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Serial Safety Offender

Amassed 31 enforcement notices

On the 19th March, Sheffield Crown Court was told that Meadowbank Vac Alloys, from Rotherham, was a serial safety offender.  The metals business has been sentenced after it repeatedly risked workers’ lives by making them use dangerous machines.  They had amassed a staggering 31 enforcement notices for safety breaches in just three months.

Liverpool NHS Trust Fined

Fines of £10,000 have been issued to a Liverpool NHS Trust, after it emerged its workers may have been exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres.

The Trust was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the fibres were discovered in the basement of its offices at Derwent House on London Road.

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

Takeaway will not allow customers to use their own carrier bags

Since the mandatory 5p carrier bag charge was introduced in Scotland a Scottish takeaway has claimed that because of health and safety regulations they can’t take customers own bags into the kitchen to pack their food in and that customers can’t be allowed to pack the food themselves into their own bags because the food is too hot.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Parent not allowed to accompany son on a school trip

A primary school had arranged a trip to a local zoo and asked for parents to volunteer to go with them. A parent volunteered and she told her son she was going and booked the day off work. However, the day before they were due to go she was told she was not required as they already had three parents going, so she asked if she could drive herself there to meet her son and the school class, and pay for herself to get in as she had told son she was going and he was excited. The school said she was not allowed to go for “health and safety” reasons. They said that the risk assessment doesn’t allow for her to go.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.
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