Health and Safety News

Annemarie HarbisonThompsons helped secure £23,000 compensation for Union member, Jeffrey McIlhenny following an accident at work.

At the time of the accident Mr McIlhenny was a scaffolder working for DSL Services.  While working nightshift one evening our client was dismantling scaffolding on the gantry of the Hydrocracker Ineos Petrochemical Plant when a steel pole fell through a gap in a steel plate jamming his thumb. Due to the time of night and poor lighting in the area he was unaware and unable see the gap in the steel plate.

Laura McGeeA Thompsons client has received £6,750 after suffering an accident at work on 17 November 2012. Our client came to us through his union, who funded his claim.

The man fell whilst he was retrieving a parcel from a trailer in his workplace. He worked as a warehouse operative in a large delivery company. As he was closing the rear door of the trailer, the handle he was using to close the door snapped and he fell backwards off the trailer.  There were breaches of the Provision in Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Patrick McGuire, PartnerUnder current workplace health and safety regulations where an employee is injured in an accident at work and he or she can prove that their employer has breached a statutory duty they can claim compensation. In cases of strict liability, employers cannot avoid responsibility and employees are able to obtain compensation without the need provide all of the evidence to prove that employers are at fault. Under current law employees, who by nature do not have the knowledge nor resources to obtain this information, can obtain compensation on the basis that employers are liable regardless of whether or not they have been negligent.

A new study has been published by Professor Rory O’Neill, Professor of Occupational Health Policy Research at Stirling University into workplace inspections by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The report condemns the HSE’s failure to conduct unannounced inspection upon entire sectors of the workplace and the lack of investigation into reported major injuries in all but 5 per cent of those reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a health screening company for using unqualified staff to test workers for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Audio Medical Services Ltd, was employed by several companies across the UK to carry out medical screening on their workers for a period of four years.  It has since been discovered that Audio Medical Services Ltd did not refer workers to occupational health doctors when they displayed symptoms of HAVS and failed to provide employers with guidance on how to prevent workers’ symptoms deteriorating.  Staff employed by Audio Medical Services Ltd to tests for HAVS had received no occupational health training.

Health and safety in the North sea is improving according to statistics released recently. It has been reported that the number of gas leaks and oil leaks that could lead to significant incidents have fallen and are continuing to fall.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has advised the oil and gas industry not to become complacent. It highlighted that the first employee fatal accident cases recorded since 2007 has been in the offshore sector.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has highlighted recently that plans to dilute health and safety regulations could leave Britain’s dock workers with no specialist safety protection.

Proposals put forward by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) if implemented will put an end to safety rules specific to dockyards and could have devastating consequences for dock workers.

Patrick McGuireScotland’s leading personal injury firm and health and safety campaigners, Thompsons Solicitors have urged the Scottish Government not to water down safety systems for adventure activities in Scotland.

Patrick McGuire, Thompsons Personal Injury Solicitors- FIGURES REVEAL 1 IN 3 DEATHS NOT SCRUTINISED BY FATAL ACCIDENT INQUIRIES

- 3% OF SAFETY COMPLAINTS IN SCOTLAND LEAD TO PROSECUTION OR ENFORCEMENT MEASURES

- WORKERS’ SAFETY SHOULD NEVER BE SEEN AS “RED TAPE”

Patrick McGuire, Health & Safety LawyerReacting to the Chancellor’s Autumn statement which indicates the Government’s intention to cut back health and safety regulations even further than suggested under the Lofstedt Review, Scotland’s leading personal injury solicitors and health and safety campaigners, Thompsons Solicitors, have warned that their ideological attack on health and safety is dangerous.  
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