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£1.3m fine for two companies after scaffolder is killed on site (29 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted two companies after a scaffolder was killed just weeks away from his wedding day.  Read more...

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University prosecuted after worker sustains life threatening injuries in explosion (29 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Cranfield University, after a worker suffered potentially life-threatening injuries while dismantling a bomblet.  Read more...

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Concrete manufacturer prosecuted after worker is injured (29 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company manufacturing pre-cast concrete panels, after a worker was injured while loading freestanding concrete units onto a vehicle.  Read more...

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Manufacturing firm prosecuted after employee dies after being dragged into machinery (22 December 2015)

A manufacturing firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a 26-year-old worker was fatally crushed when his arm was caught in a powered roller.  Read more...

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Two police officers convicted on misconduct charges for failing to protect vulnerable man (22 December 2015)

Bristol Crown Court has found two police officers guilty of misconduct in a public office, after they failed to act to protect a vulnerable man, Bijan Ebrahimi, who was killed after being harassed in his own home by vigilantes.  Read more...

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Court convicts 11 men on child sexual exploitation offences (21 December 2015)

Bradford Crown Court has found ten men guilty of a total of 16 charges of raping a child – and an eleventh man, Mohammed Akram, has been convicted of sexual activity with a child.  Read more...

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Council prosecuted after motorcyclist dies in collision with road sweeper (21 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Sevenoaks District Council in Kent, after a member of the public was killed when he collided with a council road sweeper.  Read more...

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MoD acts to give compensation for mesothelioma veterans parity with civilians (21 December 2015)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that veterans with mesothelioma can now receive lump sums of £140,000, in a move to make MoD compensation arrangements fairer and on a par with mesothelioma compensation for civilians.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes two firms over death of wind turbine technician (18 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted two major companies, after a representative of one of the companies – Siemens plc – was killed in a wind turbine.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes company over employee’s fall from height (17 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturer of coated metals, after an employee suffered a fractured foot and shoulder when he fell three metres into a drying pit from a ladder.  Read more...

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Building company prosecuted over health and safety breaches (17 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a building firm, after a construction firm working in Leicester allowed workers to throw sacks of rubble from a building project opposite a police station.  Read more...

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Blackpool Council warns consumers after Christmas fairy lights turn fiery (15 December 2015)

Blackpool Council has warned consumers to be wary of a batch of dangerous Christmas fairy lights, which were bought on eBay and began to smoulder and give off smoke once plugged in.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes contractor for removing asbestos from school ceiling without a licence (14 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company which removed asbestos from the ceiling of a school, despite not holding a licence for asbestos work.  Read more...

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£14,000 fine after trainee worker is crushed in machinery at office equipment manufacturer (14 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company which manufactures office equipment, after a trainee worker was injured when he was crushed by a metal folding machine.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes two firms after workers die in conveyor belt (14 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies, after two workers suffered fatal injuries in a machinery accident.  Read more...

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Judge rules council was right to close restaurant selling burgers with pink meat in the middle (14 December 2015)

A judge has ruled that environmental health officers from Portsmouth City Council were right to ban a Southsea restaurant from selling burgers that were pink in the middle.  Read more...

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Trading Standards warn Christmas shoppers to be on the lookout for fire hazard hoverboards (11 December 2015)

Trading Standards officers are warning consumers to be on the lookout for dangerous hoverboards, after officers intercepted a £7,000 consignment of 51 self-balancing boards imported from China – and sent them for testing to see if they complied with electrical safety standards.   Read more...

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Unregistered gas fitter prosecuted for illegal boiler installation (10 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an unregistered gas fitter who illegally installed a boiler in a home and then asked a legitimate gas engineer to sign-off his work.  Read more...

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Demolition firm fined after worker falls from height (9 December 2015)

The incident happened at the Hillington Industrial Estate in Glasgow on the 30 December 2011, when an unnamed 50-year-old worker was working on a mobile scaffolding platform during demolition of a building.
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Construction site manager prosecuted after worker falls from height (8 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction site manager, after a worker was injured while working at height.  Read more...

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Food manufacturer prosecuted after worker suffers chemical burns (7 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted food manufacturer Princes Ltd, after a worker suffered chemical burns.  Read more...

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Roofing company prosecuted after worker injures arm in machinery (7 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a roofing company after a worker suffered injury to his arm in machinery.  Read more...

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Bucks Trading Standards warns of dangers of illegal weight loss drug (7 December 2015)

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards are warning about the dangers of using the illegal drug 2.4 Dinitrophenol (DNP) for weight reduction and bodybuilding, in an autumn campaign aimed at students in the county.  Read more...

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MoD trials life changing DSF surgery for amputees (7 December 2015)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to fund a trial of life changing surgery for amputees, paid for by the Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.  Read more...

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Staffs electrical services company fined £13,000, after three workers are injured on Birmingham site (4 December 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an electrical services company, after three workers were injured during refurbishment work at a building at Prominent Building on Five Ways Island, Hagley Road in central Birmingham.  Read more...

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Carlisle businesswoman devises road safety programme for schools after son is knocked from bicycle (2 December 2015)

A Carlisle businesswoman whose young son was involved in a local road traffic accident has spearheaded a new approach to child pedestrian safety, which is being trialled in the Carlisle area.  Read more...

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Harley Street dentist struck off for serious misconduct (2 December 2015)

A Harley Street dentist has been removed from the General Dental Council’s (GDC) list of registered professionals, following allegations of serious misconduct and poor performance.  Read more...

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General Dental Council to streamline dental complaints (1 December 2015)

The General Dental Council (GDC) is to be given new powers to streamline investigations into dental complaints.  Read more...

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Stonemason prosecuted for failing to protect workers from silica and hand-arm vibration injuries (25 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a stone masonry company for failing to protect the health of his workers – and exposing them to the preventable risk of suffering life-changing conditions.  Read more...

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Building company prosecuted for not supplying correct eye protection (24 November 2015)

A Northampton-based building company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker sustained permanent damage to their eye as a result of not being provided with the proper safety equipment.  Read more...

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Ceramics firm prosecuted after death of worker (23 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a Wrexham-based ceramics firm, after a worker was killed when a machine weighing an estimated half-a-tonne fell on him.  Read more...

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Wholesaler prosecuted for supplying counterfeit and unsafe mobile phone accessories (23 November 2015)

A wholesaler who supplied counterfeit and potentially dangerous electrical items has been prosecuted by Ealing Council.  Read more...

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Public Health England issues carbon monoxide poisoning warning (23 November 2015)

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning to households to get their fossil fuel and wood burning appliances checked by an appropriately registered engineer before winter sets in.  Read more...

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Scaffolding company fined after workers suffers life changing injury in fall from scaffolding (23 November 2015)

The Health and Safety executive has prosecuted a scaffolding firm, after a worker suffered life changing injuries after falling from scaffolding.  Read more...

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Building contractor prosecuted for putting workers at risk during unsupported excavations (19 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Manchester building contractor, after unsafe excavations at a care home site put workers and members of the public at risk.  Read more...

