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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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    Trench collapse buries man causing serious injuries

    A Scottish construction worker suffered a number of serious injuries after a trench he was working in collapsed onto him, Dundee Sheriff Court heard. The man was working for Fife-based construction company Wallace Roofing and Building Limited when the accident at work happened. Man suffered broken bones and punctured lungs The company has now been fined £14,000….

    Company fined for asbestos failings

    A London-based construction firm has been fined following a number of safety failings relating to asbestos. An investigation was launched into Barroerock Construction Limited’s work on an office building in Kent in 2013 and 2014 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Two investigations into working practices Canterbury Crown Court heard the HSE was looking….

    Awards recognise role of non-health and safety staff

    Scottish employees have been awarded for their health and safety work. The West of Scotland Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has presented 19 Certificate of Merit awards. From construction to colleges The awards – presented to 18 people and 1 team – recognise the contribution of non-health and safety professionals….

    Awards recognise fight against occupational ill health

    An awards ceremony has recognised a number of outstanding occupational hygienists, who aim to prevent ill health and disease in the workplace. BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, held its award ceremony to celebrate the various achievements in the field of worker health protection. The award winners The BOHS Peter Isaac Award, which….

    Man suffers multiple injuries after trolley fall

    A man was trapped by a falling trolley and suffered multiple injuries, Stafford Crown Court has heard. Two companies have now been sentenced and fined after the worker was injured by a trolley carrying hydraulic rams. Man was pinned by falling machinery The DHL Services Limited (DHL) employee was auditing incoming deliveries of equipment in a yard….

    More drink-driving in May than December, says study

    May is the worst month for drink-driving, according to new statistics. The figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request by Admiral to 45 police forces show May has the highest percentage of drivers testing positive for drink-driving – more even than in December. Lack of planning leads to more offences Of the nearly 1….

    Man crushed to death by plastic bales

    A man cleaning a food manufacturing premises has been killed after heavy plastic bales fell on him. North West-based food firm Bakkavor Group has been sentenced and fined after the father-of-one died in the accident at work on February 4, 2015. Pinned to floor by bales Jacek Adamowicz, 29, was cleaning out the company’s storage yard…..

    Man suffers serious injuries in fall from height

    A man has suffered serious injuries including a bleed on the brain after falling through a roof void at work. Solarjen Limited, a Bristol-based solar panel installation company, has now been sentenced and fined after the accident at work. Fell to floor metres below A man, 49, working for the company, which was known as Paul….

    Lack of safety guidelines on fishing boat led to death

    The failure to follow safety guidelines on board a fishing vessel led to a Hartlepool man’s death, a report has concluded. An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says some safety guidelines were not followed before the death of Lee Renney, 22. Many ways to prevent the death The report highlighted several ways….

    Health and safety ‘an investment, not cost’

    Health and safety in the workplace should be seen as an investment, not a cost, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It was responding to the Government’s Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper. Safety across industries The paper looks at a variety of topics including transport, infrastructure, new technology and the digital….

    Crane collapses onto gas cylinders at docks

    A crane has toppled over at a dock yard in Falmouth onto gas cylinders, Devon and Cornwall Police have reported. Falmouth docks were quickly evacuated after the accident that saw the crane collapse early on Wednesday morning. A 200-metre exclusion zone was put in place. Collapse declared ‘major incident’ Emergency services declared it a ‘major incident‘…..

    Teacher fractures skull in stepladder fall

    A teacher suffered multiple fractures to their skull, wrist and elbow in a fall from a stepladder, Westminster Magistrates’ Court has heard. Found unconscious On May 9, 2016 a teacher was rigging and adjusting spotlights and cabling in a drama studio. During the process, he fell from the stepladder. A fellow teacher, who was present….

    Women ‘not given correct protective clothing’

    More than two thirds of women are not provided with the right protective clothing, a new report from the TUC claims. Providing workers with free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is suitable for the person carrying out the job is a legal requirement. Despite this, just 29% of women surveyed said their PPE was specifically….

    ‘Millions’ of faulty white goods remain in people’s homes

    Millions of households will continue to use faulty white goods unless MPs make it easier for consumers to trace them, according to the London Fire Brigade (LFB). Around 1 in 10 homes could be using tumble dryers, washing machines and such goods that are subject to a product recall or safety notice. These are all at….

    New strategy launched for worldwide health and safety

    A new vision aims to tackle global health and safety in the workplace by 2020. The aim of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) strategy is to reduce the worldwide inequalities in safeguarding the workforce. Worldwide strategy Called ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’, the strategy calls for a united….

