Health and Safety

No Compromise

Judith Hackitt CBE | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Judith Hackitt CBE

Cutting costs where there seems to be least tangible day-to-day effect is obviously tempting but leaders and senior managers need to pass the stress test on knowing where health and safety - and particularly process safety and asset integrity - sits in this mix.

Slumped Over Your Desk? You and Everyone Else.

Jane Sparrow | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Tech
Jane Sparrow

The business world seems to have woken up in the last 48 hours. It's September, the schools have re-opened and people are sleepwalking back to work after a summer break. But just because we are physically back-at-work, it doesn't mean we are all mentally and emotionally there - the lights are on, but nobody is home in many cases.

Can Anyone Find Our Humanity?

Will Young | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Young

If you continually cater towards the worst case scenario all sense of individuality and creativity is lost. In the arts community a defensive attitude is what leads to dull records, drab theatre and films that are so formulaic thought is not necessary. The fear factor spills over into all avenues of life. I want to remain optimistic. I want to be allowed to act with some suitable risk and courage and I want responsibility for my life...

Ban On Frilly Socks And Baby Chicks: Minister Ridicules Health And Safety Excuses

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK

Jobsworths at schools and councils have been using health and safety excuses to enforce ridiculous bans, including one on frilly socks and another on ...

Man Dies After Mayfair Building Partially Collapses

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK

A construction worker has been killed and another injured when a building near the US embassy that was being redeveloped into flats partially collapse...

Student Dies After A Wall In School's PE Changing Room Collapses On Her

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student in Edinburgh who died after a wall, thought to be in her school's PE changing room, collapsed has been locally named as Keane Wallis-Bennett...

Reading Between the Lines

Judith Hackitt CBE | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Judith Hackitt CBE

Myth Busters is doing an outstanding job in exposing jobsworths who claim there are health and safety restrictions where there are none, and we really appreciate the role the media play in helping us to root out those silly cases. But let's not inflate the problem by turning perfectly sensible practical advice into a mythical health and safety story.

Just Pray You Never Ate Here...

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK

UPDATE 11/02/2014: Hastings Indian Cuisine has since reopened A restaurant owner has pleaded guilty to five charges relating to the condition of hi...

A Row Over Beards Has Closed Shetland Island Fire Station

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

An Island in the Shetlands has been left without firefighter cover because two members are growing facial hair for a upcoming event. Two members o...

WATCH: Careful On Those Escalators....

Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK

We shouldn't laugh but... In a bid to reduce the number of people injuring themselves on escalators over the Christmas period, Network Rail have re...

The Best Things in Life Are Trees

David Bond | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

This week is the 40th anniversary of National Tree Week. Coordinated by the Tree Council, it marks the start of the winter tree planting season. There are events all over the country, bringing together community groups, schools, and conservation charities...

Why We Need More Health and Safety Officials / Sunshine on Leith

Alexander Rankine | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alexander Rankine

I have seen no better symbol of boundless consumerism than the giant horse statue in the middle of Leeds Trinity shopping centre. It buckles under a sack distended, I imagine, with the dubious harvest of a thousand Chinese factories, the poor beast's hooves scrabbling to stay upright upon its narrow plinth. Quite what the developers were thinking I do not know...

Stagediving and Town Planning

Drew McConnell | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Drew McConnell

Newcastle Academy... Well, it kicked off again. Peter stagedived during Babyshambles the song and the whole place went haywire. Normally when he does that it takes a minute or two, tops, before he crawls out. Tonight he was basically the rugby ball in a scrum of Northern Shamblites for a full ten minutes.

Smoke Alert Aboard Rush-Hour Train

PA | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Passengers on a rush-hour train have been led to safety after smoke was reported underneath the rear four carriages. Travellers on the 7.17am Londo...

Workers 'Brainwashed' Over Compensation Culture, Union Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron and his fellow ministers are trying to "brainwash" the public into backing cuts that undermine health and safety protections at work as ...

What A Pavlova

PA | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK

A 12-year-old girl has been banned from bringing her mother's home-made cakes into school for a charity fundraising sale because she did not have a fo...

Don't Follow the Idiots - Break the Rules

Kevan Hall | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Tech
Kevan Hall

Where do these stupid rules come from? They probably come from the one person in history who managed to get run over in these circumstances, and the chances are that person was also an idiot! It happens in business.

There's Mould on my Sheets Again...

Anna Pitts | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Pitts

Whether it's housing for next year, a room for a placement term or summer accommodation, consider these factors before you sign any contract to avoid those cold nights, mouldy sheets and annoying housemates.

Five-Year-Old Boy Mauled By Dog In School Playground Attack

PA | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK

A five-year-old boy has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being mauled by a dog in Co Antrim. The attack happened at Carniny Prim...

'We Are Out To Shock With This': Council Defends Toddler Eating Dog Poo Posters (PICTURE)

SWNS | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK

A council has defended a controversial poster campaign for cleaner streets which shows a toddler appearing to eat dog poo. The health and safety ad...

Health And Safety Fears Spark Plant Pot Ban

PA | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK

Gardeners who won council awards for sprucing up their pedestrianised street said they have been asked to remove hundreds of pots because of health an...

LOOK: Cheese-Rolling Contest Defies Health And Safety Warnings

PA | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

An American daredevil defied health and safety warnings to win the annual Cheese Rolling competition. Kenny Rackers, 27, travelled more than 4,000 ...

WATCH: Suicide Jumper Caught In Mid-Air

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK

This is the incredible moments firefighters in China caught a man trying to jump to his death. The unnamed man is reported to have been a drug addi...

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

Celia Lyttelton | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Celia Lyttelton

While the rest of Britain was icy, Easter came and went in balmy sunshine at Manorbier while restoration works progressed to degree. The 13th century dovecote, coffered with 250 pidgeon or dove cubby holes, like a mini rustic replica of the Pantheon with an open oculus in the domed roof, is clad in hessian and scaffolding.

Manorbier Castle Chronicles

Celia Lyttelton | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Celia Lyttelton

While the rest of Britain was icy, Easter came and went in balmy sunshine at Manorbier while restoration works progressed to degree. The 13th century dovecote, coffered with 250 pidgeon or dove cubby holes, like a mini rustic replica of the Pantheon with an open oculus in the domed roof, is clad in hessian and scaffolding.