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Improvements in Scottish hospital safety

Posted in: Medical Negligence 
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Recent figures released by the Scottish Government have shown a 12.4% drop in hospital mortality following the introduction of the world-leading Scottish Patient Safety Programme in 2008. Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, said: “It’s good to hear about the measures that staff have put in place. They are small changes, but they make a […]

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Draft guidance unveiled on first aid changes

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new draft guidance to help employers get to grips with proposed changes to workplace first aid. Two pieces of guidance have been published on the HSE website following a consultation on proposals to amend the First Aid Regulations (1981) and remove the requirement for HSE to approve […]

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Helping apprentices tackle a hidden killer

Posted in: Employer Negligence Industrial Deafness and Disease 
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Apprentice tradespeople across Clydebank are set to benefit from a new HSE e-learning package to help them better understand the risks from asbestos. Approximately 4,000 people across Great Britain die each year due to asbestos-related diseases. Asbestos can be found in many buildings built or refurbished before 2000, and the group of workers now most […]

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Worker injured in unguarded machine

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 
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A Kilmarnock firm that makes engine parts has been fined after a worker was injured when his hand got trapped in unguarded machinery. Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that the agency worker was a trainee operator working on the rolling mills when the incident happened. He was attempting to free a strip of metal from the […]

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Government health and safety strategy puts workers at risk

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Government policy to reduce the amount of red tape affecting businesses means that many employees are working in sectors unprotected by unannounced health and safety inspections. According to a new study, this is a development that has led to some deadly consequences. Government’s approach In March 2011, the Government outlined details of its new health […]

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More seatbelt action needed to save lives

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 
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Greater compliance with seatbelt legislation could help save lives in road crashes says Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as it marks the 30th anniversary of the law coming into force.  Well over 60,000 lives have been saved by seatbelts since 31st January 1983, when RoSPA’s then-President, Lord Nugent of Guildford, won the […]

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Health and safety in supply chains

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Increasingly, businesses are outsourcing their activities and processes. But what implications does the growing importance of supply chains have for safe working conditions? A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) sheds light on occupational safety and health (OSH) within these complex networks of suppliers and service providers. The […]

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Damages awarded for injury at stately home

Posted in: Public Liability 
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A grandfather has been awarded £8,750 in damages after he injured his ankle falling into a ditch in the grounds of Hopetoun House, reports the BBC. The court had initially awarded John Cowan damages of £35,000, however the judge reduced this amount by 75% to reflect the contributory negligence on the part of the Mr […]

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Mother wins compensation for son brain-damaged at birth

Posted in: Medical Negligence 
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A mother has successfully claimed compensation on behalf of her son, who suffered severe brain damage at birth as a result of errors by medical staff, reports the Daily Mail. Clare Scott pursued her claim against the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Trust for 12 years, after the Trust initially denied liability in the case. Mrs Scott […]

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Workplace health and safety proposals criticised

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The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has called on the Government to rethink implementing its health and safety proposals, describing some proposals as conceptually flawed. IOSH head of policy and public affairs Richard Jones said: “We’d like to see the Government reconsider the way it is implementing the Löfstedt review, as it is […]

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