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Don’t Get Burned By Playing With Fire

Under health and safety law, the employer, owner or occupier is responsible for fire safety within non-domestic premises.  The ‘responsible person’ must conduct a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain appropriate and adequate fire safety measures that minimise the risk to lives that fire could pose.  The onus to do this also falls on landlords, freeholders, managing agents and those, such as B&B and guesthouse owners, who welcome paying guests.

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Firefighters Attacked on Duty; Accidents at Work

As bonfire night approaches, we were deeply saddened to read in the local news last week that firefighters in Bradford had been attacked by vandals on three consecutive nights while they were trying to put out fires in the West Yorkshire area.  The vandals launched fireworks at the crews when they were answering emergency call outs.  It’s so sad to hear these brave individuals were attacked while simply trying to do their job.  The job firefighters do is, naturally, not without risk, but to have their lives endangered by mindless acts is deplorable.  Thankfully, none of the firefighters involved were injured but what if they were not so lucky?  Here we take a look at some considerations for employers when their employees are injured at work through no fault of their own.

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Bonfire Night: Health and Safety

The 5th of November, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes’ night marks the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the infamous gunpowder plot.

We celebrate the event today by lighting bonfires and watching fireworks in towns and villages across the UK.

Many of us will either be attending fire work displays, holding firework displays  or having some fireworks at home in our gardens over the next few days.

Fireworks parties can be brilliant fun if safety rules are followed. It’s important to remember that fireworks are explosives and, just like that gun powder, can cause severe injury if not handled properly. What is needed is good planning and a level head on the night!

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