    Number of health and safety inspectors ‘dropping’

    Workers’ lives are being put at risk due to the lack of health and safety inspectors, according to one of the country’s largest unions. Unite says figures revealed by a Freedom of Information (FoI) request found there has been a 25% drop in the number of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors since 2010, from 1,311….

    Non-registered gas fitter gets jail sentence

    An Oldham-based gas fitter has been given a jail sentence for working without being Gas Safe registered. Self-employed Michael Trent Algar pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Homeowner smelled gas Mr Algar had been installing a new boiler in a domestic property when the homeowners smelled….

    Man drowns at water treatment works

    A lone-worker drowned at a water treatment works in Falmouth, a court has heard. South West Water has now been fined £1.8 million following the death of 54-year-old Robert Geach. Hadn’t been seen for hours Mr Geach, a catchment operator, was working on a sand filtration unit of the Falmouth Waste Water Treatment Works on December….

    Waste site owner fined for exposing workers to asbestos

    A Cornish waste disposal firm has been fined after putting workers and the public at risk over its storage of asbestos. Leslie Allen, the owner of the waste disposal business, has now been told to pay nearly £80,000 for illegally storing and treating waste including asbestos. Poor records and storage practices The site manager at….

    ‘Poor planning’ led to fatal crush

    A company has been fined after a worker was crushed to death on one of its construction sites. CMF Ltd was charged and found guilty after sub-contractor Richard Laco, 31, died. Crushed by concrete stairs He was working on a large construction project in London when the accident at work happened, Southwark Crown Court heard. Mr Laco….

    Man killed after concrete drainage cover falls on head

    A construction worker’s death could have been avoided if the work had been planned properly, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector. HSE Inspector Andrew Cousins was speaking after a hearing in which Hague Construction Limited was sentenced following the death of Daniel Clifford Yeowell. Struck by drainage cover Mr Yeowell had been….

    Balcony collapse deaths ‘preventable’, court hears

    The collapse of a balcony in London causing the death of two workers was “foreseeable and preventable”, the Old Bailey has heard. The two men fell to their deaths after trying to lift a sofa over a first floor balcony during the renovation of a multi-million pound luxury flat in November 2014. Balcony collapse Tomasz Procko,….

    Man suffers life-changing injuries at noodle factory

    A food production worker has suffered life-changing injuries after an accident at work. Noodle manufacturer SCLA Limited has now been fined after the worker received severe hand injuries while operating machinery. Man lost two fingers In December 2015, the worker was attempting to clear a blockage on one of the noodle production lines. During this work,….

    Disabled man struck by council tractor in public park

    A county council has been fined £1 million after a disabled person was hit by one of its vehicles in a public park. A Nottinghamshire County Council vehicle was collecting branches at the time of the accident, Nottingham Crown Court heard. Disabled man not spotted by driver A team of workers were in the country park….

    Man has hand crushed at food factory

    A food worker has had his hand crushed in a meat separating machine, Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard. Beckett’s Foods Limited has now been fined following the accident at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry. Man fell into machine On May 11, 2016 a 22-year-old worker was loading meat into the machine. The man fell and….

    Teachers concerned over high asbestos levels in schools

    Teachers are concerned about the high levels of asbestos in the country’s schools and want it removed, according to a new survey. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) found that teachers and other school staff were often not being told whether their school contains asbestos. This could mean that staff and pupils are at risk of….

    Two firms fined after putting roof workers at risk

    Prohibition Notices were put in place on a roof renovation project when it was spotted that workers were being put at risk. Following the notices, two roofing contractors were charged and fined. Two companies at fault Principal contractor MKM Fabrications Ltd was carrying out a roof replacement at Valley Mills in Oldham. It had subcontracted work….

    West Midlands ‘most dangerous place to drive’

    Roads in the West Midlands are the most dangerous in the country, according to a report by a local newspaper. Research by the Burton Mail found that over 35,000 motorists and pedestrians died or were hurt in the West Midlands in the past 4 years, with more than half of these incidents occurring in Staffordshire. Cutting….

    Construction worker dies on Scottish site

    A construction worker has been killed after being seriously injured on a building site near a Scottish farm. The 45-year-old man, who is yet to be named, was pronounced dead at the scene at around 9.45am on Wednesday. Investigation launched Emergency services were called to the accident at work near Shott Farm on Hamilton Road, High Blantyre,….

    Worker suffers deep cuts on hand at leading food company

    A man has suffered deep cuts in his hand after a cutting machine started unexpectedly, a court has heard. Food manufacturer Moy Park Ltd – one of the UK’s top 10 food companies – has now been fined after the accident at work at their site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Machine restarted An engineer….

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