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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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    New standards considered for respiratory protective devices

    A consultation has been launched over the potential new standards for respiratory protective devices (RPDs). The standard – ISO 16975 – will provide advice on the selection, use and maintenance of RPDs. It’s hoped it will help prevent harmful exposures at work. The new standard will, hopefully, be published in early 2018. Competently delivered measures Institution….

    Elderly pilot could have been ‘under pressure’ to fly before accident

    A 90-year-old pilot may have been under pressure to fly when he had an accident, a report claims. The man, one of the UK’s oldest pilots, was seriously injured after crashing his microlight into a tree, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has found. Lost control on landing The pensioner lost control of his….

    Explosion in Manchester could have been gas related

    An explosion at a terraced house in Manchester has seriously injured two people. Emergency services were called to the blast on Cecil Road in Blackley, Manchester on Monday 16 January. While the exact cause is currently unknown, the BBC has reported that the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service suspects it is gas related. Five….

    Damaged piston behind helicopter accident

    A damaged tail piston was the cause of a helicopter accident on a North Sea oil rig. The accident has led to the grounding of all Sikorsky S92 model helicopters following the investigation. Accident happened during landing The helicopter was attempting to land on the West Franklin platform on December 28 at the time of the….

    Event focusses on dangers of refurbishment work

    A free health and safety event aimed at construction workers is being organised in Scotland. Those who work on refurbishment projects are being invited to the Site Safe Scotland’s Working Well Together campaign event, which is being supported by North Lanarkshire Council. The half-day affair on February 14 in Wishaw looks to provide practical advice on….

    Man loses three fingers at crisp factory

    An agency worker at a crisp factory lost the tops of three of his fingers in an accident at work that was “entirely preventable”, a court has heard. The life-changing injury occurred at Northamptonshire-based Tayto Group Limited’s manufacturing facility. Company fined for failings The company, which makes crisps and snacks, has now been fined £330,000 for….

    Rally suspended as FAI takes places

    A rally has been temporarily suspended while an investigation takes place into a fatal accident. Three people were killed at a Jim Clark Rally in 2014 in the Scottish Borders. Future events have been suspended until the completion of a fatal accident inquiry (FAI). Three killed during race Iain Provan, 64, his partner Elizabeth Allan,….

    Safer working for older people campaign celebrates great 2016

    A campaign to make workplaces more suitable for all ages signed up 100 partners in its first year of operation. EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign ran throughout 2016 and signed up 100 official campaign partners (OCPs) during the year. It also added 30 media partners as it aimed to highlight why healthy and….

    Network Rail fined after worker struck by 80mph train

    Network Rail has been fined £800,000 following an incident in which a track worker was hit by a speeding train. The man suffered life-changing injuries after he was struck by a train moving at 80mph, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has said. Worker struck on shoulder He was caught by the train on his….

    Sleep conditions ‘worse than drink-driving’

    Driving with undiagnosed sleep conditions is more dangerous than drink-driving, according to two automotive organisations. Medical conditions like obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS or OSA) can impact a person’s driving ability more than being over the drink-drive limit, according to both the RAC and Road Haulage Association (RHA). Jobs and lives at risk The RHA….

    Mental health in the workplace to be focus of new review

    Mental health in the workplace will be a focus of new measures introduced by Theresa May. As part of the annual Charity Commission lecture, the Prime Minister promised to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. Transform how we see mental health She said she wants to transform the way we deal with….

    Real-time health and safety monitoring launched

    A real-time health and safety project has been set up on the Thames Tideway Tunnel development. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Loughborough University research project aims to track the health and safety leadership, policies and practices at the company building the tunnel, Tideway. First study of its kind It is the first….

    Firm fined after two suffer chemical burns

    An engineering firm has been fined after two workers received burns, one of which was life threatening. PSL Worldwide Projects Ltd, a North East-based engineering company that has since gone into liquidation, has been fined after two workers suffered chemical burns. Two workers sprayed with chemicals They were sprayed with chemicals during a chemical cleaning….

    Better cordon around fallen tree could have prevented woman’s death

      A woman was killed on her way to work when a tree knocked over a wall on top her, an inquest has heard. A fallen tree had created an archway over a path on Kensington Road, near Knightsbridge in London. Although the police had cordoned off the tree and part of the road, people continued….

    Energy firm’s appeal to reduce gas spill fine fails

    An energy firm has been unsuccessful in its bid to have a fine related to a number of offshore gas release incidents reduced. ConocoPhillips (UK) Ltd, the UK subsidiary of US Energy Corporation, explores the North Sea for oil and natural gas. Three gas releases From November 2012, there were three gas release incidents on its….

