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    UK motorists sceptical on driverless cars

    Safety concerns over an increased risk of road accidents appear to be behind the less-than-convincing opinions on driverless technology, uncovered in a new survey. Almost 2,000 drivers were questioned by the RAC on various aspects of autonomous driving – with only 5% agreeing that continued investment is the best use of government money at this time…..

    Safety fears over telescopic ladders as 32,000 withdrawn

    ContentsGovernment investigation launched‘Shocking’ results Over 32,000 telescopic ladders have been withdrawn from sale over safety fears. Trading Standards is now warning DIY enthusiasts, tradesmen and gardeners to check their ladders and be vigilant when using them. Government investigation launched Enquiries by Trading Standards found major safety concerns. It has led to a government-funded investigation working alongside….

    Health and safety an ‘investment not a cost’

    Health and safety in the workplace should be seen as an investment, not a cost, a conference has heard. Occupational safety and health professionals were told they have a “leading role to play” in building sustainable organisations across the world, an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Vice-President told an Asia-Pacific conference. Dr Vincent….

    Investigation after canal volunteer dies in lock wall collapse

    ContentsLock wall collapsedCanal Trust will work with HSE and policeThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the death of a man who was fatally injured while carrying out volunteer work on a Wiltshire canal. Peter Kibitzer was working on excavations at Upper Pewsham Lock near Chippenham when a lock collapsed on top of him. Emergency services….

    New technology developed to monitor construction workers’ health and safety

    Innovative new technology is helping employers reduce the risks construction industry workers are exposed to. Construction sites can be monitored through the new SmartSite system and common health issues such as respiratory problems, dermatitis or even cancer, can be identified quickly with a view to reducing the number of occupational health hazards experienced on site.  How….

    Aldi admits fault for accident at work

    ContentsFirst convictionDuty of careAn Aldi employee was lucky to escape serious injury when he was struck by an unsecured smoking shelter, a court has heard. Michael Simpson was taking a cigarette break at the supermarket chain’s Faverdale distribution centre when a gust of wind picked up the shelter. He suffered soft-tissue injuries to his back….

    Poundstretcher boss to face jury trial

    ContentsSwindon branch‘Not guilty’ plea Discount chain Poundstretcher has been convicted of a string of health and safety at work offences. But the chain’s owner, Abdul Aziz Tayub, has denied the firm breached the regulations with his “consent, connivance, or neglect” and is due to be tried by a jury later in the year. Swindon branch The charges,….

    Council reports unsafe scaffold work

    ContentsRisk of fallsCouncil officers alerted the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to poor scaffolding in London, a court has heard. Members of Ealing Council made the call after observing very unsafe practices while workers erected scaffolding for the refurbishment of a building into a hotel in November 2013. Chart Forte Court (West Ealing) Limited, the….

    Hands severed in industrial baler

    A recycling company has pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations after a worker had both hands severed in an accident at work. Spanish-born Ivan Menendez, then 38, had been employed as an operative for seven months by Metal Processing Ltd at its site in Northam when the devastating incident happened on 8 January 2014. His….

    Driver who ignored a red light smashed into a taxi

    A court in Stoke-on-Trent has heard how Sean Walton ignored a red light while driving a stolen car and smashed into a taxi as a result. The accident led to the taxi rolling onto its roof. The driver and passenger were both injured in the accident and the passenger found herself held in place by….

    Lorry driver crushed in tail lift accident

    ContentsHow could the tail lift accident have been prevented?Can anyone help after an industrial injury?A routine unloading operation led to tragedy in Dudley, when a worker was crushed in a horrific tail lift accident. It is believed that the driver, Gary Pickering, had been trying to lower the lift while he was busy removing items….

    6 million nuisance cold calls made from one office in one day

    ContentsHundreds of complaintsConsiderable criticismAccident Advice Helpline don’t cold callA company based in Hove, East Sussex has been identified as responsible for millions of nuisance phone calls being made every day. Up to six million calls a day were made using the latest in technology, which allowed the company to leave anonymous messages on mobile phones and….

    Sainsbury’s fined £10,000 after two staff suffered injuries at its Middlesbrough store

    ContentsRoll Cage AccidentIn one Middlesbrough Sainsbury’s store two staff suffered injuries in separate incidents seventeen days apart which left one female shop assistant with a broken bone in her spine after a cage filled with products fell over and trapped her underneath. The prosecution was brought by Middlesbrough Council after Environmental Health Officers from its….

    Millions of motorists are driving without wearing glasses required by the law

    A survey by OnePoll was commissioned by Eye Clinic Focus to discover the public’s attitude to wearing corrective lenses whilst driving. They asked 1,000 glasses wearers whether they wore corrective lenses- and if not their reasons. Shockingly one in eight motorists who should wear glasses while behind the wheel admitted to driving without them. Those….

    Glass door accident results in serious injuries and compensation

    ContentsHave you suffered from a similar accident?Call us today for adviceJeannie Simmonds experienced serious injuries in an accident with a glass door around three years ago. The five-star London hotel, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, was the scene of the glass door accident which saw Mrs Simmonds suffer injuries that included cuts and a partially severed….

    Firm fined over unsafe scaffolding

    An Oxfordshire-based scaffolding company has been fined for putting workers and members of the public at risk. Two sites run by ASW Scaffolding Limited in West Hagbourne were found to be dangerous by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Inspectors identified numerous faults with the scaffold structures in Grove Street, Wantage, and Banbury Road, Oxford,….

    RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

    The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, or RIDDOR for short, puts duties on employers, the self-employed and persons in control of workplace premises (the responsible person) to report any instances of serious accidents at work. These can also include occupational diseases and specified danger occurrences commonly known as “near-misses.” The regulations were….

    Amputation after a drill accident at work

    A 62-year-old man had to have the top of his ring finger amputated after his gloved hand got caught in an unguarded drill at an engineering company, a court heard. The Kent firm he was working for has been fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £2,433 in costs after admitting breaching the Provision and Use….

    Road traffic accidents ‘cost UK £34 billion’

    Official government estimates have put the annual cost of road traffic accidents in the UK at a staggering £34 billion, despite the number of road deaths falling to an all-time low. The total includes medical bills as well as the estimated cost of the human suffering the accidents cause. According to the latest figures from….

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