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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

    Ageing population causing chronic conditions in workers

    Europe’s ageing population is creating a workforce that is more at risk of a number of illnesses and conditions, according to EU-OSHA’s analysis report on rehabilitation and returning to work. Chronic conditions like musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), cardiovascular disease and mental health issues currently affect around one in three older workers, compared with just 15% of younger workers…..

    Concussion rates in rugby rising

    Concussion is the the most common injury – and most serious – in Premiership Rugby, according to a new report. Following a number of high-profile cases, rugby head injuries have become a focal point. One of the biggest incidents was the injury to the British and Irish Lions international George North. North, while playing for….

    Roofers’ lives put at risk due to lax safety measures

    The lives of two workers were put at risk from a fall from height by a roofing contractor, Manchester City Magistrates heard. MW Roofing (NW) Ltd has now been fined after it was judged to have inadequate safety measures for two employees working at height without protection against falls. Repairing a chimney The employees were working….

    Construction workers and farmers most at risk of skin cancer

    Construction workers and farmers are most at risk of work-related skin cancer, a new study claims. Those who work for long periods outdoors in Britain account for 2% of all skin cancers, according to the Imperial College London study, published in the British Journal Of Cancer. Dozens of deaths a year Too much exposure to….

    Man had legs amputated after accident at work

    Failure to protect workers from high volumes of vehicles on site caused an accident that led to a worker having two legs amputated. Sundorne Products (Llanidloes) Limited, a Welsh landfill company, was fined for the safety failings after the man was run over, Mold Crown Court has heard. The man had been working at a….

    Queen recognises two safety workers

    A woman who has worked all her life to improve transport safety has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Caroline Wake, a member of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), was given an OBE for her services to transport safety and the community of Kent. Another IOSH member, Andrew Butt, was….

    New standards considered for respiratory protective devices

    A consultation has been launched over the potential new standards for respiratory protective devices (RPDs). The standard – ISO 16975 – will provide advice on the selection, use and maintenance of RPDs. It’s hoped it will help prevent harmful exposures at work. The new standard will, hopefully, be published in early 2018. Competently delivered measures Institution….

    Elderly pilot could have been ‘under pressure’ to fly before accident

    A 90-year-old pilot may have been under pressure to fly when he had an accident, a report claims. The man, one of the UK’s oldest pilots, was seriously injured after crashing his microlight into a tree, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has found. Lost control on landing The pensioner lost control of his….

    Explosion in Manchester could have been gas related

    An explosion at a terraced house in Manchester has seriously injured two people. Emergency services were called to the blast on Cecil Road in Blackley, Manchester on Monday 16 January. While the exact cause is currently unknown, the BBC has reported that the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service suspects it is gas related. Five….

    Damaged piston behind helicopter accident

    A damaged tail piston was the cause of a helicopter accident on a North Sea oil rig. The accident has led to the grounding of all Sikorsky S92 model helicopters following the investigation. Accident happened during landing The helicopter was attempting to land on the West Franklin platform on December 28 at the time of the….

    Event focusses on dangers of refurbishment work

    A free health and safety event aimed at construction workers is being organised in Scotland. Those who work on refurbishment projects are being invited to the Site Safe Scotland’s Working Well Together campaign event, which is being supported by North Lanarkshire Council. The half-day affair on February 14 in Wishaw looks to provide practical advice on….

    Man loses three fingers at crisp factory

    An agency worker at a crisp factory lost the tops of three of his fingers in an accident at work that was “entirely preventable”, a court has heard. The life-changing injury occurred at Northamptonshire-based Tayto Group Limited’s manufacturing facility. Company fined for failings The company, which makes crisps and snacks, has now been fined £330,000 for….

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