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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

    More than a million potholes on Britain’s roads


    Reports of one million potholes – measuring a combined depth of more than 24 miles – have been reported to local authorities in the past year, a new study has found. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Confused.com found that councils paid £3.1 million in compensation to frustrated motorists who had seen their vehicles….

    Builder’s suspended jail term after employee falls though floor


    A builder from London has been handed a suspended jail term after a worker suffered serious head injuries following a fall from height. James Gibson pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches at Southwark Crown Court and has been sentenced to a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to pay legal costs…..

    Road workers training in combat to deal with rising attacks


    An increase in road rage against highways workers has prompted agencies to introduce military close-combat skills for employees. With £15 billion being spent on motorway and A-road upgrades, drivers caught up in tailbacks and slow moving traffic are increasingly taking their frustrations out on those doing the work. Operatives report being threatened with machetes and….

    Scottish fire brigade seeks community volunteers and assets


    An emergency service in Scotland is appealing for volunteers to help out during fires and floods in rural areas. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is creating a database of “community assets” to make use of skills, equipment and vehicles that can be called upon in the event of an emergency. Bruce Farquharson, the….

    Firm fined £1.35 million after worker sustains life-changing injuries


    A utilities firm in Middlesbrough has been fined £1.35 million, after a worker was seriously injured in an incident involving pressure testing at a power plant. Dennis Chadwick – an employee of R & A Kay Inspection Services Ltd – had been called upon to verify a pressure test of a power plant boiler in….

    Britain’s most stressful jobs revealed


    The most stressful professions in the UK have been revealed as part of a report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Nursing and teaching are the most prolific jobs for workplace stress in Britain, according to the research examining employment-related stress. Mental health days The study analysed responses from the annual Labour Force Survey,….

    Shrewsbury Town to introduce safe standing at games


    A stadium in Shropshire is to become the first in England and Wales to re-introduce safe standing for spectators. The newly-funded project will see 600 rail seats installed at Shrewsbury Town’s home ground Montgomery Waters Meadow, paid for through a crowdfunding initiative that’s raised more than £65,000. In a statement, Shrewsbury’s chief executive Brian Caldwell….

    Tree worker handed suspended jail term after incident


    A tree feller in Cambridgeshire has been handed a suspended prison sentence and a fine after a worker was blinded in one eye by a falling branch. Self-employed Perry Regan, trading as Toppers Garden Services, pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to health and safety breaches. He has been sentenced to a 20-week jail term,….

    Charity calls for tougher penalties on seat belt usage


    Drivers and passengers who flout motoring laws by not wearing seat belts should have harsher sanctions, a road safety charity has said. GEM Motoring Assist is urging the Government to change the current laws that govern seat belts, and bring penalties in line with recent changes to motoring offences involving mobile phone use. “Research shows….

    Southern Health fined £125,000 after patient falls from height


    An NHS trust has been fined £125,000 after a number of mental health patients gained access to a rooftop, with one falling and sustaining “life-changing” injuries. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust pleaded guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court for failing to carry out adequate risk assessments at Melbury Lodge at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in….

    Handyman given suspended jail sentence for unsafe gas installation


    An unregistered gas fitter who installed an unsafe cooking hob in a static home has been sentenced to a suspended prison term and 200 hours of unpaid work. Risk to life David Lee Adams, a handyman from Cornwall, pleaded guilty at Truro Crown Court, admitting that he exposed the public to the risk of a….

    Safety innovation for deaf people takes top gong


    An in-car safety aid that helps hearing impaired motorists has won the top award at an innovation summit. Swooping first prize at Kia’s Idea Festival, Sympony, a driver alert system, uses LED lights and vibrations to let drivers with hearing difficulties know when there are nearby sounds they need to be aware of. Car horns,….

    First car seat with airbags goes on sale


    The first child car seats with airbags are now on sale, aimed at protecting children in the event of a collision. The AxissFix Air deploys two airbags in the shoulder pads of the harness in less than half a second. Although retailing for a hefty £555.00, manufacturer Maxi-Cosi claims its new seat reduces the force….

    Building firm fined nearly £100,000 after worker falls three metres


    A specialist building company in London has been fined almost £100,000 after an employee fell more than three metres from a flat roof. West Hill Projects Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching regulations governing work at height, following the incident that occurred at a site on Wandle Road, London, on December 5, 2016. Exposure to risk….

    Wrexham council fined £150,000 over vibration syndrome safety failings


    A council in North Wales has been fined £150,000 after a worker was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (Havs). Wrexham County Borough Council pleaded guilty after a 57-year old man employed at its StreetScene department was diagnosed with the condition in September 2015. As well as the fine, Wrexham Magistrates’ Court has ordered the….

    Report finds Liverpool festival posed serious safety risks


    A music festival in Liverpool was cancelled after a catalogue of failures posed “serious risks to public safety”, an independent review has found. The two-day Hope and Glory event in Liverpool was cut short after its first day (August 5), as Merseyside Police had to be called upon to assist stewards with overcrowding at St….

    Most drivers support cut to drink-drive limit


    The majority of motorists in Britain support a reduction in the amount of alcohol a driver can consume before getting behind the wheel. According to a survey by the RAC motoring group, three in five (59%) drivers say they are in support of a cut to the drink-drive limit – which would mark the first….

    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….

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