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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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    Vibration simulators to examine health impact of working in high-rises


    The health and well-being of people who work in skyscrapers are being examined as part of a new virtual reality research project. VSimulators recreate the impact of the vibrations that are experienced when working in a multi-storey office block, and form part of a joint investigation by researchers at the universities of Bath and Exeter. Impact….

    Gas explosion destroys children’s dance studio and homes


    A gas explosion has destroyed a dance studio that was full of children just an hour before the incident. While the exact cause of the explosion hasn’t been established, National Grid is investigating the incident that took place in New Ferry, Wirral, at about 9.15pm on Saturday. No signs of gas leak “We are checking our….

    Construction firm and director fined thousands after worker crushed by wall


    A building firm in Manchester and a company director have been fined thousands of pounds after a worker suffered life-changing injuries when a wall he was demolishing collapsed on top of him. A 53-year-old man was employed by Access Flooring Specialist Ltd when the workplace incident occurred on Portland Street in Manchester in August, 2014. An….

    Judge reveals losing his own brother while sympathising in teenage crash death case


    A presiding judge expressed sympathy for the families of two young girls who were killed in a collision, revealing he lost his own brother in a road accident. Lucy Pygott, 17, and Stacey Burrows, 16, were killed when they were hit by a black Ford Focus on Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, in November last year…..

    Whirlpool fined £700,000 after worker’s death


    A major appliance manufacturer has been fined after a person died from injuries suffered at work. Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited was fined £700,000 after a self-employed contractor fell from a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP). Team unaware of each other The contractor, 66, had been working at a height of nearly 5 metres to install new fire….

    Care home company to pay £100,000 after teenager’s quarry death


    A care home company has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a teenager drowned under its supervision. Umar Balogun, 16, from Waltham Forest, north-east London, died while swimming in a quarry at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn on July 16, 2013. He was under the care of Castle Lodge home in Cambridge at the time. Castle….

    Campaigners call for zero tolerance to Scottish drug drivers


    The Scottish Government is being urged to introduce a zero tolerance policy for drug-driving to protect the safety of other road users, a charity has said. According to Brake, the issue of drivers hitting the road while under the influence of illegal drugs is a major problem that is increasing. The UK’s most recent figures show….

    Woman sues trampoline park after fracturing her back


    A woman who fractured her spine is taking legal action against the trampoline park where the injury occurred. Sarah McManus, 29, from Oswestry in Shropshire, sustained the injury at the Flip Out Chester park in Cheshire on January 15. The personal assistant and receptionist – who now wears a back brace every day – was jumping….

    School’s asbestos removal could cost £100 billion


    The cost of removing asbestos from all of England’s schools could cost as much as £100 billion, an official has said. Schools ‘must be rebuilt’ According to Mike Green, director of capital at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), the only way to eradicate the hazardous material is to completely rebuild affected schools. Addressing the Commons….

    25 near misses for cyclists each year prompts campaign to change road rules


    Cyclists risk being knocked off their bikes around every two weeks, according a new report into near misses. A study from the Near Miss Project indicates cyclists experience 25 near misses at junctions each year. Almost a quarter of those (six) are described by participants as “very scary.” The Near Miss Project, led by Dr Rachel….

    ‘Routine misuse’ of level crossing despite recent death


    Drivers have been caught on camera disobeying basic safety rules at a level crossing, despite a motorist being killed at the same spot in January. Harminder Dhillon, 62, from Marston Moretaine, died when his Renault Scenic was hit by a train at the Lidlington level crossing in Bedforshire on January 3. A CCTV camera has….

    Harry Potter actor Jim Tavaré ‘making progress’ after serious collision


    A Harry Potter actor has been in intensive care following a head-on car crash that has left him with serious injuries including a broken neck. Jim Tavaré – known for his role as Tom, the owner of the Leaky Cauldron, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – is suffering from a punctured lung and….

    Firm fined £105,000 after scaffolder left paralysed


    A Dorset-based construction firm has been fined more than £100,000 after a worker was left paralysed from the shoulders down when he fell while working at height. Chris Whannel, 33, was working on scaffolding on the development of a health centre in Kilsyth, Scotland, when he fell and broke his neck on May 22, 2014. Life-changing….

    GP triage won’t reduce A&E visits, doctors warn


    Unnecessary hospital visits could increase if GPs are placed in accident and emergency (A&E) departments to provide initial assessments, a medical trade union body is warning. According to the British Medical Association (BMA), the Chancellor’s plans to place more GPs in hospitals – costing an extra £100 million – will increase attendance at A&E, rather….

    Government ‘delaying access to compensation’ for swine flu vaccine


    A mother is fighting for compensation after her son allegedly suffered life-changing effects after having a swine flu injection. Sam Forbes, 11, from Batley, West Yorkshire, was just four-years-old when he had the vaccine. It has left him suffering from narcolepsy and a host of neurological conditions, his mum Di Forbes claims. Ms Forbes, 50,….