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Essex Safeguarding Children Board warns parents to make sure TV sets are not a risk to children (16 November 2015)

Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) has issued a warning to parents to be alert to the dangers of injury to children as a result of falling television sets.  Read more...

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Middlesbrough Environmental Health Officers close down café over public health risk (16 November 2015)

Environmental Health Officers from Middlesbrough Council^s Public Protection Service have closed down a Middlesbrough café, after it was found to pose a serious public health risk.  Read more...

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Gas fitter prosecuted after boiler is left leaking gas (12 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a plumber who left a boiler in a dangerous state at a customer’s home.  Read more...

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Fine for carpenter after trainee loses fingers in accident not reported under RIDDOR (11 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a Bedfordshire joinery and carpentry business, after failing to report an accident in which a trainee had two finger amputated.  Read more...

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MRHA seizes dangerous slimming pills (10 November 2015)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized 23,000 doses of potentially dangerous slimming pills with an estimated value of £30,000, during a raid on an address in Waterlooville, Hampshire.  Read more...

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Roofing company prosecuted after workers are exposed to lead (10 November 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a roofing company based in Gloucestershire, after workers were put at risk of exposure to significant levels of lead.  Read more...

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Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to improve A&E waiting times (10 November 2015)

Patients will benefit from shorter A&E waiting times at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, following an investigation by Monitor – the regulator for health services in England.  Read more...

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Food manufacturer fined £40,000 after worker’s fingers are severed (9 November 2015)

A Lincolnshire-based food manufacturer has been sentenced following an incident in which an employee had two fingers severed while cleaning machinery.  Read more...

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£10,000 fine for self-employed contractor, after casual worker dies in fall from roof (6 November 2015)

A self-employed contractor has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a casual worker he employed to repair the roof of a shed died in a fall from height.  Read more...

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£100,000 fine for waste and recycling company, after worker’s arm is dragged into machinery (5 November 2015)

A waste and recycling company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious fractures when his arm was dragged into the rollers of a moving conveyor belt.   Read more...

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Thomas Cook accepts findings of report into child deaths from CO poisoning on Corfu (3 November 2015)

Tour operator Thomas Cook has said it accepts the findings of an independent report into the deaths of two children on the holiday island of Corfu, after both children died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning while staying at accommodation booked through Thomas Cook.  Read more...

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Dundee company fined after worker dies from inhaling fumes (2 November 2015)

A company in Scotland has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee died from inhaling fumes while cleaning a chemical stripping paint tank at a motor vehicle company.  Read more...

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Chocolate manufacturer fined £25,000, after worker injures arm in machinery (2 November 2015)

Chocolate manufacturer Hôtel Chocolat has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious hand and arm injuries while cleaning a machine tank.  Read more...

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Self-employed builder fined £8,000, after co-worker suffers catastrophic injuries in fall from roof (2 November 2015)

A self-employed roofer has been fined £8,000, after a co-worker helping him re-roof a house fell six metres and sustained horrific head and spinal injuries, which will mean he will most likely require inpatient care in a care facility for the rest of his life.  Read more...

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Directors of dental clinic disqualified, after patients paid for treatment not completed (2 November 2015)

The directors of a cosmetic dental clinic have been banned from being company directors for seven years and six years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service.  Read more...

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Companies prosecuted after worker dies after electrocution (29 October 2015)

An engineering company has been prosecuted together with a facilities company, after a worker was fatally electrocuted while working on at a data centre in Middlesex.  Read more...

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Fine for man who dumped asbestos waste near River Trent (27 October 2015)

A man who dumped asbestos roofing and clinical waste on a site in Nottingham has been prosecuted by the Environment Agency.  Read more...

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THINK! launches campaign to reduce traffic accidents on country road bends (27 October 2015)

Road safety campaign THINK! has launched a new campaign to encourage drivers to brake before they reach a bend, rather than on the bend.  Read more...

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London borough launches safe cycling strategy (26 October 2015)

Hammersmith and Fulham Council has launched a safer cycling strategy to make the borough’s roads safer, including for pedestrians.  Read more...

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Bournemouth building supplies company prosecuted after customer suffers fork-lift accident (26 October 2015)

A building supplies company in Bournemouth has been prosecuted by Bournemouth Borough Council’s Regulatory Services, after a an incident involving a fork-lift truck left a customer requiring three surgical procedures on his leg.  Read more...

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£8,000 fine after fork-lift accident result in worker breaking both legs (26 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a woodworking firm, after an employee broke both legs after a fork-lift truck accident.  Read more...

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BDA says CQC findings show UK dental care is “low risk and good quality” (26 October 2015)

The British Dental Association (BDA) has said that dental services in the UK represent low risk and good quality care, as underlined in a recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Read more...

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Car dealer found guilty on charge of supplying unsafe vehicle (21 October 2015)

A motor dealer in Devon has been prosecuted by Trading Standards, after supplying a dangerous VW Touran in January 2012.  Read more...

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Work on Nottingham’s first cycle superhighway begins (19 October 2015)

Nottingham City Council is to begin work on a Cycle Superhighway today (19/10/15), to help reduce the risk of injury to cyclists in the city.  Read more...

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£13,000 fine after worker is dragged into moving machinery (19 October 2015)

A company based in Staffordshire has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious injury when he became entangled in a length of galvanised pipe being turned in a machine.  Read more...

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£30,000 fine after worker loses fingers in unguarded circular saw (19 October 2015)

A national company specialising in products and services to rural communities has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered a life changing injury in a woodworking machinery incident.   Read more...

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£200,000 fine for waste recycling company after worker is injured by telehandler (19 October 2015)

A waste recycling company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee was struck by a 7.5 tonne telehandler.  Read more...

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£200,000 fine after worker is killed in industrial blender (16 October 2015)

A pellet manufacturing company based in Nottinghamshire has been sentenced after a worker died in an industrial blender.  Read more...

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£5,000 fine after saw mill worker injures hand in unguarded saw (14 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a saw mill in Kettering, Northamptonshire, after an employee sustained a serious hand injury.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes after LPG tanker leak causes homes to be evacuated (14 October 2015)

A liquid petroleum gas (LPG) supplier has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after leakage from a tanker caused the emergency services to evacuate 15 people from their houses.  Read more...

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Steel frame company fined £15,000 for failing to prevent falls from height (12 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a company which erects steel frames, after an inspection by the HSE found that safety failings were putting workers at risk of injury.  Read more...

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£42,000 fine for company after worker loses sight in eye (8 October 2015)

A Lancashire-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee lost the sight in one eye.  Read more...

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Paramedic struck off for sexual misconduct (7 October 2015)

The HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee has struck off a paramedic after a disciplinary panel heard how he had carried out examinations on female patients, which were not clinically justified.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine for maintenance company, after roofer is injured in fall (5 October 2015)

A maintenance company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a roofing engineer was injured in a fall from the roof of a domestic property.  Read more...

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Pig farm fined £12,500, after stockman injures finger in machinery (5 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a pig farm, after a worker’s hand was pulled into moving machinery, injuring his finger.  Read more...

