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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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    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….

    Scottish cyclist accident hotspots revealed


    An Edinburgh junction has been named as a cycling collision hotspot. Drumbrae Roundabout in Edinburgh, along with a junction on Stirling University campus, were among the 20 cycling “collision hotspots” identified in new research. Most accidents happen at junctions Sustainable travel campaigners at Sustrans Scotland created a list of locations by looking at areas that had….

    Trailer worker died after being struck on head


    A company that refurbishes heavy goods vehicles has been fined after a worker died on site. ATE Truck and Trailer Sales Ltd, which buys old HGVs and trailers for refurbishment and sale, has been sentenced after the death of 63-year-old worker William Price. Struck on head by trailer roof In February 2013, Mr Price was….

    Solar firm fined for fall from height


    A solar energy firm has been fined after an installer fell from height. Eco NRG Solutions Ltd, along with its director Jon Luke Antoniou, were sentenced at Taunton Magistrates Court after a worker fell from height at a farm in Cornwall. Working on fragile roof Lewis Harding, 28, had been working on a large fragile roof….

    Call for occupational illnesses to be tackled in general election


    Occupational illnesses should be a priority for all political parties ahead of the general election on June 8, says Karen Bufton, President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). She wants new policies to address worker health protection and reverse the trend of occupational illness and deaths that occur every year. Health and safety ‘an investment not….

    New RIB recommendations issued after crash


    New safety recommendations have been issued for rigid inflatable boats after a woman was seriously injured while travelling on one. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch issued the new guidance after a 45-year-old mother-of-two suffered a punctured lung and permanent damage to her sight in both eyes following a collision between two rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) in….

    Brexit ‘could put health and safety legislation under threat’


    A union group has warned that workers’ health and safety could be at risk following the vote to leave the European Union. Brexit ‘puts legislation at risk’ The TUC has published a new briefing paper called Protecting Health and Safety after Brexit. The paper warns trade unionists and working people that a number of vital health….

    Farm worker crushed by telehandler machine


    A farm company and its owner have been fined after a worker died on site after being hit by a machine that had windows so dirty the driver couldn’t see through them properly. Man crushed by telehandler Penhill Farm Limited and owner Selwyn Andrew Thomas Richards have been fined £20,000 after a contractor was fatally crushed….

    Lack of control measures behind vehicle-related death


    A lack of control measures on a building site led to the death of a worker, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found. The construction company and its groundwork contractor, who employed the man, have both been fined at Exeter Crown Court after the worker was killed by a reversing vehicle. Man crushed by moving….

    Apprentice electricians given health and safety training


    A new training partnership is making sure apprentice electricians have full health and safety training. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Interserve, the international support services and construction company, are providing 45 students at Southport College with health and safety awareness training. Industry-recognised training The students took part in IOSH’s Working Safely training….

    Company and manager fined for repeated safety failings


    A hardwood flooring company has been fined for failing to improve health and safety conditions despite a number of warnings. Cambridge Timbertec Ltd and its general manager have now been fined after multiple improvement notices were issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Issued with number of notices The company hadn’t maintained suitable standards of….

    Wembley hosts hazardous materials training


    Wembley Stadium played host to a different kind of event recently, when London Fire Brigade used it for a training exercise. The iconic stadium was used to help test the emergency services’ response to incidents involving hazardous materials. Three agencies unite Alongside the Fire Brigade were the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service. The three….

    Man’s hand crushed at steel works


    A steel manufacturing company “failed to protect” a worker who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident at work. Cardiff-based Rom Ltd has now been fined after the worker suffered crush injuries to his hand at their site in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Hand got trapped in machine In October 2015, a 51-year-old man was removing leftover steel from….

    Doctors want warning labels on avocados to prevent injuries


    A senior doctor has warned the public of the risks of ‘avocado hand’. Simon Eccles, honorary secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said that avocados should carry a warning following a drastic rise in the number of knife injuries from cutting into the fruit. Four patients a week treated Mr….

