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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."

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    Cumbria’s worst roads for potholes revealed


    Cumbria’s most pothole-ridden road has been revealed as part of a league table highlighting the county’s worst carriageways. The A6, running between Kendal and Carlisle, has received the most complaints from motorists, with 176 holes being reported to the local highways authority. The complaint data from Cumbria County Council was obtained by northwest newspaper, The….

    Road safety charity praises intuitive ‘smart crossing’


    The invention of an innovative new ‘smart crossing’ could save thousands of lives if rolled out across Britain, its inventors have said. The high-tech crossing – made up of LED lights – works with cameras to intuitively detect the behaviours of road users, and adapts the road markings in response. A new era The prototype….

    Evocative music video highlights dangers of drivers’ phone use


    A music-style video featuring pink kittens and a busy street filled with goings on, is being used to deter motorists who use their mobile phones while driving. The video for the THINK! road safety campaign – being run by the Department for Transport – highlights the dangers that can be missed with a two-second glance….

    Councils accuse Government of withholding fire safety funding


    Croydon Council is pressing ahead to fit tower blocks with sprinklers, despite not receiving any Government funding. According to the South London authority, it’s continuing with a £10 million retrofit of fire safety systems to 1,250 flats across 26 high rise buildings. Local authorities across the UK are prioritising upgrades to their fire safety measures….

    NHS struggling to balance staff shortages with rising demand


    A report by England’s health and care regulators warns the NHS is “straining at the seams”. According to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s health services are “struggling to cope with 21st century problems”, as they grapple with balancing short-staffing problems and an increasing number of patients. “The NHS was created in the middle of….

    Water firm handed £300,000 fine for contamination in Lancashire


    United Utilities has been fined £300,000 following a water contamination in Lancashire affecting hundreds of thousands of homes. The water firm pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches at the Franklaw water treatment works in Preston, affecting 700,000 people in Lancashire in summer 2015. Residents had been warned to boil water before consuming it, after….

    Toy ball recalled over choking fears


    Parents are being urged to return a children’s toy over worries youngsters may choke on parts that have been found to detach. Toys R Us has announced the recall of the Bruin Wiggle Ball after broken pieces were found in children’s mouths. Consumers are being advised to take the toy away from babies and children….

    Child hand injuries can have long-term effects, surgeons warn


    Child-safety locks could prevent thousands of serious hand injuries, a union of surgeons has said. According to the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (Bapras), accidental injuries sustained by children in doors can have long-term effects and should not be underestimated. Inquisitive toddlers who are not yet aware of dangers are the most….

    Roofing firm fined £25,000 after worker falls from height


    A northeast roofing company has been fined thousands of pounds after a worker suffered a serious injury to his back. Stephen Merryweather, an employee of Dufell Roofing Company Ltd, in Darlington, required spinal surgery following a fracture, after falling through a roof that could not support his weight. The company has been fined £25,000 after….

    Dangerous driver admits hit-and-run caught on CCTV


    A hit-and-run motorist who ploughed into a man at speed has pleaded guilty after being captured by local security cameras. Adam McDermott, 33, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving after hitting 53-year-old Andy Payne in a white Fiat 500. Mr McDermott, a builder from South Coast Road, Brighton, has also pleaded guilty to driving….

    Thousands of houses at risk of fire from dangerous cable


    Thousands of homes may be at risk of fire after unsafe and unapproved electrical cable was sold by a Turkish company, an investigation by the BBC has found. According to the broadcaster, 11 million metres of cable was initially sold to firms in Britain by Atlas Kablo, a now-defunct Turkish company, but only seven million….

    Care home awaits sentencing over pensioner’s life-changing injuries


    A Yorkshire care home has pleaded guilty to serious health and safety failings after a woman with dementia fell 30 feet from a second-floor window. Barbara Milroy, 85, suffered spinal, pelvic and hip injuries in the incident on February 4, 2015 at Lofthouse Grange and Lodge in Leeds, the Yorkshire Post reports. Subsequently, the pensioner….

    Recycling firm and bosses fined thousands for multiple safety breaches


    A recycling firm has been fined more than £80,000 and its two company directors have been sentenced for multiple health and safety breaches. Monoworld Recycling pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court to breaching regulations involving the control of electrical systems, working at height and failing to suitably maintain equipment. An investigation by the Health and….

    Preston company fined £80,000 after worker’s hand seriously injured by machinery


    A company specialising in animal feed has been fined £80,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand. Kevin Hebblethwaite, a 59-year-old mill operative at Bowland Country Feeds Limited (BCFL), had to have parts of his hand amputated after coming into contact with rotating metal blades. Mr Hebblethwaite’s injuries are considered life-changing, after the….

    Joint investigation alleges major chicken firm in breach of food hygiene regulations


    Safety breaches at one of the UK’s largest suppliers of supermarket chicken have allegedly been foiled in an undercover investigation. A joint report by ITV News and the Guardian claims the slaughter dates of animals had been tampered with and meat of varying dates was being mixed together at the 2 Sisters Food Group in….

