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On fragile ground Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Working at height » Fragile roofs
If you were under the impression that the HSE had stopped focusing on working at height, this case certainly proves otherwise. Why did the HSE prosecute and how can you avoid a similar experience?
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Q&A - out of hours serious incident reporting Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Accident management/reporting » Reporting
Q. One of our staff recently broke their leg in an accident involving a forklift truck. As the accident happened at 3am, we were under the impression that we could wait until the following morning to report it to the HSE as a “major accident”. However, a colleague informed us that the HSE has a 24-hour call centre, so a failure to report the accident...
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Recording significant findings Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Risk assessment » Risk assessment
You’re aware that you only have a legal duty to record significant findings on your risk assessments. But what exactly does “significant” mean? And how do you know what to record without fully risk assessing absolutely everything first?
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They just won’t listen Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » H&S management » Communication
You’ve spent many hours telling your staff to follow your health and safety-related rules. However, the messages aren’t getting through. Is there another, less direct, approach you could take?
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Slips and trips campaign focuses on cleaning Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Enforcement authorities » Campaigns
A colleague has warned you that HSE and local authority inspectors are going to be visiting sites looking at how slips and trips are being prevented. If this is true, what things in particular will be under scrutiny?
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Unauthorised forklift truck use Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Safe use of machinery » Risk assessment
Your yard manager has reported that a delivery driver started unloading a lorry using one of your forklift trucks, without permission. How did they manage to get the truck started and what can you do to prevent a repeat performance?
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Final decision on pleural plaques Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Working with chemicals » Asbestos
House of Lords ruling. In early 2006 we reported that the Court of Appeal had overturned a High Court ruling that those suffering from pleural plaques (scarring of the lungs related to asbestos exposure) were entitled to compensation (for the article see The next step ). However, the case wasn’t dropped and was taken to the House of Lords. On October...
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Overall responsibility Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » H&S management » Organisation
Can directors be prosecuted for breaches of health and safety law, even when they aren’t involved in day-to-day operations? What did a recent case identify?
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The electrical testing debate Publication date: 05.11.2007
Article database » Insurance » Miscellaneous
You’ve had a visit from an insurance assessor who’s made it clear that if you don’t keep your electrical systems checked and maintained, your cover could be invalid. What do you need to do?
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