September 2014 NEWSLETTER

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Property Management Guidance

Essential health and safety guidance for the Facility Management industry.

This essential guidance for facilities managers provides a simple step-by-step approach to the management of health and safety of contractors which is not covered by the existing guidance on the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007.

This information coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and Section 3 of the Act which specifically requires employers to ensure the health and safety of not only their own employees but also that of others on site who are not employees.

 

Property maintenance firm fined

After ignoring safety concerns a property maintenance firm has appeared in court.

High Peak Remedial Services Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).  An HSE inspector issued an Improvement Notice during a routine visit to the Park Road workshop.

High Peak Remedial Services Ltd, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,662 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

 

Workplace deaths

According to new figures from the Health and Safety Executive, nationally, the number of people who lose their lives at work has dropped sharply by 85 per cent over the past 40 years.  This is down from more than 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 last year.

The number of injuries at work has also reduced considerably by 77 per cent over the same time period, from 336,701 to 78,222.  These statistics illustrate the impact of the Health and Safety at Work Act, which came into being in 1974.

In the West Midlands during 2012-2013, there were 14 fatal work place incidents.  Further statistics and information available in our full article. Please read more.

Myth-busting by the HSE

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.

Phil Jones

Recycling Centre banned enquirer from using a garden fork

Refusal by supervisor to allow a member of the public to use a garden fork to help transfer thorny garden waste from his trailer to the green waste compactor at the local household waste recycling centre.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Primary school not allowed ladders

Primary school not allowed ladders due to health and safety. Therefore staff use chairs to reach up when ‘working at heights’.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

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Legal Ignorance

Following recent cases brought before the legal process in the UK, it would appear that a number of people in a position of authority.are either not aware of what their legal responsibilities are, or they are just treating them with a flagrant disregard.

This is often done in the hopes that they will not be caught or, if they are, they will be treated lightly by the judicial system.  As with many other breaches of legal responsibilities, it is done in an attempt to save money.

So, why do these cases come before the courts time and again?

For Full article please READ MORE.

 

Hear from our Safety expert Chris Fitzgerald.

He talks legal compliance and the importance of managing it.

Read his comments HERE

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