Entries by David Winfield

Tougher sentencing in the pipeline for health and safety offences

On 3 November 2015, the Sentencing Council (the Council) published the guidelines on Health and Safety, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences. The long awaited Guidelines were published alongside the Response to Consultation and come into force on 1 February 2016. The guidelines The Guidelines apply to companies or individuals (aged 18 and […]

Early intervention at work can improve cancer survival

By Professor Gordon Wishart is a consultant breast and endocrine surgeon There are few workplaces that have not been in some way affected by cancer. Many of us will have participated in some form of fundraising as a direct result of a colleague’s diagnosis, and sadly such instances are becoming more common.The likelihood of getting
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Corporate manslaughter firm ordered to publicise conviction

A building firm which was fined £200,000 following the death of a 28-year-old worker who was fatally crushed when a 2.9 metre retaining wall collapsed onto him, has been ordered to take out an advert on the Construction Enquirer detailing its prosecution. This is the first time a publicity order has resulted in an advert being taken […]

Battery Safety

From energy storage installations to electric vehicles and to consumer electronics such as smartphones, laptops and cameras, batteries are in use all around us every day.  In normal working conditions batteries are considered to be stable, but if subjected to abnormal circumstances, such as increased temperatures, they may become unstable and – in the worst […]