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    Chemical company fined after toxic vapour cloud release

    A chemical company has been fined £3 million after a toxic vapour cloud was released on two separate occasions, killing one worker and leaving another with life-changing injuries. The first incident at the Grimsby-based plant of Cristal Pigment UK Limited took place in March 2010. There was a build-up of Titanium Tetrachloride within a vessel….

    Family ‘devastated’ after fatal ladder fall

    A firm has been fined over health and safety breaches after the death of a window fitter who fell from a ladder. Mark Taylor died in hospital after falling from an unsecured ladder that slipped sideways while he was installing windows at a house in Brighton. The family of the dad-of-two have been left “devastated,”….

    Packaging company fined over thumb injury

    A packaging company has been fined after a worker’s thumb was severed due to the firm’s failure to adequately prevent access to dangerous machinery parts. Jiffy Packaging Company Limited, which produces packaging for the food industry and stationery products, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive….

    Households should test smoke alarms ‘every month’

    People are being urged to test their smoke alarms every month after research found that less than a third of people check them on a regular basis. Figures show that just 28% of households in England with a smoke alarm test them at least once a month. Speaking at the launch of this year’s Fire….

    Man dies as 22 people taken to hospital after gas leak

    A man has died and another is in a serious condition after a gas leak at a Carlsberg factory, the brewer has said. Emergency services were called to the brewery in Northampton town centre at 12.30pm following reports of an industrial accident. A total of 22 people – 11 staff, two police officers and nine….

    Driver was going ‘three times over speed limit’ before Croydon tram crash

    A tram which crashed in Croydon, south London, killing seven people, was travelling at three-and-a-half times the speed limit when it derailed, accident investigators have said. An interim report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found that the vehicle was doing approximately 44mph as it entered a sharp bend with a 12mph limit…..

    Company fined over stage door deaths of singer and promoter

    A door manufacturer has been fined £30,000 after safety failings led to the deaths of a singer and promoter. Trevor Grills, a singer with the band Fisherman’s Friends, along with their promoter Paul McMullen were killed when a steel door fell as they unloaded music equipment from their van. Express Hi-Fold Doors Limited, who designed and manufactured the door, was….

    Croydon tram crash inquiry could take months

    The inquiry into the Croydon tram crash could take “many months”, the chief inspector of rail accidents has said. Simon French, head of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), has told MPs that investigators downloaded the contents of a so-called black box data recorder on the tram, took measurements of the scene in south London….

    Prison officers take part in protest action over health and safety concerns

    Thousands of prison officers will stop working today in protest over health and safety concerns in the workplace, their union has announced. The Prison Officers Association (POA) has directed all its members to take part in a day of protest after negotiations with the Government broke down. Steve Gillan, the POA’s general secretary, says as….

    Lifejackets should compulsory on fishing boats, say accident investigators

    Wearing a lifejacket on commercial fishing boats should be compulsory by law, accident investigators have said. This year had been “particularly bad” for drownings, the Marine Accidents Investigation Branch (MAIB) warned. It had launched investigations into nine deaths of commercial fishermen who were on UK registered vessels in 2016 so far. Deaths could have been….

    More than half of lorry drivers admit to using their phones while driving

    Shocking research shows that more than half of lorry drivers admit to using their phones while driving, according to new research. A study by insurance broker Staveley Head found that 56% of truckers say they use their mobiles when they are behind the wheel sparking road safety fears. Selfies taken at the wheel More than….

    Vulnerable patients ‘at high risk’ of food poisoning

    Meals are being prepared in mouldy kitchens in hospitals, putting vulnerable patients at “high risk” of food poisoning, while others have unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks. The Press Association analysis of food hygiene reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and data from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), also revealed poor rankings for….

    Farming and drilling contractors fined after mast strikes power line

    Two Norfolk companies have been fined more than £200,000 after a worker suffered a severe electric shock. Mr Jonathan Howes, an employee of T.W. Page & Son Ltd, suffered life-changing injuries after the lorry-mounted drilling rig he was working on came into contact with a power line that was carrying a load of 11,000 volts….

    Fines for drivers using phones illegally down 84% since 2011

    Fines issued for people caught using a mobile phone while driving have plummeted by 84% in five years, new data shows. Information released by the Home Office reveals that in England and Wales just 16,900 drivers were handed a fixed penalty for the contravention last year, compared with 123,100 in 2011 and down 29,700 from….

    Hundreds ill due to ‘norovirus outbreak’ at restaurant chain

    A Mexican restaurant chain has shut nine branches after a suspected outbreak of norovirus. Public Health England (PHE) says it has launched an investigation after 205 staff and 160 members of the public fell ill at the Wahaca restaurants. Vomiting bug The virus causes diarrhoea and vomiting and those afflicted generally return to full health….

