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Suspended sentence for farmer whose cows killed one man and seriously injured another (21 December 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bradford on Avon farmer, after two members of the public were attacked and injure– one fatally – by cows in a field.   Read more...

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Campaign launched to help parents spot the signs of sepsis (20 December 2016)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a nationwide campaign to help parents spot the signs of sepsis.  Read more...

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Durham Council warns consumers about buying counterfeit designer cosmetics online (19 December 2016)

Durham Council has issued a warning to consumers about the potential health risks involved in buying counterfeit cosmetic products.   Read more...

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Takeaway owner prosecuted for mouse infestation and poor hygiene that posed public health risk (19 December 2016)

Salford Council has prosecuted the owner of a local takeaway, found to have a mouse infestation that was a risk to public health.  Read more...

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Lambeth Council announces compensation scheme for Shirley Oaks children (19 December 2016)

Lambeth Council in south London has announced that it will compensate children who were cared for at Shirley Oaks children’s home, after being put at risk of child abuse.   Read more...

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Royal Marine wins claim for compensation after Ministry of Defence fail to offer necessary precautions to prevent him contracting a rare disease (14 December 2016)

Ex-Marine Phillip Eaglesham (35) contracted Query (Q) fever in 2010 whilst serving in Afghanistan. Q fever, caused by bacterium Coxiella burnetii, is most commonly found in animals such as sheep, cattle and goats, but can be spread to humans when spores from animals are dispersed by the wind. The infection is found worldwide, but cases in humans are rare in the UK with about 50 cases being reported each year. Most people with Q fever will either have no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms that pass with two weeks. However, in some cases symptoms can last for several months and occasionally the infection can lead to life-threatening problems if it spreads to other parts of the body such as the heart. Mr Eaglesham first realised something was wrong when he became weak and lethargic, however as his symptoms persisted they developed into muscular weakness and he is now in a wheelchair.   Read more...

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London Assembly supports review of Dangerous Dogs Act (9 December 2016)

The London Assembly has agreed a motion calling on the Mayor to write to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to request a formal review of the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991).  Read more...

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£906,000 penalty for Volvo, after worker suffers head injury in fall (7 December 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo, after a worker fell and suffered head injuries.  Read more...

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262,000 GBP penalty after “untrained” worker sustains serious hand injury (25 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an Essex-based company, after a worker sustained a serious hand injury while using a drilling machine.  Read more...

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Increased sentence for prisoner who sexually assaulted fellow inmate (23 November 2016)

The Court of Appeal has increased the sentence of a serving prisoner for sexually assaulting a fellow prisoner in two separate attacks over Christmas 2014.  Read more...

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Carbon monoxide fatality on board yacht investigated by MAIB (23 November 2016)

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has launched an investigation after the owner of a motor cruiser was found dead on board the vessel at Cardiff Yacht Club with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning (CO).  Read more...

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Bogus health supplements company wound up after netting 3.7million GBP for making misleading claims (22 November 2016)

The High Court has wound up a Birmingham-based company, after an Insolvency Service investigation found it had been making false and misleading claims to vulnerable customers about the efficacy of health supplements it sold.  Read more...

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CDE invites ideas for using synthetic biology to create lighter and more protective military armour (22 November 2016)

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) has announced that it will spend up to £750,000 researching into new ways of using synthetic biology to create transparent materials that are thinner and lighter than used for existing armour, which could offer military personnel better protection.  Read more...

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Company director and roofing contractor prosecuted after man dies falling through fragile roof (18 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company, its director and a self-employed contractor, after a man died after falling through a roof light.  Read more...

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Croydon Tram Crash: Why did it happen? (16 November 2016)

After the tram crash in Croydon on 9th November 2016, experts insist that trams remain one of the safest forms of public transport.  Read more...

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10,000GBP fine after window fitter suffers fatal fall from height (15 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Southampton window installation company, after a worker suffered fatal head injuries following a fall from a ladder.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for putting homeowner at risk of CO poisoning (14 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a builder for putting a homeowner at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning following renovations to their house in Cardiff.  Read more...

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North Tyneside Council Trading Standards seizes confectionary e-liquids which could cause poisoning (14 November 2016)

North Tyneside Council’s Trading Standards team has seized dozens of potentially harmful e-liquids, which look like children’s sweets and other foodstuffs.  Read more...

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99,000GBP penalty for care home fatality, after staff fail to heed family’s warning to cut up respite resident’s food (11 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a care home for the elderly, after a respite resident, who had difficulties with swallowing, choked to death on food which staff had not cut up.  Read more...

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123,000GBP penalty after worker severs thumb in machinery (10 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive has prosecuted a packaging company, after a worker’s thumb was severed due to the company’s failure to take adequate measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery.  Read more...

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118,000GBP penalty after worker dies beneath collapsed pile of waste (9 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Kent-based waste and recycling company, after an employee died when waste material collapsed on top of him.  Read more...

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Free oral cancer checks offered by Medway Council as part of Mouth Cancer Action Month (7 November 2016)

Medway Council is offering residents free oral health check ups in support of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month.
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Lorry driver caused deaths of four family membersthrough inattention and distraction (2 November 2016)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said that a lorry driver who killed four members of the same family by using his mobile phone while driving had caused the deaths as a result of “inattention and distraction”.  Read more...

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39,000GBP penalty after worker suffers serious head injuries (2 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm, after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned.  Read more...

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Norfolk companies prosecuted after worker suffers serious injuries (2 November 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two Norfolk-based companies, after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following an overhead power line strike.  Read more...

