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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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UK Property Market Post Brexit Decision

Recent research conducted by Which? Mortgage Advisers has given an interesting insight into the state of the UK property market 100 days after the Brexit decision.

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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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First-Time Buyer Market Remains Strong

Mortgage lending to first-time buyers totalled £5.5 billion in June this year on an unadjusted basis, which is a 28% increase over May and 25% higher than June last year. In total, 34,300 loans were made, up 24% month-on-month and 17% year-on-year.

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Ruling on Appropriate Legal System to Assess Damages

The Supreme Court has recently been called upon to decide which country’s laws should be followed when determining the appropriate level of compensation to be awarded where a British citizen is injured in an accident abroad.

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Speculation over Impact of Brexit on Scottish Property Market

Solicitors Property Centres Scotland has recently published some initial thoughts on what impact the Brexit decision might have on the property market in Scotland.

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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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Scotland is More Affordable for First Time Buyers

East Dunbartonshire is the UK’s most affordable area for first-time buyers (FTBs), according to the latest First-Time Buyer Review from Bank of Scotland. The average property price here sits at £97,089, which is only 2.6 times local annual average gross earnings.

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House Price Index Reveals Scottish House Price Rise

The latest House Price Index has revealed that the average property price in Scotland in May 2016 was £141,142. This was an increase of 4.0% on the previous year and an increase of 2.8% when compared to the previous month.

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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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Research Reveals Mortgage Lending Trends

The Council of Mortgage Lenders recently published a breakdown of house purchase lending in Scotland during the first quarter of 2015.

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Compensation Awarded for Boy’s Birth Injuries

A multi-million pound compensation package has been awarded to a boy who suffered severe injuries as a result of being deprived of oxygen during his birth, reports the Bristol Post.

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Halifax Predicts Slowdown in House Price Growth

The latest House Price Index from Halifax has revealed that house prices in the three months to May were 1.4% higher than in the preceding three months. This was slightly below April’s 1.5% and was the lowest since November 2015 (1.4%).

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Increase in Asking Price Means it is “Perfect Time to Sell” Property

Property prices across the UK have risen considerably with many experts stating that those considering selling a property should do so while demand is currently exceptionally high.

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Buy-to-let Borrowing Mortgages Increase Significantly

New figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders have revealed that landlords took out 45,000 mortgage loans before the introduction of the new stamp duty increase in April.

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Study Finds Mobile Phone Usage When Driving Still Common

A study has found that mobile phone usage when driving is still exceptionally common after almost two-thirds of drivers admitted to seeing at least one driver per hour use their phone behind the wheel illegally.
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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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Ireland's Injuries Board Pays Out €268 Million in 2015

Ireland's Injuries Board recently published its 2015 annual overview, which reveals that 33,561 new personal injury claims were submitted to the Board in 2015.

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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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