At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Health and Safety News

- 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.  

GREATER EFFORTS NEEDED FROM OIL COMPANIES TO IMPROVE PLATFORM SAFETY

Syd Smith, Senior PartnerScotland’s leading personal injury firm, which represented the Piper Alpha victims, Thompsons Solicitors, has called on oil companies to take health and safety on oil platforms seriously and make greater efforts to keep rigs safe.  They have also called for both UK and Scottish Governments to encourage a safety culture by promoting measures such as whistle-blowing. 

Patrick McGuire, Health & Safey Lawyer- WORKER HAS RIGHT TO DEMAND FURTHER REDRESS

Scotland’s top personal injury firm and health and safety campaigners, Thompsons Solicitors, has welcomed the news that a recycling company in Ayr received an £80,000 fine for breaking the Health and Safety at Work Act after one of its employees was crushed between two skips.  The firm said that the fine should act as a clear warning to companies who ignore health and safety in the workplace.

Scotland’s leading personal injury firm and health and safety campaigners, Thompsons Solicitors, have welcomed the launch of new guidance which aims to improve workplace health and safety. 

Scotland's leading personal injury firm and health and safety campaigners, Thompsons Solicitors, voiced concern after reports that an eight year old boy broke both his arms while playing on a new play park ride near his home in Wishaw.

Greenock man Stephen Anderson never expected that when he tried the Jump4Fun’s bungee run that he would break four toes and his foot in ten places and have to take three months off work.

The 28 year old, who needed emergency surgery after the incident, was running along the inflatable run with a bungee around his waist when the plate holding the cord in place came loose and hit him on the foot.  According to reports in today’s Daily Record, medics said that Stephen could have been killed if the plate had hit his head. 

Scotland’s leading personal injury firm and campaigners for better health and safety in the workplace, Thompsons Solicitors, has welcomed figures which show a reduction in the number of oil and gas leaks on offshore installations.  However they stressed that more needs to be done to make rigs safer.  

Leading Scottish personal injury firm and health and safety campaigners Thompsons Solicitors has joined a Scottish former bricklayer’s calls for compensation to be given to workers who were blacklisted by employers for standing up for workplace safety.

An inquiry into health and safety in Scotland by The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has been welcomed by Thompsons Solicitors. Frank Maguire, Thompsons Senior Partner said: “The Health and Safety Executive plays a vital role in trying to ensure that employers comply with rules and regulations designed to make workplaces safe.

A roofer in the Greater Manchester area has appeared in court after being seen working on roofs with no safety equipment to prevent him and his staff falling.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Mark McKernan. Both he and his employees were seen working on two houses with no safety equipment to secure them to the roof and prevent any fall to the ground. An HSE inspector also witnessed slates being thrown from the roof into a skip below, near busy pedestrian paths.
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