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Appeal to Scottish Employers on Workplace Safety

The Health and Safety Executive is marking its 40th anniversary with an appeal for Scottish businesses and self-employed workers to make wellbeing and safety their top priority for the new financial year.

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Consultation Begins on New Asbestos Law

A formal consultation process is now underway on a new bill designed to re-claim the medical costs of treating people suffering from asbestos related diseases. The bill is backed by Clydeside Action on Asbestos and is being taken forward as a member’s bill at Holyrood by MSP Stuart McMillan.

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Being Honest about Medical Mistakes

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has given its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on imposing a ‘duty of candour’ for healthcare providers, in which it says that medical and social care staff should be open and upfront about medical mistakes.

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Organisations Back Occupational Cancer Campaign

More than 50 organisations have endorsed a campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer.

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The Dangers of Farming

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and NFU Scotland have called on farmers to take extra care following the conclusion of a fatal accident inquiry into the tragic death of Lauder farmer, Jim Sharp earlier this year.

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Charity Appeals to Drivers to Stay Sober

Brake, the road safety charity, has called on drivers to stay sober if driving over the Christmas period to prevent devastating casualties.

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Report Published into Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry

The recently published Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report has revealed that 143 patients tested positive for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) at the hospital during the period January 2007 to 31st December 2008, and CDI was a factor in the deaths of 34 of those patients.

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Tackling Occupational Health Problems

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has announced that it will be using its latest Occupational Safety and Health Congress to look at how best to reduce the incidence of work-related ill health.

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Royal Assent for Courts Reform Act

A new law that has been described as bringing about the biggest modernisation of Scotland’s courts in a generation has been given Royal Assent.

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Employer Sentenced After Worker Crushed to Death

A Kilmarnock based firm has appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, where it was fined for safety failings after a worker was crushed to death when a heavy gate came off its hinges and fell onto him.

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Death Toll from Occupational Cancers Continues to Rise

Recently released figures have revealed a large rise in the number of deaths from mesothelioma, which is a cause of great concern for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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Calls for Employers to do More to Reduce Road Casualties

Employers are being urged by road safety charity Brake to play their part in reducing the number of devastating casualties among pedestrians and cyclists.

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Ayrshire Recycling Firm Fined over Worker’s Injury

An Ayrshire waste recycling firm has appeared in Kilmarnock Sheriff Court where it was fined for serious safety failings after an agency worker severed his left arm at the shoulder while clearing a conveyor belt blockage.

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Fall in Road Deaths and Injuries Welcomed

The Department for Transport has recently published a report giving detailed statistics on road traffic personal injury accidents in 2013.

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Clampdown on Construction Industry’s Poor Health Record

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new initiative aimed at reducing ill health, death and injury in the construction industry.

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Irish Injuries Board Gives Update on Claims

The Irish Injuries Board has given a summary of personal injury claims processed during the first six months of 2014.

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Study into Accidental Awareness during Anaesthesia

A recent study has highlighted the risk factors and consequences for patients of accidental awareness during general anaesthesia, including long term psychological harm.

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Compensation Awarded for Mother’s Death

A woman has been awarded a five figure sum of damages following the death of her mother, who died after receiving “below standard care” at a hospital in North Staffordshire, reports the Daily Mail.

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NHS Workers Potentially Exposed to Asbestos

An NHS Trust has been fined after it was found likely to have exposed workers to potentially fatal asbestos material for more than a decade at its three hospitals in Hertfordshire.

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Reducing the Risks of Farming

A new partnership has been launched that aims to improve safety on Scotland’s farms and crofts and reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur.

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