Archive for March, 2017

Costly Cable Strike

Guardian Compliance has learned that major infrastructure support services provider Amey has been sentenced after one of its subcontracted workers was set on fire in May 2015 while replacing a traffic light pole in Gloucester city Centre.

Steven Brown, 61, was working on Eastgate Street when he dug into a concrete box that shielded a live 11,000v cable, Gloucester Crown Court was told. He received an electric shock and his clothes caught fire. He sustained burns to his face, chest, arms, hands, legs and stomach.

Gloucestershire Live reported that Brown was employed by Richens, Gloucestershire County Council’s highway contractor, which Amey had asked to carry out the work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Amey had failed to provide the workers with enough information on the location of underground services in the area. Its supervision of the work was inadequate, the HSE said.

Amey pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 25(4) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, which states that construction work must not be carried out near an underground service until steps have been taken to mitigate the risks.

The company was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,498.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Helena Tinton said: “This man suffered life changing injuries as a result of this incident. He’s not been able to return to work, he still can’t use his hands properly and has been left both physically and mentally scarred by what happened.”

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Tribunals are on the increase!

Tribunals rise by 25’000

Introduced in 2010, the Equality Act instils guidance on preventing discrimination in the workplace. Despite this long-standing law, workplace discrimination continues to be a systematic problem within many organisations, with Employment Tribunals receiving a total of 83,031 claims during 2015 – 2016, marking an increase of almost 25,000 on the previous year.

Employers need to increase their awareness of their legal responsibilities towards staff, both during the recruitment process and through employment. The complexity of the law means employers are not always familiar with government guidelines, particularly around protected characteristics.

The Federation of Small Businesses diversity chairwoman Helen Walbey said some employers simply did not know how to get help or information, and could be fearful of getting things wrong. The devastating consequence of this being that many employers are ultimately breaking the law, often by unconsciously discriminating.

With this in mind, Guardian Compliance have developed an excellent Equality and Diversity eLearning package. This training will go a long way to ensure that both employers and employees gain a better understanding of the regulations and learn how to effectively eliminate workplace discrimination and uphold employees’ rights to meet standards upheld by the law.

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Climate Challenge Fund supported by nearly £1m of European funds

Climate Challenge Fund supported by nearly £1m of European funds

Guardian Compliance has learned that Zero Waste Scotland recently confirmed the award of nearly £1million of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) to community organisations which have been successful in securing investment from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

The funding, part of the ERDF-funded Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Accelerator programme for which Zero Waste Scotland is lead partner, has enabled the Climate Challenge Fund to support more community projects that help inspire people to care about the problem of climate change and enable them to take action.

Details of more than 100 projects to receive support from the Climate Challenge Fund were announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland said: “Scotland’s ambitions for a circular economy, where we make things last for longer, go hand-in-hand with its world-leading commitments to tackling climate change. Thanks to extra investment from the European Regional Development Fund we’re now able to help more communities across Scotland take action locally to benefit Scotland’s environment.

“We look forward to working with the successful organisations to make a real difference to their communities.”

For more information on the Climate Challenge Fund awards see the Scottish Government website http://news.gov.scot/

Zero Waste Scotland

February 2017

Interested in raising sustainability and environmental awareness amongst your staff. Then look no further, Guardian Compliance have developed an eLearning training course that is guaranteed to raise awareness of pertinent sustainability issues.

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