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Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Higher Fines For Health And Safety Offences Are Coming Soon

Ashok Rebello

In November 2014, the Sentencing Council for England & Wales published its proposed draft guidelines for health and safety offences and commenced a public consultation (see our previous blog here).

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Driverless Cars Could Make Accident Litigation More Complex

Vin chaud anyone?

By the time this goes to print, annoyingly if it is raining where you are, I am hoping to be on the slopes in glorious Alpine sunshine. That presupposes that I make it there in one piece. I will be flying with one of the low cost airlines, with an excellent track record for safety I am relieved to say. I am not the world's most enthusiastic flyer following a difficult incident a few years back on approach to Turin when air crew fell over and food went flying. You can imagine that that experience did nothing to reassure passengers on aviation safety.

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A New Health And Safety Regulator For Scotland?

Sarah Reynolds

While proposals to devolve powers to establish a separate Scottish Health and Safety Executive did not make it into the main body of the Smith Commission Agreement, a separate health and safety regulator for Scotland is still a hot topic for discussion. According to the Coalition Government’s recent publication, a review of the health and safety outcomes that are being sought within Scotland (albeit within a reserved legislative framework) is imminent, which may lead to the creation of a new Scottish HSE.

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Ebola Wake-Up Call For Overseas Workers

The case of Pauline Cafferkey, the public health nurse and third sector volunteer who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, who is thankfully no longer in a critical condition and is showing signs of improvement, has refocused attention on the employer/employee relationship across all sectors in relation to overseas working.

Rightly, Ms Cafferkey has attracted praise from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as standing for the “very best of NHS values”.

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Health and Safety: The Case For The Defence

The chief danger in life, according to psychologist Alfred Adler, is that you may take too many precautions.

Health and safety is often held up - probably with a robust harness - as society's spoil sport, making daily life that little bit less liveable. Tabloids rail at a "health and safety gone mad" culture in the UK: the librarians prohibited from accessing books on high shelves "in the interests of health and safety", and absurd tales of trapeze artists wearing hard hats when performing.

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Is Section 69 To Be Short Lived?

On 1st October 2013, section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 removed the ability of an employee to rely on a breach of health and safety regulations by their employer as an automatic basis for a damages claim (see my previous blog here).

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Obesity And Disability - European Court Decision

The European Court has now delivered its judgement in the case of Kaltoft v The Ministry of Billund.  The Court follows the opinion of the Advocate General which we previously highlighted in an earlier blog in July.

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Sanctions Update

Lynne Gray

A number of amendments to the current EU sanctions against Russia have been published.  The amendments offer some clarity rather than extending the regulations further and are helpful.

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Diving Into The New ACoPs

Ashok Rebello

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as part of the review of all its Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) following the recommendations in the Löfsted Report, is due to publish revised versions of the five diving ACoPs on Monday 8th December 2014. These ACoPs are for:

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Be Careful What You Lift For

Following Professor Ragnar Löfstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation in 2012, the HSE is taking forward the recommendation to review its Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs).   A consultation on revising the ACoP relating to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) is currently in progress and remains open for responses until 14 October. 

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