News Updates December 2012

Bite Size News Updates from the HSE

Regular Information and links for you and your business put together in one easily accessible email.

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A Health and Safety Executive Inspector was travelling along when he witnessed dust coming from a worksite. He decided to stop. Following the investigation into the circumstances leading up to the point where the HSE Inspector witnesses the activities being carried out on site, he decided to serve a Prohibition Notice on the site Supervisor and not the Company.

The HSE Inspector said if he had witnessed the operative’s dry cutting without the knowledge of the site Supervisor then he would have served the Prohibition Notice on the Company.

However, as procedures were in place and the Supervisor was aware that the gang were not working to the procedures, the notice was served on him for failing to fulfil his responsibilities.

The Supervisor’s responsibilities to manage health and safety on site turned to accountability following the HSE Inspectors intervention. Not only was the Supervisor served with a Prohibition Notice but he will also receive a bill from the HSE under the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012.

Known as fees for intervention, which means the HSE now charge £124 per hour when they are investigating Health and Safety breaches. The hourly rate starts from the moment they step foot on site and include time spent writing up reports and any subsequent research.

All employees have health and safety responsibilities which are enforced internally within the company and externally by the Enforcing Authorities. Failure to fully discharge these responsibilities will result in individual accountability.


  • Don’t get paper cuts – they hurt
  • Do not test a 9v battery by using your tongue!
  • Do not water your Christmas tree when the fairy lights are plugged in
  • Wear hearing protection when opening crackers
  • If you see Santa Claus, advice him to wear a harness when riding his sleigh


Follow the below link to see health and safety Christmas myths corrected by the HSE


The Directors and employees of Grove Services (UK) ltd would like to this opportunity to wish you a Healthy Christmas and a Safe New Year!

Visit our web page to download free self-user risk assessments, templates and manuals.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce death,
injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.




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