Health & Safety Poster / Information
Health and safety law poster – what you need to know
The poster explains British health and safety laws and lists what workers and their employers should do.
If you employ anyone, you must either:
There are various versions of the poster, so you can select the most appropriate for your business. You can:
HSE also provides health and safety law pocket cards. These are a legal alternative to the law poster and are easy to distribute for your employees to carry with them.
£400k fine for Bernard Matthews after health and safety breaches left worker paralysed
Bernard Matthew’s Food Ltd has been fined £400,000 following two separate incidents where employees were seriously injured.
Colin Frewin was left permanently paralysed and spent six months in hospital following an incident at the company’s Suffolk manufacturing plant.
Mr Frewin suffered multiple serious injuries, including a pierced left lung, several broken ribs, four fractured vertebrae and a spinal bleed. He was put in an induced coma for three weeks and is now classed as a T6 paraplegic and has been diagnosed with autonomic dysreflexia (AD).
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how 54-year-old Mr Frewin suffered the injuries on 28 January 2020. He’d been tasked with cleaning a large screw conveyor used to move poultry turkeys along and chill them. While working on the gantry between the spin chillers he noticed a turkey stuck at the bottom of it. To read the full article from the Health & Safety Executive, click here.
As he attempted to dislodge the turkey using a squeegee, Mr Frewin was drawn into the machine. It was only when a colleague noticed Mr Frewin was missing from the gantry and heard his cries for help, the emergency stop was pulled.
Matthew – Owner of Consensus HR comments: “This is a prime example as with another previous case in relation to Health and Safety in the workplace when a business has not taken the necessary steps and duty of care to ensure all members of the team are safe and, in this case, resulted in serious harm to the individual concerned. Detailed Risk Assessment and Policies and Procedures need to be available at all times to avoid avoidable incidents such as these.”