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Worker burned by ‘jet of fire’

Posted in: Arm Injury Workplace Injuries 
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A subcontractor from Highley has been fined for safety breaches after a worker was burned by a ‘jet of fire’ when he hit an underground electricity cable with a steel pin while replacing pavement edging in Birmingham. The worker escaped with minor burns to his arms and eyebrows and had his clothing singed when the […]

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Too many workers still exposed to bloodborne viruses

Posted in: Employer Negligence Industrial Deafness and Disease Medical Negligence 
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Recent figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have revealed that there were 541 reports of needlestick injuries that exposed workers in the healthcare sector to patients carrying bloodborne viruses in 2011. This is double the amount compared to a decade ago (2002), when 271 exposures were reported. Since the HPA’s previous report, which […]

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At work drivers taking deadly risks on roads

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Pedestrian Injuries Road Traffic Accidents 
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Significant numbers of people who drive for work are risking devastating crashes by texting, speeding and grooming at the wheel, according to research by Brake and Direct Line. The figures show that: Nearly a third (31%) text while driving. One in six (17%) admit to grooming, such as putting on make-up or shaving, while at […]

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Construction companies fined over worker’s six-metre fall

Posted in: Employer Negligence Falls from Heights Hand Injuries Hip Injuries Workplace Injuries 
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Two construction companies have been fined for serious safety failings after a Coventry worker suffered life-changing injuries when he plummeted more than six metres through a badly-covered hole in a floor. Contract worker Ian Howells punctured his lung, broke every rib on the left-hand side of his body, shattered all the bones in his left […]

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NHS will have to admit to patient safety failures

Posted in: Medical Negligence 
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New rules to toughen transparency in NHS organisations and increase patient confidence have been announced by the Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter. From April 2013, the NHS Commissioning Board will be required to include a contractual duty of openness in all commissioning contracts. This means that NHS organisations, such as hospitals, will be required to […]

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Police crackdown on festive drink driving

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 
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The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and THINK! have joined forces to warn drivers not to drink or take drugs and drive this Christmas. ACPO roads policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said: “If you don’t drink and drive this Christmas you reduce the risk of killing an innocent person, or yourself. It […]

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Companies sentenced after worker’s fatal fall

Posted in: Employer Negligence Falls from Heights Head and Brain Injuries Workplace Injuries Wrongful & Accidental Death 
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A major construction company and a concrete structures firm have been sentenced after a worker died following a fall from a height at a Swansea building site. A self-employed father of two, Russell Samuel, was contracted to work as a scaffolder at the Swansea site. He was dismantling a scaffold ladder access platform ready for […]

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Tackling dog attacks on postal workers

Posted in: Animal Attacks Workplace Injuries 
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A recent report has recommended that new legislation be introduced to help tackle the problem of dog attacks on postal workers. The report, commissioned by Royal Mail and prepared by Sir Gordon Langley, also recommends that Royal Mail should actively pursue legal action against the owners of dogs which attack postmen and women According to […]

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Health and safety can aid rail industry cost-cutting

Posted in: Public Transport Road Traffic Accidents Workplace Injuries 
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Concerns have been raised that rail industry cost-cutting measures, combined with negative perceptions of health and safety, could jeopardise rail worker protection. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called upon Government and businesses in the sector to recognise the vital money savings that good health and safety management can bring, through reducing […]

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Regional breakdown of road safety statistics

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 
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The South East of England has seen less improvement in its road safety than any other region in England, according to IAM’s analysis of recent data produced by the Department for Transport. Figures for 2011 show that the rate of reported killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties in the South East of England has increased […]

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