• Firms warned of tough new regime for health and safety breaches causing death

    A North West law firm is urging engineering firms to review their health and safety polices after tough new sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter offences came into force.

    Mace & Jones dispute resolution specialist Ken Salmon said under the new rules set out by the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC), businesses convicted of the criminal offence of corporate manslaughter can be fined millions of pounds with a £500,000 minimum. For other health and safety offences that cause death, fines from £100,000 up to hundreds of thousands of pounds could be imposed.

    Salmon urged companies to lock down on their health and safety policies as well as ensuring all staff are fully aware of the potentially ruinous effect, conviction may have for the business: "Directors can be left in no doubt that the range of penalties for health and safety breaches causing death are now very tough indeed," he said. "This is a clear statement of intent from the SGC which is reacting to a groundswell of opinion that punishments for corporate manslaughter offences have been too lenient. In addition there is also the threat of up to two years in prison for individual directors, managers or employees convicted of serious health and safety breaches. The message is very much review your policies and critically ensure they are rigorously and consistently enforced. And the drive to enforce it must come from the very top of the organisation."

    Salmon said the SGC has made it clear when deciding on fines that judges should not be influenced by the impact on shareholders and directors, but should consider the potential effects of innocent employees and the effect the fine may have on the provision of services to the public: "There are mitigating factors that the court must weigh up in terms of how serious the offence is and the overall size and financial status of the defendant company will still have to be considered," he said. "But fines will be increased where there is evidence that the business could have foreseen the accident and where breaches of rules were widespread in the organisation."

    Salmon said in addition to financial penalties, publicity orders are likely to be appropriate in most cases as part of the punishment. The order will specify the place where the public announcement will be made and consider the size and prominence of the notice or advertisement. The organisation may also be compelled to make a statement on relevant websites, ensuring that the information is brought to the attention of shareholders and members of the public.

    The implementation of the new guidelines will soon come under the spotlight with the first corporate manslaughter prosecution against Cotswold Geotechnical Limited already underway.

    Corporate Manslaughter was introduced as a specific criminal offence in the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007, which became law in 2008. The new sentencing guidelines apply from 15 February 2010.


  • Plant and machinery safety legislation addressed at Health+Safety 10

    Rockwell Automation will be presenting and exhibiting services, software and hardware solutions, created to help plant and machinery designers address significant and upcoming safety legislation, at Health+Safety 10 at the Reebok Stadium from 13-14 October 2010.


    As well as demonstrating numerous brand new and existing examples of its scalable, networked safety hardware, the company will also be detailing how it has expanded its safety services; helping its customers carry out audits, risk assessments, circuit analyses and CE Marking.


    Paul Davies from Rockwell Automation explains: "As part of our wider safety offering, we are promoting our new safety services as an integral part of the machine safety equation. Forming an intrinsic and vital element of the initial assessment of any safety solution, we can now formally offer our customers in-depth guidance, solutions and training towards addressing their specific safety requirements."


    As a Machine Safety Zone partner, Rockwell Automation will also be giving a presentation, on both days, covering functional safety and how it is set to change the behaviour of users and designers of automation systems. The presentation will also discuss the implementation and demands of ISO 13849-1 and how it has led to growing interest in SISTEMA - a software tool for the evaluation of application safety, especially relating to ISO 13849-1.

    Davies continued: "SISTEMA is an independent and open application evaluation tool that is used to assess the safety performance of a machine or plant installation. Legislation is driving this evaluation process and by going down an open-tool route we believe we will be able to offer the best possible service to our customers."

    Behind the software's open front end, Rockwell Automation has made available all of the functional safety data applicable to its hardware; making it straightforward for users to calculate the safety rating of their installations and address the demands of the legislation.



  • Laidler leads plant and machinery safety zone at Health and Safety '11

    Laidler Associates, a UK machinery safety and compliance consultant, will once again be sponsoring the Plant & Machinery Safety Zone at Health and Safety '11 - South which takes place at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey on 1 and 2 March 2011.

    Laidler Associates, which specialises in machinery safety legislation and risk assessments, will deliver a presentation at Health and Safety '11 - South on Practical machinery safety including guarding issues. Using its virtual reality system to re-create a typical working environment Laidler is able to bring to life the problems that are present and demonstrate how to provide safe solutions in this area.

    Focusing on the practical nature of the zone, Laidler will also demonstrate how to complete and document a PUWER 98 (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 98) assessment or CE Marking to the Machinery and Low Voltage Directives. The presentation will also cover the requirements of the new Machinery Directive, 2006/42/EC in this regard.

  • Double health and safety award for Murphy Power

    The North East Power Division of J. Murphy & Sons received a double award at Northern Powergrid’s Annual Health & Safety Conference for customer service and safety performance throughout 2011.

