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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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    Worker falls 5 metres through fragile roof


    A construction worker was “lucky he did not sustain more life threatening injuries” after a fall from height, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Devon-based T Broom Construction Limited, which ran the site and employed the worker, has been fined after the man fell more than 5 metres through a fragile roof onto the….

    No protection against falls behind accident at work


    A developer “failed in its duty” to ensure the safety of its workers, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE inspector John Berezansky was speaking after Meadows WR LLP (MWR) was fined after 60 year-old Mr Kundi, fell from height at one of its sites. Man suffered broken spine The man fell off a….

    No way to say why man struck head out of train window


    A coroner couldn’t say how or why a man fatally stuck his head out of a Gatwick Express service. Simon Brown, 24, from Sussex, was a lifelong railway fanatic who died when his head hit a signal gantry. No reason why head was out of window The coroner said it’s “not possible” to know how his….

    Farmers urged to think about safety


    As part of National Farm Safety Week, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging those in the industry to join the #HelpGBWorkWell conversation. Get people talking The aim is to get people talking about how they can prevent ill health, injury and death in the workplace. National Farm Safety Week (July 24-28), organised by….

    Man suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after being struck on head


    A man suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries after being injured working at a haulage firm, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said. Maxi Haulage Limited has now been fined at Warwick Crown Court after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto him. Man was struck in the head The employee of the firm….

    New recommendations issued following life-changing accident


    New safety measures for the maritime sector have been recommended by marine accident investigators, after an investigation into a horrific incident in the Firth of Clyde last year. A Romanian deckhand sustained life-changing injuries when he was hit on the head by a steel pole which came loose on a prawn trawler. Investigators say the accident….

    Paralympian killed in training accident


    A Paralympic athlete has been killed during a training accident in London. Pronounced dead at the scene Abdullah Hayayei, who competed in a number of events including the javelin, discus and shot-put in Rio 2016, was said to have been struck by a metal pole during a training session in Newham. He was training for the World….

    Man inspires others after own accident at work


    A man who had held over 1,000 safety sessions after he suffered a workplace accident has been given an award. Chris Wood has been given RoSPA’s top honour for individuals, The Archangel Award, for delivering safety training to more than 400 staff working at Marlborough Surfacing. Awarded for going above and beyond The Awards scheme recognises….

    Safety charity appoints new head


    A leading health and safety charity has appointed a new chief executive. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) has brought in Errol Taylor as its new chief executive. Making safety a public health priority Mr Taylor joined RoSPA in 2004 as its head of commercial activities. He then developed the case for….

    Sellafield safety measures ‘don’t meet high standards’ of industry


    The safety at Sellafield nuclear plant is not up to standard, according to the industry’s watchdog. The site’s plutonium facilities “do not meet the high standards expected from nuclear facilities”, according to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). Work under way to improve safety But work on improving both safety and security at the site in….

    Man’s foot crushed after machine falls on him


    A worker suffered serious crush injuries to his foot after an accident at work, Manchester Crown Court has heard. Lancashire-based Spectral Colours Limited (SCL) has now been fined after the incident in which a 57-year-old man was crushed under machinery. Man crushed under machinery The worker was cleaning the dispersion mixing machine at the company’s….

    UK motorists sceptical on driverless cars


    Safety concerns over an increased risk of road accidents appear to be behind the less-than-convincing opinions on driverless technology, uncovered in a new survey. Almost 2,000 drivers were questioned by the RAC on various aspects of autonomous driving – with only 5% agreeing that continued investment is the best use of government money at this time…..

    Construction-related deaths at all-time low


    The lowest ever number of deaths across the UK construction sector was recorded between April 2016 and March 2017, Health and Safety Executive figures show. The total of 30 worker deaths was a reduction of over a third on the 47 involved in fatal construction accidents during the 2015/16 period. Among the public, there were four….

    Scottish Labour wants cap on working week


    Limiting the working week to 48 hours would benefit 250,000 workers in Scotland, Labour has said. The proposal is among a raft of measures set out in a new industrial strategy unveiled by the party in Edinburgh. The document argues that powers over employment and health and safety law repatriated after Brexit, if devolved to….

    Grenfell survivors ‘still in emergency accommodation’


    Campaigners and residents have spoken out over the lack of progress made with rehousing survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster. Three weeks have now passed since the deadly fire but the majority of Grenfell Tower survivors remain in hotels and other emergency accommodation. Nine households accept offers Ministers set themselves a three-week deadline to offer….

