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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Improved safety and tighter laws come from Zeebrugge ferry disaster


    New laws and stricter safety rules are the legacies of a tragic ferry disaster that claimed 193 lives 30 years ago. The ferry – Herald of Free Enterprise – turned over on its side off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium, as it set out for Dover, Kent at around 6pm on March 6, 1987. More than….

    Two children injured in school ceiling collapse


    A schoolgirl sustained life-threatening injuries when a sports hall ceiling collapsed at a middle school in Milton Keynes. Two children were injured during the incident, which occurred at Southwood Middle School in Bryony Place, just after 3.30pm on Thursday, February 23, according to Thames Valley Police. Police will now carry out a joint-investigation with Buckinghamshire Fire….

    Manchester firm fined after employees exposed to serious risk


    A housing construction company from Greater Manchester has been fined thousands of pounds after its workers were exposed to unnecessary risks while working at height. Select Quality Homes Ltd from Oldham has been ordered to pay £6,600 after the firm failed to comply with a prohibition notice issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),….

    Haulage contractor killed by a reversing lorry


    A Greater Manchester transport firm has been fined tens of thousands of pounds after a man was killed by a reversing lorry. Daniel Adams, 63, was crushed between two vehicles when an HGV belonging to Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport Limited reversed into him on the firm’s land on May 7, 2014. Mr Adams….

    Major construction firm fined after flooring collapse


    One of the country’s largest construction firms has been fined after a worker was injured when a floor collapsed. Balfour Beatty was given a £230,000 fine after flooring at one of its house-building developments at Richmond Park, Croft, Sheffield gave way. Floor partially collapsed A worker on the project was injured when he fell down….

    Hundreds of hotels not publicising poor food hygiene ratings


    A five-star hotel and others with two AA Rosettes are among hundreds of accommodations with poor food hygiene ratings, analysis has found. A total of 652 hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs require improvement or “urgent improvement” under Food Standards Agency (FSA) regulations, according to the research. The analysis conducted by Which? Travel looked at all hotels,….

    Personal injury compensation to rise as calculation changes


    Compensation payments for personal injuries are expected to rise sharply as the Government announces plans to revise the calculation for financial awards. From March 20 this year, the Discount Rate calculation that is applied to lump sums – the formula used to offset potential interest rates should they choose to invest the payout – will change….

    Woman claims washing husbands’ asbestos-laden clothes gave her cancer


    A woman diagnosed with an incurable cancer is claiming she contracted the disease from her late husbands’ asbestos-laden clothes. Vivienne Swain, 60, from Rochdale, has mesothelioma – a rare cancer known to be contracted from asbestos. She believes she came into contact with asbestos when washing her husbands’ work clothes that may have been exposed….

    DFS fined £1m after worker sustains serious head injuries


    A national furniture company has been fined £1 million for “systemic failings” that resulted in an employee suffering serious head injuries. A worker at DFS Trading Limited sustained serious injuries to his head and neck after being struck by a falling furniture arm that was unsecured on July 2, 2015, Derby Magistrates’ Court heard. DFS Trading….

    Container terminal fine after worker suffers ‘life-changing injuries’


    A container firm has been fined £180,000 after an employee suffered “life-changing injuries” in an industrial accident. The worker was driving a straddle carrier at Tilbury Docks on November 16, 2014, when it toppled over into an excavation, Basildon Crown Court heard. As well as suffering a head wound which required 29 staples to close, the….

    Drivers face increased fines and points for mobile phone usage


    New legislation has come into force that would see drivers using their mobile phones fined £200 and have 6 points put on their licence. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has raised the penalty from 3 points and a £100 fine. Those found using their phone at the wheel twice will get 12 points and will face magistrates’….

    Firm fined thousands after worker breaks finger


    One of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of polythene plastic products has been fined thousands of pounds after an employee was injured in a workplace accident. Total Polyfilm Ltd – a polythene film manufacturer – pleaded guilty to safety breaches at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court after one of its workers trapped his hand while operating….

    10 Brits injured in speedboat accident on Norway’s coast


    Ten British passengers have been taken to hospital after a boating accident off the icy Norwegian coast. Some 24 passengers were enjoying a speedboat excursion at around 3.00pm (local time) on Thursday, February 16. The boat collided with a fountain as it came back to shore near the town of Harstad, around 875 miles north of Norway’s….

    Shortage of Scottish radiologists


    Patients in Scotland are being put at increased risk from delays in diagnosis because of a lack of trained radiologists, doctors have warned. According to the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), chronic vacancies and a lack of interested trainees are working against a greater demand for the specialist doctors. Clinical radiologists are responsible for diagnosing injuries….

