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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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    Support grows for health and safety apprenticeships

    A new health and safety apprenticeship could be a real asset, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) claims. The Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship is being developed as part of the UK Government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme. Construction focus At a recent London Health and Safety Directors Forum, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)….

    Tram supervisor mistake ‘led to death of man’

    A man was killed on a tram track after a supervisor for the network wrongly believed he had moved off the rails. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found that Peter Rothwell, 51, was killed by a tram after network staff mistakenly told drivers he had moved off the tracks. Man struck by tram travelling 30mph Mr….

    Dangers faced by road workers highlighted in new figures

    Highways England is highlighting the dangers faced by road workers as new figures reveal the number of deaths and injuries suffered by such workers. Dozens of injuries New figures show that 12 road workers- including two traffic officers – have been killed while working on the network in the past decade. Three of these were killed….

    Survey reveals dangers in the food and drink industry

    A new study has been conducted into health and safety levels in the UK’s food and drink industry. A third of the industry took part The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) study found that half of the injuries in this sector come from slips, trips or falls, while 1 in 5 involve a….

    Quick-thinking colleague helped prevent more serious injuries

    A quick-thinking colleague helped prevent a man’s serious injuries from being even worse, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigator claims. Two construction firms have now been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following an electrocution, including severe neck burns. Working near overhead lines BAM Construction Ltd was the main contractor on the Network Rail….

    Scaffolding collapses at Newcastle cinema

    Scaffolding at a derelict Newcastle cinema has collapsed onto a public street. Witnesses say workmen at the venue were having a “heated discussion” just moments before the scaffolding came crashing down. Crane possibly involved The accident happened during the demolition of the cinema. Initial reports suggest that a crane might have knocked some of the scaffolding….

    Gas explosion provides wake-up call to industry

    The oil industry has been urged to ‘take notice’ after a gas explosion at a refinery in Ellesmere Port. Oil company Essar Oil (UK) Ltd has been fined £1.65m following the incident at its Stanlow refinery. No injuries but vast damage The blast happened in the early hours of November 14, 2013. While there were no injuries, it….

    Electrical worker died after falling from ladder

    An electrical worker has died after falling 6 metres from a ladder. The man, who was an experienced linesman, was working for Electricity North West Ltd when the incident happened. The company has now been fined £900,000. Cut through his safety strap In November 2013, John Flowers, 63, used a ladder to help remove ivy….

    Firms fined for not spotting asbestos risk

    The failure to provide information about asbestos in a building has led to two companies being fined. Kingsley Asbestos Services Limited (KAS), a licensed asbestos removal contractor, had been subcontracted by Bourne Valley Construction Services Limited (BVCS) to carry out work on a property in Leatherhead, Surrey, Staines Magistrates’ Court heard. Failure to provide right information….

    Self-driving cars ‘will be restricted’ to reduce accident risk

    Self-driving cars could be seriously restricted due to concerns over whether they should be allowed to make life and death decisions on the UK’s roads, according to a leading automotive figure. Dr Ian Robertson, a member of the board of management at BMW AG, believes governments will legislate to restrict their use to help reduce the….

    Call to change criminal prosecution laws in Scotland

    Scotland wants laws similar to England allowing people to bring private criminal prosecutions following accidents. MSPs have written to the Scottish Government, prosecution officials, and health and safety authorities saying people feel they are “not getting justice” as current rules prevent people bringing private criminal prosecutions in Scotland. Remove the need to seek permission Campaigner Bill….

    Workers exposed to electromagnetic fields ‘at MND risk’

    Being exposed to electromagnetic fields at work is linked to a higher risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), research suggests. Experts at Utrecht University in the Netherlands found a link between exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – the most common type of MND. ALS causes death within years….

    Poor guards led to worker losing fingers

    Lack of sufficient guards on a mixer caused a worker to lose two of his fingers in an accident at work, a court has heard. Surgery required after accident Scunthorpe-based Coldmac Limited was fined £6,000 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries to his hand that required surgical intervention. The company had been appointed as the….

    New guide to create better health and safety coaches

    A new guide has been released to help health and safety workers to become better coaches. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has released ‘Coaching for safety – An introductory guide‘. Helping coaches to engage The guide hopes to improve the coaching skills of health and safety practitioners so they can better engage others and….

    Highways England celebrates safety milestone

    Highways England has celebrated reaching a massive milestone for safety at work. The team, which monitors and manages the country’s road network, has notched up a million hours of work without injury. Millions of hours saved Carillion, which undertakes some highway maintenance work on behalf of UK Highways, achieved the milestone of 4 years without….

