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.

Costing the earth

19 January 2012

Chris Warburton looks at the environmental concerns surrounding the mining of rare earth elements in the developing world and emerging economies.

Cause and effect

19 January 2012

Impact reporting for charities is complex and requires a subtle analysis on a case by case basis, says Pesh Framjee

Looking forward to developments in Employment Law in 2012

18 January 2012

The Coalition Government’s stated objective of reforming and simplifying employment law, and reducing red tape for businesses, is gathering pace, says Lynda Macdonald, freelance employment law trainer, consultant and author. There are various important developments — some currently subject to ongoing consultation and some at a more advanced stage — aimed at amending, abolishing or otherwise reforming employment legislation. This article aims to explore these developments.

Time for a tachograph update

18 January 2012

Paul Clarke takes a look at proposed legislation to make tachograph fraud more difficult and to reduce the administrative burden on transport operators.

Traffic Commissioners’ Guidelines — a synopsis

18 January 2012

In December 2011, the Acting Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, issued 10 Guidelines, providing information as to the way she believes that Commissioners should interpret the law. In this article, Michael Jewell summarises the salient points in each of the Guidelines.