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Foolhardy behaviour does not become reasonable

Dismissing a claim by a cyclist, who sued his employer and a motorist following a road traffic accident, a High Court judge said foolhardy behaviour does not become reasonable behaviour just because a number of people have engaged in it. Mr Justice David Keane, citing the Court of Appeal judgment in the Ardenheath case (see […]

Dismissed bullied employee penalised: awarded €20,000

An employee who was dismissed the day after she complained that she was being bullied has been awarded €20,000 compensation by a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer (AO). The AO heard that the employee (the complainant) was employed as an accounts manager, commencing employment on March 15th 2017. The complainant said her contract of employment […]

Average whiplash award over €20,000

As many as 70.8% of all personal injury motor cases assessed by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board in the first six months of the year were whiplash-related, with the average award topping €20,000. These figures are among those to emerge from an analysis of approximately 4,500 personal injury motor accident claims published by the Board. […]

Key figures for Great Britain (2017/18)

1.4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness 2,595 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2016) 144 workers killed at work 555,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey 71,062 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury £15 billion […]

Figures issued by the Health and Safety Authority show a 23% decline in work related fatalities in 2018

Figures released by the Health and Safety Authority today (Tuesday 8th January) show that 37 people were killed in work related accidents in 2018, a decline of 23% on 2017 and the lowest figure since the establishment of the Authority in 1989. The farming sector, which has consistently been the most dangerous sector in which […]

CFR Training National School

Last month, B Safe at Work were involved in a very interesting project with a local national school in Co Limerick.  We were approached by the parents council with the intent of providing Community First Responder (CFR) training to the staff and parents of the school.  We also had the joy of speaking to all […]

Grenfell-style cladding banned by UK government

The UK government has made good on its promise to ban the use of combustible material on new high-rise accommodation, in the form of new regulations to that effect laid before Parliament on 29th November.  It has also authorised local authorities to carry out emergency work to remove and replace unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM), […]

Ground breaking judgment: solicitor to hold payment pending appeal

A High Court judge has ordered that a €15,000 payment on account, to a woman who was injured in an supermarket accident, should be held by her solicitor, pending the outcome of the supermarket’s appeal against a €20,000 Circuit Court award to the woman.  The judge’s order is unusual, if not unprecedented. Frequently in cases […]

Company fined €100,000 after worker killed on his first day

Following the death of a twenty-year old worker who was on his first day in the job, a hardware hire and safety training company was fined €100,000 by the Circuit Criminal Court recently. The company pleaded guilty to two charges under the SHWW Act 2005. Giving evidence, HSA inspector Terry Hallahan told the court that […]

Trip injury costs employer €66,300

A worker who suffered injuries to his shoulder, hip and knee, after he tripped at the entrance of the place he worked for more than 30 years, was awarded damages of €66,300 by the High Court recently.  The worker claimed that he tripped after his foot struck a lip between the top of a paving […]