SAVE THE MODERN SLAVERY HELPLINE

Unseen need help
Without urgent funding, the UK Modern Slavery Helpline will close on 30 November. Because of this thousands of victims across the UK will lose their only chance of freedom. For more info or to give now, go to https://buff.ly/2ZZ8n6a #DontLetHerGoUnseen #ModernSlavery @MSHelpline.

IN CRISIS

Since 2016, over 15,000 potential victims of modern slavery – including many British nationals – have been identified across the UK through the Modern Slavery Helpline. And the number of calls is increasing. July 2019 was our busiest month ever.

At the same time, key income has been slow to secure, leaving us with a major funding crisis.

We need to raise £800,000 to not only save the Helpline today but to also sustain it in the long term. Without immediate donations the Helpline will close on the 30th November 2019.

This is not a marketing ploy, it is reality. And men, women and children across the UK will remain enslaved and unseen.

LEARNING LESSONS FROM THE BATH TIPPER TRUCK HEALTH & SAFETY FAILINGS

Good health & safety management and vehicle maintenance should be easy

On Friday 27th January 2017, the owner of a haulage company and a mechanic were jailed after a 32-tonne truck with faulty brakes killed four people. The business owner and one of his staff with responsibility for vehicle maintenance were sentenced to a total of 12 years and 9 months in prison.

In his prosecution case, QC Adam Vaitilingam described the business as “a shambles from start to finish”.

Clearly there is no excuse for such poor business behavior. The fact that the two individuals were each found guilty of 4 counts of manslaughter highlights just how negligent their behavior was deemed to be. Arguably no amount of available support and advice would have kept the victims of this tragedy safe, such was the lack of care shown. But for most small to medium sized businesses there really is no excuse not to take the essential steps necessary to protect staff, members of the public and the reputation of the business itself.

With the development of web-based systems, there has been a significant development in the availability of simple, easy to access, online services and support when it comes to health and safety and vehicle/equipment maintenance. The Health & Safety Executive http://www.hse.gov.uk/ has heaps of information available to help business owners and managers. BusinessBlocs was created out of a desire to make such activities really straightforward for business owners. Find below links to 3 x essential tools:

– Method Statements and Health & Safety Risk Assessments

– Vehicle service reminder tool

For further reading on this topic check out:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38774080
https://www.dwf.law/news-events/legal-updates/2014/09/case-studies-custodial-sentences-for-health-and-safety-breaches/