Court Dismisses Office Prank Injury Claim

An NHS trust will not have to pay compensation to a hospital worker who sustained a fractured lower spine when a colleague pulled her chair from beneath her in an office prank. Meeta Patel attempted to sue Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for £58,000, claiming that it was “vicariously liable” for the actions of her co-worker. But on 13 October, the Central London County Court dismissed Patel’s claim, saying that the prankster, Rashid Khan, was acting “outside the scope of his work” and that Homerton University Hospital was not liable for his “act of folly”. Patel, an employee of the hospital in east London, brought the claim after the … Read More

World Mental Health Day – Work-related stress and how to tackle it

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace. So we thought we would focus on work-related stress and how to tackle it? Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. What is stress? HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to … Read More

Silica Dust : A Widespread Hazard

The inhalation of Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust (RCS) is a widespread hazard and significant cause of ill-health in the construction sector. The effective elimination or control of RCS dust is one of three top priorities for HSE now, and in the coming years. Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded down etc. Some of this dust may be fine enough to reach deep inside the lung, this is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and can cause harm to health. Significant exposure to RCS can … Read More

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June  

Highlighting specifically in this blog, four types of Men’s Health that are highlighted in this awareness week including; Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Penile Cancer and Male Breast Cancer.  Let’s look at these cancers. Prostate Cancer Prostate Cancer is a walnut-sized gland which is located behind the man’s penis, in front of the rectum and below the bladder. The main function of prostate is to make seminal fluid, the liquid within semen, that protects, supports and helps transform sperm. The cancer begins when healthy cells in the prostate change and grow out of control which forms a tumour. This can spread and become cancerous. Symptoms that you should look out for regarding … Read More

Diabetes Week 2017

Do you or anyone you know need help managing diabetes? While there are a lot of people who have a wider understanding on diabetes than others, we can all learn on how it should be managed. Many people are not getting the right support needed to look after their diabetes. We can help employers raise awareness in the workplace and carry out specific risk assessment for employees with diabetes to ensure the correct support and controls are in place while at work.  Making your workplace safer.  Contact us to arrange a diabetes assessment. Today, sadly 65 people will die from the condition and hundreds more will face the life-changing complications … Read More

Manual Handling

Manual Handling operations account for approximately 25% of all reported work related injuries every year. Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders and joint and repetitive strain injuries. Manual handling injuries can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can increase the risk. Work related manual handling injuries can have serious implications for both the employer and the person who has been injured. Employers may have to bear substantial costs, through … Read More

HSE Activity

HSE were targeting inspections on construction sites for two weeks from 23rd of June. The HSE have just released their findings: A total of 560 sites were visited. The Inspectors focussed on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration. One in 6 sites visit resulted in issuing enforcement actions. Work was stopped (Prohibition notices) on 13 sites. and enforcement notices were served at 85 sites 107 Improvement Notices. Notices of Contravention (FFI) were served at 201 of the sites. During the last recorded year the HSE have carried … Read More