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Jail for driver left tetraplegic after crashing car and killing or injuring four young boys (31 October 2016)

The driver of a car which crashed in Leeds – killing two young passengers and leaving another paraplegic and a fourth with serious head injuries –has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail.  Read more...

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11,000GBP nominal penalty for liquidated company, after worker dies following electrocution (28 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a London-based environmental services company, after a worker was killed during asbestos removal work at a high school in Wales.  Read more...

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Welsh campaign to attract more GPs, nurses and health professionals “a clear commitment” to investing in primary care (25 October 2016)

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has said that a new campaign to train and attract more GPs to Wales shows that “Wales is a fantastic place to train, work and live”.  Read more...

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£30,000 fine after worker suffers crush injuries to arm in machinery (24 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Lancashire-based environmental services company, after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed by machinery.

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30,000GBP fine after worker suffers crush injuries to arm in machinery (24 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Lancashire-based environmental services company, after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed by machinery.  Read more...

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£30,000 fine after worker suffers crush injuries to arm in machinery (24 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Lancashire-based environmental services company, after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed by machinery.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence for landlord who exposed tenant to carbon monoxide (20 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Durham landlord following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties.  Read more...

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£44,000 penalty after worker is killed by heavy load (19 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a building contractor, after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester, Essex.  Read more...

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Government launches new working group on product recalls and safety (19 October 2016)

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is demanding that the makers of faulty tumble dryers do more to ensure the safety of consumers.  Read more...

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£130,000 fine after worker loses part of foot in industrial accident (19 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bedfordshire-based metal company for safety breaches, after a worker suffered severe leg injuries and underwent partial amputation of his foot in a workplace accident.  Read more...

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£212,00 penalty for construction company, after worker undergoes double amputation (17 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Cornwall-based construction company, after a worker lost both legs after being crushed by a dumper truck.  Read more...

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Accidents at work - most common injuries at the hands of Employers’ negligence (17 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety (H&S). Every month HSE investigates and prosecutes employers for various H&S failings. So far this month HSE has published over ten cases of serious health and safety failings which resulted in heavy fines and prosecutions.   Read more...

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£207,000 penalty after worker falls five metres through roof (14 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a roofing company, after a worker fell five metres through a roof, sustaining severe injuries.  Read more...

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Bolton nightclub owner prosecuted for asbestos and safety breaches (13 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bolton nightclub owner, after he admitted failing to carry out a survey for asbestos before starting on the refurbishment of a local nightclub.  Read more...

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Warning over dangers of using counterfeit dental equipment (12 October 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is joining forces with the British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) to warn of the risks of buying non-compliant and counterfeit dental devices.  Read more...

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Islington bakery prosecuted for mouse infestation and incorrect nutritional claims (11 October 2016)

Islington Council has prosecuted a bakery and its owner for offences including uncontrolled pest activity and incorrect nutritional claims.  Read more...

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MHRA advice on unlicensed homeopathic products for babies and toddlers (11 October 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is warning parents not to use unlicensed homeopathic teething tablets or gels available to buy online, due to the risk of side effects.  Read more...

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£120,000 fine after worker suffers amputation injuries (10 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Halifax-based paper mill, after a worker suffered severe crush injuries to his right hand.  Read more...

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Former police officer given four-year jail term for sexual assaults (10 October 2016)

Stafford Crown Court has sentenced a former police officer with West Midlands Police to four years in jail for sexually assaulting two women while he was on duty.  Read more...

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Cambridge City Council considers PSPOs to address problem of uncontrolled dogs (10 October 2016)

Cambridge City Council is considering new public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) to tackle dog-related issues across the city.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes Tesco after worker falls 30 feet through fragile skylight (10 October 2016)

Supermarket chain Tesco has been fined after health and safety breaches led to a worker falling through a skylight.  Read more...

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£1,100 fine for salon employing unlicensed beauty therapists (6 October 2016)

Hounslow Council in Greater London has prosecuted the owner of a beauty salon, after health and safety officers found he was providing unlicensed treatments by unqualified staff.  Read more...

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London exhibition venue and contractor prosecuted after worker falls through skylight (4 October 2016)

A London exhibition venue – The Business Design Centre Ltd in Islington, north London – has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), along with a contractor who was employed to repair a fragile roof.  Read more...

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Roofing company prosecuted after worker falls from height (3 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a King’s Lynn roofing company, after a worker fell seven metres from a scaffold access ladder while assisting with chimney repairs.
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Bradford businessman jailed for historical sexual abuse against young boys (3 October 2016)

A wealthy businessman who was a scout and sea cadet leader and helped at the church CB radio club has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Bradford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to 43 charges against 12 victims, involving child sex abuse, rape and a sexual assault on a 19-year-old man.  Read more...

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Life sentence for rapist who posed as a policeman (3 October 2016)

A man who raped schoolgirls by posing as a police officer has been jailed for life at Wood Green Crown Court.  Read more...

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HSE issues MoD with Crown Censure over training exercise death (3 October 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with a Crown Censure, after a soldier died when he was shot in the neck during a training exercise.  Read more...

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Scaffolder prosecuted for safety breaches which put himself and others at risk (30 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bradford-based self-employed trader for safety breaches, after poor scaffolding arrangements at a domestic property put himself and others at risk.  Read more...

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£56,000 penalty for scrapyard featured on TV, after worker suffers serious facial injuries (29 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bolton-based scrapyard featured in a recent BBC documentary series, after an employee suffered facial injuries at work.
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Alton Towers “Smiler” collision caused by lack of detailed safety arrangements says HSE (28 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said that the root cause of the Smiler rollercoaster collision at Alton Towers was “a lack of detailed, robust arrangements” for making safety critical decisions.  Read more...