    Murphy has been working with Northern Powergrid for the last three years as a principal contractor on the framework for fault repairs. Covering an area equal to approximately one sixth of the land mass of England, from the Scottish borders to the Lincolnshire Wolds, the framework is split into five zones to include work for major conurbations and 31 local authorities.

  • Health and Safety Midlands 2012

    Taking place on the 12 and 13 this September at The National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, will be the inaugural Health and Safety Midlands, providing visitors with the latest information on legislations, the opportunity to meet the industry’s most highly and respected organisations and also the chance to network with other professionals.

  • Businesses urged to adopt a ‘common sense’ approach to health and safety

    Figures released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are said to show businesses are wasting millions of pounds each year by over-maintaining electrical appliances with unnecessary annual tests. By adopting a common sense approach, the IET estimates businesses could save over £30m annually and £120m over the next four years.

  • Health and safety award for commitment to safe working


    Electrical safety specialistBender UK is celebrating achieving industry’s flagship standard for occupational health and safety best practice at its headquarters in Ulverston which houses product testing facilities and delivers, sales, service, project management and technical support.

  • Webinar aids compliance with health and safety requirements

    There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

    In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

    The webinar will look at the following areas:

    •    Risk assessment
    •    CE marking
    •    Technical files
    •    Regulations and machinery directive
    •    Compliance
    •    Training and competence

    The webinar will also feature a live audience Q&A session with the panel of experts.

  • Webinar aids compliance with health and safety requirements

    There is often much confusion in the workplace as to what we should and shouldn't be doing in order to fulfil our obligations to current safety legislation.

    In order to try and bring all of the relevant subjects together, and to clarify what is required from the user's and designer's perspectives, Wieland Electric, in association with Electrical Review, will present an essential guide to complying with health and safety requirements when using and designing machinery. The briefing will take place at 2pm on Thursday 20 March 2014,

  • Rogue spark narrowly avoids jail for misuse of Elecsa logo

    An electrician narrowly avoided jail after falsely claiming to be registered with Elecsa.

    Steven Mitchell who traded as CCC Electrical was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on 17 April 2015 to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years.

  • Newey & Eyre backs new wiring regs saying preparation is key

    Electrical wholesaler Newey & Eyre has pledged its full support to Amendment 3 of the wiring regulations while asserting that it is vital for installers to get up to speed now.

    The third amendment to the Wiring Regulations includes a number of new requirements, covering consumers units, wiring in escape routes and protective devices, all designed to optimise fire safety in the home. The industry consensus is that the vital changes will be life-saving.

  • Scottish bill loses weapon and shield

    The charity, Electrical Safety First, is worried the government’s proposed Scotland Bill, which will devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament, has forgotten consumer protection - and a weapon to curb the tide of counterfeits entering the UK.

  • Electrical Safety First briefs new intake

    The 182 new MPs who recently entered Parliament might well be shocked at the briefing they have received from Electrical Safety First.

    The Charity, which is dedicated to reducing deaths and accidents caused by electricity, has written to the ‘class of 2015’ to explain why electrical safety needs to be urgently addressed.

  • Roundtable launches new website and resources

    The Electrical Safety Roundtable is making new strides to help reduce hazards in the home.

    The growing industry forum is cementing its reputation for building consensus and developing industry led solutions to longstanding issues with the launch of a new website and guidance portal designed to raise consumer awareness of home safety matters.

  • Designing safety with Electrical Safety First

    Safer by Design, the fifth Product Safety Conference hosted by Electrical Safety First, will be held at Church House, Westminster, on 17 November.

    The conference will offer presentations on topical issues, including methods of identifying foreseeable misuse, using relevant data and intelligence sources to improve recall effectiveness and the dramatic increase in the number of fake electrical products being sold online. It will also consider the government’s review of the UK recall system, which is due to report sometime this autumn.

  • Components group achieves upgraded ISO accreditation

    Magnetic components specialist ETAL Group has achieved accreditation for power and signal applications to the latest ISO9001:2015 quality standard, well ahead of the deadline for compliance. 

  • Rospa recognition

    Four M Group Services businesses have been presented with Occupational Health & Safety Awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

    Morrison Utility Services (MUS) was named Winner of the Commercial Industry Sector Award. It is the eighth year in which MUS has won the Sector Award.

  • Who would work in the waste recycling industry?

    On 4 July 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published the provisional statistics concerning fatal injuries that occurred in 2017/2018[1]. The HSE noted: “a total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2017/18 … In statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work over the five years 2013/14-2017/18 is 141.”  

  • Online non-compliance rife in lighting sector

    EucoLight, the European WEEE lighting trade association, is hosting a half day workshop on 17 Oct in Brussels to discuss the scale of the online non-compliance problem. 

  • Engineering services confident

    Chris Bielby MBE, chair of the Electrical Safety Roundtable, examines the progress being made on monitoring and enforcing Part P of the Building Regulations, and asks what more could be done

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