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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

    People prone to fainting ‘more likely to have accidents at work’


    People who suffer from regular fainting spells are more likely to have accidents at work, according to a new study. Working-age people who have a condition known as syncope are at higher risk of occupational accidents and job loss, compared to those without the condition, says research in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Higher….

    Man paralysed after gas pipe falls on him


    An engineer suffered a fractured spine after a gas pipe fell into a trench he was working in, Maidstone Crown Court heard. Essex-based Forefront Utilities Limited has now been found guilty of health and safety failings that led to the accident at work. Man paralysed after accident The employee of the specialist gas infrastructure company was….

    Baker fined following two finger injuries


    A lack of correct guarding on dough cutting machinery led two workers to suffer finger injuries, an investigation found. Two separate incidents One employee of Penrith-based bakery Bells of Lazonby Limited lost the top part of his right hand middle finger in the accident at work. The second suffered a cut to his left index….

    Guide highlights gender differences in health and safety


    A new guide urges people to consider gender differences when planning health and safety guidelines. The TUC has published the new guide for trade union representatives when identifying health and safety concerns at work. Historic assumptions out of date Historically, the health and safety needs of men have been prioritised over women as risk prevention….

    Stronger corporate governance ‘could boost health and safety’


    New corporate governance reforms could help boost health and safety in the workplace, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). A report has been produced by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee looking at corporate governance failings. It follows the public and major failings of large organisations like BHS. Room for….

    Warning over rugby head injuries issued


    A charity is warning rugby players about the dangers of continuing to play after receiving a blow to the head. Brain injury charity Headway issued the warning after Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar said he felt “a little bit dazed” during the closing stages of his team’s PRO12 match against Leinster. Suffered bang to head Biggar suffered….

    Surprise site visit finds no asbestos survey in place


    An unannounced inspection of a basement conversion found that two family-run firms working on site had failed to carry out an asbestos survey. The companies have now been fined after both admitted health and safety failings on the Manchester site. Basement conversion project Hatters Taverns Limited and sister company Hatters Hostel Limited were working to convert….

    New guide aims to clear up language around health and safety


    A new guide has been launched aimed at making health and safety discussions more accessible. RoSPA has launched the 22-page booklet called Little Book of Big Ideas. Clearing up complex language Many people see occupational health and safety as too complex to understand. The guide aims to provide a clear version of discussions and ideas around the….

    Safety fears over telescopic ladders as 32,000 withdrawn


    ContentsGovernment investigation launched‘Shocking’ results Over 32,000 telescopic ladders have been withdrawn from sale over safety fears. Trading Standards is now warning DIY enthusiasts, tradesmen and gardeners to check their ladders and be vigilant when using them. Government investigation launched Enquiries by Trading Standards found major safety concerns. It has led to a government-funded investigation working alongside….

    Warehouse in ‘appalling’ state led to man losing fingers


    The manager of a pallet company faces jail time after “one of the worst management failures” ever seen by a court. Alexander Mackay is manager of the G&D Pallets sawroom in Dundee. His lack of consideration for the health and safety of his workers was the potential cause of an accident that resulted in a….

    Plumber fined for unregistered gas work


    A man has been found guilty of conducting unregistered gas work. Stephen Barton was sentenced by Torquay magistrates after conducting gas work and leaving it in a dangerous state. Unregistered work was dangerous Unregistered plumber Mr Barton had been working on both a gas cooker and boiler at two separate properties in Dawlish and Exeter….

    Support grows for health and safety apprenticeships


    A new health and safety apprenticeship could be a real asset, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) claims. The Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship is being developed as part of the UK Government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme. Construction focus At a recent London Health and Safety Directors Forum, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)….

    Tram supervisor mistake ‘led to death of man’


    A man was killed on a tram track after a supervisor for the network wrongly believed he had moved off the rails. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found that Peter Rothwell, 51, was killed by a tram after network staff mistakenly told drivers he had moved off the tracks. Man struck by tram travelling 30mph Mr….

    Dangers faced by road workers highlighted in new figures


    Highways England is highlighting the dangers faced by road workers as new figures reveal the number of deaths and injuries suffered by such workers. Dozens of injuries New figures show that 12 road workers- including two traffic officers – have been killed while working on the network in the past decade. Three of these were killed….

    Survey reveals dangers in the food and drink industry


    A new study has been conducted into health and safety levels in the UK’s food and drink industry. A third of the industry took part The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) study found that half of the injuries in this sector come from slips, trips or falls, while 1 in 5 involve a….