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Major companies prosecuted after one worker dies and another is seriously injured (5 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two global companies – Siemens Windpower A/S (SWP) and its principal contractor Fluor Ltd – after a worker was killed in the construction of an offshore wind farm and another was seriously injured.  Read more...

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Baxters soup manufacturer fined £60,000 after worker has leg amputated (5 October 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted soup manufacturer Baxters Food Group, after one of its employees suffered life changing injuries while working on a production line.  Read more...

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Cardiff steel firm fined more than £200,000 over worker’s death (2 October 2015)

A Cardiff-based steel firm has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee died when a two-tonne steel beam fell on him and crushed him at a warehouse in Cardiff, South Wales.  Read more...

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Heavy fine for Nottingham takeaway found to be source of rare E.coli outbreak (29 September 2015)

The owners of a Nottingham takeaway have been fined more than £50,000, after an outbreak of E.coli affected 142 customers, including children.  Read more...

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£160,000 fine after chemical company blast (28 September 2015)

A chemical company has been fined £160,000 after an explosion at a factory blew a vessel lid through the roof and injured a worker.  Read more...

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Trading Standards to investigate fire safety standards for fancy dress costumes (28 September 2015)

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that Trading Standards teams are to carry out spot checks on children’s fancy dress costumes for sale across the UK.  Read more...

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Cheshire builder fined for multiple safety failings (22 September 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Cheshire-based builder over multiple health and safety failings on a building site in Altrincham.  Read more...

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Stockport firm prosecuted after employee sustains third-degree burns after fall (21 September 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Stockport-based laundry firm, after a 34-year-old employee sustained third-degree burns after falling through a mezzanine floor and landing on an industrial steam iron.  Read more...

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Freight trailer manufacturer fined over employee’s fall from height (21 September 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an Aberdeenshire freight trailer manufacturer, after an employer was injured in a fall from height.  Read more...

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Seven men jailed for total of 107 years for catalogue of “horrific” child sex abuse (14 September 2015)

Bristol Crown Court has sentenced seven men to more than 107 years in jail for child sex abuse.  Read more...

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GDC prosecutes woman for illegal tooth whitening (14 September 2015)

The UK regulator for dental practice, the General Dental Council (GDC), has successfully prosecuted an unqualified practitioner who carried out tooth whitening procedures on members of the public.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes council over death of father fatally injured by barrier gate (14 September 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted North Lincolnshire Council, after a man was killed when his car drove towards a horizontal swing barrier gate leading to a car park at a sports ground.  Read more...

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Cheshire polythene manufacturer prosecuted after employee suffers life changing injuries (10 September 2015)

A polythene manufacturer based in Cheshire has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he became trapped in machinery.  Read more...

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Technology, workforce and support key to making 7-day GP services work (7 September 2015)

The Director of NHS Commissioning, Ros Roughton, has told a conference in Manchester that technology, the NHS workforce and development support will all be key to introducing seven-day GP services operating from 8am to 8pm.  Read more...

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Wiring manufacturer fined after worker is injured in machinery (7 September 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a wiring manufacturer, after a worker sustained serious injuries after being caught in machinery.  Read more...

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Supermarket prosecuted over cosmetics containing mercury and lead (7 September 2015)

A supermarket in Birmingham has pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013, after council offers seized products which were not labelled correctly or contained banned substances.  Read more...

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Engineering firm fined for failing to manage Legionella risk (7 September 2015)

A Nottinghamshire-based international engineering firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after failing to manage the risk to the public and employees of potentially lethal Legionella bacteria.  Read more...

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£80,000 fine for recycling firm, after employee dies from horrific injuries in baling machine (7 September 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a recycling firm for safety failings, following the death of an employee.  Read more...

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Two men convicted over acid revenge attack which left woman with permanent injuries (7 September 2015)

Ipswich Crown Court has convicted two men on charges relating to an acid attack on the ex-girlfriend of one of the men.  Read more...

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£5 hair dye nearly cost solicitor her life, after developing severe allergic reaction (4 September 2015)

A 33-year-old solicitor from Wembley in north London was hours from death after she developed a severe reaction to L’Oreal hair dye 24 hours after using the product.  Read more...

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Phase one of safer lorry scheme launched (2 September 2015)

London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled further plans to prevent cycle deaths on London’s roads.  Read more...

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British holidaymakers take legal action against Thomson over Dominican Republic holiday illness (1 September 2015)

A party of British holidaymakers who fell ill while on a package holiday to the Dominican Republic is to take legal action against tour operator Thomson Holidays.  Read more...

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Six-year-old nearly chokes on cardboard in fish finger (1 September 2015)

A father has spoken out abut how his young daughter nearly choked when a fish finger he had served was found to contain a piece of cardboard.  Read more...

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Early release junctions launched in London to protect cyclists (27 August 2015)

Transport for London has launched the UK’s first road junction designed to protect cyclists from being hit by vehicles turning left at a junction.  Read more...

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Young mother dies as a result of being too young for cervical cancer test (26 August 2015)

A 24-year-old mother from Blackpool has died from cervical cancer, after doctors refused her a smear test because she was too young.  Read more...

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A year after Jay Report, few Rotherham abuse survivors “seeking help” (24 August 2015)

A year after the Jay Report into sexual abuse in Rotherham, it is reported that just a few survivors of the abuse have sought help in dealing with the effects of the abuse.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes after elderly tenant is put at risk of CO poisoning by faulty gas work (24 August 2015)

A Gloucester firm has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after work carried out on a gas heater left an elderly tenant at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Read more...

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British Skin Foundation issues warning about black henna tattoos (24 August 2015)

The British Skin Foundation has issued a warning about the dangers of henna tattoos and reactions some people may have to them.  Read more...

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Five-figure payout for cruise passenger suffering from Legionnaire’s disease (21 August 2015)

Cruise operator Fred Olsen Lines had denied liability for Legionnaire’s disease contracted by a passenger, but has agreed a five-figure out-of-court settlement.  Read more...

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Paper mill prosecuted after operations manager dies in unguarded machinery (20 August 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a paper mill, after a worker died after becoming trapped in unguarded machinery.  Read more...

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Mother calls for training review after inquest rules Tasering contributed to son’s death (18 August 2015)

A mother whose son died after being Tasered by police officers is calling for more to be done to prevent another such death.  Read more...

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Cancer misdiagnosis for teenager told by GPs she had a sports injury (17 August 2015)

A 16-year-old girl diagnosed as having a pulled muscle by her GP was later told by A&E doctors that she had the rare cancer Ewings Sarcoma.  Read more...

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Coroner to investigate death of soldier on training exercise (17 August 2015)

The death of a solder who died in a canoeing accident on a training exercise is to be investigated by the Coroner.  Read more...

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Engineering firm fined for bypassing safety guards on machines (17 August 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a northeast engineering firm for deliberately compromising the safety guards on machinery for production reasons.  Read more...

