Workplace fatal injuries 2017/18: beware complacency

The Health and Safety Executive has released its annual report on 2017/18 workplace fatal injuries reportable to HSE, local authorities or the Office of Rail and Road under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). These do not include road traffic fatal accidents involving workers during worktime or when commu......

Defra consultation – waste crime

Consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector & introduce a new fixed penalty for the waste duty of care The government is looking to conduct a consultation process to address waste crime and poor performance, by giving regulators, Environment Agency (EA) in England and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), new powers......

HSE annual workplace fatality figures released

HSE (Health and Safety Executive) work-related fatal accident figures for April 2016 to March 2017 have been published. Sadly, there were 137 fatalities in that period though this is the second lowest year on record and a halving of deaths over 20 years. It is of interest to examine the category of incident that led to the deaths and the sector wi......

Gross negligence manslaughter: increased sentences

The Sentencing Council announced on 4 July 2017 that it is consulting on the sentencing of manslaughter offences, with a view to increasing custodial sentences. There are no existing guidelines for most types of manslaughter. This is yet another wake-up call to individuals and businesses that they must create and manage safe environments......

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