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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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    2018 conference to address safe working towards decarbonisation


    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to host a Safety Excellence in Energy conference in the new year, to address challenges in the sector. With support from the Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM), the regulator wants to deliver examples of excellence, updates on recent research and highlight ongoing activities at the event….

    HSE staff awarded thousands for workplace safety breaches


    Employees of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been awarded almost £17,000 in compensation for injuries sustained while working for the regulator. Two workers were awarded payouts, with judges accepting that the safety body had failed to protect its workers from illness or injury. In 2014, one employee sustained injuries in a faulty lift….

    Utility firm fined after workers exposed to asbestos


    An electrical contractor in Scotland has been fined £6,000 for exposing its workers to deadly asbestos. IQA Operations Group, based in Paisley, failed to identify the presence of asbestos in cable routing work being carried out by four electricians at a tower block in Motherwell, on June 23, 2014. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)….

    NHS staff shortages are treading line of safety


    The safety of patients is at risk because of staff shortages in the NHS, health leaders are warning. A gap in the workforce is leaving some trusts with too few staff to maintain adequate levels of service and quality of care, according to NHS Providers, a membership body for health services. Staff shortages are now….

    Suspended jail term for director who risked lives through lack of planning


    The company director of a waste management firm has been handed a suspended prison sentence for failing to properly control a construction project, resulting in a lorry being struck by 132,000 volts. Donal Hanly, of Hanly Waste Services Limited, had been contracted to construct a bund (earth mound) beneath overhead power lines. He failed to….

    Worker seriously injured by falling tonne-weight grid


    A steel fabrication firm in Derbyshire has been fined after an employee’s foot was crushed by a heavy metal grid. Swadlincote Aluminium and Welding Co Ltd has been ordered to pay £4,400 plus costs after pleading guilty to health and safety breaches. Life-changing injuries Nicholas Jenkin had been painting several large metal grids when the….

    Lorry crashes into ‘accident-prone’ bridge


    Shropshire Council is being called to implement safety measures after a lorry crashes into a bridge before tumbling into a river. According to the Shropshire Star newspaper, a 50-year-old man had to be hospitalised after crashing into Broad Bridge on the B4176 in Stableford, near Bridgnorth. He was treated for chest pains at New Cross….

    Thousands of dangerous drivers filmed by police HGV


    Shocking footage has been released of a lorry driver travelling at speed with his foot on the dashboard while simultaneously checking his mobile phone. The video is one of more than 4,000 contraventions captured as part of a road sting operation using an unmarked HGV to identify motoring offences. The elevated position of the cab….

    Jail term for rogue gas fitter who endangered family


    A gas fitter who risked the lives of a family of four through his dangerous workmanship has been sentenced to six months in prison. Self-employed Eric Parry, trading as EHP Building Services, had been contracted to remove gas cooker pipework at a home in Rhoose, South Wales in May 2016. Endangering lives Mr Parry was….

    New drivers pick up dangerous habits after just 2 weeks


    A new study suggests some motorists are picking up unsafe driving habits just 14 days after passing their test. Research by comparison website, ComparetheMarket.com, found that newly-passed drivers admit to driving without a seat belt only a fortnight after getting their licence. After just three weeks, those surveyed also admit to tailgating other drivers, which….

    Millions ‘still suffering from work-related ill health’


    There are 1.3 million workers suffering from employment-related illnesses, new statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show. According to the annual report on work-related injury and ill health, based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS), there have been 609,000 industrial injuries recorded for the year up to March 2017. The HSE says these….

    London workboat-catamaran collision investigated


    The crew of a workboat that sank in the River Thames with two men on board did not alert an oncoming passenger boat of its presence, an investigation has concluded. According to a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) the Alison workboat collided with a passenger catamaran at Tower Millennium Pier in London….

    Banbury firm fined thousands after worker loses leg


    A plastic moulding company in Oxfordshire has been fined £80,000 after an employee had to have his leg amputated following an industrial accident. The 64-year old man was injured on May 24, 2016, by a falling pallet, while working for of Magna Exteriors in Banbury. He was struck while attempting to move a stack of….

    Four hospital workers excluded over ‘ill treatment’ of vulnerable patients


    Police are investigating claims of “ill treatment of patients” at a hospital for vulnerable adults in Ireland. So far, four members of staff have been excluded from work at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim – a facility that cares for adults with intellectual disabilities and mental ill health. BBC News reports that the probe centres….

    ‘£220m needed’ to improve Britain’s most dangerous roads


    Britain’s most high-risk A roads need a £220 million cash injection to reduce the number of casualties, a road safety charity is urging. A campaign by the Road Safety Foundation is calling on the Government to increase the level of funding to improve the most dangerous routes in the UK. Increased funding needed The charity….

