On July 14th 2014, a 16 year old employee suffered serious burns to his hands and arms.
On December 1st 2015, an employee at a separate restaurant spilled gravy on herself whilst removing gravy from the microwave, causing serious burns to her body.

Despite health and safety rules and procedures being in place and agreed to, the staff members in question suffered severe burns after cutting corners and failing to wear the required PPE- a gauntlet for removing gravy tubs from the microwave. The court stated that “It is the duty of management at every level to ensure corners are not cut”.

Environmental Health officers from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council visited the Wellington Square premises, the site of the second incident, on 3rd December 2015. They found that staff at the restaurant were unable to locate any spare protective gloves, processes were not being managed and the business failed to ensure that their own procedures were being followed.

The Judge ruled that there was a lack of training given; but was complimentary about the company’s subsequent preventative actions:

“I am perfectly satisfied that they are pro-active in seeking to prevent this happening again. They have put in place user-friendly steps to warn employees. The company did not financially cut corners in spending on health and safety; they spend millions on it, and I’m satisfied that they take it very seriously indeed.

“Had its policies and procedures been strictly enforced by the company management, and had management ensured that the necessary safeguards were always in the right place at the right time, this should not have happened.”

Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Limited was ordered to pay a total of £950,000 in fines and £18,700 in costs.

KFC representatives said that training had been given to staff and the chain invests £7.5million in health and safety measures every year. They added that procedures were in place but were not followed, that such incidents are very rare, and that they had cooperated with all aspects of the investigation.

Last year, Channel 4’s Celebrity competition show, “The Jump” came under fire when 7 contestants suffered serious injuries; as seen in our report last year.

Surprisingly, The Jump returns to our screens on Sunday 5th February.

Producers have said that there has been a thorough review of safety standards following the volume of serious injuries that occurred in last year’s series. In a recent interview on ITV’s Lorraine, presenter Davina McCall explained that this year’s contestants will receive an extra 2 weeks intensive training.

Despite this, Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the show’s commentator, has reportedly been axed by the show after understandably raising his concerns at the Show’s approach to health and safety.

Speaking out about his worries in an interview in October, Eddie said: “I kept on telling the producers, ‘It’s going to get very difficult, very hairy’ and they said, ‘No it’s all right’ and they’ve carried on and they’ve had so many accidents.

“I was very surprised they’re going to have another series.”

According to a source who spoke to The Sun newspaper, Producers were absolutely fuming with Eddie’s comments, telling them “Producers didn’t like what he was saying about the show as it came in for a lot of stick.

“They are really sensitive because of the amount of people who have broken their legs or been seriously hurt.

“It would be hard for Eddie to appear on the show after his comments because he would have to explain them and there is a high chance someone else will get injured.”

Bosses are now reportedly pre-recording much more of the show to minimise the chances of any injuries being shown on TV, with the insider adding: “The celebrities flew out yesterday and will be filming for at least a month before the show starts.

“The producers don’t want to risk anything this year and pre-recording most stuff makes it a lot easier.

“There have been a few injuries on camera in the past – not just in training – so they want to avoid those situations.

“It also means the celebs won’t take bigger risks as the adrenaline won’t be pumping like it does on the live shows.”

The fee total has increased every year since it was introduced in 2012, with a 49% increase in the past 2 years.

The fees hit £15m in 2016, an increase of 23% from the £12m in 2015.

Under the scheme, if the HSE thinks a business is breaching health and safety laws, an inspector will serve a “Notification of Contravention” which triggers the £129 hourly rate for the HSE’s staff man hours. The total charge depends on how long it takes HSE to identify and conclude its regulatory intervention.

The fees the HSE charges businesses through this scheme are intended to cover all its costs, including site inspections and subsequent office work. The charges are also meant to cover the administration costs of invoicing businesses, travel, training and paying staff, telecoms and even IT.

Despite forcing businesses to pay over £15m in fees last year, the costs of administering the scheme were even higher. The scheme fell short by £2.7m in 2015/16, which represents an increase of 53% on the shortfall of £1.8m for 2014/15, says the accounts.

The Fees For Intervention scheme is just one of several cost recovery schemes the HSE runs. Although the HSE charges fees through these schemes, recovers its costs following successful prosecutions and receives funding from the taxpayer, it is still losing money. It ran a total budget deficit of £11.7m last year, a 64% increase on its deficit of £7.1m for 2014/15.

With a deficit to cover, it is more than likely that the HSE will increase the frequency of surprise visits to sites.

Unfortunately this means that the true reason for the FFI is overshadowed. One must not forget that the purpose of the FFI is not to create revenue, but to ensure safe working and to punish those who take liberties with the safety of others and themselves.

UK’s airline giant, British Airways, has been fined for exposing employees to injury risks at a Scottish airport through a series of health and safety failings.

BA left employees at risk of hand arm vibrations while they used tools as they fixed planes in the firm’s workshop at Glasgow Airport.

