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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    Rogue landlord fined for endangering tenants


    A landlord in Lincolnshire has been fined thousands of pounds, after being found guilty of endangering his tenants. Lincoln Magistrates Court heard how Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri allowed 11 people to live in cramped conditions in a four-bedroomed terraced house on Ely Street in Lincoln. Mr Keshmiri, 63, has been fined a total of £8,253.38….

    A&E patients waiting over 12 hours for bed up by 10,000%


    The number of people waiting more than 12 hours for a hospital bed has jumped to the highest number ever recorded, new figures show. According to data from NHS England, patients enduring long waits on trolleys in A&E departments has risen by an enormous 10,546% since 2012. Quarterly figures for January to March this year….

    Scaffolding inspectors sentenced for falsifying safety records


    Two independent scaffolding inspectors have been prosecuted for falsifying inspection documents resulting in a worker suffering serious injuries. The court heard on March 26, 2014, a 49-year-old man suffered a fall from height after falling through a gap between the scaffolding and a building while working on a re-roofing project. Stephen Harper from Middleton, Greater….

    Scaffolding firm to be sentenced after electrocuted worker loses three limbs


    A father of baby twins lost three limbs after being electrocuted with 33,000 volts in a preventable workplace accident, a court has heard. Jamie Mines, 33, was building a temporary shelter while working as a scaffolder for Boundary Scaffolding Ltd. ‘Deepest regrets’ An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) determined that charges would….

    Demolition firm fined £50,000 after worker crushed in collision


    A Midlands firm has been fined £50,000 after an employee suffered life-changing injuries in an incident that could have been prevented. Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how a 39-year-old worker at LPD Demolition was crushed by an excavator as it was reversing. The man’s torso was crushed in the collision on May 3, 2016,….

    Nine million drivers still driving while on the phone


    It seems the worry of double licence points and twice the fine has not been enough to encourage some drivers to put down their mobiles. New research by motoring firm RAC, suggests millions of motorists in the UK are still using their mobile phones while behind the wheel despite harsher penalties for offenders coming into….

    Inspections show one in seven GP surgeries failing on safety


    More than one in seven GP practices are under-performing in key safety areas, putting patient health at risk, an investigation has found. According to inspections of 7,365 practices by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), some 13% of surgeries are identified as requiring improvement and 2% are rated inadequate for safety. The report revises earlier safety….

    Corby firm fined tens of thousands after worker’s hand crushed


    A manufacturer in Leicestershire has been fined more than £50,000 after an agency worker suffered “life-changing” injuries. Symrise Ltd, a seasoning manufacturer in Corby, has been found guilty of breaching safety at work regulations after a man’s hand was crushed in one of its machines. The firm has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay….

    One in four ambulance workers affected by stress in some areas


    Almost a quarter of ambulance staff in parts of Britain have taken time off for stress in the year up to April, new figures show. Data obtained by the GMB union under Freedom of Information (FOI) finds nearly one in four ambulance staff in certain trusts have had time off as a result of stress….

    HSE outlines long term plans for waste and recycling sector


    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced plans to improve worker protections in the waste and recycling sectors. The HSE intends to reduce exposure to workplace risks, as part of wider plans to reduce work-related injuries and ill-health across 19 industrial sectors. The waste and recycling industry has been identified as having a high….

    Oil firm fined £100,000 after workplace explosion


    An oil specialist in the North West has been fined £100,000 after an explosion occurred at one of its plants through health and safety failings. ESL Fuels Ltd in Merseyside pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to breaching safety regulations after workers cut into a vessel pipe, causing a fuel tank to explode. The incident….

    New HSE campaign to tackle employee health


    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is launching a new campaign to reduce cases of work-related ill health, with new figures showing 26 million sickness days are lost each year. The Go Home Healthy campaign comes in response to more than two-fifths of business leaders reporting a rise in long-term sickness absence at their organisations…..

    Passengers and crews at risk from ‘clear gap’ in air regulations


    Health and safety regulators are being urged to do more to tackle toxic air in aircraft cabins with an aviation expert alleging crews and passengers are being placed at risk of contamination. Former pilot Dr Susan Michaelis, of the University of Stirling, says the CAA does not have the expertise to address hazardous substances on….

    Undercover police tackle cyclist safety in Norwich


    Careless motorists in Norwich are being targeted by undercover officers on bikes, as part of a new scheme to educate drivers who drive too close to cyclists. Operation Close Pass launched on Tuesday 3 October, and sees police constables and community support officers put on their civilian clothes to covertly detect instances of careless driving,….

    Known manufacturing fault fills cockpit with smoke


    Pilots had to issue a mayday alert mid-air after an electrical fault known to the manufacturer caused the cockpit of a flight to fill with smoke, an investigation has found. The easyJet plane had taken off from Edinburgh just 11 minutes prior, when smoke forced the pilots to put on their oxygen masks and call….

    Ferry grounded after part fitted without instructions


    A lack of safety instructions has led to a ferry losing control at sea and crashing into rocks and pontoons, an investigation has found. The Caledonian MacBrayne’s MV Hebrides was damaged on September 25 last year, after an engineer fitted a part without instructions, leading to a mechanical failure. ‘Loss of control’ A report by….

    Roofing contractor fined for safety breaches


    A roofing firm in Yorkshire has been handed a suspended prison term for failing to protect its workers from falling from height. Chris Smith of C Smith Roofing has pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to safety breaches that exposed two of its workers to unprotected roof edges. The contractor has been sentenced to an….

    Farming classed as ‘most dangerous industry’ to work


    Agriculture is the most troubling industry when it comes to health and safety at work, according to official figures. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report for 2016/17 finds that working on a farm is the most dangerous of all main industry sectors. Injuries sustained can result from transportation and machinery, falling from height and….

    Bike charity calls for ‘Dutch reach’ move to reduce accidents


    Cycling safety groups are calling for action to tackle the dangers associated with so-called ‘car dooring’ incidents. Cycling UK says a campaign is needed to raise awareness of the thousands of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who are injured by drivers who carelessly open their car doors and hit them. Serious consequences Government figures show that….

    Over 3,000 illegal asbestos dumps in 2017


    Thousands of asbestos-filled fly tipping incidents have been in recorded so far in 2017, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has shown. According to the FOI data, requested by ITV News, there have been 3,222 illegal dumps containing asbestos this year alone, a rise of around 14% compared with 2014. The news broadcaster reports that….

    Company served notice to clear up potentially fatal asbestos dump


    Residents are being warned to stay away from a partially derelict site in Lake District because of deadly asbestos being dumped. A notice has been served by environmental protection officers on the owners of the industrial site, and they have been given until the end of the week to clear the asbestos dump. Antisocial behaviour….

    Landlord sentenced and fined for gas safety failings


    A landlord has been fined thousands of pounds and handed a suspended jail sentence for failing to maintain two properties in Cornwall. A judge at Truro Crown Court heard how David Bush of Exeter Street, Launceston, had put his tenants and the public at risk by failing on gas safety upkeep at his two rental….

    ‘Addicted’ motorists still using mobiles while driving


    More than a fifth of drivers say they can’t bear to switch off their mobiles while behind the wheel, according to new research by AA. According to the survey of 19,308 drivers conducted by the motoring organisation, almost 50% of younger drivers say they are so addicted to their phones that they refuse to turn….

    Selfie-takers warned to avoid cliffs


    Adrenaline junkies who love snapping selfies on coastal walks have been urged to steer clear of one particular range of cliffs. The UK Coastguard issued the warning over Seaford Cliffs in East Sussex after it found a crack at Seaford Head had grown worse. The area around the crack has been roped off to avoid….

    Housing safety review after Grenfell


    Academics are reviewing current housing laws for any potential risks to the safety of tenants’ homes. Housing charity Shelter has set up the review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in June and concerns over tenants’ rights highlighted by the tragedy. In the aftermath of the deadly blaze, it was alleged that residents’….

    Potato farmers must keep workers safe


    Potato farmers are being warned they must prioritise the safety of their workers as the harvest gets under way. The Health and Safety Executive issued the warning as it kicks off a nationwide series of safety inspections at farms that grow, pick and process spuds. Safety risks of potato harvest Investigators will check to see….

    Cancer-related work deaths reach 742,000


    Hundreds of thousands of people die from work-related cancer every year, latest research has revealed. The devastating impact of occupational cancer was revealed at the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore. Some 742,000 people are estimated to die every year as a result of work-related cancer – twice as many deaths….

    Firm fined over forklift death


    A company has been fined £450,000 after a young worker was killed in a forklift accident. Ben Pallier-Singleton, 19, died when the forklift truck he was driving overturned at the Vinyl Compound site in Chinley, Derbyshire. He suffered fatal crush injuries in the incident in February 2015 which happened while he was driving down a….

    Personal injury discount rate revised again


    The insurance industry has welcomed proposed changes to the formula which calculates personal injury payments after slamming earlier proposals. Ministers have set out reforms to the Ogden rate, better known as the discount rate, which is used when working out the lump sum awarded to victims of medical negligence, car crashes and other incidents. The….

    Warning over carbon monoxide alarms


    Gas safety experts have urged people to have their appliances checked after a survey estimated that millions of properties are not protected by a carbon monoxide alarm. The Gas Safe Register found nearly half of the people it polled did not have one of the alarms in their homes. The silent killer It estimates that….

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