    Anger over jobcentre closures


    A union has slammed plans to close tens of jobcentres across the nation saying it will make it harder for vulnerable people to access services they need. The Public and Commercial Services union claimed that more than 70 jobcentres will close and called the Government plans ‘utterly disgraceful’. The move is expected to affect up….

    Justice must be done over Drayton Manor death


    The family of the young girl who tragically lost her life at Drayton Manor theme park in May want to ensure no other families ever have to go through the same as them. Eleven-year-old Evha Jannath sustained fatal injuries after she fell from the Splash Canyon ride while visiting the Tamworth site with her school. Now….

    Genuine claimants may miss out under whiplash reform


    As many as 600,000 genuine claimants for road accident compensation could end up short-changed as a result of a government crackdown, a lawyers’ group says. In trying to eliminate the UK’s so-called ‘compensation culture’ by tackling fraudulent whiplash claims, the Conservatives used the Queen’s Speech to introduce changes to the payout system. The plan is to….

    ‘Unacceptable’ number of postal staff attacked by dogs


    Despite a fall over the last year, the number of dog attacks on postal workers remains “unacceptable”, according to a new report. It uncovered around seven attacks every day, mostly at the front door or in the garden, and usually when a dog is not kept under control. There were around 2,470 attacks in the past….

    Majority of motorists ‘ignoring’ 20mph zones


    As many as 8 out of 10 motorists seem to be ignoring 20mph speed limits, according to government data, running the risk of road accidents in particularly vulnerable areas. The Department for Transport (DfT) figures also suggest that one in 10 motorway motorists exceed the speed limit by at least 10mph, with around 1% regularly hitting….

    Surrey health trust fined over patient death


    A young patient who fell to his death at Epsom Hospital has been the subject of an investigation and hearing involving a South East health trust. Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was fined for health and safety failings following the tragic incident. Aged just 20 years old, Adam Withers, from Epsom, had been….

    Mother launches bid to change old tyres law


    A campaign to ban the use of dangerously old tyres on public service vehicles is being launched by a mother whose teenage son was tragically killed in a coach crash. Aged just 18, Michael Molloy was killed on his way home from the music festival Bestival on the Isle of Wight in 2012. His mother….

    LGA chairman criticises cladding fire tests


    The chairman of the Local Government Association has said that the fire safety tests being undertaken on cladding from high-rise buildings are flawed and the Government must rethink its approach. Lord Porter of Spalding has criticised the way the examinations are being carried out, after every single cladding panel tested in the wake of the Grenfell….

    Roofer broke leg after two-storey fall


    A serious accident in which a 56-year-old worker fell through two-storeys onto a concrete floor has landed a London-based roofing firm with a substantial fine. Ali Mucoj was working for Wessexmoor Ltd, finishing off roof work at a site on Glycena Road in the capital, Southwark Crown Court heard. He suffered multiple injuries when he fell….

    Drivers: Test changes won’t improve safety


    Upcoming changes to the driving test do not go far enough in tackling dangerous habits. That is the view of a third of motorists – ahead of December’s changes to the test which will involve: following satnav instructions a 20-minute period of independent driving more ‘realistic’ manoeuvres like parallel parking, rather than reversing round a….

    Medical document ‘scandal’ puts patients at risk


    A major mislaying of confidential materials, dubbed a “total scandal” by a shadow cabinet member, may have been responsible for harming as many as 1,700 patients between 2011 and 2016. The blunder saw more than 700,000 pieces of medical correspondence lost, according to a new report. The National Audit Office (NAO)’s report found that the….

    Scotland campaign targets in-car phone use


    Drivers who use their mobile phones while behind the wheel have become the target of a new campaign by Scottish authorities. Looks Can Kill was launched by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf in conjunction with the A9 Safety Group, which says drivers are four times more likely to crash if illegally using a mobile while in control….

    Hospitals, schools and student homes investigate cladding


    Scores of public buildings including schools and hospitals are to undergo assessments of materials and structural integrity in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The shadow government is urging that student accommodation is added to the list of property that should be checked for combustible cladding, after the West London tragedy, believed to have….

    Initiative urges outdoor workers to cover up


    A new initiative has been launched to tackle exposure to sun while at work. NHS England has launched ‘Cover Up, Mate’, aimed at reducing skin cancer caused by sun exposure among men who work outdoors. Advice on protecting yourself The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is a core partner in the campaign that urges….

    Call to stop deregulation of health and safety


    Leading health and safety professionals have written to the government urging them to reconsider their approach to the deregulation of health and safety legislation following the Grenfell Tower blaze. Organisations unite More than 70 organisations and figures have written to the Prime Minister calling for a change in attitude towards health and safety regulation and….

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