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The Return to Work Safely Protocol: a checklist

Speaking at the launch of the Return to Work Safely Protocol last Saturday, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, after some introductory remarks, said the Protocol is mandatory and that the HSA will enforce compliance. Minister Humphreys said the Protocol sets the minimum standards which the HSA will enforce, adding later in […]

Forklift operator dismissed for H&S complaints awarded €82,500

A forklift truck operator, who was dismissed without notice, has been awarded €82,531 by a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer, who found she had been penalised for making a health and safety complaint. In May 2019, the forklift operator was told by her manager to attend a meeting in the office. At the meeting, the […]

Working from home FAQ’s

Many employees may be wondering about the implications of working from home are. The following article and FAQs written have been written to assist employees, and their employers, with the facilitation of home working. Some advantages to working from home: Flexible schedule. Custom environment. Cozy clothes. It’s easier to make calls. Knock off some weekend […]

Over 300 major trauma injuries work-related

A report by the National Office for Clinical Audit found that over 300 major trauma injuries in 2018 were connected to workplaces. Of the 5,429 major trauma accidents recorded in Ireland in 2018, 4% occurred on farms and 2% in industrial settings. The figures are published in the Major Trauma Audit National Report 2018. Major […]

Be careful – Court of Appeal Recent Case

In a judgment, in which it set out in very clear terms the role of expert witnesses, the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court award of €158,864 to a public servant. The public servant in question claimed she was injured when she fell because of what she alleged was the dangerous and defective condition […]


As the COVID-19 situation continues to dominate our lives, we want to reassure our clients that B Safe at Work Ltd are still here to help. So, how does this pandemic affect us at B Safe at Work Ltd? We are fortune in the sense that there is only two of us affected directly. Therefore, […]

Construction deaths increased by 140% in a year when 46 people died in workplace incidents

Construction workplace deaths have more than doubled in the last year from five to 12 in 2019 Falls from heights are the leading cause of construction worker deaths Fatalities are more common in smaller construction companies with fewer than 10 employees Agriculture remains the most dangerous sector in which to work with 18 deaths, and […]

Back injured lifting 20kg bag of onions

A supermarket worker, who injured his back when lifting a bag of onions from the top of a pallet, has settled his action against his employer after the case opened in court. The court heard that the worker, whose job was to help fill shelves with product before the supermarket opened, had wheeled out a […]

€105,000 award for cleaner who suffered serious injury

A 79-year old woman, who five years ago suffered a severe fracture to her shoulder after she fell on a wet stairs, was recently awarded €105,000 by a High Court judge. Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy heard that the woman, who was 74 when she suffered the accident, earned €25 (an hourly rate of just over […]


The widow of a postman, who was knocked off his bicycle while on his post round, has settled a High Court action over his death for €250,000. In her claims, the postman’s widow alleged that An Post failed to provide a safe system of work and failed to ensure the postman would be safe while […]