Group Meeting 3 July

The July Group Meeting was held, for the first time, at the Thornton Village Hall. The meeting was attended by over 25 delegates. The President, Karl Mearns, chaired the meeting in the absence of Bill Leigh the Chairman. Seven new delegates attended their first meeting and introduced themselves to the Group.

The meeting followed its normal agenda with Barry Clinch giving his normal slant on new publications and recent court cases.

During the Chairman’s announcements Karl informed delegates the Committee were staring to formulate next years’ programme and were looking for any ideas for topic for the meetings. Karl also reminded members to book their places on the Mock Trial Seminar taking place on 9 October.

The Topic for the meeting was Noise and our express thanks are given to Chris Chittock from Dragonfly Consulting, Escrick, nr. York. We only contacted Chris on Monday this week when the pre-arranged speaker cried off on Monday Morning.

Chris gave a very informative talk on the subject of noise. During the presentation Chris highlighted the probability of legal action would be a lot less likely than a civil case for hearing loss due to noise.

The next meeting will be held at ARCO’s NDC Building on Priory Park, West Hull. The meeting will include a tour of the new laboratory where the test PPE. Unfortunately this venue can only accommodate 25 delegates.


Karl Mearns & Colin Smith host the meeting.  Barry Clinch giving his update


Chris Chittock, Dragonfly starting his presentation and one of his slides.


Rollits in association with Humberside Occupational Health & Safety Group presents…

A Mock Trial

This interactive workshop gives you the opportunity to sit on the jury whilst a company and its director are on trial for breaches of health and safety legislation

Solicitors from Rollits LLP’s expert Regulatory defence team will cross examine the witnesses and present the prosecution and defence cases. Will you find the defendants guilty or not guilty?

If you make a finding of guilt, Rollits LLP’s team will use their experience to guide you through the sentencing process and you will have the opportunity to give your view on what the penalty should be before the Judge hands down sentence.

The implications and cost of getting health and safety wrong can be signifi This is a session not to be missed.

Rollits LLP is a Yorkshire based commercial law firm with offices in Hull and York. Rollits’ Regulatory defence team has many years experience defending clients subjected to investigation and prosecution. The team works with companies, directors and their insurers to navigate the complex matrix of ever increasing regulation.

Find out more at

Wednesday, 9 October 2018

12.30pm – 3.30pm

Thornton Village Hall, Walker Street, Hull, HU3 2RA


12.30pm – 1.30pm

Registration and Coffee


Bill Leigh

1.30pm – 2.30pm





Verdict and sentencing


 The cost of the event is £10 per person

Complete the booking form and return to

08 Mock Trial Booking Form

Map of Thornton Village Hall


Report from Barry Clinch of The Awards Committee

Safety Performance Award Winner

Daifuku Logan

Commended for their zero accident strategy;

Focus on identifying near misses and observation of potential accident situations; setting clear standards; and strong top down safety leadership.

Environment Award Winner

St Stephen’s Shopping Centre

Commended for almost zero carbon emissions; massive reduction in energy consumption and water reduction; on site recycling; green roof; and bug hotel.

Arco Award Winner

Bericap UK Ltd

Commended for their machine layout best practice; MEWP’s high level access procedures; risk assessments and hazard identification programmes.

President’s Award

The Sewell Group

For its unstinting support of the HOHSG through all the Group’s trials and tribulations in recent years. Truly a Good Samaritan.

Individual Award

Colin (and Linda) Smith

For keeping the group running smoothly over many years. Without them the group would have long ago floundered.

AGM Report

The AGM was conducted after the Awards were presented. The Group reported an excess of £1,359.89 for the year ending 31 December 2018. The accounts have been audited and passed, they will be displayed in the members section of the website. Committee, during the year 2 members left the Committee and the Chairman passed his gratitude for all their hard work whilst on the committee. The Group co-opted Ian Haywood onto the Committee during the year. Ian has been with various members during his association with the group starting with Hull City Council, Astra 4 Safety and is currently at Airkool. All 9 committee members were re-elected for the forthcoming year. The officers were elected at the Executive Committee Meeting in the morning subject to their election in the afternoon. (See below for full details)

Great news the Meeting agreed to keep membership fees for 2020 the same as present.

President – Karl Mearns; Chairman/Treasurer; – Bill Leigh; Vice Chairman – Ray Fraser; Secretary – Colin Smith; Committee – Barry Clinch, Jon Coneybeare, Denis Fowler, Ian Haywood and Jeff Swales