It failed to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments on drills, impact hammers and sanders being used to carry out repairs. There was also a lack of an investigation into the effects of using the hand-held tools, which meant workers could have suffered as a result.

Hand arm vibration (HAVs) can cause tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the affected persons’ hands. The effects are irreversible.

BA should have systematically checked and recorded the exposure by workers to the vibrations from hand-held tools, potentially exposing the workforce to the risk of injury whilst working within the workshops.

BA admitted in court that it had failed to carry out the legally required protocols between July 2005 and August 2012 at the British Airways Limited premises at Glasgow Airport. It was fined £6,500.

A spokeswoman for BA said: “We take our responsibility to our colleagues very seriously. As soon as the issue was identified we took immediate action to limit the time they use these tools.”

Vincent Talbot, 47, from Lincoln, suffered serious leg injuries when his leg was crushed in the incident at Fleet Street, Holbeach, Lincolnshire on 9th March 2012.

He was trapped in the trench for 15 minutes before being extracted by the fire and rescue service and then airlifted to hospital.

His right ankle has been left permanently damaged, pointing 10 degrees off line. He was off work for more than a year and vows never to work in a trench again.

The subsequent HSE investigation revealed that insufficient measures were taken to protect those working in trench, and a series of safety errors had led to the collapse.

Principal contractor, Kier MG Ltd, was appointed by Lincolnshire County Council to install new storm drains.

Kier MG Ltd sub-contracted the installation work to John Henry & Sons (Civil Engineers) Ltd, who subsequently further sub-contracted the work to Lawless Civils Ltd. Mr Talbot was a self- employed contractor hired by Lawless Civils Ltd. John Henry & Sons (Civil Engineers) Ltd, failed to inform Kier MG of the appointment of Lawless Civils Ltd. Lawless were approved contractors of Kier MG but not approved for this type of specialist excavation work. Lawless appointed a supervisor who had never supervised work, he did not have the relevant training and qualifications to do so.

After the accident occurred, John Henry & Sons (Civil Engineers) Ltd, backdated the method statement  to give the impression that it was signed by the workers prior to the trench collapsing.

A three-metre long trench box shielded workers but the pipes being laid in the trench were six metres long, meaning workers weren’t protected over the length of the pipe.

Other trench support systems such as trench sheeting were not used, and the unsupported trench had water leaking into it after being left open overnight.

Concrete was used to bed the pipes instead of the planned pea-shingle as specified by the client; which the water mixed with. This made the pipe-levelling process nigh impossible as the level of the pipe bed continuously shifted.

When Vince Talbot was attempting to level a pipe section for a second time, the sides of the trench collapsed and trapped him.

Kier MG Ltd (formerly known as May Gurney Ltd) pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. They were fined £1.5million and ordered to pay £23,327.83.

John Henry & Sons (Civil Engineers) Ltd denied the charge but was found guilty, after a trial of breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They were fined £550,000 and ordered to pay £166,217.86.

Lawless Civils Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. They were fined £40,500 and ordered to pay £53,346.59.

Stuntman Matthew Cranch, 24, who worked for Stunts UK Ltd, died after sustaining multiple injuries when a safety net intended to break his fall collapsed as he hurtled to the ground in front of hundreds of spectators.

He had been fired from a lorry-mounted cannon during Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in Detling on April 25 2011.

Cranch, who was living in Newquay, Cornwall, had performed the showpiece human cannonball stunt five times before the tragedy.

He had joined the stunt team around four weeks before his death.

An inquest jury last year ruled the death was an accident. A guilty plea was entered on behalf of Stunts UK Ltd and it was fined £100,000.

The business continues to trade but the human cannonball stunt is no longer performed.

The tragedy was found to have occurred because a mechanism which triggered the release of the safety net was not properly set and could be unintentionally, falsely closed, leading to the net dropping when the lorry recoiled upon the firing of the cannon.

It was argued in court that Mr May had no knowledge that the mechanism that triggered the safety net could be set in a falsely closed position, because it had never happened in the previous 1,000 performances of the human cannonball stunt.

It was found that there was an unsuitable risk assessment for the quick release system, although it was accepted they were not ‘knowing failures.’ The Judge also found that there was a lack of an audit trail to prove that the company was compliant with health and safety procedures.

The judge stated that it was “a case of high culpability. It’s a case in which breaches were capable of subsisting over a long period of time and did subsist over a long period of time.”

The judge said May’s offence was “committed through omission rather than act”.

Prosecutors said that Mr May had “failed to discharge the duty” as an employer to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of employees, including Mr Cranch.

Scott May, 40, of Stunts UK Ltd, was sentenced at the Crown Court to the community order, including 150 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay costs of £80,000.

An inquiry has been launched into how a scaffolder working at Fawley Refinery fell 30ft through a roof.

The scaffolder, believed to be an employee of Middlesex-based Cape Plc, fell through the roof of a disused building, landing onto the concrete floor below.

The 33 year old was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries.

A refinery spokesman said the accident occurred last Saturday at about 8am.