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East London café and director prosecuted over rodent infestation (27 September 2016)

Environmental Health officers at Tower Hamlets Borough Council have prosecuted a café for breaches of food hygiene regulations following a rodent infestation.  Read more...

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£111,000 penalty after site foreman suffers permanent serious injuries (26 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Surrey construction company, after a contractor was run over on a large site in Wokingham.  Read more...

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£246,000 penalty after worker dies in fall from height (26 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company in Somerset, following the death of a worker who fell through a factory roof skylight.  Read more...

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Supermarket prosecuted for putting public health at risk through mouse infestation (26 September 2016)

A supermarket found to have a mouse infestation has been fined £20,000, after Sandwell Council in the West Midlands took legal action against the company.  Read more...

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THINK! road safety campaign launched to encourage cyclists to “hang back” from HGVs (26 September 2016)

The government is launching a new road safety campaign today (26/09/16), urging cyclists in London and Manchester to “hang back” from lorries, in an attempt to reduce the number of crashes and improve cycling safety.  Read more...

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£1m fine after worker is crushed to death by falling machinery (22 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturing company, after a worker was crushed to death by falling machinery.  Read more...

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£693,000 penalty after worker suffers catastrophic head injury in explosion (20 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Kent company, after a worker suffered life threatening injuries when a drum he was working on exploded.  Read more...

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£12,000 fine after worker sustains fractures to arm in machinery (19 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an engineering company, after a worker was injured while operating a drilling machine.  Read more...

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£9,500 penalty for Penzance shop, after metal sign falls on child in pushchair (19 September 2016)

Cornwall Council has prosecuted the owner of a Penzance shop, after a heavy metal sign disconnected itself from the shopfront and fell onto a child in a pushchair.  Read more...

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School fined £27,000 after child is found unconscious in swimming pool (16 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted St Edmunds School Canterbury for safety failings, after a seven-year-old boy nearly drowned while on a summer camp with the school.  Read more...

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PHE alert over cleansing spray linked to infection after body piercings (16 September 2016)

Public Health England (PHE) is warning those who have had body piercings in recent months to stop using a product which may be linked to a higher risk of infection.  Read more...

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£38,000 penalty for Hertfordshire bakery guilty of safety failings (15 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Hertfordshire bakery for safety failings which could have put workers at risk.  Read more...

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Crystal Palace football player airlifted to hospital after being trapped in a car crash (14 September 2016)

Pape Souare, a Premier League Crystal Palace football player, was airlifted to hospital last night after being trapped in the wreckage of a horrific motorway crash near Heathrow. As reported by London Fire Brigade, crews used specialist cutting equipment to free the trapped man and he was carried by the London’s Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital’s major trauma unit in Whitechapel with injuries to his jaw and thigh. However, his condition was said not to be life-threatening.  Read more...

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NHS dental charges a tax on health, says BDA (14 September 2016)

The British Dental Association (BDA) says that NHS charges are driving patients with dental problems to overstretched GPs – and could soon overtake government funding as the principle source of revenue for NHS dentistry.
Analysis from the BDA has found that NHS charges could help push around 600,000 dental patients to GPs – the BDA estimates these appointments cost the NHS over £26 million a year.  Read more...

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Lincolnshire Trading Standard receive nearly 1,000 complaints about second-hand cars (13 September 2016)

Lincolnshire Trading Standards is warning consumers to do their research when buying second-hand cars, after receiving 964 calls from consumers over second-hand cars in 2015-2016.  Read more...

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£194,000 fine, after installation engineer fractures arm in unguarded machinery (12 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Wirral-based company, after an installation engineer sustained injuries to his arm in machinery.
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£38,000 penalty for bakery guilty of safety failings (12 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a bakery company based in Hertfordshire for safety failings.  Read more...

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Director disqualified after school meals company goes into liquidation following food hygiene breaches (12 September 2016)

The director of a company which supplied school meals has been disqualified for four years, after an inspection of company premises revealed serious breaches of food hygiene regulations.  Read more...

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Disqualification for director whose company marketed potentially toxic cancer “metabolism therapy” (9 September 2016)

A company director from Essex has been disqualified for 12 years, after an Insolvency Service investigation and Trading Standards found that his company had sold potentially toxic cancer treatment.  Read more...

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£90,000 penalty for engineering firm, after worker sustains multiple leg fractures (8 September 2016)

A Milton Keynes-based engineering company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker suffered serious injuries to his leg.  Read more...

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£107,000 penalty, after worker loses arm in unguarded machinery (7 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bristol-based company, after a worker lost their arm when it was pulled into the rotating tail pulley of a conveyor belt.  Read more...

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£115,000 fine for Birmingham pub firm for mouse infestation in kitchen (6 September 2016)

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted Mitchells & Butlers Retail Limited, after evidence of mouse activity was found throughout one of its Birmingham city centre pubs.  Read more...

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£187,000 penalty after worker sustains spinal injuries in fall from height (6 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction firm, after a worker was seriously injured when he fell off a roof during demolition work.  Read more...

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Jail sentence and disqualification for director, after worker dies in loading accident (5 September 2016)

The Health and Safety executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company director, after a worker died from crush injuries in a loading accident.  Read more...

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£37,000 penalty after worker is seriously injured in fork-lift accident (1 September 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an engineering company in Knowsley on Merseyside, after an employee was seriously injured when he was struck by a metal structure during a lifting process using a fork-lift truck.  Read more...

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HGV driver found guilty of causing death of young mother (1 September 2016)

A lorry driver who collided with a young mother who died as a result has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.  Read more...

