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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."

    Esther Rantzen

    Number of smoke alarms ‘more important than make’

    The number of smoke alarms in your home and how often you test them are more important than the brand of alarm, says the London Fire Brigade (LFB). The brigade was responding to a Which? report on smoke alarms that highlighted different activation times. Fatal fires caused by lack of alarm Five of the seven….

    Potential gas leak prompts evacuation in South London

    Dozens of South London residents have had to be evacuated after a feared chemical incident caused nausea and vomiting across the community. Some 24 people were moved from their homes, following what is now believed by emergency services to be a gas leak. A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We were called to….

    New drug driving laws are effective, says report

    New laws aimed at catching people under the influence of drugs when driving are starting to work, according to a new report. Conviction rates for the new drug driving offences are at 98%, according to the Government report. New laws as effective as drink driving laws Under the new laws, police have access to improved….

    Horrific scaffolding incident leaves two men seriously injured

    Employees of a scaffolding company in Liverpool have been taken to hospital following a serious fall from height. The workers had been seen on a scaffolding tower against a residential property in Aigburth near Sefton Park when the erection fell, hitting a car parked on the road, according to witnesses. The incident occurred on Aigburth….

    Construction firm fined after repeated safety failings

    A construction firm has been fined for ‘endangering the lives of workers’ and the public. Bristol-based construction company Ikon Construction Ltd has been fined for failing to make sure its construction work was planned and managed properly and safely, despite previous warnings. Failed to plan construction properly Ikon had not ensured the construction phase of….

    Platooning trucks could ‘boost road safety’

    A safety charity believes plans for convoys of semi-automated trucks in the UK could help increase road safety. The Government has approved plans for up to three wirelessly-connected HGVs to travel in convoy. Acceleration, braking and steering would be controlled by the lead vehicle in a concept named platooning. Each lorry will also have a….

    Workplace safety group to focus on asbestos

    A workplace health and safety charity is putting its focus on asbestos this autumn. New faculty and roadshow BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, is launching a new faculty for asbestos professionals called the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) in London on October 11. On the same day, BOHS will launch….

    Dehydration as bad as drink driving, research finds

    A number of drivers are putting themselves at risk of accident by failing to spot the signs of dehydration. Drivers are now being urged to recognise the dangers of driving while dehydrated, which can have the same effects as drink driving, according to research by vehicle leasing company Leasing Options. Dehydration as bad a drink….

    Private vehicle owners could be forced to take out third party insurance

    Changes to insurance legislation by the European Commission could mean owners of vehicles only used on private land could be forced to take out third party insurance. Owners of vehicles like quad bikes, golf buggies and motorised lawnmowers, which are used solely on private land, could be made to take out third party insurance unless….

    Worker suffers leg injuries after gas explosion

    A lack of training led to a gas cylinder explosion and a worker suffering major injuries. Serious leg injuries Blackpool-based J & R Gases Limited, a beverage gas supply company, has now been fined after the explosion left a worker with life-changing leg injuries. The employee was filling mixed-gas cylinders that are used for dispensing….