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Kitchen porter drops case after cross-examination

A kitchen porter, who told the High Court that he suffered a back injury after lifting a large pot of water from a sink, withdrew his case following a lengthy cross-examination. The kitchen porter told the court the boiler in the restaurant he worked in had broken down. He was, he said, told to fill […]

Countdown to May 31st first aid deadline

While from June 1st onwards the HSA will only recognise the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) first aid response (FAR) education and training standard as the appropriate qualification workplace first aid, the legal provisions on workplace first aid will remain unchanged. The General Application Regulations 2007, regulations 163-166, are unchanged. First aid is defined in […]

HSA Event: Transport Safety Seminars

Learn how to protect your employees and others from vehicle related harm The Health and Safety Authority is running a series of regional morning seminars in May to highlight the importance of managing vehicle related risks in the workplace. Why Attend? Every year, people are killed by accidents involving vehicles in the workplace. On average […]

Dismissal of employee who failed to isolate equipment unfair

The Labour Court has decided that an employee was unfairly dismissed, for what the employer claimed was gross misconduct by failing to isolate equipment while working on it, failing to carry out a risk assessment and sleeping while at work. The employee argued that his dismissal was unfair, as the process which led to the […]

Employer breached implied right to a safe place of work

A Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer has held that an employee, who on return to work from sick leave found she was left with outstanding work to catch up with, was unfairly dismissed. The adjudication officer (AO) heard that the employee worked for a large garage with franchises for leading car brands. When she was […]

Employer liable for bullying by co-workers

Awarding €55,000 damages to a worker who was bullied and harassed by her co-workers, a High Court judge held that the employer was aware of the bullying and harassment and failed in its duty of care to the employee. The case arose following a workplace incident on July 26th, 2006. The plaintiff, Catherine Hurley, who […]

HSA response to new First Aid course concerns – interesting

HSA chief executive Martin O’Halloran said there were two issues to be resolved about the PHECC first aid responder course: the ratio of trainees to trainer on the initial training programme; and the length of refresher courses. Mr O’Halloran was chairing a session at an IOSH Ireland East Branch seminar, at which three papers on […]

EPA enforcement

As well as taking prosecutions, the EPA is now publishing on a quarterly basis its National Priority Sites enforcement list, on which it names licensed sites that are failing to meet the environmental standards set by their licences. There are eight sites on the current list (which is accessible on the EPA’s website www.epa.ie). Sites […]

Display Screen Equipment Frequently Asked Questions

What legislation covers Display Screen Equipment ? The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2 outline the requirements that must be adhered to in relation to Display Screen Equipment. Note: Display Screen Equipment is referred to as VDU in this Frequently Asked Questions document. Is there an […]

Employees who breached safety procedures were unfairly dismissed

A recent determination by the Labour Court, in which the court held that employees who breached safety procedures were unfairly dismissed, highlight a clash between health and safety laws and employment laws. Health and safety laws are intended to protect life and limb, while employment laws are designed to ensure fair procedures when employees are […]