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The hidden benefit of the Package Holiday (1 September 2016)

Many of us have taken to the internet to book our own flights and accommodation. We enjoy the benefits of flexibility and lower costs. Have we considered the disadvantages? One important and often over looked advantage of the Package Holiday is that you enjoy the benefit of Package Travel Regulations.  Read more...

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£50,000 penalty after cleaner sustains serious burn injuries in deep fat fryer (31 August 2016)

Crawley Borough Council has prosecuted a cleaning company, after a worker was seriously scalded in a deep fat fryer in the kitchen of a Gatwick hotel.  Read more...

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£500,000 fine for unsafe working practices on construction site (30 August 2016)

A construction company has been prosecuted after a member of the public raised concerns over unsafe working practices during the construction of an adventure course in Markeaton Park, Derby.  Read more...

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Hefty fines for roofing companies, after worker dies in fall from height (30 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two roofing companies, after a worker fell from height through a roof light and was killed.  Read more...

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Man jailed for conspiring to commit sexual offences against children abroad (30 August 2016)

A 37-year-old man from Milton Keynes has been jailed for 16 years with five years on licence, after being convicted of sexual offences against children.  Read more...

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HSE prosecutes Gas Safe engineer who left tenants at risk of CO poisoning (30 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Gas Safe-registered engineer from Middlesex for carrying out unsafe work, which put the residents of a house at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Read more...

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£158,000 penalty, after worker suffers life changing injuries in fall from height (24 August 2016)

A Cardiff-based construction company has been sentenced, after a worker fell down a lift pit and sustained life changing injuries.  Read more...

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£295,000 penalty for distillery after employee sustains 20% burns to body (23 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a distillery in Oldbury, West Midlands, after a 21-year-old employee was engulfed in flames when ethyl acetate was being transferred from a bulk storage tank into an intermediate bulk container.  Read more...

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£24,000 penalty after worker suffers burns injuries when liquids ignite (22 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a foundry in Batley, West Yorkshire, after a worker suffered serious burns when his clothing caught fire.  Read more...

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Death of Huddersfield man after dog attack is referred to IPCC (17 August 2016)

The death of a 52-year-old man from Huddersfield who died after a dog attack has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), after it emerged the dog involved in the attack had been returned to its owner by the police officers who considered it safe.  Read more...

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Newcastle University develops wound-healing “StemGel” for use on battlefield (17 August 2016)

Newcastle University has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), to develop an effective way to store and transport stem cells for use in medical treatments on the battlefield.  Read more...

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Sefton Council launches Good Egg child car seat safety campaign (15 August 2016)

Sefton Borough Council in north Liverpool is campaigning to raise awareness among parents, grandparents and carers about the dangers to young children of incorrectly fitted or inappropriate child car seats.  Read more...

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Suspended sentence and fine for distributing faulty cleaning product that posed risk to public safety (10 August 2016)

Rochdale Borough Council has prosecuted a company and its manager for distributing a dangerous recalled cleaning product to the public.  Read more...

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£20,000 fine after worker nearly dies in baler accident (10 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Worcestershire-based manufacturer, after a worker nearly died when a door collapsed and pinned him to a baler.  Read more...

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£105,000 penalty for unsafe Cwmbran construction site (9 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Cwmbran-based company, after it was found to be running an unsafe timber-construction site.  Read more...

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£100,000 fine for unlicensed removal of asbestos materials from residential property (8 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Hertfordshire-based home improvement company, after the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.  Read more...

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Rochdale set for £1m pothole repair programme (8 August 2016)

Rochdale Council is to embark on a £1 million programme to repair potholes across the borough over the next eight months.  Read more...

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Council warns about dangers of skin piercings (8 August 2016)

South Holland Council in Lincolnshire is warning those considering skin piercings to make sure the skin piercer is registered with the local council.  Read more...

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Chair of Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse resigns (5 August 2016)

The chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Dame Lowell Goddard, has resigned.  Read more...

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£100,000 fine after worker is injured in fall from height (4 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Suffolk-based company, after an agency worker was injured when he fell from height from a ladder.  Read more...

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£54,000 penalty after worker suffers traumatic brain injury (2 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a North Lincolnshire company, after a worker was injured while dismantling an HGV tipper lorry.  Read more...

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Drive to tackle fraudulent criminal injuries compensation claims (1 August 2016)

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has announced that it is to continue a drive to tackle fraudulent compensation claims for criminal injuries, in order to ensure the protection of public funds.  Read more...

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£74,000 fine after worker is crushed by three-tonne road roller (1 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an exhibition and display company, after a labourer was crushed by a three-tonne road roller.  Read more...

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School trust fined £46,000 after staff and workers are exposed to asbestos (1 August 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an Essex school trust, after refurbishment and maintenance activities exposed school staff and others to potentially deadly asbestos.  Read more...

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Tata Steel hit with £1.98m fine for safety failings, after workers suffer amputation injuries (28 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted manufacturing giant Tata Steel, after a 26-year-old employee lost two-thirds of his left hand and his middle and ring fingers while trying to clear a blockage on a steel tube manufacturing line with unsuitable guarding.  Read more...

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£10,300 fine after worker suffers fractures to leg and foot (25 July 2016)

Bradford Magistrates’ Court has fined a steel galvanising company £9,000, after an employee sustained fractures to his leg and foot in a workplace accident.  Read more...

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£55,000 penalty for Hull company, after employee sustains life changing injuries (22 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an engineering firm based in Hull, after an employee suffered life changing injuries when a marine hatch and frame weighting more than 500 kilograms fell forward and struck him.  Read more...

