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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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    Freight train derailment happened days after work on track

    Work was carried out to tracks of a busy commuter line just two days before a freight train overturned in south-east London, an investigation has found. Massive disruptions took place on the line and thousands of workers were left stranded as Network Rail engineers tried to remove upturned carriages that were derailed in Lewisham on….

    Lawyer’s death was preventable, court told

    The death of a solicitor who was killed by half a tonne of window frames when they fell from a construction site in central London, could have been avoided if “straightforward” safety precautions had been taken, a trial has heard. Amanda Telfer, 43, was crushed under the weight of three window frames while walking past a….

    Fencing firm bosses receive suspended jail terms

    Owners of a Midlands fencing firm have avoided jail after an employee was injured while working. Maurice Blackford and Susan Hawthorne, owners of Hoo Farm Fencing in Kidderminster, received suspended sentences and a £10,000 fine each after a worker was hit by timber materials falling from a forklift truck. Raymond Lainsbury, 49, was using a….

    Rally driver killed at 110mph trying to emulate father

    A young rally driver who was killed while driving at speed wanted to “follow in his dad’s footsteps”, an inquest was told. Timothy Cathcart, 20, was driving at around 110mph when his vehicle crashed during the Todds Leap Ulster Rally in August 2014. He was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining fatal head injuries in….

    ‘Lucky’ worker survives 18-tonne blow

    An engineering firm in Gateshead has been fined £40,000 after safety breaches caused an 18-tonne load to strike an employee on the head. Kevin Tait suffered “life-changing” injuries while working, when the equipment he was using caused the heavy load to swing and hit him. The crane was not suitable for the lift as the….

    Care home fined over serious radiator burns

    A care provider has been fined almost £25,000 after an elderly care home resident fell against an uncovered radiator and sustained serious burns. Kathleen Walters, 79, came into prolonged contact with the uncovered radiator when she fell in her room at the Manor House Residential Home, in Morden, south London, in November 2015. Mrs Walters….

    Driver cleared of killing dad and friend in ‘rally race’

    A young driver has been cleared of dangerous driving after his best friend and stepfather were both killed in a road accident involving his car. Joshua Ford, 21, had been driving on a country road in South Wales when he crashed into his friend Jordan Thomas’ car, which had lost control on a bend and crashed….

    Preston landlord avoids jail after gas safety failings

    A landlord from Lancashire has avoided jail after failing to carry out adequate gas safety checks at one of her properties. Pritpall Kaur Singh from Preston has been handed a suspended prison for failing to comply with gas safety regulations and subsequent notice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A complaint was made to Preston….

    Worker hospitalised for six months after being electrocuted

    An electrician who suffered a massive electric shock while working on a prestigious London development is still in hospital, six months after the incident. George White, 27, suffered 45% burns after being electrocuted while working on the new Goldman Sachs headquarters – a £350 million development in Holborn Viaduct. Mr White was put into a medically-induced….

    Road rage driver who caused pile-up avoids jail

    An enraged driver who caused a three-car pile-up on a major A-road during rush hour has narrowly avoided jail. Lee Allwright, 29, caused the collision when he slammed on his brakes in the middle lane of a 70mph road in November 2015. Mr Allwright pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 12 and….

    Unregistered gas engineer endangers lives

    A rogue trader from Farnborough has been fined more than £1,200 after illegally installing an unsafe boiler. On January 26, Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how unregistered gas engineer Fergus Leask had carried out illegal work to a heating system while pretending to be fully qualified. Mr Leask assured the homeowner that he was Gas Safe Registered….

    Climbers rescued as second avalanche hits Scottish peaks

    Climbers are being urged to take extra care when taking on the Scottish peaks, with four unrelated climbers injured in avalanches, according to reports. A man had to be airlifted to safety after suffering a leg injury in an avalanche in the Cairngorms mountain range on February 4. A helicopter was scrambled to the area….

    Three firms at fault for fall from height

    Faults by three separate firms led to a serious fall from height incident, a court has heard. The Essex-based companies have all been fined after a man fell 7.5 metres while working on a roof, Chelmsford Crown Court has heard. Man fell onto concrete floor Rafal Myslim was walking along a fragile roof at Dengie Crops….

    Tractor driver seriously injured after ploughing into ditch

    The driver of an agricultural vehicle has sustained serious injuries after his tractor careered into a ditch, emergency services have said. The incident is reported to have happened shortly after 10am on Sunday 30th January, on an unclassified road between two villages in Aberdeenshire – Glenbervie and Drumlithie. A collision investigation into the cause of the….

    Warburtons worker fractures spine after fall

    Warburtons, the break maker, has been fined after a worker fell from height. The national baker was fined £2 million at Wolverhampton Crown Court after Andrew Sears was hospitalised due to the accident at work. Work carried out regularly In November 2013, Mr Sears, who had worked in the factory since 2007, was cleaning a….

