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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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    Woman claims washing husbands’ asbestos-laden clothes gave her cancer


    A woman diagnosed with an incurable cancer is claiming she contracted the disease from her late husbands’ asbestos-laden clothes. Vivienne Swain, 60, from Rochdale, has mesothelioma – a rare cancer known to be contracted from asbestos. She believes she came into contact with asbestos when washing her husbands’ work clothes that may have been exposed….

    DFS fined £1m after worker sustains serious head injuries


    A national furniture company has been fined £1 million for “systemic failings” that resulted in an employee suffering serious head injuries. A worker at DFS Trading Limited sustained serious injuries to his head and neck after being struck by a falling furniture arm that was unsecured on July 2, 2015, Derby Magistrates’ Court heard. DFS Trading….

    Container terminal fine after worker suffers ‘life-changing injuries’


    A container firm has been fined £180,000 after an employee suffered “life-changing injuries” in an industrial accident. The worker was driving a straddle carrier at Tilbury Docks on November 16, 2014, when it toppled over into an excavation, Basildon Crown Court heard. As well as suffering a head wound which required 29 staples to close, the….

    Drivers face increased fines and points for mobile phone usage


    New legislation has come into force that would see drivers using their mobile phones fined £200 and have 6 points put on their licence. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has raised the penalty from 3 points and a £100 fine. Those found using their phone at the wheel twice will get 12 points and will face magistrates’….

    Firm fined thousands after worker breaks finger


    One of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of polythene plastic products has been fined thousands of pounds after an employee was injured in a workplace accident. Total Polyfilm Ltd – a polythene film manufacturer – pleaded guilty to safety breaches at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court after one of its workers trapped his hand while operating….

    10 Brits injured in speedboat accident on Norway’s coast


    Ten British passengers have been taken to hospital after a boating accident off the icy Norwegian coast. Some 24 passengers were enjoying a speedboat excursion at around 3.00pm (local time) on Thursday, February 16. The boat collided with a fountain as it came back to shore near the town of Harstad, around 875 miles north of Norway’s….

    Shortage of Scottish radiologists


    Patients in Scotland are being put at increased risk from delays in diagnosis because of a lack of trained radiologists, doctors have warned. According to the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), chronic vacancies and a lack of interested trainees are working against a greater demand for the specialist doctors. Clinical radiologists are responsible for diagnosing injuries….

    Quarter of abattoirs failing ‘basic hygiene standards’


    Consumers of meat could be at risk of food poisoning as a new report suggests a quarter of abattoirs are failing to meet basic standards of hygiene. According to analysis of more than 300 government inspections across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, almost 27% of meat factories were in breach of Food Standards Agency (FSA)….

    Contractor avoids jail time after employee’s fatal fall


    A roofing contractor has escaped jail after a worker fell to his death because of serious safety failings in the workplace. Roy Hardaker had his nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years, after Manchester Crown Court heard that he had failed to protect the employee while working at height. Jason Fogarty, a father of two,….

    Bell ringer flipped upside down in freak accident


    A man has survived a serious accident after his foot became tangled in a rope while ringing a cathedral bell. Ian Bowman, 51, has been left with a fractured spine after crashing around 80ft to the ground when the heel of his foot was caught in the bell rope at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, February 11. Mr Bowman said:….

    Health cuts ‘most likely cause’ of unprecedented number of deaths


    Ongoing cuts to health and social care services could possibly be responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, researchers are claiming. According to a new research paper by the University of Oxford, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, an “unprecedented” number of deaths in England and Wales during….

    Welder suffers ‘life-changing injuries’


    An engineering firm has been fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for failing to prevent a “horrific accident” that resulted in a worker’s leg being amputated. F. Brazil Reinforcements Ltd pleaded guilty at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court after welder Felix Trefas, 27, had his leg crushed by an overhead crane on June 10, 2015. The cranes at….

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