    Man’s safety harness wasn’t attached when he fell

    A worker suffered life-changing injuries – including having metal rods inserted in his back – after falling 9 metres through a skylight. ACG Roofing Limited and JDB Industrial Roofing Limited have both been fined after admitting to breaches of health and safety legislation. No rails or nets in place ACG had been subcontracted by JDB to….

    Public alert HSE to construction site safety failings

    Members of the public alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to major safety failings on a construction site in Essex. Because of their vigilance, London-based construction company Malik Contractors and Engineers Ltd has been fined for safety failings. Public made complaints Malik was working on a site at St John’s Way in Corringham, Essex in….

    Man crushed by brother on construction site

    A man accidentally killed his brother on a construction site while driving a dumper truck, a court has heard. The construction firm has now been fined after the death of Philip Griffiths at Heathrow Airport in October 2014. Attempting to move broken lift Philip’s brother Paul was attempting to move a broken down scissor lift on a….

    Worker crushed by falling cardboard

    A worker was left with life-threatening injuries after 400kg of cardboard fell on him. The worker at Arrow Recycling Ltd was crushed under the stack of cardboard during the accident in April 2016. The company has now been fined £160,000. Worker placed in coma after accident Parvez Ahmed, 49, was working at a recycling site….

    Diesel fumes at work linked to increased cancer risk

    A safety body has highlighted the dangerous effect diesel fumes have on people and its link to various cancers. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) explained how exposure to diesel fumes at work can cause cancer. Almost 2 people a day (650 people a year) die from lung cancer or bladder cancer resulting….

    Call for better public safety on construction sites

    Construction companies need to pay more attention to public safety, according to the parents of a woman killed by falling windows. Amanda Telfer, 43, was killed when the stack of large unglazed frames fell over as she walked past a building site in Mayfair’s Hanover Square. While members of the public tried to lift them off….

    Quarter of A roads a skid risk

    Skidding is a major issue for road users on more than a quarter of England’s A roads, according to figures from the Department for Transport (DfT). The report says that 26% of highways need “further investigation” over fears they have an inadequate skid resistance when drivers brake. This is the highest for that category since….

    Group fined after farmer falls to his death

    A farming partnership has been fined after an investigation found that it failed to provide advice on working on fragile roofs before a worker fell to their death. Toft Partnership has been fined £60,000 following the death of a farm manager in Staffordshire. Roof collapsed underneath him In May 2014, John Mills, 67, was tasked….

    Councillor outraged after half a million pound spent on asbestos payouts

    The Gloucestershire Lib Dem leader has expressed his shock after it was revealed more than £500,000 has been paid in asbestos-related payouts for exposure in schools. Freedom of Information request A total of six former pupils and staff from schools in the area have pursued claims against the council between August 2011 and February 2015, with three claimants….

    Charity invites applications for road safety project grants

    Projects that will improve safety on the roads could receive funding up to £100,000 as part of the Road Safety Trust’s (RST) latest grant programme. The registered charity is urging submissions of innovative ideas that offer the potential to develop new approaches to road safety. Rob Gifford, RST chief executive, said: “Over the last year, the Trust….

    Skipper cleared of speeding before fatal boat accident

    The skipper of a boat has been cleared of speeding in a jet-powered boat on the same day that it was involved in a fatal accident. Paul Carey, 52, of Chatsworth Road, Southampton, was found not guilty at Winchester Crown Court of a charge of driving a rigid inflatable boat (Rib) in contravention of Merchant Shipping….

    Call for road collision investigation body

    MPs are calling for the creation of a road accident investigation body to help reduce the number of fatalities. It’s thought that a new road collision investigation body would help ensure lessons are learned to reduce the chance of repeat incidents, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) claims. The development of driverless cars and….

    HSE is ‘back in the game’ to tackle workplace stress

    Workplace stress is back on the agenda for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), as the regulator gives renewed focus to the condition. Speaking at its first Stress Summit held at Westminster’s QEII Centre, the safety body says it is “back in the game” and will be issuing new guidance to employers to highlight their….

    Vibration simulators to examine health impact of working in high-rises

    The health and well-being of people who work in skyscrapers are being examined as part of a new virtual reality research project. VSimulators recreate the impact of the vibrations that are experienced when working in a multi-storey office block, and form part of a joint investigation by researchers at the universities of Bath and Exeter. Impact….

    Gas explosion destroys children’s dance studio and homes

    A gas explosion has destroyed a dance studio that was full of children just an hour before the incident. While the exact cause of the explosion hasn’t been established, National Grid is investigating the incident that took place in New Ferry, Wirral, at about 9.15pm on Saturday. No signs of gas leak “We are checking our….

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