    Quick-thinking colleague helped prevent more serious injuries


    A quick-thinking colleague helped prevent a man’s serious injuries from being even worse, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigator claims. Two construction firms have now been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following an electrocution, including severe neck burns. Working near overhead lines BAM Construction Ltd was the main contractor on the Network Rail….

    Scaffolding collapses at Newcastle cinema


    Scaffolding at a derelict Newcastle cinema has collapsed onto a public street. Witnesses say workmen at the venue were having a “heated discussion” just moments before the scaffolding came crashing down. Crane possibly involved The accident happened during the demolition of the cinema. Initial reports suggest that a crane might have knocked some of the scaffolding….

    Gas explosion provides wake-up call to industry


    The oil industry has been urged to ‘take notice’ after a gas explosion at a refinery in Ellesmere Port. Oil company Essar Oil (UK) Ltd has been fined £1.65m following the incident at its Stanlow refinery. No injuries but vast damage The blast happened in the early hours of November 14, 2013. While there were no injuries, it….

    Electrical worker died after falling from ladder


    An electrical worker has died after falling 6 metres from a ladder. The man, who was an experienced linesman, was working for Electricity North West Ltd when the incident happened. The company has now been fined £900,000. Cut through his safety strap In November 2013, John Flowers, 63, used a ladder to help remove ivy….

    Firms fined for not spotting asbestos risk


    The failure to provide information about asbestos in a building has led to two companies being fined. Kingsley Asbestos Services Limited (KAS), a licensed asbestos removal contractor, had been subcontracted by Bourne Valley Construction Services Limited (BVCS) to carry out work on a property in Leatherhead, Surrey, Staines Magistrates’ Court heard. Failure to provide right information….

    Self-driving cars ‘will be restricted’ to reduce accident risk


    Self-driving cars could be seriously restricted due to concerns over whether they should be allowed to make life and death decisions on the UK’s roads, according to a leading automotive figure. Dr Ian Robertson, a member of the board of management at BMW AG, believes governments will legislate to restrict their use to help reduce the….

    Call to change criminal prosecution laws in Scotland


    Scotland wants laws similar to England allowing people to bring private criminal prosecutions following accidents. MSPs have written to the Scottish Government, prosecution officials, and health and safety authorities saying people feel they are “not getting justice” as current rules prevent people bringing private criminal prosecutions in Scotland. Remove the need to seek permission Campaigner Bill….

    Workers exposed to electromagnetic fields ‘at MND risk’


    Being exposed to electromagnetic fields at work is linked to a higher risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), research suggests. Experts at Utrecht University in the Netherlands found a link between exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – the most common type of MND. ALS causes death within years….

    Poor guards led to worker losing fingers


    Lack of sufficient guards on a mixer caused a worker to lose two of his fingers in an accident at work, a court has heard. Surgery required after accident Scunthorpe-based Coldmac Limited was fined £6,000 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries to his hand that required surgical intervention. The company had been appointed as the….

    New guide to create better health and safety coaches


    A new guide has been released to help health and safety workers to become better coaches. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has released ‘Coaching for safety – An introductory guide‘. Helping coaches to engage The guide hopes to improve the coaching skills of health and safety practitioners so they can better engage others and….

    Highways England celebrates safety milestone


    Highways England has celebrated reaching a massive milestone for safety at work. The team, which monitors and manages the country’s road network, has notched up a million hours of work without injury. Millions of hours saved Carillion, which undertakes some highway maintenance work on behalf of UK Highways, achieved the milestone of 4 years without….

    Man’s safety harness wasn’t attached when he fell


    A worker suffered life-changing injuries – including having metal rods inserted in his back – after falling 9 metres through a skylight. ACG Roofing Limited and JDB Industrial Roofing Limited have both been fined after admitting to breaches of health and safety legislation. No rails or nets in place ACG had been subcontracted by JDB to….

    Public alert HSE to construction site safety failings


    Members of the public alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to major safety failings on a construction site in Essex. Because of their vigilance, London-based construction company Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd has been fined for safety failings. Public made complaints Malik was working on a site at St John’s Way in Corringham, Essex in….

    Man crushed by brother on construction site


    A man accidentally killed his brother on a construction site while driving a dumper truck, a court has heard. The construction firm has now been fined after the death of Philip Griffiths at Heathrow Airport in October 2014. Attempting to move broken lift Philip’s brother Paul was attempting to move a broken down scissor lift on a….

    Worker crushed by falling cardboard


    A worker was left with life-threatening injuries after 400kg of cardboard fell on him. The worker at Arrow Recycling Ltd was crushed under the stack of cardboard during the accident in April 2016. The company has now been fined £160,000. Worker placed in coma after accident Parvez Ahmed, 49, was working at a recycling site….

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