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.

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A recent report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted the dangers of using quad bikes, or All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on Scotland's farms.

The HSE carried out an intensive inspection and found that almost two thirds were not using the vehicles in a safe manner. They issued 10 improvement notices for a lack of head protection, one for poor vehicle maintenance and 25 for using ATVs without appropriate training.

Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, there is a legal requirement for employers to provide adequate training, and to ensure that only employees who have received appropriate training are permitted to ride quad bikes.

There have been three reported fatalities involving ATVs in agricultural use between 2004 – 2009. On average, two people die and over 1,000 are injured in ATV accidents each year.

Many serious injuries or deaths could be avoided by simple routine maintenance inspections, or by following simple safety guidelines such as wearing a helmet, according to Scott Walker, Policy Director for NFU Scotland. He commented: “While existing employees may be well skilled in their use, refresher courses never go amiss and it is essential that any new employee is suitably trained before being let loose on the road."

If you have suffered personal injuries due to lack of training or unsafe work equipment, contact our specialist accident compensation lawyers on 0800 0891331 and we will advise you on the first steps towards receiving the compensation you deserve on a No Win No Fee basis. 

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