    New nine-point stress plan to improve police wellbeing


    Police forces across England and Wales are to prioritise officer wellbeing by introducing a new plan to tackle workplace stress. The action – to be implemented by 43 forces – comes in response to 2017 figures that show four in five officers experience job-related mental health issues. The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW)….

    Automatic braking would prevent more than 100,000 casualties, says road safety coalition


    More than 100,000 road casualties could be avoided if automatic braking became a standard safety feature on all cars, a coalition of road safety organisations has said. Figures show safety technology that automatically brakes even if a driver fails to react, could prevent 122,860 casualties of road traffic incidents over a 10-year period. IAM RoadSmart….

    New figures reveal Scotland’s most dangerous road


    The A90 has been identified as Scotland’s most dangerous road, according to figures released by the country’s Liberal Democrats. The data shows a road traffic incident occurs on the major road every ten days on average. The 176-mile route runs between north and south Scotland, Edinburgh to Fraserburgh, passing through Dundee and Aberdeen. Shocking figures….

    Rogue landlord fined for endangering tenants


    A landlord in Lincolnshire has been fined thousands of pounds, after being found guilty of endangering his tenants. Lincoln Magistrates Court heard how Abdol Ali Javid Keshmiri allowed 11 people to live in cramped conditions in a four-bedroomed terraced house on Ely Street in Lincoln. Mr Keshmiri, 63, has been fined a total of £8,253.38….

    A&E patients waiting over 12 hours for bed up by 10,000%


    The number of people waiting more than 12 hours for a hospital bed has jumped to the highest number ever recorded, new figures show. According to data from NHS England, patients enduring long waits on trolleys in A&E departments has risen by an enormous 10,546% since 2012. Quarterly figures for January to March this year….

    Scaffolding inspectors sentenced for falsifying safety records


    Two independent scaffolding inspectors have been prosecuted for falsifying inspection documents resulting in a worker suffering serious injuries. The court heard on March 26, 2014, a 49-year-old man suffered a fall from height after falling through a gap between the scaffolding and a building while working on a re-roofing project. Stephen Harper from Middleton, Greater….

    Scaffolding firm to be sentenced after electrocuted worker loses three limbs


    A father of baby twins lost three limbs after being electrocuted with 33,000 volts in a preventable workplace accident, a court has heard. Jamie Mines, 33, was building a temporary shelter while working as a scaffolder for Boundary Scaffolding Ltd. ‘Deepest regrets’ An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) determined that charges would….

    Demolition firm fined £50,000 after worker crushed in collision


    A Midlands firm has been fined £50,000 after an employee suffered life-changing injuries in an incident that could have been prevented. Newcastle under Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how a 39-year-old worker at LPD Demolition was crushed by an excavator as it was reversing. The man’s torso was crushed in the collision on May 3, 2016,….

    Nine million drivers still driving while on the phone


    It seems the worry of double licence points and twice the fine has not been enough to encourage some drivers to put down their mobiles. New research by motoring firm RAC, suggests millions of motorists in the UK are still using their mobile phones while behind the wheel despite harsher penalties for offenders coming into….

    Inspections show one in seven GP surgeries failing on safety


    More than one in seven GP practices are under-performing in key safety areas, putting patient health at risk, an investigation has found. According to inspections of 7,365 practices by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), some 13% of surgeries are identified as requiring improvement and 2% are rated inadequate for safety. The report revises earlier safety….

    Corby firm fined tens of thousands after worker’s hand crushed


    A manufacturer in Leicestershire has been fined more than £50,000 after an agency worker suffered “life-changing” injuries. Symrise Ltd, a seasoning manufacturer in Corby, has been found guilty of breaching safety at work regulations after a man’s hand was crushed in one of its machines. The firm has been fined £55,000 and ordered to pay….

    One in four ambulance workers affected by stress in some areas


    Almost a quarter of ambulance staff in parts of Britain have taken time off for stress in the year up to April, new figures show. Data obtained by the GMB union under Freedom of Information (FOI) finds nearly one in four ambulance staff in certain trusts have had time off as a result of stress….

    HSE outlines long term plans for waste and recycling sector


    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced plans to improve worker protections in the waste and recycling sectors. The HSE intends to reduce exposure to workplace risks, as part of wider plans to reduce work-related injuries and ill-health across 19 industrial sectors. The waste and recycling industry has been identified as having a high….

    Oil firm fined £100,000 after workplace explosion


    An oil specialist in the North West has been fined £100,000 after an explosion occurred at one of its plants through health and safety failings. ESL Fuels Ltd in Merseyside pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to breaching safety regulations after workers cut into a vessel pipe, causing a fuel tank to explode. The incident….

    New HSE campaign to tackle employee health


    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is launching a new campaign to reduce cases of work-related ill health, with new figures showing 26 million sickness days are lost each year. The Go Home Healthy campaign comes in response to more than two-fifths of business leaders reporting a rise in long-term sickness absence at their organisations…..

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