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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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    Fit for Work scheme ‘needs reviewing’


    The Government’s Fit for Work scheme is not being embraced by companies, according to EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The EEF now wants the Government to review its work and health priorities as part of its industrial strategy. Fit and healthy ‘key’ to productivity The call follows the UK’s biggest business survey on sickness absence, and….

    Boy loses leg in farm vehicle accident


    Families who live on working farms should be ‘kept separate from the farm’s business activities’, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated after a tragic accident involving an eight-year-old boy. It follows an incident in which the boy fell from a vehicle on his parent’s farm in Kirkbean and ended up having to have….

    HSE backs plans to silence Big Ben


    The Health and Safety Executive says the silencing of Big Ben during renovation works would help protect workers’ hearing. Risk to workers’ health A spokesperson for the HSE said: “We’ve been concerned by a minority of the reaction to the announcement relating to the Big Ben conservation project in London. “People’s health should not be….

    Call for UK Govenrment to improve vehicle safety


    A number of safety groups have united in calling for better vehicle safety standards in the UK. The industry groups and NGOs want the UK Government to support the European Commission’s plans to improve standards. United front of road safety In a joint letter to Roads Minister Jesse Norman, Brake, the Association of Car Fleet….

    Nearly 10,000 fires started by faulty white goods


    New figures show that faulty white goods cause dozens of new fires every week. Washing machines, tumble dryers and fridges are among the household items that have contributed to 9,574 fires in the past three years, according to information released under the Freedom of Information laws to the Liberal Democrats. Figure could be higher The….

    Scaffold collapse put workers and public at risk


    Workers and the public suffered a near miss as poorly secured scaffolding collapsed at an industrial unit. Dorset-based Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited (SDSRL) has now been fined after the scaffold collapsed at the industrial unit in Wallisdown, Poole. Scaffold nearly hit office worker The company had been hired to build scaffolding at….

    Two thirds of workers not given health and safety policy information


    Nearly 2 in 3 workers in some of the most dangerous roles have never received any information on their company’s health and safety policies, according to a new study. Workers not given enough information The study by WorkMobile found that a quarter of employees working in hazardous job roles say their employers aren’t doing enough….

    Tata Steel fined £1m over toxic spill


    Tata Steel, one of the world’s largest steel companies, has been fined nearly £1 million after a toxic spill at its Scunthorpe site. Five workers exposed The incident saw a large quantity of Benzole released at an open site that resulted in a large flammable vapour cloud, Hull Crown Court heard. Five workers were exposed….

    Lorry drivers photographed driving dangerously


    Images have been released showing lorry drivers texting, eating and reading while driving. The Press Association pictures show that lorry drivers need to change their attitude to road safety, with their behaviour potentially having fatal consequences, police and motoring experts have warned. ‘Dire’ consequences The AA says such behaviour can be “dire”, while road safety….

    Woman suffers severe chemical burns


    A worker suffered flash burns when a chemical she was working with ignited. The woman was working at Pyronix Limited, a manufacturing firm that builds intruder alarm equipment. Woman using volatile chemicals Part of the manufacturing process involves dipping Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) in a Fluorocoat Thin Film Coating. This is a highly flammable substance….

    BSC appoints new chairman


    The British Safety Council (BSC) has appointed a new chairman. Lawrence Waterman, who is described as a passionate health and safety campaigner, has been unveiled as the new chair by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the BSC. A history of delivering health and safety Lynda Armstrong OBE, Current Chair of the British Safety Council, has….

    Firefighter recognised for improving safety


    A UK firefighter has been recognised in America for the way she has changed the national approach to how fires are fought. London Fire Brigade’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton will receive two awards in Washington D.C. at the American Psychological Association Convention. First time theory used Her scientific research helped the fire service….

    Lack of London Underground staff putting people at risk


    The lack of staff at London Underground stations is putting the safety of passengers at risk, according to a union. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union says there is a “growing crisis” in unstaffed London Underground stations. It follows two incidents where injured passengers had to wait for help to arrive. Two accidents could have….

    Call for better reporting of health and safety practices


    Corporations need to improve how they report occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). A new report from IOSH, ‘The Need for Standardized Sustainability Reporting Practices’, shows how corporate reporting on health and safety lacks rigour. The report was released by the Center for Safety and Health….

    Safety awards expands to cover new areas


    A safety and health award scheme has been extended to cover three new areas. Awards reflect new direction IOSH’s Excellence Awards 2017 recognises IOSH volunteers’ efforts to promote safety and health. It has now been expanded to reflect the 3 pillars of the institution’s new 5-year strategy – enhance, collaboration and influence. Those looking to….

