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SunSmart for outdoor workers

kin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer, yet there are up 13,000 cases diagnosed annually in Ireland, and it is rapidly rising. Skin cancer is on the increase, and research indicates that outdoor workers are at greatest risk. Ensuring a risk assessment is completed is essential, as well as making sure […]

Electrical contractor fined following work at height accident

An electrical contractor was last month fined €5,000 by Kilkenny District Court, when one of its workers suffered serious injuries after a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) collapsed. The court heard the electrical contractor was using the MEWP to install electrical façade lighting to a public house. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the MEWP collapsed on to […]

No award for bus driver dismissed for using mobile phone

The Labour Court recently held that a bus driver who used a mobile phone while driving a bus was unfairly dismissed and then went on to award him zero compensation. In its decision, the Labour Court said this outcome cannot have come a surprise to the driver. Earlier, the court heard that a member of […]

10 Year Work Anniversary

B Safe at Work Ltd reached a milestone anniversary in April, our 10th work anniversary. 10 years in businessis no easy task. Add a recession and a pandemic into the mix and now you haveresilience. We are delighted to continue to do what we love and to see our littlecompany grow in the meantime is […]

New Employee

B Safe at Work Ltd are delighted to introduce our new full time employee on board. Tony Kennedy has started with us since start of May 2022. Tony has been contracted with B Safe at Work Ltd for years but has decided to join us on a full time basis. Tony comes with a wealth […]

Defibrillator claim settled for €300,000

A claim by the husband of a woman, who died after a defibrillator failed to operate when it was used to attempt to resuscitate her, was settled during a High Court hearing. The court heard that the woman suffered a cardiac arrest in her workplace cafeteria. An attempt to resuscitate failed when the defibrillator failed […]

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 […]