    Trench collapse buries man causing serious injuries


    A Scottish construction worker suffered a number of serious injuries after a trench he was working in collapsed onto him, Dundee Sheriff Court heard. The man was working for Fife-based construction company Wallace Roofing and Building Limited when the accident at work happened. Man suffered broken bones and punctured lungs The company has now been fined £14,000….

    Company fined for asbestos failings


    A London-based construction firm has been fined following a number of safety failings relating to asbestos. An investigation was launched into Barroerock Construction Limited’s work on an office building in Kent in 2013 and 2014 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Two investigations into working practices Canterbury Crown Court heard the HSE was looking….

    Awards recognise role of non-health and safety staff


    Scottish employees have been awarded for their health and safety work. The West of Scotland Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has presented 19 Certificate of Merit awards. From construction to colleges The awards – presented to 18 people and 1 team – recognise the contribution of non-health and safety professionals….

    Awards recognise fight against occupational ill health


    An awards ceremony has recognised a number of outstanding occupational hygienists, who aim to prevent ill health and disease in the workplace. BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, held its award ceremony to celebrate the various achievements in the field of worker health protection. The award winners The BOHS Peter Isaac Award, which….

    Man suffers multiple injuries after trolley fall


    A man was trapped by a falling trolley and suffered multiple injuries, Stafford Crown Court has heard. Two companies have now been sentenced and fined after the worker was injured by a trolley carrying hydraulic rams. Man was pinned by falling machinery The DHL Services Limited (DHL) employee was auditing incoming deliveries of equipment in a yard….

    More drink-driving in May than December, says study


    May is the worst month for drink-driving, according to new statistics. The figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request by Admiral to 45 police forces show May has the highest percentage of drivers testing positive for drink-driving – more even than in December. Lack of planning leads to more offences Of the nearly 1….

    Man crushed to death by plastic bales


    A man cleaning a food manufacturing premises has been killed after heavy plastic bales fell on him. North West-based food firm Bakkavor Group has been sentenced and fined after the father-of-one died in the accident at work on February 4, 2015. Pinned to floor by bales Jacek Adamowicz, 29, was cleaning out the company’s storage yard…..

    Man suffers serious injuries in fall from height


    A man has suffered serious injuries including a bleed on the brain after falling through a roof void at work. Solarjen Limited, a Bristol-based solar panel installation company, has now been sentenced and fined after the accident at work. Fell to floor metres below A man, 49, working for the company, which was known as Paul….

    Lack of safety guidelines on fishing boat led to death


    The failure to follow safety guidelines on board a fishing vessel led to a Hartlepool man’s death, a report has concluded. An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says some safety guidelines were not followed before the death of Lee Renney, 22. Many ways to prevent the death The report highlighted several ways….

    Health and safety ‘an investment, not cost’


    Health and safety in the workplace should be seen as an investment, not a cost, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It was responding to the Government’s Building Our Industrial Strategy Green Paper. Safety across industries The paper looks at a variety of topics including transport, infrastructure, new technology and the digital….

    Crane collapses onto gas cylinders at docks


    A crane has toppled over at a dock yard in Falmouth onto gas cylinders, Devon and Cornwall Police have reported. Falmouth docks were quickly evacuated after the accident that saw the crane collapse early on Wednesday morning. A 200-metre exclusion zone was put in place. Collapse declared ‘major incident’ Emergency services declared it a ‘major incident‘…..

    Teacher fractures skull in stepladder fall


    A teacher suffered multiple fractures to their skull, wrist and elbow in a fall from a stepladder, Westminster Magistrates’ Court has heard. Found unconscious On May 9, 2016 a teacher was rigging and adjusting spotlights and cabling in a drama studio. During the process, he fell from the stepladder. A fellow teacher, who was present….

    Women ‘not given correct protective clothing’


    More than two thirds of women are not provided with the right protective clothing, a new report from the TUC claims. Providing workers with free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is suitable for the person carrying out the job is a legal requirement. Despite this, just 29% of women surveyed said their PPE was specifically….

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