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Oil Industry Giant Fined Following Employee Injury from Gas Cylinder

Shell UK received a £60,000 fine after a technician suffered a serious injury from a gas cylinder on an offshore installation. When a technician rolled a cylinder along the floor and removed the protective cap, the trigger mechanism activated, releasing enough pressure to force the technician to drop the cylinder. This...

Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Lessening the Burden of Lung Disease
Occupational lung disease has become a serious killer among UK workers, according to recent data. In fact, work-related lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and mesothelioma kills nearly 12,000 Brits each year, according to the HSE. Lung disease often develops from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace such as asbestos, silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions. 

Consider...

Preventing Presenteesim: How to Help  Employees Decrease Workplace Stress
Preventing Presenteesim: How to Help Employees Decrease Workplace Stress
Nearly 90 per cent of employees admitted to observing presenteeism (coming to work when physically or mentally unwell) in the workplace this past year—more than triple the rate since 2010, according to a recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The findings mirror a recent report from the Office for National Statistics, which found that the number of working...

Running the Risk: SME Top Threats
Running the Risk: SME Top Threats
Over 16 million people are employed in the SME sector, dominating 60 per cent of all private sector employment, according to industry data. These numbers reflect a 26 per cent growth since 2000 in the number of small businesses. However, running a successful SME doesn’t come without risk. 

Here are the top risks facing SMEs, as reported by SMEs: 

* Data loss, misuse or...

Protect Against Insolvency Issues with Trade Credit Insurance
Protect Against Insolvency Issues with Trade Credit Insurance
Between the collapse of construction giant, Carillion, and the downfall of children’s toy company, Toys R Us, recent big-name bankruptcies are emphasising the need for protection against rising insolvencies. Indeed, 26 per cent of UK companies suffered a financial blow due to the solvency of a customer, supplier or debtor in the last six months, according to R3, the association of business recovery...

2018 Cyber Breaches Survey
2018 Cyber Breaches Survey
Digitising the Workplace 

In a world of continued technological advancement and increased dependence on the internet for organisational success, cyber-security has become a vital aspect of keeping businesses and charities safe from potential data disasters. 

Nearly all businesses (98 per cent) and charities (93 per cent) rely on some form of digital communication or technology...

CO2 Shortage: Save Your Supply Chain with Business Continuity
CO2 Shortage: Save Your Supply Chain with Business Continuity
Manufacturers throughout the country are struggling to cope with the continued carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage. The shortage, which is a result of several supplier plants either shut down for maintenance or closed altogether, has hit food and drink manufacturers particularly hard. Due to this major supply chain disruption, these organisations are left without a key ingredient to their products, leaving...

Ensure Burglars Don’t Enjoy Your Summer  Holiday as Much as You Do
Ensure Burglars Don’t Enjoy Your Summer Holiday as Much as You Do
Excited about your summer holiday? So are your neighbourhood burglars. In fact, the number of burglaries has risen by 9 per cent over the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Whether you will be away for a few days or several weeks, don’t forget to ensure that your home is safe and secure. Follow these six pieces of guidance to help you...

Revealing Reasons for Home Insurance Claims
Revealing Reasons for Home Insurance Claims
The need for home repairs and fixes after damage occurs is often unpredictable. However, home insurance policies offer comfort and peace of mind in the event that the worst happens. Have a look at the following most common reasons for home insurance claims and how you can take steps to lower your risk: 

Accidental damage— Accidents happen. In fact, they are the most common reason...

You Won’t Regret it: Keep Your Insurer Updated
You Won’t Regret it: Keep Your Insurer Updated
When you experience a significant life change, the last person you probably think about telling is your broker. However, some life changes alter your level of risk. Inform your broker of the following life changes: 

A new job— Your career has a significant impact on your risk. After all, while some jobs require a lot of time on the road, others offer remote options.A new address— Depending...

Credit Insurance: Creditsafe Industry Watchdog Report; Q2, 2018
Credit Insurance: Creditsafe Industry Watchdog Report; Q2, 2018
'In the last quarter, we have seen the domino effect take hold of the high street, with the collapse of two budget chains – Poundworld and Bargain Booze – as well as House of Fraser’s woes appearing as front-page news. 

While the network of contractors, sub-contractors, sub-sub-contractors (and so on) is not as prominent an issue in retail as it is for the construction...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Director Jailed After Explosion Deaths 
The owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Limited was sentenced to an eight-month custodial sentence and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 after he pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach that killed two brothers. The brothers were hired as labourers to refurbish units in an industrial park. While working inside a...

Finding Trends in 2018 Fatality Figures
Finding Trends in 2018 Fatality Figures
The HSE’s recent annual workplace fatality figures report revealed that 144 workers suffered fatal injuries between April 2017 and March 2018—an additional nine deaths compared to the previous year. The report identified the following trends:
The top three causes of fatal injuries include workers falling from height, being struck by a moving vehicle and being struck by a moving object....

