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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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Summer Months Bring Increased Risk of Injury

The summer months bring an increased risk of suffering an accident in a public place, according to a recent article by the Irish Injuries Board.

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Greenock Company Fined over Crush Injury

An engineering firm based in Greenock has pled guilty to charges of failing to ensure the health and safety of its employees, after a worker was crushed by a steel lathe.

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Compensation Awarded for Loss of Limbs

An aircraft engineer has been awarded around £600,000 in compensation after he was severely injured by an exploding tyre, reports the BBC.

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Injuries in the Food and Drink Industry

A recent survey into occupational injuries and ill health in the food and drink industry has revealed that hundreds of workers in this sector are likely to suffer an over-three-day accident during their working lifetime.

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Proposal for Exemption from Health and Safety Requirements for Self-Employed

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting views on the proposed definitions of those self-employed people who will continue to have duties under health and safety law.

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Increase in Cyclist Deaths Spurs Campaign for Legal Changes

Cyclist campaign groups have called on the Scottish Government to make legal changes to protect cyclists after Transport Scotland reported an increase of 44% in cycling deaths this year.

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European Action to Improve Patient Safety

The European Commission has recently published details on how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety.

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Government Responds to Bonomy Report

The report from the Infant Cremation Commission, chaired by Lord Bonomy, into policies and practices surrounding infant cremation in Scotland was recently published.

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EC Publishes Safety at Work Framework

The European Commission (EC) has recently set out its plans to better protect the more than 217 million workers in the EU from work-related accidents and diseases.

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Calls for Urgent Action on Mesh Implants

The Scottish Health Secretary Alex Neil has written a letter to the Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) seeking an urgent meeting to discuss on-going concerns over the use of transvaginal mesh implants.

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