    Drink driving casualties at three-year high


    Drink driving casualties have reached a three-year high, according to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT). In 2015, 1,370 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes involving a driver under the influence. This is up from 1,310 on the previous year – a 4% increases. Significant increase The rise has been described as….

    Woman suffers brain damage in hangar door accident


    A woman’s family have been left “devastated” after she suffered brain damage in an accident involving hangar doors. In April 2015, the worker was opening the doors at Luton Airport’s Hangar 219 so that she could move an aircraft inside, St Albans Crown Court heard. Woman became trapped in doors But during the process of….

    Schools are ‘over-cautious’ with kids, says Ofsted head


    The health and safety culture at UK schools is “over-cautious”, according to the head of Ofsted. Chief inspector of schools Amanda Spielman says children aren’t developing enough “resilience and grit” as the health and safety culture in schools in too cautious. Wrapping kids in cotton wool Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she said the culture….

    Landlord ‘risked lives’ carrying out own boiler work


    A landlord ignored warnings and undertook gas work he was not qualified to do, putting his tenants’ lives at risk, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Landlord not trained in gas work The Ilfracombe landlord was given a suspended sentence at Exeter Crown Court for undertaking the dangerous gas work. In September last….

    Man loses hand in toy factory accident


    A worker in a toy factory lost his hand after getting it caught in machinery, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard. The Stuffing Plant Ltd, a soft toy filling company, has been sentenced and fined for safety breaches. Machine left unguarded The worker lost his left hand in an unguarded carding machine in March 2016 as he tried to….

    New government position to tackle dodgy employers


    A new role has been created in the Government to stamp out shoddy working practices and help protect workers rights and safety.  Cracking down on exploitation Sir David Metcalf has been named as the first Director of Labour Market Enforcement. He will be tasked with setting the strategic priorities for all employment enforcement bodies to stamp….

    New offshore safety guide aims to prevent another Piper Alpha


    A new initiative has been launched that aims to prevent future offshore accidents. ‘Encompassing the Future: Offshore Oil and Gas Operations’ combines 40 years of knowledge in environmental, health and safety and performance management. The guide will be shared with current and future oil and gas workers. ‘Knowledge bank’ aims to prevent disasters The ‘knowledge….

    High heels at work increase risk of injury


    Forcing women to wear high heels at work could increase the risk of musculoskeletal conditions and the chance of injury, according to a new study. UK rejected ban Academics at the University of Aberdeen, who carried out a review of scientific studies into the shoes, are now calling for the end of women being forced….

    New safety measures to be in final Croydon tram crash report


    A new system is being called for to prevent a tram crash such as the recent accident in Croydon. The investigation into the Croydon tram crash looks likely to suggest that a system is introduced that would help prevent serious accidents due to excessive speed at high-risk locations. Report expected within months The Rail Accident….

    Building fire safety review welcomed


    A safety charity has welcomed an independent review of building regulations and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower incident. Former HSE chair to head up review The UK government has revealed that former Health and Safety Executive chair Dame Judith Hackitt will head up the review. A final report is expected in the spring. The….

    Worker injured in fall from forklift truck


    A lack of planning and incorrect equipment led to a worker falling from height, Lincoln Magistrates’ Court has heard. Lincolnshire-based Fishgate Limited, a food manufacturing company, has now been fined after the worker fell 6 metres from the back of a forklift truck. Fell from forklift truck The employee was painting guttering and drainpipes on….

    Charity wants more done to protect workers from diesel emissions


    A workplace health charity is calling for more to be done to reduce workers’ exposure to cancer-causing diesel particulates. Hundreds die every year The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) was responding to the UK’s newly published Air Quality Plan, claiming it fails to address the cancer-causing elements of diesel exhaust emissions – microscopic….

    Crossrail contractors fined after safety failings and death


    Three firms linked to the Crossrail development have been fined after repeated safety failings, including one that led to the death of a worker. Three incidents at same company The joint venture has been fined more than £1m at Southwark Crown Court following three separate incidents on the project. Slovakian-born Renè Tkáčik, 43, was crushed….

    Poor working from height practices led to worker’s fall


    A worker who fell from an unsecured ladder sustained bruises to the brain, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard. The man was working for Chesterfield-based water treatment system manufacturer Icon Process Systems Ltd at the time of the accident. Ladder and man fell The worker had used a ladder to weld the top of a large water….

    Significant drop in number of traffic police reported


    There has been a significant drop in the number of traffic police in the past decade, a new report has revealed. Biggest drop in past 5 years A Press Association Freedom of Information (FOI) request to all 45 territorial forces found that in the past 10 years, the number of dedicated traffic police has fallen….

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