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Using a mobile device whilst driving has been banned since 1988. Yet on average 1 person per hour is caught using their mobile phone whilst driving. This caused an estimated 492 accidents during 2014 across Britain. 84 of these were classed as serious accidents and 21 resulted in loss of a life.  In 2015 twenty two people died as a result of a driver being distracted by a mobile phone.  Despite all this, although convictions are decreasing, a recent RAC study found that there are more drivers than ever flouting the ban and that most re-offend. The high profile case of the cyclist, Lee Martin, who was run over in 2015 by a driver distracted by his phone highlights this. He had 8 previous convictions for the same offence!  The time has come for tougher sanctions.

Scotland's leading law firm, Thompsons Solicitors, are very proud to take part in this year's Great Scottish Run on the second of October to raise money for two very worthy charities. 31 runners of whom 9 are doing the half marathon will competed in this wonderful event with everyone raising money through sponsorship to help  Clydeside Action on Asbestos and Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity.

#Pensionawareness DAY was emblazoned across the back of a huge double decker bus situated just outside my office last week. The marketing campaign of a pension provider, travelling the country to spread the message the government want us all to appreciate.When it comes to retirement plans, frankly you are on your own! It's all been making me wish I'd started my pension plan in my 16 year old Saturday shop job instead of saving for those must have boots...ah the benefit of hindsight!

One of the more interesting local health and safety-related news recently was the news that the creation of a new cycling “superhighway” in Edinburgh was approved in principle last week. The plan at the moment is to create a 2.5 mile cycle superhighway across Edinburgh. Effectively, that would mean creating a segregated cycle lane for cyclists to ensure greater safety and protection from other road users. There is some ongoing debate about the appropriate route that the superhighway should cover and that requires to be resolved satisfactorily after further consultation with interested parties. Leaving the details of the plan aside for the time being given that there will need to be further consultation and discussion, this should be welcomed by all road safety campaigners and personal injury lawyers.

So the big boy who did it has finally run away!
 
The announcement that David Cameron is to step down as an MP was to my mind in no way surprising at all.  It sits comfortably with the blasé, old Etonian aloofness and apparent indifference to the damage left in the political wake of so many of the policies that he personally championed.  And what a legacy of damage the invertebrate former PM has left for everyone, except the most affluent.  

Some jobs are inherently dangerous. Soldiers, Police Officers, and Fire Fighters all accept some element of danger as an inherent part of their job. Whilst the risks associated with these roles can be minimised with proper Health and Safety they cannot be fully eradicated. This is not the case in the manufacturing industry where so many of the life changing accidents that happen are because of wilful neglect on the part of employers. The manufacturing industry has for decades been renowned for poor Health and Safety. Governments have tried to address this since 1833. Reluctance to put guards on machines or provide proper protective equipment is usually because of the costs involved.

Trades unions, their members and Thompsons Solicitors are celebrating this week after a successful campaign to end zero hours contracts at the controversial Sports Direct.

The furore over Sports Direct began when USC, a Sports Direct-controlled entity went into administration on 14 January 2015, making all 200 warehouse staff redundant with 15 minutes notice.

This morning BBC Radio Scotland’s “Call Kaye” programme discussed how open people are about their health. Is it a private matter? Or is it good to talk?

The discussion was prompted after the death of Gene Wilder yesterday. Wilder is most famous for his role in Roald Dahl’s "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". In a statement released by his family it was revealed that Wilder had died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He had chosen not to disclose his illness publicly.

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