    Cruise ship operator fined after crew member’s leg is amputated

    A cruise operator has been charged after a crew member of a Loch Ness ship lost her leg in a serious workplace accident. Aurelia Thabert became entangled in a rope holding on the Jacobite Queen ship which was returning to berth when it shifted and tightened the rope around her leg. Jacobite Cruises Limited pleaded….

    Judges consider appeal over private prosecution of Glasgow bin lorry crash driver

    Judges examining a bid to bring a private prosecution against Glasgow bin lorry crash driver Harry Clarke will make a written ruling on their decision. The Crown did not prosecute Mr Clarke, who was driving a bin lorry that killed six people when it went out of control on a busy high street in Glasgow’s….

    Ambulance service launches app for people with communication issues

    The Welsh Ambulance Service has launched an innovative application that will help patients who have wide-ranging problems to communicate with frontline staff. Aimed at assisting those with sensory difficulties or who don’t speak English as their first language, the app uses text and images to determine what has happened to the patient if they have….

    Serviceman killed in training exercise at RAF weapons range

    A serviceman has died during a training exercise involving around 20 personnel at an RAF weapons range. Emergency services were called to RAF Tain, north of Inverness, at around 6pm on Tuesday. Police Scotland said a firearm was involved in the death of a member of the Armed Forces and that there were no other….

    Family of drink driving victim call for tougher law

    A family whose daughter was killed by a drink-driver in Wales are travelling to the Houses of Parliament to hand over a petition with over 100,000 signatures, calling for tougher sentencing laws. Richard and Ceinwen Briddon’s 21-year-old daughter Miriam was weeks away from being awarded a first-class honours degree when a drunk driver veered into….

    Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall

    A waste equipment maintenance firm in Buckinghamshire has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after a worker suffered serious head injuries in an accident in the workplace. Geoffrey Hatton, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP)….

    Mobile phone lorry driver jailed for 10 years

    A lorry driver who killed a woman and three children by ploughing into their car while scrolling through music on his mobile phone has been jailed for 10 years. Tomasz Kroker, 30, smashed into the vehicle at 50mph on August 10, killing 45-year-old Tracey Houghton and her sons, Ethan Houghton, 13, and Josh Houghton, 11,….

    Company fined after worker’s arm crushed

    An environmental services firm based in Lancashire has been fined £30,000 for health and safety breaches after an employee’s arm was crushed by machinery. Muhammad Shoaib, 30, sustained serious injuries on 20th May 2015 as he was cleaning out waste plastic material from a conveyor belt. When the machinery started without warning, his arm was pulled….

    Festival shut over tent health and safety fears

    A Nottingham music festival was shut down early over the weekend due to a health and safety issue with a tent. Detonate Halloween was supposed to be an all-day event at Colwick Park in Nottingham, featuring rap, grime and dance music. However, the festival was shut down three hours early. Organisers tweeted: “It’s with regret,….

    Seven hurt in crash between tour bus and tram

    Seven people have been injured after a sightseeing bus collided with a tram carriage in Dublin’s busy city centre. The crash happened just before 11am on Friday when a Cityscape – a hop-on-hop-off tour bus – hit one of the carriages of a Luas tram. The tram was not derailed in the incident, but witnesses….

    Recycling firm fined £300k for shredder injury

    A Kent-based recycling company has been handed a hefty fine after one of its workers was injured whilst repairing a shredder. Countrystyle Recycling Limited, which supplies recycling and waste management solutions in Kent and the south east, has been ordered to pay a substantial £300,000 fine for health and safety failings that resulted in a….

    Charity shares fireworks safety advice

    A safety charity is encouraging people to share the Firework Code and sparkler safety advice to prevent nasty burn injuries to young children in the days before Guy Fawkes Night. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has joined forces with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to promote firework safety messages. Figures from accident and….

    Fears for health and safety on Southern Rail network

    Commuters have stressed their concerns over their safety during the overcrowding on Southern Rail networks. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) has had dozens of reports from commuters saying they were worried about panicked crowds during the long-running strike action. The situation has got so bad that the ABC has questioned whether the Southern Rail franchise….

    Garage pleads guilty after mechanic gets crushed by van

    A garage in Lancashire has pleaded guilty after a father of four suffered life-changing injuries in a horrific workplace accident. Mechanic Stuart Currey had to be airlifted to hospital after being dragged underneath a reversing van. Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Pye Motors Ltd in Morecombe pleaded guilty to charges….

    Council and contractors fined £1.6m after roadworks failings

    A council and its contractors have been fined £1.6m following two roadwork-related accidents, leading to the death of one man. Liverpool City Council and two contractors were fined after one man died and another was seriously injured in road accidents while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool. The accidents took place during major resurfacing works in….

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