£10,000 Health and Safety Fine
Imagine receiving a fine in the amount of £10,000, which is approximately $14,000. Well, that’s exactly what happened to the owner of an UK joinery business who has been fined £10,000 for failing to meet safety standards when a junior employee was hurt when he fell down a stairwell of a construction site.
John Paul Horgan, the owner, was ordered to pay the fine, as well as an additional £2,500 in compensation after a young, 18-year-old employee of his company suffered several fractures to his arm when he fell at the construction site.
The accident happened on 5 April 2016, when the victim and another employee went to install insulation.
The circumstances surrounding the accident are unknown. However, Horgan admitted he breached health and safety regulations.
The Crown Advocate Richard Pedley, who was prosecuting, said that employees were not sufficiently trained for site work. He added that the victim of the accident was ‘relatively immature and lacked work experience generally’ and that this had not been taken into account.
The Crown wanted for the owner to be fined £15,000 and to contribute at least £2,500 towards costs for the victim. The court in the UK decided for the owner to be fined £10,000 and £2,500 for the victim in additional costs of the accident. The court stressed the importance of safety for employees and training that each employee should receive regarding safety and health concerns connected to their workplace.
Witnessing Violence Harms Children’s Health
When a child hears about news like the school shooting that took more than a dozen lives on 14th February 2018 in Broward County, Florida, it’s a logical question for them to ask themselves: Will this happen to me?
Today, children have access to information available online. According to a recent study, 92% of teenagers go online on a daily basis and 24% are online constantly. The result of this is that when violence happens in another part of the country, a child can be exposed to this tragic event and its consequences.
In addition to what children see on the news or on social media, they can witness or even be victims of violence in many other areas: at home or at school.
For example, between 13% and 45% of students reported they had been beaten up at school at some point. Between 23% and 82% said they witnessed someone else being beaten up at school. Not to mention that shootings have been a regular occurrence in recent years. What can be a result of this exposure?
Children who reported a high level of exposure to a violent event either as a witness or as a victim reported the highest levels of anger, depression and anxiety.
Children in grades three to eight who witnessed someone being beaten up reported levels of anxiety and depression that could require treatment.
Talking about these events with children is crucial and recognizing when they need professional help is important for parents to recognize.
Mental Health is a Hidden Cost of Housing Crisis
A home should be a safe and welcoming place, free from the pressures of everyday life, and it’s no wonder that housing problems have a great impact on our mental health.
High rents, overcrowding, the threat of eviction and financial pressures are all issues which can lead to anxiety, stress and depression, and which have an effect on all aspects of our lives from relationships to work.
Helen Rowbottom, policy officer at the National Housing Federation in the UK said: “Housing and mental health are closely related. The negative impact of poor housing on someone’s health and wellbeing is well evidenced. In many cases, it can prolong illness and escalate health care costs.”
Housing problems also have the potential to make existing mental health conditions worse. People with mental health issues tend to have a problem with finding a steady job, paying rent and planning to buy a house. When they are stuck with the problem of finding a job and paying rent, their mental health issues and stress are at the highest levels.