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

Thompsons was involved in helping this lady after she was exposed to carbon monoxide gas. The problem started when a new boiler was installed in her home near Falkirk last year. The initial installation went well but  after getting some work done to her exterior walls of her house things started to go wrong. The firm employed to repair the walls had also damaged the gas flu that allows the boiler to properly function and this meant that all gasses were not being properly removed from the house.

The Health & Safety Executive are continuing with an initiative to send their Inspectors to visit building sites across the UK.  The purpose of the initiative is to crack down on dangerous practices that go on within the construction industry. 

Each year, there are injuries and deaths which are completely avoidable.  During 2008/09 53 workers lost their life on constructions sites and 11,264 were injured in the UK alone.  The initiative will focus on refurbishment works or roofing work.  Employers will have to be on guard as the Health & Safety Inspectors' visits will be unsolicited. 

Dundee Leisure who run the pool where schoolboy Luke Hutton, died in September 2007 have been fiend £40,000 for Health and Safety breaches.

The 7 year old drowned at the Olympia Leisure Centre in Dundee.  His body was found in a section of the water which had been covered for the night, after he had been reported missing.

Construction company Laing O’Rourke and construction equipment supplier SGB Services have been fined £105,000 after an accident at Heathrow Airport in 2005 left one man dead and another seriously injured.

The accident happened when a concrete slab collapsed despite an earlier recall of defective equipment.

Thompsons Personal Injury Solicitors are experts in claiming compensation for clients injured by accidents caused by lackadaisical Health and Safety practices by employers. 

The law governing this area is the Health and Safety at Work  Act 1974, together with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
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