    Rare health and safety documents go online

    Decades of work to prevent injury and ill health at work have been archived on a new website. The British Safety Council has documented 60 years of its campaigning history on its new site. It includes unique documents and correspondence, alongside photographs, newspaper and magazine articles and campaign posters dating back to the group’s formation….

    Year-long battle against silica dust launched

    A year-long action plan to tackle silica dust exposure has been launched. Industry leaders, academics and safety and health experts have all committed to the plan to tackle exposure to silica dust. It is part of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign. Raising awareness Representatives from the construction, rail….

    Plant hire boss jailed for ‘preventable’ death

    A plant hire firm manager has been given a two-year prison sentence after health and safety failings led to the death of a man. Donald Craig, 57, has been found guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court of a breach of legislation that caused the death of Gary Currie and seriously injured Alexander Nisbet. Pair working on….

    Falls most common injury for teachers

    Most payouts to teachers in Scotland for injuries were due to falls at work, new figures show. Teachers and lecturers in Scotland were paid more than £600,000 in compensation for injuries at work in 2016, according to the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) union. Assaults and falls Of this, £55,000 was paid to a single teacher….

    Grants available for those looking to prevent CO poisoning

    Funding for those involved in gas safety and the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning has been made available by a UK charity. The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has revealed details of the next round of grant applications. It follows news that the Trust has funded £1.5 million worth of programmes and projects related to gas….

    Warning to walkers to stay safe on Scotland’s hills

    Walkers and climbers are being urged to stay safe on Scotland’s hills and mountains over the winter period. Figures show 27 volunteer mountain rescue teams were called to 579 incidents last year involving 776 people in difficulty. Hikers urged to be prepared for bad weather Safety experts say being well prepared with the appropriate equipment….

    DIY poses asbestos risk

    The dangers of DIY – including asbestos exposure – are not being taken seriously by 48% of Brits, according to a new study. The survey of over 2,000 people finds nearly half are unconcerned about the health and safety issues posed when renovating or decorating their homes. Everyday tasks could cause exposure Day-to-day jobs like painting,….

    Scottish A&E struggling to meet demand

    The rising demand for accident and emergency (A&E) services in Scotland has led to departments falling below targets. In the week ending December 11, 89.9% of patients were seen and either admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours at core A&E units – falling short of the Scottish Government’s 95% target. Many spending 8 hours….

    Helicopter damages offshore platform during landing

    An accident involving a helicopter on a North Sea platform was narrowly avoided, the BBC has reported. During the landing, the helicopter’s wheels struck the deck, leaving “gouges” in the platform off the coast of Aberdeen. Helicopter suffered ‘technical fault’ The incident took place on December 28 on the West Franklin platform. A CHC helicopter was attempting….

    Recycling site fined for chemical leak

    A recycling company has been fined after a chemical leak was discovered at its Sunderland site. Tradebe Solvent Recycling Ltd appeared at Sunderland Magistrates Court this week, where they pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with an environmental permit condition. They were fined £27,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,960. Human….

    Fall from height ‘could have killed’ man

    A contractor could “easily have been killed” after suffering a fall from height onto a concrete floor, according to a Health and Safety Executive investigation. An unnamed contractor was working at a factory in Sunbury on Thames in Surrey when he suffered the injury after a fall from height. Mezzanine floor installation Lincoln-based M &….

    Call for tougher penalties for drivers using mobile phones

    A call has been made to further crack down on drivers using their mobile phones. The Government has been urged by peers to go further in cracking down on motorists caught using mobile phones at the wheel, including imposing automatic bans. Lords back move to increase penalties The call came as the House of Lords….

    Most workers ‘unaware’ of health and safety rules

    The majority of workers aren’t aware of the basic health and safety rules of their workplace, according to a new survey. The nationwide poll and test by safety barrier manufacturer, A-SAFE, found that 58% of people working across industries like food and drink, logistics and transport, construction, and manufacturing, don’t know the health and safety rules…..

    Poor watch-keeping put crews’ lives at risk

    The crews of two ships were put in “grave danger” after poor watch-keeping led to a collision at sea, a report has found. The cargo ship Daroja and oil bunker barge Erin Wood collided off Peterhead in Aberdeenshire at around 5pm on August 29 last year. Deckhand submerged The Erin Wood heeled over 90 degrees….

    Farm deaths on the rise in Ireland

    Deaths on Irish farms have increased in recent years, according to new figures. A Health and Safety Authority (HSA) report shows that 21 people were killed while working in the agricultural industry in 2016. This is up from 18 in 2015. Overall, Irish workplace deaths have dropped by more than a fifth from 56 people in….

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