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Gym enthusiast takes legal action after losing a stone in weight from salmonella holiday illness (13 August 2015)

A holidaymaker who had to take more than a month off work after contracting salmonella in Egypt is suing the tour operator for compensation.  Read more...

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Couple take legal advice over Egypt holiday illness (11 August 2015)

A couple are taking legal action after developing severe symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea while on holiday at the Jaz Mirabel Hotel in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt.  Read more...

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Family take legal advice after daughter falls ill from sleeping in “mouldy” hotel room on dream holiday to Florida (10 August 2015)

A family’s dream holiday to Florida has allegedly left their daughter suffering ill health as a result of mould in their hotel room.  Read more...

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Plumber fined for error which caused explosion at residential property (10 August 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a self-employed plumber for safety failings which caused an explosion at a domestic property in Cambrian Way, Haslingden in Lancashire.  Read more...

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Building contractor fined after employee without harness or safety equipment falls from height (10 August 2015)

A building contractor from Norfolk has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an employee without a harness or safety equipment fell seven metres through a fragile roof.  Read more...

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Patients claim compensation after neurosurgeon is jailed for sexual abuse (7 August 2015)

Patients who were sexually abused by a leading neurosurgeon are suing the hospital where he worked for compensation.  Read more...

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Military chief cannot have CCTV evidence of cycle collision “because he didn’t die” (5 August 2015)

A cyclist who was knocked unconscious in a hit-and-run collision as he cycled to work has written to the chairman of Transport for London (TfL) – London Mayor Boris Johnson – asking him to make available CCTV footage of road traffic incidents to those injured.  Read more...

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Cruise operator ends tradition of shaking the captain’s hand over holiday illness fears (31 July 2015)

Cruise operator Crystal Cruises has banned passengers from shaking hands with the captain on board their cruise liners, over fears that gastric infections could be passed on by hand contact.  Read more...

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GP leaders warn patient safety is at risk from pressure on overworked GPs (29 July 2015)

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned that patient safety is being put at risk because of GP workloads.  Read more...

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Company fined over worker’s hand arm vibration injury (27 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a facilities management company, after a worker sustained injuries relating to hand arm vibration.  Read more...

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MoD figures show one member of Armed Forces dies in training exercises every six weeks (23 July 2015)

New figures from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) show that one British Servicemen dies every six weeks in a training incident, with 125 serving personnel having died in Armed Forces training exercises in the last 15 years.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Woman left unable to sit down after cut-price bottom lift goes wrong (21 July 2015)

A woman who had cut-price cosmetic surgery in Prague to lift her buttocks says she was left unable to sit down following surgery as her coccyx – tailbone – was left exposed after the operation.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Legal action taken by couple who fell ill with sickness and diarrhoea on cruise (20 July 2015)

A couple who fell ill on board a cruise ship are taking legal advice after their symptoms failed to disappear once they returned home.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Ski holidaymakers seek compensation over coach crash in France (20 July 2015)

British holidaymakers who were injured in a coach crash in the French Alps are now seeking compensation after being left with chronic injuries and scarring.<  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

easyJet Passengers treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning (20 July 2015)

An easyJet Airbus A320 flying from Manchester to Tel Aviv in Israel was forced to make an emergency landing after a suspected carbon monoxide leak in the cabin.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Open verdict returned on case of music video star who died after cosmetic surgery (20 July 2015)

Coroner Nadia Persaud has been unable to give a reason why a young woman from London who underwent buttock enhancing cosmetic surgery in the US became breathless and died just hours after the procedure.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Jail for businessman after apprentice dies in industrial accident (17 July 2015)

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution has resulted in a businessman being jailed for eight months, following the death of an apprentice at his factory.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Neglect a “contributory factor” in deaths of three soldiers on SAS selection exercise (15 July 2015)

A Coroner at Solihull in the West Midlands has ruled that neglect was a contributory factor in the deaths of three soldiers who died from heat exhaustion during an SAS selection exercise on the Brecon Beacons in Wales in July 2013.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Food manufacturer fined £30,000, after worker injures finger in machinery (14 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a food manufacturing company, after a worker suffered a broken and lacerated finger while clearing a machine at a factory in Berkshire.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£8,500 payout for “acute gastroenteritis” at all-inclusive Turkey resort (13 July 2015)

Tour operator Thomas Cook has paid out £8,500 to two British couples who fell ill with food poisoning symptoms at the all-inclusive Sentido Perissia resort hotel in Turkey.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Council fined £13,000 after child loses fingertips in park gate (13 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council after a child had two fingertips severed after they were trapped in a play park’s gate, which had been designed for use by children under the age of 11.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Undisclosed five-figure payout for holiday couple bitten by bedbugs (9 July 2015)

A couple who suffered multiple bites from bed bugs while staying at a Thomas Cook resort in the Dominican Republic have won a five-figure payout from the tour operator.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Farm Safety Week says moving vehicles and cattle “biggest killers in agriculture” (9 July 2015)

Provisional figures from the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) latest fatality statistics show moving vehicles and cattle are the biggest causes of death on Britain’s farms.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Two firms fined £31,000 each after electrician suffers electrical burns (8 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a chemical site operator and electrical contractor, after an employee suffered electrical burns.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Inquest told how teen died on holiday in quad bike accident (7 July 2015)

An inquest has heard how a law student from London was killed on the Greek island of Zante last year, after she lost control of a quad bike.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£12,000 fine after worker’s arms are entangled in machinery (6 July 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an engineering firm, after a worker’s arms became entangled in a high-powered lathe, causing serious injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Demolition firm fined over fatal incident (6 July 2015)

A demolition firm has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker died when he drove a mini digger out of a fourth floor opening.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Murder inquiry now possible, after injured court guard has life support switched off (3 July 2015)

Police may launch a murder inquiry, after the life support machine of a court guard was switched off, following an attack while transferring a prisoner to court on Monday (29/06/15).  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Essex company fined £5,000 over worker’s fall from height (29 June 2015)

An injection moulding company has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker fell from height and suffered serious injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Councillors among 300 new Rotherham child abuse suspects (26 June 2015)

An investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) into child abuse allegations in Rotherham has revealed that two of the 300 new suspects in the inquiry are local councillors.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£3,000 fine after bakery worker suffers partial amputation of fingertip (26 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Newcastle bakery, after an employee lost part of the tip of his middle finger as a result of unguarded machinery.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MP calls for ban on lorries at rush hour to prevent cyclist injuries and deaths (24 June 2015)

The Labour MP for Tottenham in north London, David Lammy, has said he would consider banning lorries from London’s roads to help keep cyclists safe if he becomes Mayor of London.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Swimmers taken to hospital after chlorine leak at holiday park (23 June 2015)

Emergency services were called to a holiday park in Great Yarmouth on Monday (22/06/15), after a chlorine leak was reported at the centre’s swimming pool.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Brutal “slave owner” jailed for life for string of violent and sexual attacks (22 June 2015)

A man who kept a harem of female slaves and forced them to ensure violence and forced sex has been found guilty of 25 offences – including 13 counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, four counts of rape, two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of common assault, and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fruit-packing boss facing jail, after two workers die in oxygen-deprived storage unit (22 June 2015)

