September 16, 2016

Drama improves doctors’ bedside manner

Often the best way to learn something is to try it out, see how you did, and learn from the experience. In the medical profession, there is very little room for error, so having a safe environment to try things out is invaluable.
September 12, 2016

Health and safety cuts a half-marathon short

People sometimes complain that although they are important, health and safety procedures can be taken too far. In Cardiff, though, it seems the procedure fell short. 0.12 miles short, to be precise.
September 2, 2016

The 10 most outrageous sickie excuses

The first Monday of February is known as ‘National Sickie Day’, as peak numbers of employees take the day off. According to the employment law expert ELAS, National Sickie Day costs the UK an estimated £37m in wages, lost hours and overtime.
September 2, 2016

Bad vibes as £280k fine served for health and safety breach

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is a painful and debilitating illness, caused by hand-held power tools. The syndrome can be easily prevented, but some firms still don’t implement the correct procedures, resulting in employee illness and expensive claims.
August 26, 2016

Be more meerkat to improve your teamwork

A really good team can achieve amazing things. A bad team finds it hard to achieve anything effectively. Animals that use teamwork can’t afford to be bad at it – if they don’t work as a team, it really is a case of life or death. So what can we learn from animals when we decide to work collaboratively?
August 12, 2016

Knock yourself out – an occupational hazard?

Road workers face all kinds of risks, from moving vehicles to drivers’ road rage – an Oxford University study ranked road working as the 16th most hazardous occupation in the UK. So it’s safe to assume that road workers are used to identifying potentially risky situations. Isn’t it?
August 5, 2016

The pothole that swallowed a van

At 10 feet long and more than a foot deep, a pothole in the East Sussex village of Framfield is believed to be the largest in the UK. It’s given the residents and local council a headache to match.
July 29, 2016

Let’s go fly a slide

While we love to complain about the weather, it’s rarely about anything serious. Some drizzle here, or some mugginess there is about the extent of it. But last month, the locals of Lincolnshire contended with more dramatic conditions, as what was described as a ‘mini-tornado’ ripped its way through a children’s funfair.
July 25, 2016

At home with the eco-warriors

Who would have thought that could you reduce your carbon footprint by working in your slippers? According to the Home 2025 project, homeworking could do just that.