She added: “He was treated at the scene and transferred to hospital by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

“Hampshire Constabulary also attended the incident.

“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and an investigation has been launched.

“Our thoughts are with our colleague and his family.”

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed that the man, who has not been named, fell about 30ft.

He added: “We sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, one of our officers, the fire service co-responder from Hythe and the air ambulance to the scene.

“The patient was a 33-year-old male who had fallen through the roof of a disused building on to a concrete floor.

“He had fallen from a height of around ten metres and landed on his left side, sustaining serious injuries to his left arm, left leg and pelvis.

“He was treated at the scene by the air ambulance team before being flown to Southampton General Hospital.”

Hampshire Police confirmed that officers received reports of a man falling from scaffolding at the refinery but said the investigation was being headed by the HSE.

A Cape Plc spokesman was unavailable for comment.

13 organisations are backing draft guidelines for health and safety standards for indoor trampoline parks, including the International Association of Trampoline Parks and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Trampolining parks are becoming increasingly popular across the UK; with numbers growing from 6 parks in England and Wales in 2014, to almost 100 in 2016.

Parks generally involve several trampolines next to each other. They can include slides, see-saws and bridges to jump off.

Although parks have to meet health and safety regulations, there are no rules on how they are built and run. Without any health and safety guidelines, the risks of running of a trampoline park is left open to interpretation.

There are no figures on how many people have hurt themselves while trampolining, but the call comes after a park in Dalkeith, Midlothian, reported more than 100 incidents in three weeks last year. It was later closed down.

Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page, who became the first British woman to win an Olympic trampoline medal in Rio this year, told the BBC: “Trampoline parks are a good place to get started.

“But the main thing there is there need to be safety guidelines that are set so people can understand where the dangers might occur and they can have a fun time in a safer environment.”

RoSPA said: “The guidelines, published as draft for consultation until 1 December 2016, seek to help park managers identify the key risks at both the design and operational stages, with the aim of establishing an effective approach to managing – but not entirely removing – the risk of injury to customers and staff.”

RoSPA said once the guidelines are finalised, it would like to see all existing commercial trampoline centres declare their compliance within 18 months.

An advert for Heinz Beans has been banned amid ‘health and safety concerns’ where actors are seen beating out a rhythm on both full and empty bean cans.

Resonant of the ‘cup song’ made famous by actress Anna Kendrick in film ‘Pitch Perfect’ back in 2012, the ad plays a song with actors in different situations adding the percussion part of the music using a bean can, rather than a cup. The ad then shows the tagline “Learn the #CanSong.” Aimed at ‘viral’ videos, the campaign also set itself to help raise money for Global’s Make Some Noise charity.

Unfortunately, the same mentality that has bought us ‘elf and safety’ classics such as wearing goggles for playing conkers, has now deemed that common sense does not exist within the British Public.

Could cause the public injury?

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that mistakes might be made that could lead to people cutting their hands or fingers and condemned the lack of instructions included within the advert.

Kraft Heinz had, in fact, factored in this particular risk; and with its simple, easy to follow instructions on how to Learn the #CanSong featured on its social media, it suggested taping the end of the can ‘just to be safe.’

According to the ASA press release, three complainants challenged whether the ad encouraged unsafe practice and six complainants challenged whether the ad featured behaviour that could be dangerous for children to emulate.

The ASA ordered Heinz not to broadcast the advert again in its current form.

Heinz said: “Although we acknowledge the ASA decision, the TV campaign is over and we have no plans to run it again.”

As the cold weather plummeted into the minus degrees last week, Union leaders called for outdoor work to cease in freezing conditions.

Currently, there is no legal maximum or minimum temperature for working outside. Guidance exists purely on suggestions on administrative controls and simply what to wear- don’t remove clothing to expose bare skin in hot conditions; cover up with gloves and hats when the cold snaps happen.

It is surprising that guidance from the HSE does not exist past this point when there are so many jobs that occur outdoors in all sectors- including agricultural, arboricultural, construction, services and even entertainment.

Working outdoors in extreme cold can lead to Cold stress. This occurs by driving down the skin temperature, and eventually the internal body temperature. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, and permanent tissue damage and death may result. Types of cold stress include: trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia.

With this in mind, Union Chiefs at UCATT have written to major house builders demanding the introduction of guidelines for working in extreme weather conditions for construction workers.

They argue that “the NHBC makes it clear that mortar should not be used below 2°C, whilst construction workers should put their gloves on, get out there and suffer.”

UCATT Acting General Secretary, Brian Rye, said: “It’s a complete indictment of an industry that has temperature guidelines to safeguard materials but none whatsoever for the workers. This must now change.

“We have written to the NHBC to ask them to inject some humanity into the industry and provide clear temperature and extreme weather guidelines for constructors to apply to workers.

“In an age when we no longer send young children up chimneys to clean them, we should equally not be forcing construction workers to work in inhuman conditions. If it’s too cold for mortar- it’s too cold for mortals!”

For now, we shall have to be content with the HSE’s Thermal Comfort Checklist.