Health and Safety

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In 2019 SMEs need to engage their staff earlier to engage them in health and wellbeing

5th December 2018

Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff is now widely recognised as integral to fulfilling business objectives. We now have more knowledge of what staff really need, but for health and wellbeing policies to be effective we need to ensure they’re what staff really want. Brett Hill, managing director for The Health Insurance Group… Read more »

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Companies under-prepared for disasters overseas

28th November 2018

Some employers may believe that a political or natural disasters overseas are only likely to occur in traditionally high-risk regions, but this is not the case. The change in political dynamics means that volatility can happen anywhere in the world. And this year alone we’ve seen evacuations recommended in Indonesia and Florida due to severe… Read more »

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Looking after staff and families, main reason SMEs offer Group Income Protection

14th November 2018

An obligation to look after staff and families is the main reason SMEs offer group income protection (GIP) to their employees, shows research from industry body GRiD, which represents the group risk protection sector (employer-sponsored life assurance, income protection and critical illness cover). This is closely followed by using the benefit to help differentiate them… Read more »

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Employers’ role in supporting mental health

22nd October 2018

On 17 October 2018 the financial effect of absence from work due to mental health problems was debated in Westminster Hall. Rising up the workplace agenda, the role employers (and particularly SMEs) need to play is becoming increasingly central, and Group Income Protection in particular has been recognised as being a fundamental tool for employers… Read more »

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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 »


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 »