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£24,000 penalty after worker suffers serious arm and hand injuries on lathe (21 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Leeds-based company, after a worker suffered injury when his hand came into contact with a lathe.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Warning for drivers to be aware of road workers to prevent injury (20 July 2016)

Highways England is warning motorists not to put the safety of road workers at risk, after a car struck a contractor working on road works along the A56 in Lancashire on 5 July.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Changes to driving test “will improve road safety and reduce fatal road accidents” (20 July 2016)

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has said that planned changes to the driving test will support the government’s commitment to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MoD announces improved lifelong assistance for injured veterans (18 July 2016)

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a new system to give seriously injured veterans better lifelong assistance.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£47,000 penalty after construction worker suffers serious crush injury to foot (14 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a construction company, after a worker suffered crush injuries when he was hit and then run over by an excavator.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£446,000 penalty for engineering company guilty of serious safety failings (13 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Worcestershire-based engineering company for safety failings, after a potentially dangerous ignition when an employee of Roxel (Rocket Motor) Limited inspected a rocket motor for damages received during the manufacturing process.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£54,000 penalty after marine scrapyard worker dies (12 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a shipbuilding and repair company, following the death of a worker who was hit by a mooring rope.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE figures show increase in fatal work accidents (11 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in workplaces across the UK.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

DfE announces further paediatric first aid training (11 July 2016)

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a new initiative to help improve paediatric first aid training in early years settings, in memory of a nine-month-old baby who died in 2012.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£9,500 fine for Manchester takeaway in breach of food hygiene regulations (11 July 2016)

Manchester City Council has prosecuted a local takeaway for a series of food safety breaches, including evidence of mice and rats on the premises.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£9,000 penalty for timber company which in breach of working at height regulations (7 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Somerset-based timber company for breaches relating to working at height.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£7.6m contract to evaluate APS could be “game-changing” in protecting Armed Forces from injury (6 July 2016)

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has announced a £7.6 million contract with QinetiQ to evaluate an Active Protection System (APS) for armoured vehicles.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Public health alert over E.coli 0157 outbreak (4 July 2016)

Public Health England (PHE) is warning consumers about the importance of good hygiene and food preparation practice as they continue to investigate an outbreak of E.coli 0157.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Suspended sentence for unregistered gas fitter who put lives at risk (4 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an unlicensed gas fitter who put the lives of householders at risk by carrying out gas work he was not competent to undertake.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£90,000 fine for failing to comply with safety notices over lifting gear (1 July 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Wrexham-based company, which repeatedly failed to comply with legal notices to get its lifting equipment examined.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£525,000 penalty after worker is killed by falling boxes (29 June 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Plymouth company, after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Newport company prosecuted over breaches of food hygiene (27 June 2016)

Newport City Council in South Wales has prosecuted a food company, after produce found on its premises sparked a food alert.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Rotherham CSE survivor to speak at Birmingham conference (27 June 2016)

Rotherham Council has announced that a survivor of child sexual exploitation (CSE) is to tell her story on a national platform on Thursday 30 June, to help agencies work together to tackle the crime.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£51,000 penalty for care home director, after elderly patient falls to his death (23 June 2016)

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has welcomed the conviction of the former director of a Wednesbury care home, after an elderly man fell to his death from a top floor window at the home.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£40,000 fine after rubber industry worker develops allergic contact dermatitis (22 June 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Hereford-based company, after a worker contracted contact dermatitis from working with rubber.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue raises awareness of risks of water during Drowning Prevention Week (22 June 2016)

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning the public to be aware of the risks of water and swimming during Drowning Prevention Week, which runs between 18 and 26 June.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Suspended sentence for unregistered gas fitter (21 June 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a gas fitter from the West Midlands, after he fitted a hob at a house in Tamworth, Staffordshire while not being a Gas Safe registered worker.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£600,000 penalty for BT, after engineer breaks back and ankles in fall from height (20 June 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted British Telecom plc (BT), after an engineer fell seven metres from a loft in London, breaking his back and his ankles.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£1.1m fine after worker is killed in explosion (16 June 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Kent tyre company, after a 21-year-old employee was killed when a tyre exploded.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£10,500 penalty after worker loses fingers in industrial accident (15 June 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a London-based metal packaging company, after a worker trapped his hand in a power press and lost two fingers.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Changes to Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 (15 June 2016)

Companies House has announced that, from 1 August, new legislation amending the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 will enable a third party to issue proceedings directly against the insurer of a dissolved company.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Bakery fined £45,950, after worker suffers partial amputation of finger (20 May 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Wiltshire bakery, after an employee was seriously injured on an inadequately guarded powered bowl mixer.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Home Secretary tells Police Federation that standards and training must be consistently applied in policing (19 May 2016)

Home Secretary Theresa May has told the Police Federation Conference 2016 that developing minimum training and standards for certain specialist roles – and giving the College of Policing responsibility for enforcing those standards through a system of national accreditation – would deliver higher standards for specialist investigators, including for domestic abuse and child sexual abuse.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Director of London restaurant disqualified for financial and food hygiene breaches (18 May 2016)

The director of an Indian restaurant has been disqualified as a director for six years, after failing to account to HMRC and breaching food and hygiene regulations.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MoD announce veterans will be given access to specialist treatment at Headley Court (11 May 2016)

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced that a group of amputee veterans are the first non-serving personnel to attend a clinic at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£125,000 penalty for plumbing company after worker is killed in fall from height (10 May 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Birmingham-based plumbing company, after a contractor fell from a roof and was killed.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£6,000 fine for demolition company which failed to ensure safety of contractors working at height (9 May 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Nottinghamshire demolition company for safety failings.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service urges people to be “water aware” to prevent drowning (9 May 2016)

