Sapa Profiles UK has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,784.50 after being found guilty of safety breaches. An employee suffered finger loss as a result of these breaches. The worker from Derbyshire had his left hand trapped by loading clamps when attempting to repair an aluminium metal extrusion machine. The end of… Read more
Safety equipment is an absolutely vital requirement for any workplace. Construction and engineering workplaces in particular will require specialist equipment for their employees. The lack of adequate safety equipment is a massive cause of accidents in the workplace. We have represented a huge number of clients who have been injured at work due to their… Read more
A prolonged period away from work is obviously likely to impact on your finances. In the case of a serious accident at work, it may be a long time before you’re fit enough to return. The majority of our clients simply want to get back to work and put it all behind them. Unfortunately, it’s… Read more
A company has been fined £8,000 after a worker’s hand was pulled into machinery. Mr Toporek was using emery cloth at the time of the accident, which caught in the metalworking lathe and dragged his gloved hand in with it. His injuries included a fractured bone in his hand and two strained tendons in his… Read more
The use of CCTV cameras in the workplace has increased dramatically over the last few years. Employees often resent the “big brother” implications of being watched at work however when a serious injury at work is suffered the video evidence can be crucial. We recently acted for a Flintshire factory worker injured in a fall from… Read more
1. Report it. Every employer by law must maintain an accident book so that all accidents at work can be recorded and produced to comply with health and safety law. Serious accident must also be notified immediately to the Health and Safety executive under the RIDDOR system and where appropriate a full investigation and even… Read more
Make no mistake the biggest attack on worker’s rights is happening right now, hidden in plain view, but nobody is doing anything about it. Except me. The Government have put forward proposals in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill to remove an injured worker’s right to use his employer’s breach of health and safety law… Read more
Despite the fact that the law in relation to accidents at work has made claiming more difficult this case shows that the simplest preventative measures taken by an employer could have prevented a painful injury to an employee. Our client worked for one of the big supermarkets and sustained a wrenching injury to his lower… Read more
A raft of changes to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the past year may be partially responsible for an increase in workplace accidents.
The updates form part of the HSE’s aim to facilitate “access to good quality advice which makes clear what [employers] need to do to protect workers”.