The boss of a fruit-packing firm has been found guilty of manslaughter, after he sent two workers into an oxygen-deprived storage unit to select apples the right size for a competition.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fred Olsen refunds passengers struck down with norovirus on board cruise ship (22 June 2015)

Passengers on a cruise with Fred Olsen Lines have been confined to their cabins after an outbreak of norovirus on board the Balmoral cruise ship.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£71,000 fine for recycling firm after worker loses part of arm (22 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a recycling firm, after an agency worker lost part of his arm in a conveyor belt he was maintaining.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

20 injured in Army training incident on Salisbury Plain (18 June 2015)

The Army has confirmed that a number of personal have been seriously injured in a road traffic accident, which happened on Wednesday (17/06/15) during a joint training exercise between the British Army and the Indian military on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Which report reveals scandal of NHS dentists carrying out extractions instead of fillings to cut costs (17 June 2015)

Undercover research by consumer group Which? and watchdog Healthwatch England has found that some dentists are wrongly claiming to offer NHS treatment and then telling patients they cannot have an NHS appointment for weeks.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

“Morbidly obese” motorist guilty of killing jogger pleads not to be sent to jail (16 June 2015)

A 30st motorist found guilty of causing the death of a man who was jogging along a road has pleaded with a judge not to jail her because she is “too fat” for prison.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Asthma UK calls for GPs to monitor patient prescriptions more closely (16 June 2015)

An audit of 100,000 patient records by the charity Asthma UK has revealed that some asthma patients are not receiving the appropriate medication to keep their condition safely under control – and many had been prescribed the wrong inhalers.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Million-pound compensation payout expected, after trust failed to reveal autistic boy’s disability was caused by medical negligence at birth (15 June 2015)

A court has been told that the parents of an autistic boy only learned that his condition had been caused by medical negligence after they applied for a Blue Badge disabled parking permit for their car. <  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Gas servicing firm fined £13,000 after poorly maintained boiler explodes on school premises (15 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a gas servicing firm for negligence and safety failings, after a boiler exploded in the basement of a primary school in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Property developer fined £50,000 after exposing workers to asbestos risk (15 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a property developer, after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres during the conversion of an office block into residential flats in Witham, Essex.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

GMC and RCS to issue new guidance on cosmetics surgeons (15 June 2015)

New guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) suggest that cosmetic surgery patients should be allowed a “cooling off” period to enable them to make an informed decision without being pressurised into having cosmetic procedures.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes roofing firm for failing to prevent falls from height at work (11 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has success fully prosecuted a roofing firm boss, after four workers were put at risk of serious injury from falls while refurbishing a roof.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fred Olsen Lines denies Norovirus outbreak started on board cruise liner (11 June 2015)

Passengers who fell ill on board a Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship to Norway and the Fjords say that the cruise had to be cut short so that the vessel could undergo deep cleaning before the next cruise.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

P&O deny passenger contracted Shigella on board cruise liner (10 June 2015)

P&O Cruises has denied that a 50-year-old woman whose wedding anniversary was ruined when she developed symptoms of Shigella contracted the illness on board the Azura cruise liner.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£3,150 payout by Thomas Cook to holidaymaker who fell ill in Egypt (9 June 2015)

A 62-year-old holidaymaker from Derbyshire who fell ill with food poisoning symptoms in Egypt has received £3,150 in compensation from Thomas Cook.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Negligence allegations over Egypt hot air balloon holiday accident (8 June 2015)

A report by Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority has concluded that a hot air balloon which exploded over the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt in February 2013 suffered a fuel leak resulting from a gas hose connection fault.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

“Substantial” personal injury claims likely after Alton Towers crash (8 June 2015)

A teenager seriously injured in the Alton Towers Smiler ride crash is expected to make a claim for “substantial” damages, her legal team say.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Inquest hears how paramedics battled to save soldier who collapsed during SAS selection exercise (8 June 2015)

An inquest in the West Midlands into the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS selection exercise has heard how an Army medic had not been told that the exercise should be halted after one soldier collapsed and died from heat-related illness on Brecon Beacon in Wales.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

School operator and contractor prosecuted, after worker is left wheelchair bound after tree felling accident (8 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a school operator and a cleaning contractor, after a 59-year-old contractor sustained permanent spinal injuries, while felling a tree on school grounds in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Four passengers critically injured on Alton Towers rollercoaster (3 June 2015)

Alton Towers leisure park in Staffordshire is to remain closed during an investigation into a rollercoaster crash, which left four people with potentially life changing injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MHRA denies HPV vaccine is linked to debilitating illness in schoolgirls (1 June 2015)

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has revealed that 8,228 young girls who were given a routine HPV injection to protect them from developing cervical cancer have developed a debilitating illness, with some left having to use a wheelchair.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Property company fined after roofers are seen working without safety equipment (1 June 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a property company, after workers were spotted working at height in dangerous conditions.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

London council prosecuted after exposing employees and contractor to asbestos (1 June 2015)

The London Borough of Waltham Forest has been prosecuted for breaches of health and safety relating to the management of asbestos over a number of years.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

A woman who underwent laser surgery to treat ingrown hairs on her chin was left scarred after the procedure burned her skin. (1 June 2015)

Health manager Vanda, 55, from Ilford in east London said the beauty therapist who treated her said she might feel uncomfortable as the treatment started – but she that as the treatment began she felt “unbearable” pain.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Family of Formula 1 driver may make compensation claim over crash (28 May 2015)

The family of Formula 1 test driver Maria De Villota are considering taking legal action over her death, after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said earlier this week that it would take no action against Marussia for the crash.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Botox patient left with “black eye” after practitioner hits a blood vessel (28 May 2015)

A 58-year-old woman who had Botox before celebrating her silver wedding anniversary and birthday was left with bruising round her eye after the injection punctured a blood vessel.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Wedding party “struck down with holiday sickness and diarrhoea” in Dominican Republic (27 May 2015)

A bride and groom who allege their £28,000 wedding was ruined when they and 12 guests were struck down with holiday food poisoning have complained to tour operator Thomson.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fitness instructor left scarred by side effects of St John’s Wort (26 May 2015)

A 39-year-old fitness instructor who took the herbal medicine St John’s Wort to boost her mood after bereavement has been left with scarring on her face after her skin suffered a reaction to the herbal medicine on holiday.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Medical equipment manufacturer fined £8,000 after two workers suffer injuries in unguarded machinery (26 May 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a medical equipment company, after two workers were injured in separate incidents when machinery parts were not properly guarded.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£20,000 fine after worker is injured in works yard vehicle collision (26 May 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a fuel supply business, after a worker was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in the works yard.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£20,000 payout and apology, after police fail to believe rape victim’s story (22 May 2015)

Police in Hampshire are to pay a rape victim £20,000, after failing to investigate her complaint properly.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Cameron pledges to tackle rising net migration (22 May 2015)

David Cameron has pledged to introduce new measures to reduce net migration, after the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a record number of migrants came to the UK in 2014.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

