An employment tribunal has ruled that a House of Commons employee with a longstanding musculoskeletal (MSK) condition was victimised and subjected to discrimination after her employer brought ‘heavy-handed and punitive’ disciplinary proceedings against her.
The Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent last Thursday (28 April) although many of its provisions will only come into force in a year to 18 months’ time to provide industry with sufficient time to prepare.
Advice from a competent person would probably have stopped a wall collapsing onto an eight-year-old child, which led to her having her big toe amputated, said the inspector from GB Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who investigated the case.
A chemical company has been fined £480,000 after one of its workers sustained superficial burns at its Hull factory. Flammable vapours ignited at Robert McBride’s site, a Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) lower tier establishment, and engulfed the worker’s upper torso.
On 18 July 2017, a section of the rear wall of Citadel Church in Cardiff fell on scaffolder Jeff Plevey, instantly killing him. We spoke with the HSE’s lead investigator on this case to find out how such a tragic incident came about.