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‘Following a fatal accident at work, the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU) who are a specialist unit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), must undertake a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the death. As part of their investigations the SFIU are required to gather evidence, take statements and obtain expert reports where necessary. Once investigations are completed a decision is then to be made on how to proceed including whether criminal charges should be brought or if a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) should be held. This decision is made by Crown Counsel (Lord Advocate, Solicitor General and Advocates Depute) who consider the investigations undertaken by the SFIU as well as a report with recommendations issued by the procurator fiscal who carried out the SFIU investigation.
The Paris Court of Appeal has today ruled in favour of victims of PIP implants across the UK.TUV Rhineland, the European safety certifying body, has been held liable to pay thousands in compensation to the women who received faulty implants. The implants (manufactured by the now liquidated French company Poly Implant Prothèse) contained non-medical grade silicone, with a significantly higher rupture rate. It was on account of the safety certificates produced by TUV Rhineland that these implants were allowed into the market and then into the bodies of women.
The pandemic has highlighted the difficulties faced by families whose relatives are residents of care homes and whose visiting rights were restricted during lockdown. Perhaps the most concerning aspect is in relation to the hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people who were moved from hospitals to care homes amidst confusion over the legal rights of adults with incapacity.
Lockdown has seen a rise in many hobbies. From a boom in foreign language apps as people seek to broaden their language skills whilst they cannot travel, to home exercise equipment to lose their lockdown weight. In particular, a name which has seen a significant increase in popularity is Peloton.
In September 2020, protestor Sean Clerkin was arrested after displaying a banner at Edinburgh Airport reading “England Get Out of Scotland”. He was charged with a racially aggravated breach of the peace and displaying a banner without permission on Edinburgh Airport property. The banner had previously been displayed by him in other locations during 2020, including at the England-Scotland border at Berwick and outside Glasgow Central Station, all reportedly in protest at the border not being closed given the rise of Covid-19 cases. He denied it was an expression of any anti-English feeling.
Take a pause, have a deep breath, and ask yourself: how are you really feeling? If you aren’t doing well or if you are struggling, remember that is okay. It is okay not to be okay, you have gotten through one of the toughest years in modern history.
Over the past twelve months the problems with the need to protect one’s health and the need to put food on the table while carrying out a job has become glaringly apparent in the UK. Those in secure roles, for example managerial or professional roles, with the ability to work at home safely, along with the security of sick pay, have experienced a different pandemic reality compared to those who are on zero hours temporary contracts that require them to leave home every morning, no matter what. This has brought forward the uncomfortable truth which has now been revealed by the recent Trade Union Congress research. Those who work in insecure roles are twice as likely to die from Covid- 19.
The past year has led to a significant rise in employees working from home. Whilst businesses and workers have adapted to this challenging change of scenery, it is important to keep in mind the duties owed by employers to their employees. Where an employee may now be working from home, the health and safety responsibilities incumbent on the employer remain unchanged.