BMA attacks Cameron’s plans to extend GP services (21 May 2015)

The British Medical Association (BMA) has criticised David Cameron’s pledge to make GP services available seven days a week– saying that services are already close to breaking point and the Prime Minister needs to “get real”.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Supreme Court victory for author whose book details childhood sexual abuse (21 May 2015)

A concert pianist has won his legal battle to have an injunction lifted, so that he can publish his memoirs which detail how he was sexually abused as a child.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Family sue over Egypt holiday illness nightmare (20 May 2015)

A family from the UK is taking legal action against a tour operator after they allege they were bitten by insects and fell ill days into a one-week holiday at the five-star Sunwing Waterworld Makadi Hotel in Egypt.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fred Olsen Lines claim one passenger caused norovirus outbreak on Norwegian cruise (18 May 2015)

Passengers on board a Fred Olsen Cruise Lines trip to the Norwegian Fjords are taking legal action after they were confined to their cabins with symptoms of holiday food poisoning.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£150,000 fine for steel foundry after worker dies from mouth injury (18 May 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a steel foundry after a worker died from serious mouth injuries after he was struck in the face by a shard from an abrasive disc that exploded from a hand-held grinding machine.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

An investigation into a work incident in which a 19-tear-old trainee design engineer was killed has led to a Bedford firm being handed a fine of £300,000. (18 May 2015)

An investigation into a work incident in which a 19-tear-old trainee design engineer was killed has led to a Bedford firm being handed a fine of £300,000.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Checks offered to tattoo customers, after five cases of infection linked to tattoo parlour (12 May 2015)

A spokesman for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has said that nearly 500 people have booked appointments for skin tests, after clients at tattoo parlours in Newport, South Wales, developed infections.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Bradford construction worker dies one week after wall collapses during demolition (11 May 2015)

A Bradford construction worker has died from injuries sustained when a wall collapsed at a demolition site.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Thomson Cruises facing holiday illness claims from 100 holidaymakers (11 May 2015)

Thomson Cruises is facing legal action from more than 100 holidaymakers who allege they fell ill with symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea on board the cruise liner MS Island Escape.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Dental technician who exceeded his brief struck off by General Dental Council (11 May 2015)

A dental technician has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC) after he carried out work on patients he was unqualified for.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

New system launched to enable PI lawyers to check for fraudulent claims (7 May 2015)

A new data system has been launched to enable personal injury (PI) lawyers to check their clients’ backgrounds for any previous history of fraud.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£341,000 settlement for man injured when public lavatory collapsed beneath him (5 May 2015)

Fylde Council has settled an eight-year legal battle with an unnamed disabled man who fell off a public lavatory when it collapsed beneath him.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Social worker struck off for not investigating abuse of service users by care workers (5 May 2015)

The Care Council for Wales has struck off a qualified social worker over allegations that he failed to investigate the conduct of several care workers under his management.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

3,000 police officers under investigation for alleged assaults against public (5 May 2015)

Figures revealed after a Freedom of Information request show that more than 3,000 police officers are being investigated for police brutality – with people form the black and Asian community more likely to complain about police aggression than white people.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Baby suffers eye injury after pram allegedly collapses without warning (5 May 2015)

A seven-month-old baby has suffered an eye injury after the pram he was in allegedly collapsed around him – and part of it struck him in the eye.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Report sent to Health and Safety Executive after miniature railway derails in park (5 May 2015)

A report has been submitted to Watford Borough Council and the Health and Safety Executive, after a miniature railway derailed at Cassiobury Park in Watford last week.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Victim of sexual assault campaigns to end stigma of guilt and shame (5 May 2015)

The victim of a sex attack who wrote a letter to her attacker has said the UK has one of the lowest rates of reporting for sex crimes because of the guilt and shame victims feel.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

British gymnast paralysed in balcony fall at Spanish hotel (30 April 2015)

A British gymnast paralysed when she fell from a hotel balcony has said that the balcony rail was lower than her waistline and she leaned back too far while on the balcony talking to her mother on her phone.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Concern over civil law pilot scheme in which judges will be replaced by legal advisers (30 April 2015)

A pilot scheme which will see solicitors and barristers take over some of the duties from judges in civil law cases has raised concerns among the legal profession about the implications for justice.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Report into yachting tragedy concludes detached keel might have resulted from previous repairs (29 April 2015)

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has said that a yacht which sank claiming the lives of four British crew members might have suffered structural failure.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Contractor fined for health and safety failings after telehandler fall (28 April 2015)

A contractor at a wildlife park has been fined more than £2,000, after he and another worker were injured after the basket they were working in from fell off the forks of a telehandler as it was being lowered to the ground.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Kent holidaymaker takes legal action over alleged holiday food poisoning (28 April 2015)

A holidaymaker from Kent who alleges she fell ill with severe symptoms of food poisoning on holiday in Turkey is taking legal action.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Brother and Sister Die From Carbon Dioxide Poisoning in Corfu (28 April 2015)

A coroner has called the deaths of two children from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning an “appalling tragedy”, after the brother and sister died while on holiday on the island of Corfu.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Pub owner pleads guilty to nine food hygiene offences, after 24 customers fall ill with food poisoning (27 April 2015)

The licence holder of a pub where 24 customers fell ill with food poisoning last year has pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene offences.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Tesco investigation in red wine which cause allergic reaction (24 April 2015)

Tesco has launched an investigation into why a bottle of red wine bought in one of its stores caused a mother to break out in red welts across her face after drinking it.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Building collapse in central London leave one man hospitalised (21 April 2015)

A man has been taken to hospital after a building collapsed in central London on Monday (20/04/15) afternoon.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£35,000 fine for metal recycling firm after worker has both hands severed (20 April 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive has successfully prosecuted a recycling firm in Southampton, after a Spanish-born worker had both hands severed while cutting metal strips on an industrial baler.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£86,000 compensation for family of British tourist killed by rotten tree in French holiday town (20 April 2015)

A French holiday town has paid £86,000 in compensation to the family of a British tourist killed when a tree planted in honour of Napoleon uprooted and fell on her while she outside a coffee shop.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Jail for brothers with property developing ambitions, who caused building to collapse (20 April 2015)

A court has jailed two property developers who had no building qualifications, after a digger on the site of a joint retail/residential development struck a load bearing wall and brought part of the building down, plunging three residents into the dust and rubble below.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Protection worker told to “Let girls go” to abusers in Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal (17 April 2015)

A protection worker turned whistleblower who repeatedly tried to stop young girls in care in Rotherham being handed to men to be sexually abused has said that on one occasion she was told to hand the girls over rather try and stop the abuse.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

British schoolboy dies in swimming pool accident on Lanzarote (17 April 2015)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has confirmed the death of a British schoolboy who drowned in a hotel swimming pool on the Spanish island of Lanzarote on the last day of a family holiday.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Level two fire investigation launched, after family suffers severe burns from patio heater (14 April 2015)

The fire service in Basildon has launched a level two fire investigation, after three adults and one child suffered severe burns after a patio heater caught fire at their home on Friday (10/04/15) evening.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Elderly couple died from CO poisoning at home after power cut (13 April 2015)