    Haulage firm owner to be sentenced for fatal truck crash

    Two men are to be sentenced for manslaughter after the brakes of a 32-tonne truck failed, killing four people and seriously injuring another. In the road accident, four-year-old Mitzi Steady, who was struck by the out of control lorry, was killed along with three men in a car. The girl’s grandmother, Margaret Rogers, also suffered….

    Tired junior doctors falling asleep at the wheel

    Overworked and tired junior doctors are putting lives at risk by falling asleep at the wheel on the way home from their night shifts, according to new research. Four in 10 junior doctors have fallen asleep at the wheel following a night shift, according to a survey of 1,100 junior doctors for the BBC’s Inside Out….

    Students in critical condition after science experiment goes wrong

    A science experiment involving coffee that went wrong left two students in critical condition. Two students were given 30g of caffeine – the equivalent of 300 cups – during a university science experiment. They should have been given just 0.3g. Hundred times correct dose given Sports science students Alex Rossetta and Luke Parkin had volunteered….

    Construction industry made aware of vulnerable road users

    How the construction industry responds to vulnerable road users is the focus of a new course. The Best Practice Hub has produced an e-learning course that hopes to increase knowledge and understanding of the risks construction activity can pose to vulnerable road users. Reducing road risks The online course offers practical methods that can be adopted….

    Lawsuit wants to prevent drivers using phones

    A lawsuit has been filed against Apple in the US after a man was involved in a car where the other driver was texting on their iPhone. The Californian lawsuit accuses Apple of selling products that encourage drivers to text behind the wheel. Call to introduce lockout technology The suit, obtained by Ars Technica, was….

    Car worker loses leg in manufacturing accident

    A national car firm has been fined after a worker lost his leg at a manufacturing plant. Jaguar Land Rover has been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of health and safety breaches at its Lode Lane plant in Solihull. Four-car shunt In February 2015, a Range Rover Sport was being driven to the start of….

    Illegal used tyres being sold across the country

    Second-hand tyres are putting drivers’ lives at risk, according to a council that found a garage stocking 23-year-old tyres. New figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) show that 83% of used tyres in some areas of the country are being sold illegally. This could be due to them being part-worn in areas, having serious….

    Warning issued after wheelchair accident at station

    A warning has been issued to parents and wheelchair users at train stations after a woman in a wheelchair was almost pulled onto the tracks by a train’s slipstream. The railway station accident happened when a disabled teenage girl was waiting on the platform and a non-stop train passed through. Wheelchair had brakes applied The girl….

    Contractor falsified asbestos documents

    An experienced asbestos analyst has been fined after it was revealed he had faked an air clearance certificate, a court has found. Barrie Lyons has worked as an analyst for 29 years. But in a recent court case, it has been revealed that in November 2015, Mr Lyons had not carried out a suitable inspection….

    Ageing population causing chronic conditions in workers

    Europe’s ageing population is creating a workforce that is more at risk of a number of illnesses and conditions, according to EU-OSHA’s analysis report on rehabilitation and returning to work. Chronic conditions like musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), cardiovascular disease and mental health issues currently affect around one in three older workers, compared with just 15% of younger workers…..

    Concussion rates in rugby rising

    Concussion is the the most common injury – and most serious – in Premiership Rugby, according to a new report. Following a number of high-profile cases, rugby head injuries have become a focal point. One of the biggest incidents was the injury to the British and Irish Lions international George North. North, while playing for….

    Roofers’ lives put at risk due to lax safety measures

    The lives of two workers were put at risk from a fall from height by a roofing contractor, Manchester City Magistrates heard. MW Roofing (NW) Ltd has now been fined after it was judged to have inadequate safety measures for two employees working at height without protection against falls. Repairing a chimney The employees were working….

    Construction workers and farmers most at risk of skin cancer

    Construction workers and farmers are most at risk of work-related skin cancer, a new study claims. Those who work for long periods outdoors in Britain account for 2% of all skin cancers, according to the Imperial College London study, published in the British Journal Of Cancer. Dozens of deaths a year Too much exposure to….

    Man had legs amputated after accident at work

    Failure to protect workers from high volumes of vehicles on site caused an accident that led to a worker having two legs amputated. Sundorne Products (Llanidloes) Limited, a Welsh landfill company, was fined for the safety failings after the man was run over, Mold Crown Court has heard. The man had been working at a….

    Queen recognises two safety workers

    A woman who has worked all her life to improve transport safety has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Caroline Wake, a member of The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), was given an OBE for her services to transport safety and the community of Kent. Another IOSH member, Andrew Butt, was….

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