    Council contractor fined £600,000 after worker electrocuted


    An Oxford-based infrastructure firm has been fined hundreds of thousands of pounds after an employee was electrocuted while working. Steven Brown, 61, from Swindon, suffered life-changing injuries when 11,000 volts surged through him and set him on fire, while he was working on traffic lights on Eastgate Street, Gloucester on May 28, 2015. Placed into….

    Firm fined £600,000 after lift shaft death


    A demolition contractor has been fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for serious breaches of health and safety after a man was fatally injured after falling six storeys through a lift shaft, while another was left with serious injuries. Silviu Stefanita Radulescu, 31, was standing on a decommissioned elevator when the supporting chain snapped, causing it….

    A&E departments miss key waiting time targets


    Accident and emergency (A&E) departments in Scotland are continuing to miss waiting time targets, new data shows. According to official figures for January, 91.8% of the 128,648 people who attended A&E were seen and dealt with within four hours, falling from 92.6% in December. These figures fall short of the Scottish Government’s target for being….

    Families pay tribute to ‘soulmates’ killed by car outside hospital


    Tributes have been paid to two women who were tragically killed in a collision outside a Manchester hospital. Pair died soon after incident Clare Haslam, 44, and Deborah Clifton, 49, died after a green Ford Focus ploughed into a group of pedestrians outside Withington Community Hospital on Tuesday, March 7. Both were pronounced dead in hospital….

    Minstry of Defence issued with Crown Censure over driver death


    A Crown Censure has been issued against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after a driver was fatally crushed by a reversing lorry while working for the organisation. Graham Wood, 55, from Bicester Oxfordshire was working as an agency driver for the MoD when the incident occurred on the evening of November 19, 2013. Mr Wood….

    Mechanic crushed at ambulance depot


    A mechanic is in a critical condition in hospital after being reportedly crushed while working at an ambulance depot in Dundee. The incident took place at a Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) depot on West School Road, Dundee, on Friday, March 3 at around 3.25pm. Treated for serious injuries The Evening Telegraph has reported that the….

    Mum paralysed in hit-and-run launched Crimewatch appeal


    A mother who was involved in a hit-and-run incident has made a TV appeal for information on the collision that has left her paralysed. Chanelle Higgins spent five months in hospital and is immobilised from the waist down after being struck by a car while on a night out in south-east London on May 29, 2016…..

    Contractor failed to check asbestos survey


    A contractor has been fined for failing to carry out the relevant asbestos checks on a building project in Biggleswade. Risk of serious illnesses The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which was alerted to the poor working practices by a member of the public, says the safety failings noted could have led to serious illness….

    Shoreham pilot ‘flew too low’ for loop manoeuvre


    The tragic air crash at Shoreham was the result of the pilot flying too low to complete a loop manoeuvre, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). The incident in August 2015 resulted in the death of 11 people. Pilot Andrew Hill, 52, who survived, crashed a vintage jet onto the A27 in West Sussex….

    Scallop dredger death could have been prevented with life jacket


    The death of a scallop dredger could have been prevented if he was wearing a life jacket, according to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). Deckhand Scott Rennie, 31, fell overboard from the King Challenger vessel 12 nautical miles south-west of Scalloway, Shetland. Fell in freezing waters He was trying to unhook a damaged dredge bag….

    Servant crushed by lift at stately home


    A domestic servant at one of the country’s most famous stately homes was crushed to death by a faulty lift. Famous home Arthur Mellar, 48, worked as a butler at Burghley House in Stamford, which has featured in films like The Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice. He was trying to remove stuck items….

    Road safety push targets new drivers


    Learners and those who have just passed their driving tests are being targeted under a new scheme to increase safety on the roads. Devastating effects of collisions Dubbed the New Driver Scheme, emergency services have teamed up with the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain to show the devastating effects road collisions can have. The….

    Bus driver jailed after hiding poor eyesight


    A man who fatally struck a pensioner while driving a bus has been jailed after a court heard he hid problems with his eyesight from his employers. Derek Coleman, 82, was hit by the double-decker bus in the Civic Square, Tilbury on August 20, 2015, and died of his injuries on September 1 at the Royal….

    Care worker imprisoned after death of autistic man


    A care worker from Nottingham has been handed a jail term after an autistic man drowned while in her care. Majid Akhtar drowned during an activity trip when he fell into Kingsmill Reservoir near Mansfield, while suffering from an epileptic seizure on September 10, 2012. Nikki Deaney, a former worker at Springwood Day Centre, was….

    Improved safety and tighter laws come from Zeebrugge ferry disaster


    New laws and stricter safety rules are the legacies of a tragic ferry disaster that claimed 193 lives 30 years ago. The ferry – Herald of Free Enterprise – turned over on its side off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium, as it set out for Dover, Kent at around 6pm on March 6, 1987. More than….

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