Exemplary Food Safety Practices at Alnwick Castle: A Five-Star Achievement

As the Health and Safety Advisor for the Northumberland Estates, it is my pleasure to share some exciting news about our catering team’s recent accomplishment. Following a thorough inspection by the local authority environmental health officer, the team, led by Head Chef Matt Carroll and Front of House Manager Gemma Lee, proudly achieved a perfect […]

Claire Sullivan and Ged Nichols reappointed to HSE Board

The Minister for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression has reappointed Claire Sullivan and Ged Nichols as non-executive directors of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) board for a further three years. Claire and Ged both serve as employee (trades union) representatives on our tripartite Board (a board made up of employer, employee and other representatives). […]

October 2023 – A roundup of HSE’s top stories

Here are some of the stories published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in October, with the workplace regulator heralding a key milestone in building safety, announcing a new inspection campaign, securing justice and urging employers to try the shout test! HSE to prosecute Falcon Tower Crane Services Limited following deaths of three men […]

Three companies fined after engineer electrocuted in hospital kitchen

Three companies have been fined a total of £600,000 after an engineer was fatally electrocuted while repairing an appliance in a hospital kitchen. Craig Stocker, working for Serviceline (part of AFE Group), died on 13 December 2017 while fixing a macerator (food waste disposal unit) at Bishops Wood Hospital, operated by BMI Healthcare (now known […]

Croydon Tram Disaster – Huge Fines Awarded

“Transport for London (TfL) and Tram Operations Limited (TOL) have been hit with significant fines for their health and safety failures that led to the tragic Croydon tram disaster. The court ruled in favor of imposing a £10 million fine on TfL and a £4 million fine on TOL. The devastating incident occurred on November […]

Morrisons’ guilt over worker’s death ‘is warning to all employers’

The 27-year-old died when he fell from the stairs during a seizure at the retail giant’s store in Tewkesbury in September 2014. Morrisons was fined £3.5 million on Friday after being found guilty of four charges at a trial in Cirencester in February. The company, which was aware of Matthew’s epileptic condition, was deemed to have missed opportunities […]


A construction company and its director have been fined for health and safety failings after a house partially collapsed in Manchester. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the property on Caxton Road, Fallowfield, on 22 September 2020 after being informed an exterior wall had collapsed during construction work undertaken by Servotec Ltd. Servotec was […]

Company and its director prosecuted for unsafe removal of asbestos across Great Britain

Company and its director prosecuted for unsafe removal of asbestos across Great Britain An asbestos removal company has been convicted and its director given a prison sentence after failing to ensure the safe removal of asbestos. Asbestos Boss Limited, also known as Asbestos Team and its director, Daniel Luke Cockcroft, advertised as a licensed asbestos […]