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Hugh Robertson's Articles - Page 17

Working temperatures: Turn up the heat on the HSE

16 Jul 2013, By

As we are struggling with the heat, millions of workers are facing problems because of a lack of action by their employer to do something about it. In fact it is one of the biggest issues that health and safety representatives have to deal with at this time of the year. Because there is no…

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spinning plates

DWP on safety: Spinning out of Control

26 Jun 2013, By

There has been a very worrying trend in recent years. When the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a new initiative, rather than them announcing it, it is now done via a press release from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) along with comments from the Minister. Nothing wrong with that you might think.…

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An idiot’s guide to reducing the burden of regulation

08 May 2013, By

Today’s Queen’s speech announced that there will be a new Deregulation Bill. This will, among other things, take those self-employed who pose no risk to others from the scope of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Now at present the situation is simple. If you are self-employed, you have a legal duty to ensure…

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nudge button on fruit machine

A nudge is as good as a regulation? Think again

03 May 2013, By

The decision to part-privatise the so called “Nudge Unit”, otherwise known as the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team, has been making headlines this week, but few of the articles have actually looked at what the unit does and whether it works. The “Nudge” concept is important to anyone interested in policy-making because the Tories have…

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Animal abuse prosecutions vs safety violation prosecutions

Safety prosecutions in perspective.

30 Apr 2013, By

It is often said that the British care more about their dogs than their fellow humans and here are some statistics that seem to bear that out. The RSPCA have just published their prosecutions statistics. Last year they secured 4,168 convictions against 1,552 people, with a conviction rate of 98%. This is a great achievement…

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Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living

Workers Memorial Day – a day for reflection and anger

26 Apr 2013, By

Sunday is International Workers Memorial Day and people will be commemorating the dead in well over 100 events which are taking place up and down the country. In addition there will a minutes silence in many of the workplaces that are operating that day. Events such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in…

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Injured man with crutches

Injury compensation: A triumph of ideology over justice

26 Apr 2013, By

Yesterday the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent. This bill (now an Act) contains a number of off-the-wall proposals but one of the worst is the change to the ability of workers to claim compensation if they are injured. At the moment you can claim compensation if you are injured because the employer…

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