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Workers Exposed to Silica Dust

A building contractor has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after failing to plan, manage and monitor work under its control, leading to gross exposure of its workers to Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). 

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Decision to Refuse Sanction for Counsel in Low Value Personal Injury Case Overturned by Sheriff Appeal Court

The Sheriff Appeal Court has overturned a decision to refuse sanction for the employment of counsel in a low value personal injury case.

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Protecting Workers from Occupational Cancer

Tighter rules to better protect workers from the main cause of work-related deaths in the EU, occupational cancer, have been given final approval by the European Parliament.

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Glasgow Demolition Company Fined Following Worker’s Death

A Glasgow based demolition contractor has appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court where it pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches following the death of a worker.

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Hand Injuries Prove Life-Changing for Workers

Injuries to the fingers and hands are some of the most common injuries sustained in the workplace, particular for those working with machinery.

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New Bill Could See Better Access to Justice for Many Scots

A new Bill which is set to change the costs that people pay when going to court could help many more get access to justice. The potential expense of going to court is a significant deterrent for many people looking to pursue legal action in civil courts, even in cases where they have a legitimate and justified claim.

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Calls for Continued Focus on Workplace Health and Safety

The latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 137 people lost their lives in work-related incidents in the UK last year.

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Scottish Company Fined after Worker Seriously Injured

A Scottish construction company has appeared in Dundee Sheriff Court on health and safety charges after a worker was injured in a trench collapse.

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Workers’ Memorial Day

Friday 28th April was Workers’ Memorial Day, which is an annual international event that provides an opportunity to reflect on the many people who are killed, seriously injured or made ill while simply doing their jobs.

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Protecting Waste Industry Workers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in conjunction with the Environment Agency, has recently carried out a series of visits to waste sites, in an attempt to improve working practices on these sites and ensure that operators are complying with all relevant legislation.

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Fatal Accidents in the Waste and Recycling Sector

The waste industry can be a hazardous sector to work in, with 5% of workers sustaining a non-fatal work-related injury every year, and a further 5% developing an illness they believe to be work-related.

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Campaign to Raise Awareness of Falls from Height

A new campaign to raise awareness of the impact that accidents at work, and in particular accidents involving falls from height, can have on workers and their families has been launched by safety charity RoSPA.

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Worker Seriously Injured After Lift Pit Fall

A construction company from Cardiff has appeared in court on health and safety charges after a worker was seriously injured falling down a lift pit.

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Workers Urged to Protect Against Skin Cancer

Workers are being advised to take care when working outside during the warm weather because of the risks associated with exposure to solar radiation.

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Workers Continue to Lose Their Lives

Fatal accidents at work are unfortunately an all too common occurrence.

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HSE Reports on Fatal Accidents at Work

The latest figures available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that in 2014/15, 76,054 non-fatal injuries to employees were reported, and tragically a further 142 workers were killed during the course of their work.

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Contractor Sentenced Following Fatal Crush Injury

A self-employed contractor has been found guilty of health and safety offences after an employee died when the trench he was working in collapsed on him.

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Tackling the Cancer Risk from Dust

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called for a more joined up approach to controlling mineral dust in the workplace to help reduce the UK’s occupational cancer burden.

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Farm Worker Dies Clearing Blockage in Grain Bin

A farming company has appeared in Jedburgh Sheriff Court charged with health and safety breaches after a young man was killed while trying to clear a blockage in a grain bin at a farm in Hawick.

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Protecting Construction Workers from Occupational Disease

New guidance to encourage better management of occupational health risks has been launched by the construction industry.

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