Low Risk Businesses exempt from Health and Safety Inspections

Under new proposals by the UK government “low risk” businesses will become exempt from health and safety inspections from April 2013. The requirement for routine inspections of offices, shops, pubs and clubs will be removed unless the business is known to have a poor safety record. Construction and food production and other “higher risk” sectors will continue to be inspected. The government are also proposing to abolish up to 3,000 other regulations to reduce “red tape” for businesses.

Read more about the UK Government “Red Tape Blitz” here: http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/Government-red-tape-blitz-to-boost-business-growth-67fc9.aspx

Broader Learning from Fall From Height Prosecutions….

On 26th July 2012, the UK Health and Safety Executive posted details of the prosecution of two firms after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a pipe and fell from a stepladder.

This short article poses a couple of potential “defence statements” that some organisations may have tried to use to avoid the consequences of the case, and then extracts some broader learning…. LearningFromFallFromHeightProsecutions