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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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    Warning over carbon monoxide alarms


    Gas safety experts have urged people to have their appliances checked after a survey estimated that millions of properties are not protected by a carbon monoxide alarm. The Gas Safe Register found nearly half of the people it polled did not have one of the alarms in their homes. The silent killer It estimates that….

    Firm fined over vibration exposure


    An engineering firm has been fined £20,000 after one of its workers was diagnosed with a condition related to exposure from vibration when using tools. The 29-year-old man was working in the trimming department at Taylor Engineering and Plastics Limited in Rochdale. Exposure to vibration He was diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) after using….

    HSE issues safety warning to offshore energy firm


    A floating energy extraction company off the coast of Scotland has been ordered to address its safety procedures following a “lifting incident” on one of its vessels. Teekay Petrojarl is found to be exposing its offshore workers to safety risks on its Voyageur Spirit ship, where hydrocarbons are produced and processed, a report by the….

    Safety concerns over repeated level crossing misuse


    A railway level crossing temporarily closed in 2015 over safety fears was recently misused more than 300 times in just nine days, new figures show. There were also four near misses with trains during the July 1-9 monitoring period at the crossing in St Albans, Network Rail said. Used by 60 trains a day CCTV….

    Builders expose family to carbon monoxide


    A family of four ended up in hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning after builders failed to carry out a suitable assessment before starting work on an extension, a court has heard. SJW Joinery & Building Ltd and director Simon Wiley admitted breaching gas safety regulations while carrying out work on a house in Stalybridge. Taken….

    Confectionery firm recalls products amid metal risk


    Two sweet products – including the Iron Broo range – are being recalled by a confectionery firm due to a risk of containing small pieces of metal. Athole Tablet is warning customers who bought certain batches of its Scots Tablet or Iron Broo not to eat the products, which they can return for a refund…..

    Dishonest holidaymakers face court for bogus complaints


    Those who make fake sickness claims against tour operators are the focus of a new clampdown from travel organisation Abta. Holidaymakers returning home from summer breaks could face prosecution for feigning illnesses in misguided attempts to scam the system. Abta says cold callers and social media posts are “bombarding” the public with opportunities to submit….

    T20 stand collapse leaves three injured


    A hole that appeared in a spectator stand at Durham County Cricket Club has led to three people being injured. Photographs on social media indicate the caving in of a section of the floor in the stand during the Twenty20 cricket match between England and the West Indies on Saturday, September 16, at around 9.30pm…..

    Fewer people recognise mobile driving dangers


    There is “cause for genuine concern” on the UK’s roads with only half of Britons believing all types of mobile phone use behind the wheel to be dangerous. Only a combined 50% of respondents to the Department for Transport’s latest report said that mobile use – including hands-free – was dangerous, with 22% strongly agreeing….

    Number of smoke alarms ‘more important than make’


    The number of smoke alarms in your home and how often you test them are more important than the brand of alarm, says the London Fire Brigade (LFB). The brigade was responding to a Which? report on smoke alarms that highlighted different activation times. Fatal fires caused by lack of alarm Five of the seven….

    Potential gas leak prompts evacuation in South London


    Dozens of South London residents have had to be evacuated after a feared chemical incident caused nausea and vomiting across the community. Some 24 people were moved from their homes, following what is now believed by emergency services to be a gas leak. A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We were called to….

    New drug driving laws are effective, says report


    New laws aimed at catching people under the influence of drugs when driving are starting to work, according to a new report. Conviction rates for the new drug driving offences are at 98%, according to the Government report. New laws as effective as drink driving laws Under the new laws, police have access to improved….

    Horrific scaffolding incident leaves two men seriously injured


    Employees of a scaffolding company in Liverpool have been taken to hospital following a serious fall from height. The workers had been seen on a scaffolding tower against a residential property in Aigburth near Sefton Park when the erection fell, hitting a car parked on the road, according to witnesses. The incident occurred on Aigburth….

    Construction firm fined after repeated safety failings


    A construction firm has been fined for ‘endangering the lives of workers’ and the public. Bristol-based construction company Ikon Construction Ltd has been fined for failing to make sure its construction work was planned and managed properly and safely, despite previous warnings. Failed to plan construction properly Ikon had not ensured the construction phase of….

    Platooning trucks could ‘boost road safety’


    A safety charity believes plans for convoys of semi-automated trucks in the UK could help increase road safety. The Government has approved plans for up to three wirelessly-connected HGVs to travel in convoy. Acceleration, braking and steering would be controlled by the lead vehicle in a concept named platooning. Each lorry will also have a….

