investigate failures.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 12 April 2019

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    Fines ‘sufficiently punitive’ concludes Sentencing Council

    Average fines for health and safety offences have more than quadrupled since the Sentencing Council imposed its guidelines on courts three years ago, the first official report into their impact has found.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 10 April 2019

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    PM’s Workers’ rights pledges a 'desperate and narrow' attempt to win favour

    Proposals to give Parliament a vote on adopting future EU rules on workers' rights have failed to reassure unions after they were announced by Theresa May’s office yesterday.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 07 March 2019