The East Sussex deputy coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death, after an elderly couple died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after lighting a barbecue inside their home to keep warm after their heating was cut off during a power cut.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Hertfordshire company fined £12,000 after worker falls from height (13 April 2015)

A company based in Hertfordshire has been successfully prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker fell from height and fractured an arm and their pelvis.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes Aberdeen company after worker suffers burns (7 April 2015)

An Aberdeen-based company has been prosecuted by the health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee was seriously injured after suffering burns to his back and hands in a flash fire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

ASDA recalls dummy over injury risk (7 April 2015)

Supermarket chain ASDA has recalled a brand of dummy after a customer complained that the teat detached in their child’s mouth.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Basement extensions pose injury risk to workers, says HSE report (1 April 2015)

Workers employed to dig out basements for London homeowners extending their properties may be risking their lives by digging death traps.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Former nurse pleads guilty to sexual abuse of unconscious patients (31 March 2015)

A former nurse who worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has pleaded guilty to 27 counts of rape, sexual assault and voyeurism, which took place at the hospital, a leisure centre and while at a music festival.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Curry owner facing manslaughter charge over peanut-laced curry (27 March 2015)

The owner of a takeaway is to face charges after he served a curry containing peanuts to a customer with a peanut allergy, who later died.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Parents of British tourist who died on scuba diving trip demand answers from Australian authorities (26 March 2015)

The parents of a British tourist who died on holiday while on her first scuba dive have called for a full investigation into why she was apparently left alone during a supervised training session off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Grandson of Cardiff woman killed in dog attack remanded in custody (25 March 2015)

A 23-year-old Cardiff man whose American bulldog killed his grandmother on Friday (20/03/15) has been remanded in custody after the case was sent to Cardiff Crown Court.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Father speaks out after motorist who left his daughter with catastrophic brain injuries is jailed for bar attack (23 March 2015)

A father whose daughter received severe injuries in a car crash – leaving her unlikely to reach adulthood – has spoken out, after the driver who ploughed into her into 2006 was jailed for an attack on two men in a bar last April.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Kuoni denies liability for couple’s Zanzibar holiday food poisoning (23 March 2015)

A couple who fell ill with symptoms of holiday food poisoning while staying at a luxury hotel in Zanzibar are taking legal action against tour operator Kuoni.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Father of Hillsborough victim says senior policeman “apologised” outside coroner’s court (19 March 2015)

A father whose son died at Hillsborough as received an apology from the police match commander David Duckenfield.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Engineering firm fined £16,000 after employee loses toes (17 March 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Kent engineering firm after an employee lost four toes and broke five other toes after a sheet of metal fell on him.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Ecology firm prosecuted after employee breaks back in fall from height at work (16 March 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted an ecology consultancy, after an employee broke her back in a fall at a former psychiatric hospital site in Essex.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Security firm boss sues Met Police over use of Taser (12 March 2015)

A 53-year-old grandfather from Edmonton in north London who was tasered by police after buying a luxury car previously linked to gun crime is suing the police for damages.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Murdered bride’s father has arm re-attached after work accident (12 March 2015)

The father of a bride shot dead on her honeymoon in Cape Town has had his arm re-attached after the limb was torn off in a work accident.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Varicose vein surgery patient dies from blood clot after hospital fails to complete thrombosis risk assessment (6 March 2015)

The widower of a woman who died after routine surgery for varicose veins is considering take legal action against Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital over her death.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

London Fire Brigade issues warning about fridge freezer fire risks (5 March 2015)

London Fire Brigade (LFB) is warning households in the capital to be aware of fire risks associated with faulty fridges, which cause on average one fire every week in London.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Girls sexually abused in Oxfordshire “failed by the police and the authorities” (4 March 2015)

A retired detective has told BBC News that there is “no hiding” from failures to protect children from child abuse and grooming in Oxfordshire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Compensation for family, after father dies from painkiller overdose after work accident (3 March 2015)

The family of a cable fitter who died after taking an accidental overdose of painkillers after a work accident has been awarded a five-figure sum in compensation.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Independent report reveals 63 Stoke Mandeville patients abused by Jimmy Savile (27 February 2015)

An independent report into sexual abuse by celebrity DJ Jimmy Savile has revealed that he abused up to 63 NHS patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where he volunteered and also fund raised for.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Elephant and Castle “London’s most dangerous junction for cyclists” (27 February 2015)

A survey by insurance company Aviva has found that Elephant and Castle in south London has the highest rate of road traffic collisions involving cyclists in London.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Cycle deaths in London rise to four in first two months of 2015 (23 February 2015)

A 30-year-old woman has become the fourth cyclist to die on London’s roads in 2015, after she was crushed under the wheels of a tipper truck while riding one of the London Mayor’s “Boris Bikes”.  Read more...

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Woman brain damaged in school swimming lesson wins damages (18 February 2015)

A woman who suffered brain damage after she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson has won compensation from Essex County Council.  Read more...

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One woman dies and another tells of fears for unborn child after motoring incidents (16 February 2015)

A motorist from Islington in north London is due to appear in court today (16/02/15) after a 29-year-old woman was knocked down and later died from head injuries in Muswell Hill on 31 January.  Read more...

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Costa Concordia verdict may lead to compensation claims by passengers (12 February 2015)

More British passengers who were on board the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it overturned off the coast of Italy in January 2012 are set to claim compensation through the Italian courts, after the captain of the vessel was jailed for 16 years yesterday (11/02/15) for the manslaughter of 32 passengers on board.  Read more...

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Cancer patient who fell ill with sickness and diarrhoea on Cunard cruise considers legal action (10 February 2015)

A throat cancer patient who booked a cruise to recover from cancer treatment was confined to his cabin after developing symptoms of holiday sickness and diarrhoea.  Read more...

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Ban on unsafe lorries in London (9 February 2015)

The London Mayor and Transport for London have announced that from 1 September this year, lorries without safety measures to protect cyclists will be banned from London’s roads.  Read more...

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Man sustains head injury after being kicked unconscious by cow (9 February 2015)

The Midlands Air Ambulance was called to attend an incident on Wednesday (04/02/15) in which a man had been kicked unconscious by livestock in Bridgnorth in Shropshire and sustained a head injury.  Read more...

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Online reporting for non-emergency crimes to help victims “navigate” criminal justice system (6 February 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans for non-emergency crimes to be reported online, which could save the police force around £3.7 million annually.  Read more...

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£100,000 fine for waste recycling company, after worker suffers life-changing spinal injuries (5 February 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a waste recycling company, after an employee suffered serious spinal injuries in a work accident.  Read more...

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Second cyclist dies this year on London’s roads (4 February 2015)

A second cyclist has been killed in London this year, after a man was crushed by a tipper truck on Homerton High Street on Monday (02/02/15) afternoon – less than three miles from the first fatal cycling accident of 2015.  Read more...

