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Construction companies fined after worker injured

21st September 2018

Two construction companies fined after a worker’s foot was trapped in a rotating screw.  Liverpool Crown Court heard how, on 5 March 2015, Costain Limited and Galliford Try Building Limited were upgrading Water Treatment Works in Cheshire. During commissioning work, a worker’s foot became trapped in a large rotating screw which led to the amputation of… Read more »

Company fined following asbestos exposure during maintenance work

28th August 2018

A wood processing company has been fined after unsafe asbestos work was carried out at its premises in in Macclesfield. Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 20 October 2016, in the aftermath of a large explosion at the Bosley site, Wood Treatment Ltd was directed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to… Read more »

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Flexible working offered to reduce absence by more SMEs

21st August 2018

Research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness benefits), has shown that absence is an issue across the board for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and across all sectors and locations. However, the research also reveals that smaller businesses… Read more »

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Only a third of employers with overseas staff provide policies that support mental health

14th August 2018

New research commissioned by The Health Insurance Group reveals organisations with employees working overseas are falling short when it comes to providing dedicated mental health support. Only 34% of employers were found to have a specific policy in place, such as an employee assistance programme. This means thousands of employees could be left vulnerable, with no… Read more »

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North West trailer manufacturing company sentenced after worker injured

3rd August 2018

A Stockport construction firm has been fined after putting employees at risk due to widespread safety failings at two construction sites. Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how Sherwood Homes Limited had appointed several principal contractors to build numerous domestic properties at two sites; in Preston and Tarporley. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried… Read more »

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Insurers are key to providing emotional support for road traffic victims

1st August 2018

Five people die every day on UK roads and around 60 people are seriously injured according to road safety charity Brake, and RedArc believes insurers could be the key in providing victims and their families with emotional support after an accident. Emotional support lacking In RedArc’s experience, those involved in road traffic accidents are physically… Read more »

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Reward Gateway offers Specsavers discounts to over 1.5m employees

31st July 2018

The number of employees being offered Specsavers discounts through engagement hub, Reward Gateway, has now topped 1.5 million. Reward Gateway helps more than 1,700 leading companies around the world to attract, engage and retain the best people with an employee engagement platform that brings employee benefits, discounts and rewards, as well as recognition, wellbeing and… Read more »

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Millennials don’t see the value of private healthcare

16th July 2018

Millennials may be missing out on significant benefits associated with private medical health insurance (PMI), as their youth can make them feel invincible and they opt for other benefits, according to The Health Insurance Group. Engaging a diverse staff demographic with employee benefits can be a challenge for employers. Staff will traditionally find some benefits… Read more »

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July sporting events – opportunity to engage staff in health and wellbeing

2nd July 2018

For fans of sport, it’s going to be an exciting July as major events including Wimbledon, the World Cup and Tour de France kick off or draw to a close. This is a great time for businesses to capitalise on this sporting fever and engage employees in health and wellbeing, says The Health Insurance Group.… Read more »

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An over reliance on technology as a mental health solution can put people in danger, warns RedArc

6th June 2018

“Notification of a poor mental health score via a mental health technology platform without appropriate clinical intervention in place could cause more distress,” warns Christine Husbands, managing director of RedArc, further enforcing the need for strong clinical human support to supplement technological solutions. RedArc believes that employers, employees, insurers and the wider mental health community… Read more »