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has joined with other fire and rescue services across the UK to raise awareness of water safety and the everyday dangers of being near water.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Sheffield offers free support to male victims of sexual assault and abuse (9 May 2016)

Sheffield City Council is offering a new service to support men who are victims of sexual assault and abuse.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£2.6m fine for Balfour Beatty after subcontractor is killed (9 May 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited, after a subcontractor working for the company was killed when a trench he was working in collapsed.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Roofing firm prosecuted after worker fractures skull in fall from height (6 May 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Yorkshire-based roofing firm, after a worker fractured his skull following a fall from height.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£118,000 penalty for health trust’s mismanagement of bedrail risks (5 May 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a health trust for inappropriate management of the use of bedrails in hospitals it runs.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Suspended sentence for DIY gas installer who put tenants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning (4 May 2016)

A barman who illegally installed gas pipes and a gas boiler at a flat has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for potentially putting lives at risk.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Wigan Council reminds local businesses of food allergy regulations (3 May 2016)

Wigan Council has reminded local businesses of the changes to rules around allergen information and what they must be able to provide to customers with food allergies.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Less invasive mastectomies in BRCA-positive women “just as effective as more invasive surgery” (3 May 2016)

New research by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and other research institutions has found that protective mastectomies that preserve the nipple and surrounding skin are as effective at preventing breast cancer as more radical surgery.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MHRA seizes “potentially dangerous” erectile dysfunction drugs (29 April 2016)

Enforcement officers from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have seized more than 62,000 doses of unlicensed medicines to treat erectile dysfunction.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£6,000 fine after apprentice loses finger in unguarded industrial machinery (27 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a manufacturer of adhesive tape, after a 16-year-old apprentice lost his finger on a rotary die press.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Sheffield company fined £20,000 after work sustains life threatening injuries in fall from height (26 April 2016)

A Sheffield-based company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker erecting a sign fell five metres from a roof.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£5,329 fine after dish containing peanuts is served to customer with allergy (25 April 2016)

A Teesside restaurant has been prosecuted by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, after serving a customer with a peanut allergy a dish which contained the nuts.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

University of Strathclyde pioneers blood salvage device to minimise blood loss in battlefield injuries (25 April 2016)

The University of Strathclyde in Scotland has received funding from the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop and test a novel blood salvage device to minimise blood loss in severely injured service personnel in the field.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Birmingham researchers develop light therapy system to prevent wound infection on the battlefield (22 April 2016)

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are developing unique military medical tools to be used on the battlefield, in a field hospital or for rehabilitation.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Scientists studying blast injuries develop 3D-printed nylon surrogates for use in research (21 April 2016)

The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) has funded a project at Imperial College London to develop 3D-printed, lower-limb nylon surrogates for research into blast injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Steel firm prosecuted after forklift truck operator dies from crush injuries in industrial accident (20 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a steel fabrication company in North Yorkshire, after a worker was killed when the forklift truck he was driving overturned  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Client and contractor prosecuted for safety failings on site, including failure to manage asbestos (19 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Hertfordshire-based contractor for serious safety failings across two sites – including failing to manage asbestos on site.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

GMC issues new guidance to cosmetic surgeons to improve patient safety (18 April 2016)

The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued new ethical and safety guidelines to cosmetic surgeons, which cover both surgical and non-surgical procedures – including breast augmentation and Botox – with the aim of improving patient safety.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Jail for contractor after worker is killed when trench collapses (18 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a self-employed contractor, after a worker was killed when a trench he was working in collapsed on him.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Government announces safety in sport review (14 April 2016)

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has announced a review of safety in sport, to ensure participants at every level are looked after and protected.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£7,000 penalty for food manufacturer after worker sustains fracture injuries in machinery (13 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a food manufacturer after a worker’s hand was partially de-gloved after becoming trapped in machinery.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Pothole Action Fund to mend one million potholes to make roads safer (8 April 2016)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced new funding to mend the England’s one million potholes.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Salon owner prosecuted for offering unlicensed treatments (6 April 2016)

The owner of a unisex beauty salon in west London has been prosecuted for offering unlicensed treatments.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Motorcycle safety campaign launched in northeast as peak season for accidents arrives (4 April 2016)

Campaign group Road Safety GB North East is warning motorcyclists to slow down and anticipate the mistakes of other road users, after new figures show that nearly 2,500 motorcyclists have been killed or injured on roads in northeast England the last five years.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Kent and Medway research shows ex-Armed Forces personnel need more support with health issues (4 April 2016)

New research by the Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board shows that Armed Forces personnel are re-adjusting well to life after service.
  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£20,000 fine for contractor after worker falls down shaft at De Montfort University (4 April 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Derbyshire-based company, after a worker from Romania was injured after falling down a service riser shaft.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Government launches consultation on plans for building starter homes (4 April 2016)

The government has announced new plans for every one in five new homes built to be a starter home to boost affordable housing in the UK.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Council urges owners to have their dogs micro-chipped before new law on 6 April (1 April 2016)

Medway Council in Kent is urging dog owners to have their pets micro-chipped before the law on compulsorily micro-chipping dogs comes into effect on Wednesday 6 April.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Welsh Government tightens up food safety regulations for takeaways (29 March 2016)

The Welsh Government has announced that takeaways in Wales will be required to promote their food hygiene ratings on leaflets which customers use to order by phone or online, when new rules come into force in November 2016.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Birmingham company fined for supplying dangerous electrical products (29 March 2016)

