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Archive: Jan 2014

ACPO Data Reveals Fall In The Number Of Festive Drink Drivers

Many people had been concerned that the Christmas period would see a huge number of drink and drug drivers. When the festive season rolls around, people can find themselves getting more intoxicated than they would normally allow themselves to get, and may get behind the wheel when in this condition. This poses an incredible and unacceptable health and safety risk, and can easily lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents. Fortunately, drivers seem to be becoming increasingly sensible, with drink-drive rates on an almost perpetual decline. Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) underline this point by revealing that despite a rise in the number of people tested, the […]

NHS Trust Provides Fall Prevention Advice

People should take steps to avoid becoming injured in a slip, trip or fall this winter, an NHS Trust has said. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust said a person’s likelihood of falling may increase with age due to factors including deteriorating strength and balance, arthritis, diabetes and eye problems. Winter poses its own slip, trip and fall hazards, including icy, wet and dark weather conditions. The Trust’s Falls Prevention Lead Jill Phipps said people who have had a fall should tell their GP, therapist or nurse, as these professionals will arrange for the patient to receive a falls assessment and will provide them with advice about what they can do […]

Should Self-Employed People Be Exempt From Health And Safety Laws?

The government first outlined its intention to exempt self-employed people from health and safety laws in 2013 as part of the Queen’s Speech. These exemptions would apply to all self-employed workers whose workplace activities have no potential of harming other people. Currently, self-employed people have duties under both the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Under these laws, self-employed people must ensure that they assess the risks their work poses to their own health and safety and the wellbeing of people they work with, and must put in sensible and appropriate control measures to control the risks […]

Newry Road Safety Measures Could Save Lives

New road safety measures in Newry could save the lives of motorists and pedestrians. The Newry Times reported that these new crossings will be located on the Windsor Avenue / Belfast Road junction and the Church Avenue / Downshire Road junction. Speaking to the publication, Sinn Féin Newry Councillor Charlie Casey explained the two new crossing points should make the roads in the city safer. He said he is “delighted” to hear the road safety improvements will be carried out, noting both crossings are on the main arterial routes to the town centre, with these roads seeing high traffic volumes every day. Mr Casey added that he hopes the crossings […]

How To Avoid Slips, Trips And Falls On Icy Pavements

With freezing temperatures gripping the UK, and with the threat of frost and snow looming, pedestrians trying to get around should note that icy wintry conditions pose a health and safety hazard. Clearwater Solicitors, a personal injury law firm, are reminding people that they should take care when out and about and have offered tips for how people can keep safe on icy or snowy ground. Although the risk of slippery floors might not seem significant, a huge number of personal injury claims are caused by slips, trips and falls, and the consequences of these injuries can be devastating. Some people suffer broken bones and fractures, while others may sustain […]

Top Surgeon Suspended After Allegedly Branding Initials On Patient's Liver

A surgeon is allegedly being investigated after apparently branding the liver of a patient with his initials. The investigation against 48-year-old Simon Bramhall, a Queen Elizabeth Hospital consultant, began after a colleague claimed to have seen ‘S B’ on the transplant patient’s liver during a follow-up procedure. According to the Daily Mail, Mr Bramhall is said to have used argon gas to brand the patient. This gas is not normally harmful and is used to seal vessels. Patient Concern founder Joyce Robbins said the victim was a patient rather than an “autograph book”. Mr Bramhall, who has reportedly conducted hundreds of organ transplants, has been suspended while investigation takes place. […]

How To Claim Compensation With Clearwater Solicitors

If you’ve been injured in an accident that you were not to blame for, then speak with Clearwater Solicitors today to find out more about making a claim for compensation. We are a Lexcel-accredited law firm, which means we meet the highest possible standards for practice management, so you can rest assured your case is in good hands with us. We specialise in the field of personal injury law. We strongly believe that people who have been injured in accidents they were not to blame for should have the right to receive compensation for their pain, suffering, loss of amenity and financial losses, and will strive to ensure that you […]

Milton Keynes Council sees fall in number of pothole compensation claims

The number of pothole accident claims and reports of problem potholes received by Milton Keynes Council has fallen. The Milton Keynes Citizen reports that during December 2013, the council received the lowest number of compensation claims for potholes and slips and trips on the highway since 2006. It said that these improvements are due to its pavement and road repair initiative, with the local authority investing £50 million into roads and pavements. Furthermore, the council said in August that it would be speeding up roadway improvements and repairs to ensure the streets were ready for the winter. It put 14 of its repair crews on the streets for six weeks, […]

Clearwater Solicitors Call For Transparent Car Insurance Market

There are a lot of downwards pressures on car insurance premiums at the moment. Government measures are seeing the number of whiplash injury claims decline, while the Competition Commission’s investigation into motor insurance and the Association of British Insurers’ response to it has encouraged insurers to drop some of the business practices that cost consumers unnecessary money and ramp up the cost of road traffic accident claims. As a result, the AA Insurance Premium Index found that average annual comprehensive car insurance quote in January was £533, or 4.6% lower than in the previous quarter. Consumers might think that these measures would see the cost of car insurance premiums undergo […]

Farming Partnership Fined After Worker Seriously Injured In Fall

A farming partnership from Suffolk was fined on January 21st after one of its workers fell from height and was seriously injured. The unnamed Woodbridge resident, who was 67, was hospitalised for nine days and unable to work for four months after being injured while working for Manns Potatoes Partnership on November 5th 2012. They were working at Stangrove Hall Farm and had been asked to pick up some seed potatoes with a colleague. To access the potatoes from a six-metre high stack of boxes, the employee stood in a potato box that had been balanced on a forklift truck’s forks, with the forks then being lifted. While the forks […]