    Quarter of abattoirs failing ‘basic hygiene standards’


    Consumers of meat could be at risk of food poisoning as a new report suggests a quarter of abattoirs are failing to meet basic standards of hygiene. According to analysis of more than 300 government inspections across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, almost 27% of meat factories were in breach of Food Standards Agency (FSA)….

    Contractor avoids jail time after employee’s fatal fall


    A roofing contractor has escaped jail after a worker fell to his death because of serious safety failings in the workplace. Roy Hardaker had his nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years, after Manchester Crown Court heard that he had failed to protect the employee while working at height. Jason Fogarty, a father of two,….

    Bell ringer flipped upside down in freak accident


    A man has survived a serious accident after his foot became tangled in a rope while ringing a cathedral bell. Ian Bowman, 51, has been left with a fractured spine after crashing around 80ft to the ground when the heel of his foot was caught in the bell rope at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, February 11. Mr Bowman said:….

    Health cuts ‘most likely cause’ of unprecedented number of deaths


    Ongoing cuts to health and social care services could possibly be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, researchers are claiming. According to a new research paper by the University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, an “unprecedented” number of deaths in England and Wales during….

    Welder suffers ‘life-changing injuries’


    An engineering firm has been fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for failing to prevent a “horrific accident” that resulted in a worker’s leg being amputated. F. Brazil Reinforcements Ltd pleaded guilty at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court after welder Felix Trefas, 27, had his leg crushed by an overhead crane on June 10, 2015. The cranes at….

    Rail safety still has ‘room for improvement’ on Grayrigg anniversary


    As Britain marked the ten year anniversary of the last train crash fatality, rail bosses say there is still “room for improvement”. Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways, told the Press Association that railways in the UK are currently the “safest they have ever been “but there is still room for improvement”. He said:….

    Great Western Rail instructed to review driver training after crash


    A rail company has been told to undertake a review of its training processes for new drivers after an avoidable crash injured 48 passengers and crew. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has made the recommendation to Great Western Railway (GWR) following its inquiry into the Plymouth station crash that occurred on April 3, 2016. The….

    Tree surgeon fatally wounded by chainsaw


    A tree surgeon has died in a workplace accident involving a chainsaw. Gregery Bulbuc, 31, was working in a private backyard in Bermondsey, south east London, on Wednesday, February 15, when the fatal incident occurred. Both the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended but Mr Bulbuc was pronounced dead at the scene. “This….

    Man jailed after worker suffers fatal fall


    A man has been jailed after a worker under his supervision died after falling almost seven metres. Saleem Hussain has been given an eight months jail term, after a 45-year-old casual labourer fell to his death from a fragile roof while repairing the guttering at Witney Mill, Manchester in November 2013. A Health and Safety….

    Motorist is second man to die at unmanned crossing in recent years


    A driver who was tragically killed when his vehicle was hit by a train on a level crossing is the second fatality at the site in three years, police have confirmed. Colin Cameron, 60, was hit by the locomotive at Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire at around 3:00pm on Tuesday, February 7. His Land Rover was struck by….

    Bus driver crushed by tree wins £300,000 in damages


    A local authority will pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds, after a bus driver sustained life-changing injuries from a falling tree. Andrew Cavanagh, 57, of Haslemere in Surrey, was injured when a 20-metre lime tree fell from the roadside, trapping him in the vehicle’s cab and causing physical and mental harm, London’s High Court heard…..

    Butcher fined £18k after worker cuts into hand


    A Bristol butcher has been fined £18,000 after a worker was injured while cutting meat in an avoidable workplace accident. An employee of The Butchers at Clifton Limited was using a band saw to cut through beef bones and suffered deep lacerations to one of his hands because of a lack of appropriate safety measures. The….

    Pupils released from hospital after school bus crash


    Forty children have survived a serious accident after the bus they were travelling on crashed down an embankment. There were no serious injuries, although 26 pupils were taken to hospital after the white school bus they were travelling on veered off-road in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire on Thursday, February 9, at around 8.45am. The pupils, aged between….

    Man suffers serious leg injuries after being hit by a tram


    A man in his 20s was seriously injured after being hit by a tram in Manchester. Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old male was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries after the incident at Monsall Metrolink stop in north Manchester. The collision occurred at 6.20am on Sunday, February 12. Officers are now appealing for witnesses to the incident….

    Engineering firm fined for safety failings


    A ground engineering company has been fined thousands of pounds for failing to recognise that an employee was suffering from serious hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a worker at Phi Group – part of the Oxfordshire-based firm Keller Limited – had developed the vibration disorder….

    Police thank passers-by who helped save teenager’s life


    Midlands police officers have applauded the quick actions taken by members of the public after a teenage cyclist was seriously injured in a road traffic accident. The 15-year-old from Birmingham was taken to hospital after a collision with a Vauxhall Astra on Tuesday, February 7. Police who attended the accident, that occurred in the Great Barr….

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