A Birmingham-based distribution company has been prosecuted after being charged with offences relating to the sale of unsafe electrical goods.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£27,000 fine for Birmingham firm after worker undergoes partial amputation of finger (24 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a Birmingham-based company, after a worker lost the tip of one finger when his safety glove became entangled with machinery.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Justice Minister announces pilot project filming judges’ sentencing remarks (23 March 2016)

Justice Minister Shailesh Vara has announced that eight courts in England and Wales will take part in a not-for-broadcast pilot project, in which judges’ sentencing remarks will be filmed.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£153,000 fine for solar panel company after worker falls through fragile roof (23 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a solar panel company, after a worker fell through a fragile roof light at a private residence in Kent.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Minister urges ban on “illegal and dangerous” laser pens (22 March 2016)

Business Minister Anna Soubry has urged a Trading Standards clampdown on illegal laser pens being sold in the UK.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecute gas engineer for removing asbestos without following guidelines (21 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Devon-based gas engineer, after he placed himself and others at potential risk of exposure to asbestos.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£750,000 fine for crane hire company after safety failings lead to two deaths (18 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a national crane hire company for failings that led to the death of two men, after a crane collapsed in southwest London.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Yorkshire council seeks private sector landlords to house Syrian refugees (18 March 2016)

Local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber have agreed to resettle Syrian families fleeing conflict, with Craven District Council accepting around five families for housing in the private sector.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Contractor prosecuted for failing to protect public from asbestos contamination (14 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a contractor after he potentially exposed members of the public to asbestos.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MHRA recalls two batches of faulty hearing aid batteries with low risk of explosion (14 March 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an alert over hearing aid batteries, some of which have been found to have a low risk of explosion during use or if depleted.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Fairground ride operator fined for safety failings (14 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the operator of a fairground ride for safety failings, after two members of the public fell from a ride at Andover Carnival in Hampshire.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£20,000 fine after worker falls from height (10 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Bodmin-based cleaning company, after a worker fell from height through a fragile roof.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£20,000 fine for Swansea company after worker loses finger in machinery (9 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Swansea company, after an employee had to have a finger amputated when his hand was caught and dragged into machinery.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£2m funding for NHS maternity safety equipment to prevent birth injuries (8 March 2016)

Hospitals across England have been awarded a share of £2 million in government funding to invest in new maternity safety equipment.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Road safety campaign launched in North East, as fatalities and serious injuries in rise (4 March 2016)

A new road safety campaign is being launched in Gateshead, after new figures show an increase in fatalities and serious injury road accidents in the northeast of England during the last year.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Armed Forces veterans with mesothelioma can now choose lump sum compensation from MoD (3 March 2016)

The government has announced that Armed Forces veterans who contracted mesothelioma related to service can choose to receive lump sum compensation of £140,000.<  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£89,000 penalty for safety failings and inadequately guarded machinery at insulation manufacturer (2 March 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Rhyl-based insulation company, after safety failings in the processing of hemp and inadequately guarded machinery at the company’s manufacturing plant.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Supplier prosecuted after guy ropes on circus tent snap (29 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the owner of a company which supplies marquees and tents, after guy ropes securing a circus tent snapped, causing it to collapse and injure three adults and five children.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£200,000 penalty for waste management firm after worker dies from crush injuries (29 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Derbyshire waste firm Rainbow Waste Management Limited, after a worker died after being crushed by the bucket of a motorised loading shovel.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£20,000 fine for Merthyr Tydfil firm, after worker injures leg when gate collapses (25 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company that manufactures and installs gates, after the leaf of a gate fell and struck a man.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecuted two firms after company director falls through skylight (23 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies after the director of one fell through a skylight at the other company’s site.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Westminster Council launches new Waterloo Bridge cycle route to help prevent cyclist injuries (22 February 2016)

City of Westminster Council has opened a new cycle route on Waterloo Bridge in south London, to help keep cyclists safe on London’s roads.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Scaffolding company fined £110,000, after worker sustains catastrophic brain injury in roof fall (22 February 2016)

A Hemel Hempstead-based scaffolding company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a worker sustained life changing injuries in a fall from height.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Shrewsbury firm and director prosecuted for unsafe working practices (22 February 2016)

A Shrewsbury-based manufacturing company as been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after an empty 45-gallon steel drum which had contained flammable liquid caught fire and exploded while it was being cut in half.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Oxfordshire firm prosecuted over fire safety breaches (18 February 2016)

Oxfordshire County Council has prosecuted a local firm for failing to provide suitable fire safety arrangements for its employees at an industrial unit in Didcot.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Government announces compensation schemes for victims of Paris attacks (18 February 2016)

The government has announced that those who suffered injuries in the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 can make clams for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), under the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme 2012 (VOTCS).  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£3m fine for oil and gas giant, after safety breaches put workers’ lives at risk (15 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration and production companies, after gas leaks on a gas platform off the Lincolnshire coast put workers’ lives in danger.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

13 years in jail for man convicted of historical rape charges (11 February 2016)

A man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, after being convicted of historical sex offences involving rape and attempted rape, dating back to 1994.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Multinational chemical firm prosecuted after lethal gas causes air pollution (11 February 2016)

A multinational chemical producer has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after a dangerous gas was released into the atmosphere, causing disruption to the M5 motorway and thousands of homes nearby.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Salad producer fined after employee loses fingertips in packing machine (10 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a food company, after a worker lost the tips of two figures in a bagging machine.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes window installation company for health and safety failings (9 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a company after carrying out a dangerous window installation above the public highway in London’s West End.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Recycling company prosecuted after worker dies in explosion (9 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Sheffield-based scrap metal recycling company, after a worker died from a head injury when a gas cylinder exploded.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Birmingham City Council prosecutes restaurant and bar for food hygiene breaches (8 February 2016)

