HS2: Do the figures add up?

20 January 2012

The government’s plan to build a high speed rail network may be based on guesswork, but that never stopped the Victorians, says Christian Wolmar

UK wholesaler gears up for Halloween

20 January 2012

Growing interest in Halloween in foreign markets is contributing towards a major UK fancy dress company’s aim to double its export sales over the next five years. Sue Fenton reports.

Understanding and using business acronyms

20 January 2012

Language is used to convey instructions, meaning, ideas and more — so why don’t people talk clearly at all times: why do they lapse into “speaking shorthand” (acronyms)?

Housebuilder fined over boy’s injuries

19 January 2012

A housebuilding company has been fined after an eight-year-old boy was seriously injured when some timber roof trusses fell onto him. Paisley Sheriff’s Court heard the boy was playing when he got into an unsecured storage area on a construction site in the town. The development was nearing completion and some of the houses had been sold off while work continued on others, and the young boy’s family had moved into one of the completed homes. Although the boy was rescued from under the roof trusses by neighbours, he suffered a serious injury to his liver and abdominal bleeding. The HSE found that the site was only partially fenced, which meant it could be easily accessed by members of the public.

Insurance cover advice issued

19 January 2012

New guidance explaining the steps small businesses and the voluntary sector need to take to satisfy prospective insurers they are managing health and safety effectively has been published by the Association of British Insurers.

After the evidence, now the work begins

19 January 2012

Although the Löfstedt review has now been published, there is significant work ahead to implement its findings, argues Neal Stone, British Safety Council director of policy and communications, in this opinion piece.

Olympics’ safety report from HSE

19 January 2012

HSE has published the first of a series of research reports designed to share good health and safety practice adopted and learned during the construction of the Olympic Park. The report shows how the adoption of a no-scapegoating culture by the ODA and its contractors encouraged workers to raise health and safety concerns without fear of reprisal, leading to a safer work site.