    Farmers’ union and HSE join to improve sector’s workplace safety


    The National Farming Union (NFU) has joined forces with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to improve occupational safety in the farming industry. Dozens of farmers headed to an event at the National Agriculture Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, to learn about preventative measures that can keep workers safe. Worrying statistics Farming and agricultural sector jobs….

    Private firm fined £550,000 for occupational health failings


    A private health care provider in Bedford has been fined more than half a million pounds for risking the safety of its employees, a court has heard. Ramsay Health Care (UK) Operations Ltd failed to adequately administer its internal occupational health service, despite being alerted to its shortcomings by an in-house nurse and the Health….

    TUC celebrates 40 years of union safety reps


    Workplaces with in-house union health and safety committees sustain half the number of injuries of those without, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said. The union body made the announcement as it celebrates 40 years of union health and safety representatives and committees. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady says good employers are already working with….

    Average speed cameras on A90 will ‘save lives’ says minister


    A multi-million-pound project to install average speed cameras on Scotland’s “Slug Road” will save lives, the country’s Transport Minister has said. Humza Yousaf hopes the upgrade to the A90 that connects north and south Scotland will go a long way in reducing road casualties. Work began in May to introduce 30 cameras on the busy….

    Thousands of monthly tyre incidents spark new initiative


    Highways England has announced new plans to tackle the number of serious road incidents caused by tyres that are not road worthy. Each month there are 3,500 tyre or wheel-related incidents on Britain’s roads, according to the organisation. The Government body says it wants to reduce these numbers and raise awareness of tyre safety, and….

    Fire crew numbers cut by 20% in last decade


    Firefighters have been slashed by over a fifth since 2007, triggering worries that the emergency service is in “crisis”. According to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the number of firefighters in the UK has dropped by 22% compared with just a decade ago. ‘A threat to public safety’ Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU,….

    Deadly asbestos found in social housing tower block


    Asbestos has been uncovered in a tower block in Liverpool, prompting concerns that the deadly material could be in hundreds of flats. The fibrous building material has been removed from Denecliff tower block, which forms part of the Stockbridge Village run by Villages Housing Association. Community concern Mark Syme, 48, spent many months trying to….

    ‘1 in 6 workers’ has poor mental health


    Poor mental health affects as many as one in six workers, a new report commissioned by the Government has found. According to Thriving at Work, an independent review of mental health in the workplace by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, 15% of employees suffer with symptoms of mental health illness. Mr Farmer says the….

    Norfolk man jailed for ‘immediately dangerous’ gas work


    A man has been jailed for carrying out unsafe gas installations, risking the lives of a Norfolk homeowner and neighbours. Chris Johnson from Kings Lynn in Norfolk pleaded guilty to carrying out the work despite lacking the credentials to do so. A judge at Norwich Crown Court has sentenced Mr Johnson to 14 months in….

    Firm fined £150,000 after worker’s arm and hand amputated


    A demolition firm from Liverpool has been fined £150,000 and its company director has been handed a suspended jail term after a worker’s arm was crushed while using inappropriate equipment. David Whitfield, 64, had to have his left arm and right hand amputated after being trapped between two 10-tonne steel girders. The workplace incident occurred….

    Father and son injured after builder breaches work from height laws


    A Yorkshire builder has been fined after three workers fell almost five metres from a work platform that had not been properly secured. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that on December 1, 2015, Jeremy Waudby had subcontracted a cladding company to assist with the construction of a new chicken shed….

    Train driver in King’s Cross collision had ‘mini sleep’, report finds


    A train driver fell asleep causing a collision with the buffers at London’s King’s Cross station, an investigation has determined. The report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) says the woman had been finishing a “relatively demanding night shift” when the incident occurred. Minor injuries The incident involving a four-carriage locomotive happened on August….

    Tyre safety charity urges drivers to prepare for cold spell


    With snow and ice due to hit Britain any day, a safety charity is warning drivers to start paying special attention to their tyres to ensure they’re kept safe on the road. Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, said: “The weather across Britain varies substantially, not just between regions but even by the hour. “We’re now….

    Motorists liable if they fail driverless car updates


    Drivers of autonomous cars who don’t carry out the required software updates on their vehicles may see their insurance invalidated, proposed legislation will enact. According to a draft statute on driverless cars, the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, motorists who don’t bother to complete essential updates on the vehicle’s computing system can be held liable….

    Speed awareness courses raise £54m for police forces


    Police forces across England and Wales are bringing in £54 million a year from speed awareness courses, new figures show. The number of motorists taking up the option of the course has jumped by almost a third, and figures obtained by the Press Association show the average cost of attending the training last month has….

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