Temperature Tips: Keeping Workers Cool
Temperature Tips: Keeping Workers Cool
As temperatures stay on the rise this summer and the Met Office issues heat warnings, it is important to keep the health and safety of your workers in mind. Although there isn’t a concrete law for the maximum working temperature, you are responsible for providing your workers with thermal comfort, as well as clean and fresh air. Whether your employees work in an office or outdoors, be aware of...

Staying Secure: Cyber Trends 2018
Staying Secure: Cyber Trends 2018
Whether it be preventing a mass data breach or finding ways to comply with the GDPR, the need for cyber preparedness and resilience is at an all-time high. However, a recent survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed that only 13 per cent of organisations feel that they’ve learned from past cyber-mistakes. Have a look at the following 2018 cyber-trends to keep your organisation safe...

Support Your Supply Chain or Suffer Consequences: Here's How
Support Your Supply Chain or Suffer Consequences: Here's How
From the drive-through window to the supermarket shelves, businesses are suffering at the hands of broken supply chains. Earlier this year, the fast-food chain, KFC, disappointed customers across the country when they temporarily closed hundreds of stores due to a chicken shortage. 

Currently, food and drink manufacturers are experiencing tough times from the carbon dioxide shortage, leaving...

Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Recent HSE News and Prosecutions
Company Fined After Worker Develops Occupational Asthma

A design and manufacturing company, Bayham Limited, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,385 after a worker carrying out soldering work developed occupational asthma. The company began using an air displacement box (ADB) 15-20 years ago as a fume extractor. However, an investigation by the HSE found that the ADB...

Prepare for HSE Inspections: Avoid FFI
Prepare for HSE Inspections: Avoid FFI
When HSE inspectors visit your workplace, they focus on finding material breaches, also known as violations of any health and safety laws that require attention. If an HSE inspector identifies a material breach, a Fee for Intervention (FFI) will take place. This means that you will then have to pay a fee of £129 an hour for time spent identifying the breach, helping you correct the problem and...

Hay Fever Comes with a Hefty Cost to  Employers: Here’s How to Prevent It
Hay Fever Comes with a Hefty Cost to Employers: Here’s How to Prevent It

As blooming flowers accompany the start of summer, they also present a serious problem for your workplace, as the spread of pollen signals hay fever season. Hay fever, characterised by itchy eyes, runny nose and frequent sneezing, causes nearly 4 in 10 workers to have trouble doing their job, according to research by Well Pharmacy. The same research found that 1 in 5 of those suffering from hay...

Why the GDPR Means You May Need More Cyber and D&O Insurance
Why the GDPR Means You May Need More Cyber and D&O Insurance
Last year was a record-breaking year in terms of cyber claims, totalling more claims than the previous four years combined, according to recent industry research. However, researchers predict that cyber claims will rise now more than ever as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to the GDPR’s strict regulations and hefty non-compliance fines, the consequences your business...

How Championing Mental Health at Work Can Save You Money
How Championing Mental Health at Work Can Save You Money
At least 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year, according to the Mental Health Foundation. The mental health crisis has come at a cost to UK businesses as well—research shows 70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health illness, costing employers £33 billion to £42 billion annually. 

By investing in mental health...

Revealed: The Leading Causes of Underinsurance and How to Fix It
Revealed: The Leading Causes of Underinsurance and How to Fix It
No matter how bright the future looks for your business, you never know when disaster will strike. Whether it be a flood or destructive building fire, it is vital to have proper insurance policies to protect your business from any interruptions—especially if you are a SME with minimal financial flexibility. As a result, many businesses purchase business interruption (BI) policies for peace of...

25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords
25 Most Commonly Stolen Passwords
Protect yourself - and your company - by making sure you're not using one of the top 25 most commonly stolen passwords of 2017, as determined by password management software firm, Keeper.

Additionally, do not use the same password for several accounts, as this practice significantly increases the risk of your accounts being compromised.

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4....

500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware
500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware

Recently, researchers at Talos—a cyber-intelligence unit of Cisco—warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers:
LinksysMikroTikNetgearQNAPTP-Link
VPNFilter Could Collect Your...

Long read: The Overlooked Physical Exposures of a Cyber-attack
Long read: The Overlooked Physical Exposures of a Cyber-attack
More than ever before, organisations are aware of the potential financial impact of a cyber-attack. Many wrongfully assume that the steep, monetary burden of a cyber-attack (exacerbated by new, higher fines under the GDPR) is exclusively tied to damaged digital assets, lost records, and the price of investigating and reporting a breach. While those expenses represent a considerable hit, damage to an...