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Fire service “needs more investment” to prevent further fatalities among firefighters (3 February 2015)

A study by the University of Stirling in Scotland has concluded that the fire service should receive more investment, rather be subjected to government cuts.  Read more...

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12-year-old suffers kidney damage after taking over-the-counter children’s medicine (2 February 2015)

The mother of a 12-year-old boy is warning other parents about the dangers of using children’s medications containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.  Read more...

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£1.2m for family of man who died in collision with recycling lorry (29 January 2015)

The family of a man who died after suffering catastrophic injuries in a collision with a recycling lorry have been award £1.2 million in compensation at the High Court.  Read more...

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Asthma misdiagnosis rates may mean NHS patients are taking powerful drugs unnecessarily (28 January 2015)

NHS watchdog NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has revealed that more than one million NHS patients may have been wrongly diagnosed and treated for asthma.  Read more...

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Cosmetic surgery industry gives itself a makeover with more regulation of surgeons (28 January 2015)

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has said that cosmetic surgeons carrying out operations which are beyond their own speciality is “a big problem” – and is calling for more regulation of surgeons.  Read more...

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Cervical smear campaign launched on social media to highlight importance of getting tested to young women (26 January 2015)

The only dedicated cervical cancer charity in the UK has launched a campaign using social media to highlight a rise in the number of cases of cervical cancer among young women.  Read more...

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Butcher prosecuted after teenage apprentice loses hand (26 January 2015)

A 16-year-old apprentice who lost a hand when it became trapped in machinery at a butcher’s where he worked has returned to work at the same shop with a prosthetic limb.  Read more...

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Merseyside Police sued after teenager is strip-searched “for own protection” (26 January 2015)

A teenager from Liverpool is suing Merseyside Police after officers insisted on carrying out a strip search on her “for her own protection”.  Read more...

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Call for public to download emergency app, which summons a medic in minutes (22 January 2015)

A neurosurgeon who invented an app with colleagues to alert medics to nearby emergencies is calling on the public to download the app so that it can continue.  Read more...

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HSE making enquiries into how school ceiling collapsed in morning assembly (21 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive are making enquiries into how a ceiling at a prep school in Chelsea collapsed during morning assembly on Monday (19/01/15).  Read more...

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Concern over cancer risk as women use their abdominal fat for cosmetic breast surgery (21 January 2015)

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) has expressed concern over “fat transfer” cosmetic surgery, in which fat from the abdominal region is used in breast augmentation cosmetic surgery.
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Woman scarred after cheek implants warns of the dangers of cosmetic surgery (19 January 2015)

A 53-year-old woman who had cosmetic fillers injected into her face was left fighting for her life after experiencing an adverse reaction to the chemicals used.  Read more...

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Thomas Cook pays £5,000 compensation for Red Sea holiday illness (19 January 2015)

A couple who suffered from holiday food poisoning on a package holiday to Sharm el-Sheikh have been awarded £5,000 in compensation.  Read more...

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Paramedics left man’s body at ambulance station to go off shift on time (15 January 2015)

A Coroner has ruled that the circumstances which followed a man’s death rather than just the death itself should form part of the inquest into the death of a 32-year-old man – whose body was kept at an ambulance station in Cambridgeshire overnight before another ambulance crew took the deceased man to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in the morning.  Read more...

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Farmer prosecuted after cattle feed delivery driver is electrocuted (14 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Salisbury farmer, after a self-employed HGV driver delivering cattle feed to his farm was electrocuted.  Read more...

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Bookseller killed after shop sign falls from shop front (14 January 2015)

A bookseller has been killed after sustaining serious crush injuries when a sign from Waterstones bookshop in Blackpool became detached from a wall and fell on her.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Three-month suspended sentence for Pit Bull owners, after horrific dog attack on child (13 January 2015)

Newcastle Crown Court has handed a three-month suspended sentence to two women who admitted allowing a pair of American Pitbull terriers to be dangerously out of control in a public place.  Read more...

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Highways Agency receives HSE sanction after traffic officer is killed at work (12 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a Crown Censure to the Highways Agency, after a 59-year old traffic officer died after being struck by a car that was out-of-control on the M25.  Read more...

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Mother gets new teeth, after dentist removed all teeth in upper jaw in shock surgery (12 January 2015)

A learning support assistant from London who visited her dentist to have new crowns fitted says she was horrified to find that all her upper teeth had been removed instead.  Read more...

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Kidney stone patient makes formal complaint about “traumatic” hospital treatment (11 January 2015)

A hospital patient treated for kidney stones at Kent and Canterbury Hospital has claimed that she was subjected to a catalogue of care failings – including finding a soiled dressing from a previous patient in her bed sheets after nurses told her to make her own bed.  Read more...

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Woman has nipples removed in botched cosmetic breast surgery (10 January 2015)

A woman who underwent botched breast surgery was left so badly injured that she had no nipples after her breasts developed necrotic tissue and began to rot.  Read more...

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Waste management company fined £160,000 after worker sustains life-changing injures (10 January 2015)

A waste management company which operates nationwide has been fined £160,000, after a worker suffered life-changing injuries after being crushed between a truck and a skip at a site in Essex.
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Inquest into baby’s death hears paramedics did not use emergency “blue light” to hospital (9 January 2015)

An inquest has heard how a mother begged an ambulance crew and doctors to save her baby, after the infant collapsed after returning home from heart surgery.  Read more...

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Cooling off in the pool could mean ingesting a cocktail of sweat, urine, caffeine, pharma products – and makeup (8 January 2015)

A US study which tested swimming pool water at public baths has found that water in many pools is contaminated with chemicals such as insect repellents and flame retardants – as well as caffeine and chemicals in cosmetics.  Read more...

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£11,500 compensation for dental negligence, after patient is left with hole in cheek from abscess (8 January 2015)

A woman has received £11,500 from a dentist who X-rayed her cheek and prescribed antibiotics for a suspected abscess in 2011, only for the abscess to continue growing until it had invaded her sinuses and eaten through her cheek.  Read more...

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Laser eye surgery patients expected to claim compensation over implants linked to sight problems (7 January 2015)

The Medicines Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has announced an investigation into a new artificial lens implanted into patients, which may have caused eye patients to lose their sight significantly or develop eyesight defects.  Read more...

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A&E services in crisis due to unprecedented demand (6 January 2015)

A&E services at local hospitals across the country are reporting exceptional levels of patient demand – with two hospitals declaring major incidents in A&E because of the number of patients attending departments after the New Year.  Read more...

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Company directors prosecuted after young worker is tragically killed on first day at work (5 January 2015)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted company directors William Friend and Robert Plume of Wedgewood Buildings Ltd, after a 20-year-old employee was killed on his first day of work when a dumper truck overturned on him.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

BMA backlash against government’s 24/7 NHS plans (5 January 2015)

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that making the NHS a 24/7 service could jeopardise patient safety.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Plumber dies from electric shock, after using chemcial to unblock drain (5 January 2015)

London Fire Brigade have confirmed that a man who died at a block of flats in New Cross, southeast London on New Year’s Day (01/01/15) died after receiving an electric shock.  Read more...


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