Director Manager Maintenance Sentenced to Jail Fined £700k

The Managing Director of a waste and recycling company in Liverpool has been sentenced to 8months in prison for breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act after a worker was fatally crushed by a baling machine’s hydraulic ram in 2010. Jonathan Gaskell, his company, Gaskells (North West) and its maintenance manager Michael Cunliffe had all been … Read More

Agreement on Workplace Exposure to Diesel Engine Emissions

The three parts of the EU legislature – the EU Commission, EU Council of Ministers and European parliament – have now reached agreement on including workplace exposure to diesel engine emissions (DEEE) in the updated Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD). The agreement, announced in a press release on 11 October, follows a vote by MEPs on the employment and social … Read More

Young Person Loses Fingers Using Saw

A sole trader builder from Cornwall has been sentenced after one of his employees sustained serious, life-changing hand injuries whilst operating a handheld circular saw in February 2017. Bodmin Magistrates heard how the company was undertaking a barn refurbishment when the 17 year-old workman was injured whilst using the saw to cut wooden flooring sheets. The blade came into contact … Read More

CDM15 Offences See Managing Director Disqualified

The Managing Director of a small building company has been disqualified from being a company director for three years.  He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act over health and safety offences at a “poor” site in London. The contractor has also been convicted of offences under the CDM Regulations. Kewie Doherty was … Read More

HSE & Brexit Planning

As with all sectors and government departments HSE need to plan for deal or no deal when it comes to Brexit.  At the recent HSE board meeting a topic put forward for discussion in the board report was HSE’s Brexit communications strategy. A discussion was held of how the HSE intends to communicate legislative changes flowing form the Brexit process, … Read More