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

06-02-2017

Photo shows emergency services attending a road traffic incident

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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Legal changes make it harder for employees to win compensation

26-09-2013

The implementation of new laws in October 2013 will make it more difficult for employees who have been injured at work to make a successful claim for damages, according to a legal expert.

This could lead to thousands of workers being unsuccessful in claiming compensation for injuries sustained at w…

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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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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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Essex car parts manufacturer fined for safety failings

23-07-2012

An Essex car parts manufacturer has been prosecuted for safety failings after an employee fell through a mezzanine floor at a Hawkwell factory.

The Auto-Plas worker required stitches to a hand injury and was off works for two weeks as a result of the incident on 17 May last year.

On 18…

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Illegal gas fitter's "incompetence exposed homeowner to serious risk"

19-07-2012

The plastic material which had been pushed into a gap where the flue meets the boiler chimneyA Barnsley plumber, who left a householder in danger after posing as a qualified gas engineer and badly fitting a new boiler at their home, has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Self-employed trader Mark Dixon of Royston, Barnsley, charged the homeowner £1,200 to carry out the work at t…

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Illegal gas fitter prosecuted for endangering lives

12-07-2012

An illegal gas fitter has been prosecuted for endangering lives by undertaking potentially lethal work at a property in Colchester.

Kevin Cook, 55, trading as Team Electric, installed a gas fire at a house in Rowhedge, Colchester, in August 2010, although he was not registered to undertake ga…

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Multinational recycling firm prosecuted for worker's death

04-06-2012

Recycling company SITA UK Ltd. has been fined £200,000 after a 21-year-old employee died from head injuries at its paper baling site in Tipton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm after Mark Bate, of Tipton, West Midlands, was killed instantly when the arm of a J…

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Cheltenham machine operator injured after safety mechanism is disabled

27-05-2012

A component engineering company in Cheltenham has been fined after an employee suffered head injuries on a machine that had a safety mechanism deliberately disabled.

Grzegorz Chylenski, 33, from Cheltenham, was working with a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine at PG Components Ltd.…

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Dorset contractor sentenced over worker death

01-05-2012

A building contractor has been fined over serious safety breaches after a worker was killed by a piece of falling cob wall being demolished by his son.

Alaister Copland, trading as Do it Al, was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay compensation to the family of £2,390 at Dorchester C…

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Shropshire pub landlords prosecuted for failing to protect employees

26-09-2011

The managers of a Chorley pub have been sentenced after they failed to buy insurance to protect their employees.

Stephen and Karen Martin were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after they employed staff at the Hinds Head pub in Charnock Richard without purchasing Employers' Liabili…

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