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted the owners of a popular restaurant for breaches under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Scaffolding company prosecuted after worker falls from height (5 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a scaffolding company, after a worker was injured after he fell through a roof light.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

February 4 is World Cancer Day 2016 (4 February 2016)

Cancer Research UK has joined forces with charities Breast Cancer Care and the Anthony Nolan Trust to raise awareness of cancer and help fundraise for research on World Cancer Day 2016 today (04/02/16).  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

College prosecuted after student suffers injury during tree felling (2 February 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a college in Surrey, after a student was injured when a tree being felled struck his leg.<  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Butcher’s shop served with prohibition notices after food safety breaches (1 February 2016)

Wirral Council environmental health officers have served two emergency prohibition notices on a butcher’s shop, after inspectors found serious food safety breaches.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Deepcut inquest opens (1 February 2016)

The inquest into the death of Private Cheryl James will begin at 2pm on Monday 1 February.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

MHRA warns dentists not to risk patient health by using counterfeit dental equipment (29 January 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has seized more than 100 counterfeit and non-compliant items of dental equipment from 14 dentist surgeries, mainly in the southeast.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

School fined £140,000 after pupil is paralysed in swing collapse (28 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a school, after a pupil was permanently paralysed when a swing collapsed.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Convicted child sex offender given three years in jail after Court of Appeal overturns suspended sentence (28 January 2016)

A convicted child sex offender has been sentenced to three years in jail after the Court of Appeal overturned his original suspended sentence.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Company fined £12,000, after young worker suffers cement burns (27 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a building products manufacturer, after a worker suffered serious cement burns on his first day of work.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Three companies prosecuted after construction worker is injured in fall from height (26 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted three companies after a construction worker was injured after falling from height.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

NHS Litigation Authority prosecuted after pensioner falls to death after leaving health centre (25 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted the NHS Litigation Authority, after an 82-year-old man fell 12 feet to his death from an elevated walkway outside a health centre.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Glazing firm prosecuted after worker sustains life changing head injury in fall (25 January 2016)

A glazing firm has been prosecuted by the Health and safety Executive (HSE), after a worker fell from the roof of a van and sustained severe head injuries.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes company director after worker is injured in fall (25 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a sash restoration company, after a worker fell three metres through an unprotected skylight.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

HSE prosecutes two companies after workers are injured when cold store collapses (25 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies over safety failings, which led to two workers being seriously injured at a construction site when a cold store collapsed under them.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Buckinghamshire Council backs recommendations on tackling child sexual exploitation (18 January 2016)

Buckinghamshire County Council has backed the majority of recommendations on child sexual exploitation (CSE), after a council scrutiny body carried out a lengthy review of practices across all organisations working with children and young people in the county.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

National alert over dangerous skin lightening creams (18 January 2016)

The Local Government Association (LGA) is warning consumers to be wary of skin lightening creams, which may increase the risk of skin cancer.
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Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

School prosecuted after chemistry technician suffers life changing injuries in explosion (15 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a school, after a chemistry laboratory technician lost parts of three fingers and sustained a serious internal injury, while preparing a highly sensitive explosive for use in a “fireworks” demonstration to a class of children.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Companies prosecuted after worker suffers life changing electrocution injuries (14 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted two companies, after a construction worker suffered life changing injuries when he received an electric shock from an overhead power line.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Police officer receives final written warning over derogatory and homophobic remarks (11 January 2016)

A police officer based at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire has received a final written warning after a misconduct hearing.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Charitable trust and contractor prosecuted over asbestos management failure (8 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a charitable trust and a contractor employed by the trust for safety failings, after asbestos was disturbed and work in a building was allowed to continue.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Tameside housing trust prosecuted after worker has finger and thumb amputated (8 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Tameside housing trust, after a worker suffered severe injuries to his left hand when it was struck by a metal blade on a ride-on mower he was trying to unblock.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

£50,000 fine for Cheshire company after worker loses finger (7 January 2016)

A Cheshire company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee lost a finger in an incident involving an unguarded planer.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Contractor fined after worker is hit by bus while laying pipe under road (6 January 2016)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a contractor for failing to maintain a safe place of work, after an employee was struck by a bus while laying a pipe under a road surface.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Retired headmaster and chaplain handed prison sentences for historical sex abuse (5 January 2016)

Leeds Crown Court has sentenced two men aged 75 and 69 for historical sex offences against boys in their care between 1970 and 1991.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Swansea team poised to bio-print body parts for those who have suffered facial trauma (5 January 2016)

Plastic surgeons at the Welsh centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea are working with engineers and scientists to develop for the first time 3-D printed tissue made from human cells.  Read more...

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Welsh Ambulance Service figures show targets are being achieved (4 January 2016)

New figures published by the Welsh Ambulance Service on 30 December show that services are on target for patients most in need – with the standard emergency ambulance response for the most acutely ill patients being five minutes and 30 seconds during November.  Read more...

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MHRA warns dieters not to buy slimming pills online (4 January 2016)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is New Year dieters to be aware of the dangers of buying diet pills online.  Read more...

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Insurers to pass on savings from preventing fraudulent whiplash claims (4 January 2016)

Insurers have vowed to give motorists up to £1 billion annually in savings made as a result of government measures to prevent fraudulent whiplash claims.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Personal Injury

Government considers review of overseas domestic workers’ visas commissioned to tackle modern slavery (4 January 2016)

The government has published the findings of a review into whether the current arrangements for the overseas domestic workers’ visas are appropriate, given the government’s commitment to tackling modern slavery in Britain.  Read more...


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