We use cookies to make your experience of our website better. Some of these are set by third party Google Analytics to help us analyse website traffic. To comply with privacy regulations, we require your consent to set these cookies. If you continue to use the site without selecting an option we will assume you are happy for us to use cookies.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Safety And Security Of Workers Abroad - Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Mind

In the published Investigation Report conducted by Statoil into the horrific terrorist attack that occurred on In Amenas on 16 January this year it is clearly stated that companies like Statoil now face serious security threats.  One of the main conclusions of the Statoil investigation stated:

“Neither Statoil nor the joint venture could have prevented the attack, but there is reason to question the extent of their reliance on Algerian military protection.  Neither of them conceived of a scenario where a large force of armed attackers reached the facility.”

As we s

Read more

Burness admin

Yaktrax And Inadequate Ergonomics – Two Recent Cases On The Extent Of Health And Safety Duties

Ashok Rebello

Two recent cases show how wide the extent of an employer’s health and safety duties can be and raise four important points that employers should be aware of:

  1. Employers can be liable for the health risks arising from inadequate ergonomics in the positioning of equipment controls.
  2. Where proposed changes to address safety matters are rejected by the workforce this does not necessarily affect the employer’s duty to implement them.

Read more

LChalmers

Turning Badwill Into Goodwill - Can Recalls Ever Be Presented In A Positive Light?

Claire Adams

Yet again, Toyota is faced with the recall of millions of its cars, this time as a result of a defect in passenger airbags.  Toyota, along with three other top Japanese carmakers - Honda, Nissan and Mazda - is set to recall a total of 1.73 million cars due to the problem.  The other three companies are set to recall a total of 1.65 million cars for the same problem. 

Toyota has been plagued by recalls in recent years.  In 2010 Toyota faced serious problems when it issued a series of recalls including 5.6 million vehicles in the United States due to sudden a

Read more

LChalmers

Suited, Booted And Ready To Go

Fran Hutchison

Suited and booted but not as you may think! As a health and safety lawyer I have learnt to be prepared for whatever comes across my path on any given day. The offshore industry presents those who work in it with its own unique experiences and challenges. For this reason on a sunny Friday morning in May, I found myself counting to seven while being suspended upside down, underwater and strapped into a helicopter seat.

Read more

LChalmers

Due Diligence – Are We Flogging A Dead Horse?

‘Due diligence’, the eyes start to gloss over at the mention of the term. However, the ongoing horse meat scandal demonstrates the importance of knowing not only who you are doing business with but also the other parties that are part of your supply chain.

Read more

LChalmers

Safety And Security Of Workers Abroad

Rona Jamieson

The recent tragic events in Algeria have served as a sharp reminder of the risks employees can face in some parts of the world far from an organisation’s home base in the UK.  Where cultural, religious or safety standards are very different from home new and unexpected hazards may exist. The risks posed by terrorism, crime, political instability, natural disasters and disease should be considered and assessed in addition to those arising from planned workplace activities.

Read more

LChalmers

Health And Safety - At What Cost?

1 October 2012 sees the introduction of the fee for intervention regime.  From that date, whenever a HSE Inspector forms the opinion that an organisation is in material breach of health and safety law and issues written advice, guidance or a formal notice the organisation will receive a bill for the Inspector’s time.  All time spent on the visit and the follow up work including instant visit reports, letters, emails and associated costs will be charged at the rate of £124 per hour.  Specialist inspectors, experts and work done by the Health and Safety Laboratory will be charg

Read more

admin