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Scaffolding school holiday safety alert

With the school summer holidays in full swing, there is a risk that construction sites, especially those in residential areas, can seem like an inviting playground for children.  With this in mind the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a timely safety alert reminding contractors and those in charge of construction work of the need to assess the site and ensure suitable measures are in place to prevent members of the public from climbing scaffolds and ladders. 

Droning on about safety and insurance

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, are becoming increasingly popular as the commercial opportunities that they offer are explored.  Commercial applications are increasingly evident in such diverse areas as property sales, media and broadcasting, agriculture, delivery, surveying, monitoring and inspection services.

Deaths in the workplace rise

Annual figures have now been released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18.   The statistics show that between April 2017 and March 2018, a total of 144 workers were fatally injured. This is an increase of nine workers over the same period in 2016/17 and although this is a small increase there has been a long-term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981 and the level has stayed broadly the same in recent years.

Driest summer on record?  Prepare for flash flooding

With the UK experiencing its driest summer since modern records began, when the weather finally does break, the risk of flash flooding is much increased.  Flash flooding, following a dry season, is caused by heavy rainfall onto ground which is so dry that it cannot absorb sufficient quantities of rain.

Environment Agency calls for landlords to be vigilant

The Environment Agency has warned that empty industrial units across the country are being targeted by waste criminals to dispose of thousands of tonnes of illegal waste.  

UK motor insurers return to underwriting profit, but more rating turbulence predicted

The UK motor insurance market has returned to underwriting profit, recording its best Combined Operating Ratio (COR) since 1994 and the second best result since records began in 1985, according to the Ernst & Young (EY) Annual UK Motor Insurance Results.

Rock Fall celebrates 20 years of industry defining safety footwear

Award winning Rock Fall UK Ltd, based in Alfreton and a long standing client of Franklands, have specialised in the safety footwear industry for over 20 years.   The Rock Fall team have taken the footwear aspect of workplace safety to a new level. 

Franklands Retains Trophy

Recently at the Derby Arena, Franklands Insurance & Risk Management again participated in an annual five-a-side charity football tournament, hosted by chartered architects, Morrison Design.


A long-standing Franklands’ client is celebrating 50 years of trading this year and is marking the occasion with various activities to recognise the milestone.   Reabrook Ltd is a Swadlincote based manufacturer of aerosol and liquid products under the brand names of Arrow and Nielsen and also manufactures “white label” for a number of leading brands and retailers.  Their products are used in several applications, with personal care and automotive being the largest product area.

Keeping your fleet on the road

Whether you have a fleet of company vehicles or you have people driving their own cars you will need to be aware of recent changes to the MOT test.

The effect of GDPR in the Boardroom and Directors & Officers Insurance

In this post General Data Protection Regulation world, companies can face fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of the company’s worldwide annual turnover. 

Flexibility for Landlords' Gas Safety Checks

Gas safety regulations place duties on landlords to ensure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants’ use are safe. Part of this includes making sure that an annual safety check is carried out.

Financial losses following Salisbury poisoning expose insurance gap

The latest Terrorism Frequency Report published by the terrorism reinsurance pool, Pool Re, refers to the economic impact the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal has had on the city of Salisbury and the surrounding area. 

Grenfell Tower tragedy contributes to fires and fire fatalities increase in 2017

The latest figures released by the Home Office for the year ending December 2017 show an increase in the number of fatalities and fires attended by Fire and Rescue Services in England.

Workplace Harassment  <br />  

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) recently commissioned research by the National University of Ireland to look at ill treatment in the workplace in Ireland. 


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