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Category Archive: Health And Safety

Statistics show Great British roads see significant safety improvements

New statistics have shown that Brits are significantly less likely to be involved in a road traffic accident personal injury claim than they used to be. Post Office Motor Insurance’s Safety on Wheels report found that the number of motor vehicle accidents in Great Britain plummeted by 36% between 2001 and 2011. The largest declines in road traffic accidents were seen in the North West, where rates fell by 47%. This was followed by the West Midlands, which experienced a 44% fall in the number of motor vehicle accidents. The risk of personal injury claims when on the road fell the least in the South East, with the number of […]

London And Paris Mayors Meet Up To Discuss Cyclist Safety

Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë is working alongside Mayor of London Boris Johnson to improve cyclist health and safety measures and other cyclist provisions in their respective cities. At a meeting on January 9th at City Hall, the mayors discussed the challenges of providing improved cyclist infrastructure and the challenges involved in improving road safety measures. This meeting follows discussions in March 2013, when Mr Johnson and Mr Delanoë met in Paris to talk about pollution reduction measures, the diversification of public transport, and electric car schemes. As well as discussing cyclist health and safety in the most recent meeting, the mayors also talked about how Paris and London can […]

Oxfordshire County Council Issues Winter Road Safety Advice

Drivers must take additional care during the winter months, Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service’s Road Safety Team has said. This will involve ensuring all vehicle windows are properly demisted and that vehicles have a torch and ice-scraper on board. Drivers should also allow extra time for their journeys so they do not make mistakes while feeling rushed, as this could create health and safety hazards. If visibility is less than 100m, people should use fog lamps. All mirrors and lights should be properly cleared of ice before journeys begin if drivers are to avoid road traffic accident claims. Cold mornings could see ice settle on the roads, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Health And Safety Lax In The Construction Sector?

With the construction sector consistently seeing a high number of accidents at work compensation claims, our personal injury solicitors are concerned by reports from the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) that show the region of Kent has seen a dramatic increase in the number of deaths caused by construction workplace accidents. In 2011 to 2012, there was just one construction sector death in Kent, but in 2012 to 2013, this figure rose to four. This is particularly disturbing, as across the whole of the South East, there were only five construction deaths over the year. Furthermore, the number of fatal workplace accidents the construction sector sees dec;lined […]