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Why is fire marshal training important?

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Every property owner or ‘responsible person’ is legally obligated to ensure that their building meets the fire safety regulations stipulated in the 2005 Regulatory Reform Order. In addition to carrying out a fire risk assessment and training occupants on how to react in case of a fire, building owners are also required to have a… Read more »

Why Your Business Needs Food Safety Processes in Place

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The most obvious reason to create and adhere to clear food safety policies and procedures is to remain compliant with legislation. Breaching food hygiene and safety rules means potential fines that may amount to many thousands of pounds. However, creating best practices within your foodservice business, including high levels of employee training, is not ‘just’… Read more »

Alarming rise in Health & Safety fines


There has been a alarming rise in health and safety fines recently. This could be attributed to the definitive sentencing guidelines for health and safety, corporate manslaughter and food safety and hygiene offences in England and Wales, came into effect in February 2016. The Sentencing Council’s aim was to provide judges with a framework to… Read more »

Health and Safety support provided for manufacturing company

A manufacturing client approached us to enquire about helping them with Health and Safety support. Our principal consultant arranged to meet the client’s Production Manager and HR Manager for a free initial consultation including a tour of the premises. Happily, our proposal to develop up to date health and safety risk management systems was accepted,… Read more »

Mitigating food safety risks

We were contacted by the manager of a busy restaurant in London’s West End to see if we could assist following a food safety inspection by an Environmental Health Officer. The inspection had identified several breaches of food safety law and they needed to implement solutions for mitigating food safety risks. The company wished to… Read more »

Howdens fined £1.2m for overloaded forklift fatality


Howdens – The UK`s largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens has been fined £1.2 million following the fatal crushing of a delivery driver in Cumbria. A forklift truck was being used to unload two pallets from the heavy goods vehicle when it overbalanced and fell on Richard Brown who unfortunately died at the scene…. Read more »

Company fined as Agency worker was crushed while unloading a vehicle

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Logistics company, ERIKS Industrial Services Limited of Amber Way, was fined £373,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,333 on 29 March 2018 at Southend Magistrates’ Court, due to pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as agency worker was crushed on-site. An agency worker was crushed… Read more »

Unsafe working at height – Food company fined £10,000

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Quality Food Products (Aberdeen) Ltd has been fined £10,000 on the 17th of May 2018 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court. The food company were fined for unsafe working at height. The unsafe acts included standing on the prongs of a forklift truck that had a wooden pallet attached to it to assess the roof and throwing… Read more »

Farm worker injured and Directors fined


Directors of a Farming company, David and Philip Leverton were fined £5000 each plus costs of £892.10 on 21 May 2018 at Lincoln Magistrates Court, as a farm worker was injured. The employee’s arm was drawn into the rollers of a potato grading machine and caused serious injuries. HSE Inspectors identified that the machine was… Read more »