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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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    Company fined after unsafe working conditions repeatedly spotted


    A roofing firm has been fined after repeated failures to introduce safe working from height. Members of the public raised concerns about work being carried out by G & S Roofing Limited, Brighton Magistrates Court heard. Public spotted dangerous working conditions Following the reports, the company was twice written to in a bid to address….

    Engaged workers ‘are safe workers’


    To ensure all offshore workers are safe, the workforce needs to be engaged, a safety body has claimed. Workforce engagement is an essential part of encouraging a safe and healthy working environment offshore, says Shane Gorman, Workforce Engagement Coordinator for member-led organisation Step Change in Safety. Engaged workers will raise concerns Engaged workers feel empowered to….

    Lack of planning led to fall from height


    Poorly planned working from height led to a worker falling more than 7 metres, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. Stranraer-based groundwork company McKeown Groundworks Limited has now been fined following the accident at work. Fragile roof couldn’t support worker A 42-year-old man had been sub-contracted by the company to carry out roof….

    Man had finger removed after accident at work


    A worker had to have part of one of his fingers removed after an accident at work. Chris Davis, 63, caught his hand in moving machinery, resulting in him requiring major surgery. Man required surgery Thermal Engineering Ltd has now been fined at Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court following the incident. Mr Davis had….

    Theme park owner fined after girl’s foot crushed


    A theme park owner has been fined after a young girl suffered serious ankle injuries on one of its rides. Lightwater Valley Attractions has been fined £40,000 after the 5-year-old suffered crush injuries to her ankle after her leg was caught between the carriage and the edge of a disembarking platform on a children’s roller coaster. Safety….

    Rail workers narrowly avoid accident as bridge collapses


    Core sampling work on a rail bridge resulted in five workers narrowly avoiding injury when the bridge collapsed, according to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). Late on August 1, 2016, the bridge at Grove Lane, Barrow upon Soar, which ran over the Midland Main Line, partially collapsed, causing large volumes of masonry to fall onto….

    Uncontrolled building collapse put public at risk


    An uncontrolled collapse of a building in Kent put lives at risk, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation. The owner of the building and the contractor that was brought in to demolish it have both been fined for safety failings. Both parties failed to carry out safety checks The building on Ramsgate High….

    Turkish health and safety experts pay visit to UK


    Health and safety professionals from Turkey have visited the UK on a fact-finding mission. Representatives from the Centre for Labour and Social Security Training and Research (CASGEM), which provides safe working conditions and minimises occupational diseases in Turkey, paid a visit to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to learn more about its work…..

    Satnav directed pilot to landing strip that ‘didn’t exist’


    A light aircraft crash was caused by a satnav directing the pilot to an airfield that didn’t exist, according to an investigation into the incident. Landing strip did not exist The pilot, 53, was looking to land his aircraft in rural Aberdeenshire. An air strip was listed on the database of his Garmin GPS navigation device,….

    Health and safety course proves too popular


    A course on health and safety in the workplace has had to stop taking applications as it has proved so popular. Only accepting entry for 2018 The MSc in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, run by the University of Hull in partnership with NEBOSH, will no longer be accepting applications for 2017/18. But it is….

    Drowning on construction site ‘could have been prevented’


    The death of an elderly man who walked onto a construction site and drowned “could have been prevented”, according to health and safety inspectors. Man drowned on site Sandford Park Ltd, the Glasgow-based construction company that was in charge of the site, has been fined after the death of the 83-year-old man in Kirkcaldy. In early….

    Window restrictor failed to prevent care home death


    A window restrictor in a care home was not fit for purpose, leading to the death of one of its residents, a court has judged. Care home company Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died. Woman fell 4 metres….

    Debate rages over beards and safety masks


    A debate between a workers’ union and maintenance company has arisen over whether beards on construction sites are safe or not. Mears, the housing maintenance company, has banned many workers from having beards as they claim it can prevent safety masks from being used effectively. Penny pinching or safety first? Unite, the UK’s largest construction….

    Action group warned of fire issues at London tower block


    Warnings about the potential of a fire at the London tower block that went up in flames this week were ignored, according to a community group. Writing in its blog in November 2016, Grenfell Action Group said that “only a catastrophic event” would expose issues residents had. Lack of exits during work While the cause of….

    Safety failings found at hotel after fire


    A hotel in London has been fined over a number of fire safety failings. The Hoop Lane Trust, which owns The Central Hotel in Golders Green, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and was fined £20,000 by Southwark Crown Court. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was also awarded prosecution….

