Lift shaft maintenance – health and safety considerations

Although they are often very convenient and, when it comes to delivering heavy articles to upper floor properties, indispensable, lifts are nevertheless machines that operate in what can be very deep spaces indeed. It stands to reason that they have specific safety regulations which are designed to protect both those who use them and those […]

Scaffolding safety

It’s so much a part of our daily lives that we hardly give it a second thought when we see it, often dodging in and out of it and treating it as part of the landscape. What is it? Scaffolding. Although it looks solid enough as we walk past it, there are many safety regulations […]

Unfair dismissal and union activities

If an employee is dismissed as a result of taking part in trade union activities, section 152 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, hereafter referred to as TULRCA, means that the dismissal is automatically unfair. However, there are circumstances in which the meaning of ‘trade union activities’ is not clear cut. […]

Physical violence – is dismissal always the solution?

It might be thought that an employee who used violence against one of his colleagues would be facing certain dismissal. However, this is not always the case, as a recent case has made clear. In Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd v Spoor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal looked into whether an employee had been unfairly dismissed because […]