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How to protect yourself after a personal injury as a result of an accident

06-02-2017

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Every year in the UK more than 3 million people are seriously injured in accidents that occur in their homes, at their places of employment, in their cars or outdoors. If the accident is the fault of someone else, then the victim has the right to be compensated.

Personal Injury law is complex…

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Building a safety net: Protecting the workplace with effective project management

25-11-2016

Photo shows a woman wearing a hard hat holding buildings in her handConstruction sites are considered high-risk environments. Pay a visit to one and you will immediately see why — with large teams of people simultaneously working on various aspects of the project, all kinds of tools and heavy machinery involved and in motion, and the different areas of the site itse…

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Does what it says on the tin – The importance of health and safety labels

25-04-2016

Photo shows a label warning about radioactive materialsWhether you’re a small start-up business or you’re an established company with well over 100 employees, having an established set of health and safety procedures and protocols is always essential. It is likely that you have a wide range of different procedures in the event anything goes wrong within…

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Reducing accidents at work - it’s easier than it may seem!

19-01-2016

In the past year alone (2014/15), approximately 1.2 million people suffered from a work related disease. To put it into perspective, that’s approximately 1 in 60 people. This is also equivalent to 27.3 million working days being lost because of work-related illnesses and injuries, or over £14 billio…

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Major Workplace Disasters

28-04-2015

Research indicates that since the Introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974, fatal injuries to employees have fallen by 87%, and reported non-fatal injuries have fallen by 77%.

However, recent figure provide evidence that 153 workers have a work-related accident every 53 seconds i…

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Male workers 20 times more likely than females to die at work

20-04-2015

Photo shows a woman wearing personal protective equipmentAccording to a recent data analysis from health and safety consultants Arinite, between the years of 2009 and 2014 male workers were more than 20 times as likely as females to suffer a fatality whilst at work.

In 2013/14 alone, 85 male workers died on the job compared to just four women. Of those…

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Hampshire aircraft maintenance company fined after workers injured in falls

11-12-2014

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ATC (Lasham) Ltd. (a Hampshire-based aircraft maintenance company) has been sentenced for safety failures after three workers were injured in separate falls at its airfield in Lasham – two in the same month.

The company was fined a total of £35,000 and ordered to pay £32,430 in costs after admi…

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‘tis the season to be fire-ready

06-12-2013

Photo shows the feet of a family in front of a fireAs we all know, Christmas is a time for jollities and japes, overindulging in mulled wine and of course, one too many mince pies. For me, the most important part of the holiday season is taking the time to relax and step back from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Although Christmas is …

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Faulty rope led to amputation for outdoors instructor

19-08-2013

Photo shows the site at Carroty Wood where outdoor instructor Josh Senior fell

A Southampton firm has been prosecuted after an outdoors activity instructor was left permanently disabled when he used a defective rope for a simulated parachute landing.

Joshua Senior, 25, plunged some nine metres to the ground at the Rock (UK) adventure centre in Carroty Wood, near Tonbridge, …

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Paper company fined for forklift crush accident

09-05-2013

Photo shows the aisle at Swan Mill Paper Company Ltd where the worker was injured by a reversing forklift truck

A Swanley firm has been prosecuted after a worker at its warehouse was injured after being crushed between a forklift truck and a pallet of paper goods.

The Swan Mill Paper Company Ltd. appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court (7 May) and admitted safety failings that led to its employee, a local…

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Guarding failures left pensioner with life-threatening injuries at wood yard

12-02-2013

The log splitter which caused Mr Fryetts injuriesA 73-year-old worker at a Norfolk wood yard was left with life-threatening and life-changing injuries that could have been prevented had the log splitter he was using been better configured and guarded, a court has heard.

Basil Fryett, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn, has spent almost six months i…

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The story of Honda and health and safety

11-02-2013

first aid kitGuest post by: Ingunn Bjøru

An employee, Cesar Santos, literally gave his bosses two fingers recently at Honda in Swindon, but he probably didn’t enjoy the experience as much as he may have hoped.  Whilst using an emery cloth to clean some equipment, his bosses were pressing him to complete the ta…

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Workplace injuries cause 27 million working day loss in 2011/2012

04-02-2013

Workplace injuries cause 27 million working day loss in 2011/2012Workplace injury and work-related illness led to the loss of 27 million working days in 2011/2012, new figures have revealed. According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) towards the end of 2012, 173 people were killed while at work, and 111,000 other injuries suffered …

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Digger driver trapped under machine by falling wall

01-03-2012

A  digger driver has been hurt at the site of a construction project in Plymouth, Devon.

Emergency services at currently at Thorn Park off Mannamead Road where building work was being done at a private house.

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RAIB Report: Station overrun incident at Stonegate, East Sussex

24-11-2011

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into an overrun incident at Stonegate on 8 November 2010.

Report Summary:
 
"Shortly after 08:00 hrs on Monday 8 November 2010, a passenger train running from London Charing Cross to Hastings failed to stop at Stonegate station in …

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Maine worker injured by exploding forklift tyre

12-10-2011

Colleagues say that a Bath Iron Works maintenance worker, who was injured around 1pm on Monday afternoon while changing a tyre, made it through surgery and is in stable condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The Kennebec Journal has further details...

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Twelve people hurt in fall on zombie movie set

11-10-2011

A dozen actors dressed as zombies for their roles in Resident Evil 5 suffered broken bones and other injures this morning after falling from a platform on the film set.

The victims fell from a height of about two storeys.

They received injuries to their legs, arms and back, but none were considered…

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RAIB report - bridge strike and road vehicle incursion onto the roof of a passing train near Oxshott station

20-09-2011

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) today released its report (click for full report) into a bridge strike and road vehicle incursion onto the roof of a passing train near Oxshott station, 5 November 2010.

On Friday 5 November 2010, a lorry fell from the A244 (Warren Lane) road bridge whic…

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Forklift guidance

19-08-2011

forklift_imageFollowing news of a man being killed in a forklift incident, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice for anyone making use of forklift trucks in the workplace.

The HSE's free-to-download guidance 'Safety in working with lift trucks' states that th…

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Agriculture case studies – children on farms

21-07-2011

Agriculture has one of the highest fatal accident rates of any industry in the UK. It is also the only high-risk industry that has to deal with the constant presence of children. Farms are homes as well as workplaces.

Visitors to the countryside, many of them children, are often present whilst work …

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