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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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Compensation Awarded for Medical Failings

A boy who sustained severe brain damage as a result of failings by medical staff after his birth has been awarded compensation amounting to over £6 million, reports the Doncaster Free Press.

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Glasgow Company Fined for Worker’s Hand Injury

A Glasgow printing and packaging company has been sentenced after a worker’s hand was severely injured in machinery.

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The Cost of Work Related Injury and Ill-Health

New figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that over a million people are being made ill by their work, which is costing society around £14.3 billion.

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Bill Seeks Greater Fairness for Bereaved Families

An MP in England has published a Private Members’ Bill that calls for greater fairness for bereaved people and victims of psychiatric harm in England and Wales.

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Soup Company Sentenced over Worker’s Injuries

A well-known food manufacturer has been sentenced after a worker suffered severe leg and foot injuries while working on one of its production lines.

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Council Backs Work-Related Cancer Campaign

East Ayrshire Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to make a pledge to a campaign against the biggest cause of work-related deaths.

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Calls for More Action to Hit Road Safety Goals

The UK Government is due to release detailed road casualty figures for 2014. According to the RAC Foundation, these are expected to show that last year in Great Britain 1,775 people died on the roads (a 4% increase on the year before).  A further 22,807 were seriously injured (a 5% annual increase).

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Growing Political Support for Occupational Cancers Campaign

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign has recently received the backing of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPG), which raises awareness of skin-related issues at Parliament.

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Ireland Experiences Rise in Personal Injury Claims

The Injuries Board in Ireland saw a 7% increase in new personal injury claims in the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year, taking the total number of new claims received to 17,132.

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Family Compensated Following Hospital Death

An English NHS Trust has agreed to pay substantial compensation to the family of a patient who died after receiving substandard care at one of its hospitals, reports the Mirror.

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Personal Injury Specialist Sheriffs Appointed

Six sheriffs have been appointed as specialists who will sit in Scotland’s new Sheriff Personal Injury Court.

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Oil Plant Operator Sentenced Over Safety Failure

The operators of the Grangemouth Oil Refinery have been sentenced for safety failings relating to an incident in which a worker was injured at the plant.

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Drink Driving Still a Major Cause of Road Casualties

Britain is still failing to adequately tackle its drink driving problem, leading to too many deaths and serious injuries on the roads, road safety charity Brake has warned.

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Doctors and Nurses Must Apologise for Medical Mistakes Under New Rules

According to new medical candour guidelines, midwives, nurses and doctors will be required to make verbal apologies to patients following any medical mistakes.

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Public Place Accidents Peak during Summer

A new report from Ireland’s Injury Board has revealed that the month of July saw the highest frequency of accidents resulting in compensation awards, while Saturday proved to be the most dangerous day of the week for public place personal injury accidents.

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Government Challenged to Work towards Zero Road Deaths

Road safety charity Brake has recently set out its vision for a future free of the needless trauma of road death and injury.

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HSE Releases Annual Workplace Fatalities

There were 142 work related fatalities between April 2014 and March 2015 (a rate of 0.46 fatalities per 100,000 workers), according to provisional annual data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This compares to last year’s all-time low of 136 (0.45 fatalities per 100,000 workers).

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Glasgow Firm Fined after Worker Killed

A Glasgow construction firm has been sentenced for serious safety failings after a worker was crushed to death when a 1.6 tonnes frame fell onto him during construction of a steel stair tower.

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Calls for Decisive Action as Scottish Road Deaths Rise

Brake, the road safety charity, has called upon the Scottish Government to take steps to reverse an increase in the number of deaths on Scotland’s roads.

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