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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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    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….

    Man killed by collapsing wall


    A company’s failure to understand the risks associated to free standing walls cost a worker his life, according to a Health and Safety Executive inspector. Man crushed by falling wall Steven Ratcliffe, 43, was killed when a wall collapsed on him. He was working for Mike Neesam & Son Limited at a site in County….

    Lack of alarm played part in death of three fishermen


    An alarm that should have alerted fishermen their boat was sinking had been disabled, according to a Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigation. Three people died after the Louisa fishing boat sank off the Western Isles as the crew slept. One man managed to swim to safety. Number of factors at play The incident happened….

    New lifeboat fund launched


    A new £1m support fund has been launched to support the work of lifeboats across the country. Helping to save lives Lifeboat charities are now being urged to bid for part of the fund, which has been made available by the ‘Inshore and inland rescue boat grant scheme’. It can be used to buy lifesaving….

    Three firms fined after school asbestos exposure


    A number of workers on a school refurbishment project were exposed to asbestos, Southwark Crown Court heard. As a result of the exposure in Waltham Forest, three companies have been fined more than £1m. Asbestos found in multiple locations In July 2012, one worker removed part of a suspended ceiling at St Mary’s School and….

    Yorkshire councils unite health and safety services


    Two councils are uniting to share their health and safety advice. North Yorkshire Council and the City of York Council have joined forces to create a shared service that will highlight the importance of strong health and safety advice. Service will provide advice for others The new service will provide advice to a number of….

    Commuter trains suffer equipment explosions


    A number of commuter trains have suffered a series of explosions, investigators have heard. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has now launched an investigation into the incidents. Number of explosions One incident involved a blast in under-floor equipment on a South West Trains service as it left Guildford, Surrey, earlier this month. Debris, including….

    Man loses two fingers in accident at work


    A man lost two fingers in an accident at work while trying to repair a large gate, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard. LKAB Minerals (Richmond) Ltd, the employer of the man, has been sentenced and fined after the incident in Sheffield. Gate slipped onto fingers The accident at work happened when two men were attempting to….

    Apprentice was injured in fall from height


    A coach manufacturer has been fined after an apprentice was injured at one of its sites. Warrington-based Bespoke Bodies Ltd pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court and was fined £20,000 following the accident at work in April 2016. Man suffered ruptured spleen The incident involved a 25-year-old man who fell through a roof he was….

    Hospital fined £1m after patient’s death


    A hospital has been fined £1m after a patient died after collapsing onto an exposed metal post. John Biggadike, 53, was a patient at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Man fell onto exposed pole He died in April 2012 from internal injuries after he fell onto an exposed metal post on….

    New course aims to raise health levels in construction


    A new course has been launched to help improve health levels within the construction industry. BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, has seen demand for health-related construction courses grow in recent years, so decided to provide specialist training in controlling health risks through its new Certificate in Controlling Health Risks in Construction (CCHRC)…..

    Worker dies in Cardiff building collapse


    A building has collapsed in Cardiff killing a man. The man who died when an old church building collapsed has been named as Jeffrey Plevey. Man was working on building The 55-year-old man lived in the Welsh capital and had been working in the Citadel building in the Splott area of the city when it….

    Product recall system ‘putting lives at risk’


    A government working group claims millions of faulty electrical goods are still being used and could be at risk of causing another Grenfell Tower-type incident. Millions of electrical items that were recalled by their manufacturers could still be in use across the UK. The news comes as the working group urges ministers to reform the….

    Bus drivers’ safety put at risk


    Long shifts, inadequate breaks and irregular shift patterns are creating stress and a rise in the risk of accidents among the capital’s bus drivers, according to a new report. Safety not speed important Unite the Union is urging Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) to implement the findings of the London….

    Lack of safety guidelines led to hand injury


    A lack of safety guidelines when polishing machinery led to a worker suffering severe hand injuries, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard. Wakefield-based Hallamshire Engineering Service Ltd has now been sentenced for safety breaches. Gloved hand caught in machinery In September 2014, a worker was employed by The Works agency. He’d only been working for four days….

    New guidance on preventing falls published


    A new resource pack has been developed in a bid to help reduce the number of trips and falls in workplaces. Pack aimed at health commissioners Public Health England (PHE) has produced the pack which is targeted at local health commissioners and practitioners as they develop their strategies for fall prevention. The publication of the….

    Safety bodies to meet on fire regulations


    A number of leading safety bodies are to be consulted on building and fire regulations following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, the House of Lords has heard. Safety bodies unite Bodies including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), British Safety Council (BSC) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) called on….

    Fatal crash investigation to take ‘months’


    An investigation into the death of a Staffordshire girl on a school mini bus could take months, not weeks, an inquest has heard. Girl was on school trip Holly Brown was 14 years old when she died in a crash between the school mini bus and a council bin lorry in July. The John Taylor….

    Man injured by fork lift truck


    A company didn’t spot the potential risk created by vehicles and pedestrians being in the same area, leading to an accident at work. Man hit by fork lift truck North West manufacturing company West Coast Corrugated Ltd was fined at Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court after an employee was struck by a fork lift truck…..

    Passengers avoid accident after finding train missing toilet floor


    A parent and child almost fell through the open floor of a moving train, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found. On June 22, a traditional South Devon Railway train was travelling from Totnes Riverside to Buckfastleigh. Floor of train was missing At around 1pm, when the train was running between Staverton and Buckfastleigh….

    Worker falls 5 metres through fragile roof


    A construction worker was “lucky he did not sustain more life threatening injuries” after a fall from height, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Devon-based T Broom Construction Limited, which ran the site and employed the worker, has been fined after the man fell more than 5 metres through a fragile roof onto the….

    No protection against falls behind accident at work


    A developer “failed in its duty” to ensure the safety of its workers, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE inspector John Berezansky was speaking after Meadows WR LLP (MWR) was fined after 60 year-old Mr Kundi, fell from height at one of its sites. Man suffered broken spine The man fell off a….

    No way to say why man struck head out of train window


    A coroner couldn’t say how or why a man fatally stuck his head out of a Gatwick Express service. Simon Brown, 24, from Sussex, was a lifelong railway fanatic who died when his head hit a signal gantry. No reason why head was out of window The coroner said it’s “not possible” to know how his….

    Farmers urged to think about safety


    As part of National Farm Safety Week, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging those in the industry to join the #HelpGBWorkWell conversation. Get people talking The aim is to get people talking about how they can prevent ill health, injury and death in the workplace. National Farm Safety Week (July 24-28), organised by….

    Man suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after being struck on head


    A man suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after being injured working at a haulage firm, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said. Maxi Haulage Limited has now been fined at Warwick Crown Court after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto him. Man was struck in the head The employee of the firm….

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