    Workplace safety group to focus on asbestos


    A workplace health and safety charity is putting its focus on asbestos this autumn. New faculty and roadshow BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is launching a new faculty for asbestos professionals called the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) in London on October 11. On the same day, BOHS will launch….

    Dehydration as bad as drink driving, research finds


    A number of drivers are putting themselves at risk of accident by failing to spot the signs of dehydration. Drivers are now being urged to recognise the dangers of driving while dehydrated, which can have the same effects as drink driving, according to research by vehicle leasing company Leasing Options. Dehydration as bad a drink….

    Private vehicle owners could be forced to take out third party insurance


    Changes to insurance legislation by the European Commission could mean owners of vehicles only used on private land could be forced to take out third party insurance. Owners of vehicles like quad bikes, golf buggies and motorised lawnmowers, which are used solely on private land, could be made to take out third party insurance unless….

    Worker suffers leg injuries after gas explosion


    A lack of training led to a gas cylinder explosion and a worker suffering major injuries. Serious leg injuries Blackpool-based J & R Gases Limited, a beverage gas supply company, has now been fined after the explosion left a worker with life-changing leg injuries. The employee was filling mixed-gas cylinders that are used for dispensing….

    Man suffers ‘life-changing’ injuries in fall from height


    A construction worker has suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after falling from scaffolding. Bristol-based R J Scaffolding (Bristol) Limited has pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £26,000 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court and ordered by the court to pay costs of £1657.76. Man fell….

    Call for gas installers to create safety jingle


    Two gas installation companies are developing a unique idea to keep gas safety at the forefront of the public’s mind – a jingle. Jingles – short tunes used for advertising – can stick in our heads for nearly an hour a week, according to research. Create your own jingle Now, Installers First and Mark Grieves….

    Rail union warns over safety amid chaos


    Rail passengers faced travel chaos on Monday with strikes and other problems as the country went back to work amid warnings from union bosses over safety. People travelling on the South Western Railway had their journeys disrupted by trains that suffered break-downs, while signal and points failures added to the disruption. Walkouts and breakdowns Strike….

    Shards of glass fall from building


    Workers and members of the public were lucky to escape uninjured after glass from a Manchester building fell to the ground below. Three glass panels broke The Ministry of Justice told Architects’ Journal that glass from Lendlease’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre fell from a great height onto a footpath and road below where members of….

    Broken machine guard led to man suffering hand injuries


    A broken guard on a piece of machinery was to blame for a worker losing part of his hand, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found. Now, Devonshire-based textile company, Heathcoat Fabrics Limited, has been fined after Anthony Seward, 21, suffered life-changing hand injuries. Hand got caught in rotating rollers In August….

    Worker suffers serious burns at paper company


    A worker in a paper coating company has suffered serious burns at an accident at work. Fire started by flammable liquids The paper coating company, Olympic Varnish Company Limited, has now been fined after the incident that involved a fire on a coating machine. The employee suffered serious burn injuries on July 10, 2015 after….

    Rural workers in the South at high risk of skin cancer


    The majority of outdoor rural workers in the South of England are at a high risk of developing skin cancer due to longer exposure to the sun, a new survey suggests. The survey of Mole Valley Farmers’ customers found that 80% of those involved in country life in the South think outdoor workers are at….

    Grenfell inquiry should be ‘watershed’ for fire safety


    The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire must become a turning point for fire safety, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Areas covered by IOSH to be included in inquiry The UK Government has recently announced the terms of reference for the inquiry, with Prime Minister Theresa May accepting in full….

    Fit for Work scheme ‘needs reviewing’


    The Government’s Fit for Work scheme is not being embraced by companies, according to EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The EEF now wants the Government to review its work and health priorities as part of its industrial strategy. Fit and healthy ‘key’ to productivity The call follows the UK’s biggest business survey on sickness absence, and….

    Boy loses leg in farm vehicle accident


    Families who live on working farms should be ‘kept separate from the farm’s business activities’, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated after a tragic accident involving an eight-year-old boy. It follows an incident in which the boy fell from a vehicle on his parent’s farm in Kirkbean and ended up having to have….

    HSE backs plans to silence Big Ben


    The Health and Safety Executive says the silencing of Big Ben during renovation works would help protect workers’ hearing. Risk to workers’ health A spokesperson for the HSE said: “We’ve been concerned by a minority of the reaction to the announcement relating to the Big Ben conservation project in London. “People’s health should not be….

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