Arinite reviews Health and Safety in 2013
2013 has been a big year for breaking news, but none more than the death of Nelson Mandela on 6th December. But what health and safety topics were in the news in 2013? Here is Arinite’s selection of the health … Continue reading →
A risk too far?
The Infinite Monkey Cage is a witty and irreverent look at the world through scientists eyes hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince on BBC Radio 4. On 19th November the programme had an interesting look at Risk. One … Continue reading →
Who are you going to call?
Earlier this month I received a phone call from the father of an industrial worker. His son was a welder who had already suffered an arc eye injury after working long hours without appropriate eye protection. The son’s employer would … Continue reading →
When the ship goes down…….
Last week the 290m-long Costa Concordia was raised upright in a major salvage operation off the coast of Giglio island. This has refreshed our memories of the disaster. BBC News Thirty-two people died after the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran … Continue reading →
Chinese lanterns passing safely in the night?
At the beginning of this month 200 fire fighters attended a fire at the Jayplas plastic recycling depot at Smethwick in the west Midlands. The fire was caused by a Chinese lantern (BBC News). Six million pounds worth of damage … Continue reading →
Are you safe at work?
This month IOSH reported that tens of thousands of businesses will no longer undergo unnecessary health and safety inspections thanks to a new code introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The statutory Code tells local authorities that they … Continue reading →
Reaching New Heights
The 29th May marked the 60th anniversary of the successful attempt of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay climbing Mount Everest. Since then, many have scaled the summit, but this first conquest is remembered as it was reaching a new … Continue reading →
The Inspector’s Fee
The Health and Safety Executive’s cost-recovery scheme came into force on 1st October last year. Since then, up to one third of inspections have resulted in the inspector deciding that there was a material breach of health and safety law. … Continue reading →
The budget: health and safety tax relief for your business?
In my last blog I said that it is understandable that businesses are looking for areas to make financial savings, but not at the expense of safety. However, after this budget you may be able to save money through positive … Continue reading →
Corporate Manslaughter – a business risk worth ignoring?
Since the introduction of the Corporate manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 in the UK, there have only been three successful prosecutions. So you may think that this Act is unlikely to be relevant to your business operations. However, you … Continue reading →
Brazil Nightclub Fire Tragedy
The majority of deaths in the Kiss Nightclub fire in southern Brazil are being blamed on asphyxiation, as people tried to escape the building, according to the BBC News. At least 230 people died when a band on stage started … Continue reading →