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Shipping company fined €850,000 after falling column kills welder

Among the aggravating factors highlighted by Judge Pauline Codd, when she imposed an €850,000 fine on a shipping company following a fatal accident, was the company’s over reliance on the employee to assess the risks to himself. Another factor was the company’s failure to ensure equipment was used to secure columns, one of which fell […]

Over 24,000 Covid-19 inspections

Of the 24,970 Covid-19 workplace inspections carried out since checks on compliance with the Return to Work Safely Protocol commenced in mid-May, 5,553 have been carried out by the HSA. The figures, which cover the period from May 18th, 2020, to January 15th, 2021, come as the Department of Health continues to report a surge […]

Worker who slipped in car park awarded €75,000

An employee, who injured her ankle when she slipped on leaves in a car park, was awarded damages totalling €75,000 by High Court judge recently. Mr Justice Max Barrett held, on the balance of probabilities, that the employee slipped on leaves as she made her way to her car at about 7pm on a late […]

Two companies convicted after workers’ legs amputated following accidents

By a strange coincidence last Friday two companies were, following accidents which resulted in workers’ having their legs amputated, convicted and fined by the Circuit Criminal Court for failing to, in so far as reasonably practicable, manage and conduct their work activities so as the ensure the safety, health and welfare of their employees. THE […]

Covid-19 Lead Worker Representative Training Course

Duration: 2.5 hoursCourse Description: It is paramount that all industries operating during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ensure they are protecting and informing their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection. This Virtual Training course will inform the trainee of the role of the Lead Worker Representative and with the Government, HSE and HSA […]

Bullied employee who was penalised awarded €16,000

A cleaning operative, who complained that he was bullied by his supervisor and then penalised for those complaints by being transferred to lower-paid employment, has been awarded €16,000 by the Workplace Relations Commission. The operative said he experienced difficulties with his immediate supervisor, contending he was bullied for over a year. He worked for his […]

Sprinkler system damaged when struck by pallet truck

A general operative, who transported materials and finished products between sections of a manufacturing plant, was given a verbal warning when the pallet truck he was operating accidently struck the sprinkler system, causing damage. An investigation followed. The operative spoke to his team leader and the health and safety officer, giving his “his side of […]

Key role for HSA in Government’s return to work plans

As the Government, with employers and trade unions, strives to get agreement on a national return to work protocol, the HSA has been assigned the key role in the protection of workers’ health and safety. The Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business states the national protocol is being finalised by the Government, employers and […]

HSA publishes Covid-19 response plan template and checklists

The HSA has published a Covid-19 Response Plan Template and seven checklists to guide employers and workers on what they need to do to comply with the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol. The Response Plan template commences with a model policy statement and then sets out three further steps employers should take:Designating responsible persons […]

Return to Work Safely Protocol launched

The ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, launched Saturday, May 9, is “designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace”. It is designed for when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase […]