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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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    Steam train hit tractor blocking miniature railway line

    A model railway has been involved in an accident after a tractor driver failed to notice he was on the line, The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found. Up to 80 passengers were on board the train at the time of the accident. It collided with the tractor on a level crossing on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway….

    NHS Trust fined after dementia death

    An NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £366,000 after a patient died on a dementia ward. Mrs Joan Darnell, 78, had been admitted as a patient to the Julian Hospital on September 28, 2014 on the Blicking Ward, a specialist ward for patients suffering with dementia, Norwich Crown Court heard. On October 16, Mrs Darnell….

    New publication collects best safety ideas

    A new collection of health and safety ideas has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health submitted ideas, initiatives and good practice examples from its members for improving health, safety and well-being at work. First edition of publication The first edition of ‘Helping Great Britain Work….

    Life sentences for dangerous drivers

    Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences for the first time under a new crackdown. Motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those who could be handed tougher punishments, under a new Government legislation. Life sentences Offenders convicted of causing death by careless….

    Magnetic rail safety barrier wins award

    A magnetic rail safety barrier to help protect rail track workers from trains has been recognised at an international awards ceremony. Paul Scapens, managing director of Innovative Railway Safety Ltd, won the the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) International Railway Group Award 2016 for his Rail Safety Systems BV (RSS). Save time and….

    Firm fined after workers suffer multiple back injuries

    A car component manufacturer has been sentenced after six workers suffered back injuries from repeatedly lifting heavy car engine parts by hand. MAHLE Powertrain Limited (MAHLE) manufactures engine parts for Audi and Jaguar Landrover cars which are no longer in large scale production. Multiple employees affected Birmingham Crown Court heard that between November 1 2013….

    Ejector seat manufacturer fined after workers develop lung conditions

    Three workers at a manufacturer of ejector seats developed lung problems due to exposure to dangerous mists, a court has heard.  The Uxbridge manufacturer has been fined £800,000 after three workers developed debilitating lung conditions. The three skilled CNC machine operators all were found to have extrinsic allergic alveolitis. The condition – also known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis – is….

    Website gives drone safety advice

    A website giving advice on how to operate drones safely has been created amid a spate of near-misses with aircraft. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is using the site to publish its code of conduct – labelled the Dronecode – which has been revised in a bid to make it easier to understand. Some 58….

    Man suffers facial injury after being struck with crowbar

    A worker has suffered a major head injury after being struck in the face with a crowbar. A construction company from Northallerton has now been fined after Paul Powton suffered a serious facial injury from the blow. Man struck in face Walter Thompson (Contractors) Limited (WTL) was the Principal Contractor for the 47-bedroom extension of the….

    Parents fail to recognise symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

    Only 4.3% of parents in the UK know the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, a study has revealed.  The figures are worryingly low considering 95% of parents are aware that CO poisoning can be fatal, according to research by npower.  Symptoms wrongly identified The symptoms parents should be looking out for are dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, tiredness and confusion,….

    Council fined after boy nearly drowns in pool

    A council has been fined £75,000 after a four-year-old boy nearly drowned during a swimming lesson. Evan Rhys Davies was taking part in a mixed-age and ability play session at the end of his lesson at Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre when he got into difficulty. Staff were distracted The lifeguard who was on duty had….

    Company fined after worker falls into pulping machine

    A maintenance company has been fined £120,000 after a worker fell seven metres into a paper pulping machine. The worker, suffered fractures to his left foot in the incident on the 9 July 2014. Worker fell into 2.5m of water Manchester Crown Court heard the employee was carrying out maintenance work to a drive shaft….

    BSC prepares to celebrate 60 years of saving lives

    A health and safety charity will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year – and six decades of improving workplace safety.  The British Safety Council will mark its achievements by sharing previously lost campaign posters, magazines, press cuttings, photographs and films featuring celebrities like Barbara Windsor and Stirling Moss. Council spearheaded campaigns James Tye founded the British Safety….

    Network Rail gives festive season safety advice

    With a rise in alcohol related incidents on the rail network in December, Network Rail has issued a warning for customers to take additional care.  The rail provider says party goers and revellers should be more aware of the platform edges and pay extra attention when using level crossings. Alcohol-related accidents on the rise Figures show….

    Council fined £250,000 after worker diagnosed with white finger syndrome

    A council has been fined £250,000 after admitting health and safety breaches over white finger vibration syndrome. A worker was left with permanent injuries after being diagnosed with hard arm vibration (HAV), also known as vibration white finger syndrome or dead finger. Condition can be painful The condition is common among workers using vibrating machinery over extended periods. It….

    Poor maintenance led to worker becoming engulfed in flames

    Poor maintenance of equipment led to a worker becoming engulfed in flames, according to an investigation into a serious fire in the Black Country. A worker was lucky to escape alive following the incident at a distillery in Oldbury, West Midlands on November 26, 2012. Dangers of highly flammable liquids Alcohol Limited was fined £270,000 for serious health and safety failings….

    Call to exempt workplace accidents from whiplash claims crackdown

    Plans to cap payouts for whiplash with an aim of cracking down on fraudulent claims have been revealed by the Government, however unions are now fearing a “secret assault” on injuries at work. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched a consultation on proposals to cut the high number of whiplash claims, which will allow….

    Retired mechanic dies in roof fall

    Unsafe working practices were behind the death of a retired mechanic, a court has heard. Roman Lodge Asset Management Ltd and its director have now been fined after they accepted the unsafe working practices that led to the death of a retired mechanic.  A self-employed contractor was also prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),….

    Road safety event to be streamed live

    A road safety event aimed at addressing the risks faced by fleets and drivers is to be broadcast live across the internet for the first time. The annual St Andrews Seminar, hosted by the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) and supported by Health Workplaces, looks at the health of those who drive for work….

    Call for new safety measures after drone and plane in ‘very near miss’

    A passenger plane flying near the Shard had a “very near miss” with a drone as it approached Heathrow Airport, an official report has revealed. The drone, described as black and about 50cm (20in) wide, was spotted out of the right flight deck window at about 12.45pm on July 18, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB)….

    ‘Online breath test’ could help detect lung disease

    A charity has set up an “online breath test” which can help detect lung problems. People who get out of breath doing every day tasks such as walking up stairs have been encouraged to take the online test by the British Lung Foundation (BLF). Sufferers are often unaware they have disease The charity said that….

    New video show how the UK drink drives

    A new video has been launched providing insights into the UK’s drink culture. The Portman Group has launched the new infographic video on drinking trends in the UK. Statistics moving in right direction It uses official UK government statistics to provide an overview of patterns of alcohol consumption, including binge drinking, underage drinking, alcohol-related crime….

    70 jobs to go at Alton Towers in shake-up after rollercoaster crash

    Alton Towers is to make up to 70 staff redundant following a review of the business in the aftermath of The Smiler rollercoaster crash. The resort, which employs 800 full-time staff and an additional 1,500 seasonal workers, confirmed at-risk notices had been sent to those affected. A spokesman for the Staffordshire theme park says the….

    Millions in damages for girl brain damaged by infection at birth

    A child who suffered severe brain damage after doctors failed to diagnose a devastating infection at birth has been awarded multimillion-pound damages at the High Court. Seven-year-old Martha Richardson-Rudd has cerebral palsy, needs round-the-clock care and has a limited life expectancy. A day after she was born at Royal Surrey County Hospital in December 2008,….

    Construction safety scheme selects new board

    A scheme aimed at making construction sites safer and more palatable to staff and the public has chosen a new board. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has formed a new statutory board of directors that includes four independent non-executive directors. They were appointed at an “extraordinary general meeting” of the scheme in London. Experienced members Scheme….

    Residential care home fined after resident choked to death

    The family of a disabled grandmother who choked to death at a care home have hit out at its owner after it admitted health and safety offences. Margaret Humphreys, 84, died during a respite stay at Marlborough House in Church Crookham, Hampshire, while her family – her usual carers – went on holiday. The frail pensioner had previously….

    Union warns of safety risk at unstaffed stations

    Controversial changes to the role of conductors on Southern Railway could put disabled and vulnerable passengers in danger because of unstaffed stations, a union has said. Parliamentary answers have revealed that of the 156 stations on the Southern route, 35 are unstaffed and 58 are only staffed for part of the day, the Rail, Maritime and….

    Harsher penalties for drivers using mobile phones are "step in the right direction"

    A heath and safety charity says the Department for Transport’s announcement – that it will lay legislation for an increase in penalties for mobile phone use before Parliament “as soon as possible” – is a “step in the right direction”, but more needs to be done. Drivers caught using a mobile phone illegally for the….

    Environment Agency gives motorists safety warning UK hit by Storm Angus

    The Environment Agency has issued a safety warning to motorists as heavy rain is set to sweep across the country in the next 24 hours. Motorists are being warned not to drive through flood water as wet weather is expected to hit the south west before moving north, causing damage and disruption as it falls….

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