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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

    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….

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