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Details of legal issues affecting those who work in the industry and anyone that rides

03/02/12 - UK: Driver who killed horse and rider receives suspended jail sentence

A driver who ran into and killed a horse and its rider has been given an eight-month suspended jail sentence and three-year driving ban. 

 (Source: Horse & Hound Online)


UK - London: Free Legal Seminars and Equine Law Newsletters

Hardwicke is a barristers’ chambers with a niche area of expertise in Equine Law.  They've been running seminarsover the past year covering the legal liabilities of horse ownership. We attended the London Seminar in May 2011 and those attending described it as "really helpful".  We'll keep you updated through our Diary Dates section of any future seminars.  In Addition the Hardwicke's Equine Legal Team have produced two newsletters; 

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Find out more about Hardwicke 


capture.jpgWith possibly the dullest name on the internet, this free reference resource from the National Archives will be useful for students or anyone wanting to check a piece of legislation.  Whilst not everyone will want to check out every law passed in the UK over the last 800 years or browse the 6.5 million PDF documents when you're looking for a particular piece of legislation (such as the Animal Welfare Act) you'll be able to find it easily and quickly.
Check it out at www.legislation.gov.uk

20/07/09 – UK: Horse owners urged to check their equestrian insurance policies

A specialist equine barrister is urging horse owners to scrutinise their insurance closely after learning that many policies do not cover third-party liability when a horse is being cared for on a livery yard, by a visiting practitioner or by a horse-sitter.

Source: Horse & Hound


11/06/2009 – UK: Northamptonshire animal feed company fined after worker falls from height

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is reminding employers of their duties to the safety of staff following an incident in Kettering where an employee fell six foot and suffered serious injury.

Kettering-based Dodson and Horrell Limited were fined 2,000 and ordered to pay costs of 2,255 at Kettering Magistrates Court on Thursday 11 June, after pleading guilty to breaching Health and Safety legislation.

Dodson and Horrell contravened Regulation 3(1)a of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 in that they failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees undertaking maintenance that involved working at height.

On 17 July 2008, at the company's premises in Ringstead, Northamptonshire, a 53-year-old local worker was oiling the chains on a machine that stacks bags of animal feed onto pallets, when he fell approximately six feet, resulting in bruised ribs and a punctured lung.

Prosecuting, HSE Inspector Michelle Morrison said:

"The risks of working at height always need to be fully assessed as every month 1,000 workers suffer a serious injury following a slip, trip or a fall in the workplace.  The outcome of this incident, the injuries and the subsequent fine remind us that the results can be serious for people and for businesses that fail to comply with their health and safety duties."


Further Information:

1. HSE produces a wide range of guidance to assist companies carrying out work at height. These assist companies carrying out such work and identify appropriate control measures to prevent potential injuries. www.hse.gov.uk 

2. Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states: "Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work."  

Source:  Health and Safety Executive (East Midlands)


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