Opinion

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    Time for Change

    It is always difficult to lift our eyes from the day-to-day, but never more so than in the middle of a major, global crisis.

    By Lawrence Waterman on 12 May 2020

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    Health enforcement: redressing the balance

    Work-related ill health is a significant issue in the UK. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics 1.4 million workers in the UK suffer from work-related ill health, which results in 23.5 million working days lost each year, and costs the UK £9.8 billion.

    By Charlotte O’Kane, Pinsent Masons LLP on 26 May 2020

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    Furloughed but not forgotten

    It’s strange to think that a month ago ‘furlough’ was not a word in common use and now it is part of our daily conversations.

    By Mike Clancy, Prospect union on 04 May 2020

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    Working from home: the new normal

    It’s a truism that things reveal their nature when they break. While systems and processes run smoothly, it’s easy to forget that a functioning society only works when individuals can come together as groups.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 03 April 2020

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    Be proud of our own contribution

    When sitting down to write on a current topic in workplace health and safety, it is impossible to block out the deafening roar from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Lawrence Waterman on 09 April 2020

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    Asbestos deaths are a thing of the past. Don’t you believe it

    The latest statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report that “there were 2,526 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2017, broadly similar to the previous five years."

    By Neal Stone, McOnie on 05 April 2020

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    Is the corporate manslaughter regime now redundant?

    There have been fewer than 30 convictions since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act was introduced in 2007.

    By Simon Tingle, Pinsent Masons on 25 March 2020

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    No space for shortcuts

    The recent news surrounding the tragic death of a 23-year-old contractor on a site in Lincoln in January 2020 has highlighted once more the risks associated with working in the construction industry.

    By Josh Hughes, Bolt Burdon Kemp on 02 March 2020

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    The coronavirus Budget

    The Chancellor's Budget featured a host of measures to help fight the Coronavirus emergency, but it might equally be remembered for a complete change in approach to public spending by the Conservatives.

    By Charles Pitt on 13 March 2020