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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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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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Childbirth Failures Still Dominate NHS Compensation Bill

A new report has revealed that hundreds of babies are left brain-damaged each year in England because the NHS does not learn from its failures.

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Teacher’s Death Caused by Asbestos Exposure

An inquest into the death of a former primary school teacher has concluded that she died as a result of exposure to asbestos during her teaching career, the Guardian reports.

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New Sheriff Appeal Court Opens

Scotland’s new Sheriff Appeal Court now has jurisdiction to hear civil appeals from sheriff courts.

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Construction Worker Injured After Fall from Height

A construction firm has appeared in court on health and safety charges after a worker was seriously injured when he fell approximately two and a half metres.

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Scottish Parliament Passes Fatal Accident Inquiry Bill

New laws to modernise the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) process have been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

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