    New Scottish FAI laws come into effect


    Changes to how inquiries into accidents are carried out in Scotland are to apply from this week. The Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) system is being modernised as part of the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Act 2016. New areas to be covered The new legislation includes the power to hold FAIs into the….

    Occupational health ‘can save businesses money’


    The many benefits of occupational health have been showcased in a new report from the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM). Cost savings of occupational health ‘Occupational Health: The Value Proposition’ shows that many companies put occupational health involvement as the best way to managing long-term absence from work. It also claims that a healthy workplace culture and….

    Welders targeted in new campaign


    A new phase of a major campaign to prevent occupational lung disease in the manufacturing sector has been launched. BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, now wants more robust controls to protect the respiratory health of welders. Respiratory health a big issue The new part of the campaign will be run in partnership….

    Man’s hand severed after saw not set up correctly


    An engineering company “failed to set up its machines correctly”, leading to a serious injury to one of its workers, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Pipework Engineering Services Limited (PESL) has now been charged and fined after the worker suffered life-changing injuries as a result of a crush incident. Hand severed in accident….

    Landlord gets record fine following blaze


    A landlord has been hit with a record-breaking fine after a fire at one of his flats in London. The landlord and his management company were fined £250,000 following a ‘potentially lethal’ flat blaze in Westminster. Thirteen people had to be rescued by London Fire Brigade (LFB). Lives put at risk Two people had to be….

    Zookeeper death was ‘freak accident’


    The death of a zookeeper at a zoo was a “freak accident”, according to the owners of the site. Rosa King, a zookeeper at Hamerton Zoo Park in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in. Investigation under way Police were called to reports of a serious incident and an air ambulance….

    Construction site shut down after HSE inspection


    A Wilmslow building site has been found to have a below standard safety level, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector. The Wigan-based building firm that was working on the site has now been fined. Inspection uncovers failings A preventative inspection was carried out by the HSE as of the Construction Inspection Initiative….

    Apprentice loses finger in lawnmower accident


    A city council has been fined after one of its apprentices suffered a serious injury to their hand. A 22-year-old worker was using a lawnmower at Seagrave Primary when the equipment became blocked. Man lost right index finger The Nottingham City Council worker tried to unblock the lawnmower when his hand came into contact with the….

    Death of four on construction site ‘preventable’


    The death of four workers on a construction site in Norfolk could have been prevented, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Two companies have now been fined £700,000 after the workers were crushed inside a steel cage. One of the directors also received a suspended prison sentence following the accident in Great Yarmouth on January….

    Concerns over conditions at Tesla factory


    The injury rate at the Tesla factory in California is a third higher than the industry average, according to The Guardian. Serious injury rates at the factory in Fremont were more than double the industry average in 2015, according to a report from a worker safety organisation. Tesla has defended its safety record. Workers complained about….

    Lack of vehicle segregation caused accident at work


    Not segregating workers from moving vehicles led to a man being struck by a fork lift truck, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector claims. North West-based manufacturing company Encirc Ltd was fined after one of its workers was hit by a fork lift truck in Chester on December 15, 2015. Correct measures weren’t taken Encirc….

    Float don’t flap when falling into cold water, says RNLI


    The RNLI is urging people who fall into water this summer to fight their instincts and instead simply float. New figures show that 162 people lost their lives along the UK coast in 2016, with 44% of those being people who didn’t even intend to enter the water. More than half have wrong response Research from the….

    Supermarket fined after man dies in store fall


    A major supermarket chain will have to pay out hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation after a pensioner died following a slip at their store. The Co-op has been ordered to pay nearly half a million pounds after the elderly man died following a fall in its Truro store in July 2015. Man slipped and….

    Quarter of UK drivers ‘breaking foreign road laws’


    One in 4 drivers admit to breaking the law while driving abroad, a new study has found. Many blame the confusion over foreign road signs, while only 1 in 5 bother to actually learn the law before driving in a foreign country. Speeding, wrong side of road and seat belts Speeding is the most common law….

    Good progress as silica campaign reaches halfway point


    A number of organisations have taken steps to improve their safety measures surrounding respirable crystalline silica (RCS), six months after signing a commitment to tackle the issue. The commitment was part of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign to tackle work-related cancer. It has involved the publication of new guides….

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