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Death in the Lake District provokes warning for swimmers

After the recent death of 21-year-old Matthew Joseph, a warning has been issued regarding the dangers of open-water swimming.  Cumbria’s Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) pleads that swimmers avoid swimming in reservoirs, rivers and lakes.

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£150,000 injury compensation paid out to Gloucestershire pupils

It has been recognised that over the last five years, more than £150,000 in injury compensation has been paid out to school pupils across Gloucestershire.  With the largest payout standing at £18,000, the council has been forced to look into the underlying cause of such payments.

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Cyclists raise funds for counties’ air ambulance service

A sponsored cycle, optional 100 miles or 100km, took place yesterday with the hope to raise money for Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex’s air ambulance service.  Around 100 cyclists will be riding through these counties, hoping to raise more money than the £9,000 raised last year.  The Double 100 Cycle Challenge - the registration of which closed on Friday - was launched in 2012 to help improve the air ambulance service that operates across Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex. 

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Leading cheese company fined following tractor death

 

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Dozens trapped on thrill ride

Around forty people had to be rescued from one of Chessington World of Adventures’ biggest rides yesterday after its electrics failed.  Suspended at 20ft, emergency services reached the theme park an hour after the ride’s breakdown – during which both adults and children were suspended in the air. 

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Bed blocking causes pressure increase in hospitals

It has recently been noted, by the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, that ‘bed blocking’ is becoming an increasing issue across the trusts’ three hospitals - resulting in additional pressure on the hospitals’ circulation. 

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Pilot scheme for motoring offences needs change

Following a pilot scheme in nine areas, traffic courts are to be opened in England and Wales to allow effective prosecution for minor motoring offences. 

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Risk assessments do make a difference

A Portsmouth steel manufacturer was sentenced earlier this week, after one of its workers suffered life-changing injuries when he was hit by a falling 1.4 tonne steel beam.

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Company fined for worker's injuries

A self-employed roofer has been fined after an employee suffered major injuries falling through a skylight at a Nuneaton industrial estate.

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A quarter of construction sites fail safety inspections

Inspectors for the Health and Safety Exective recently carried out a month-long exercise to improve standards in the construction industry - one of the most dangerous industries in Britain.

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London firm in court for worker's injury

A London-based chemicals company has been prosecuted after a worker was run over by a forklift truck and had to have part of his leg amputated.

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Never events in Plymouth hospitals

Plymouth NHS Trust has recently published a statement in which it reports five never events have taken place in its hospitals since November 2012.

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Workman fined for friend's fall through roof

A self-employed maintenance worker has been fined after a friend, who was helping him on a job, fell through the roof of a disused factory.

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TUC updates its guide to workplace safety

The TUC has published an updated version of its guide to workplace safety, entitled ‘Hazards at Work’.

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Fatal accident in warehouse

Employers are failing to effectively manage the risks facing workers in the storage, warehousing and road haulage sector, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

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Firm fined after pedestrian is struck by falling masonry

A Portsmouth firm has been fined for safety failings after a member of the public was struck by masonry during unsafe overhead work in Surrey.

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Network Rail found guilty following fatal accident

Network Rail and one of its employees have been found guilty of breaching Health and Safety at Work regulations following the death of a woman at a level crossing in Herefordshire.

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Blueprint to improve safety in the waste industry

A blueprint for addressing the terrible toll of death, injury and ill health in the waste and recycling industry is to be published following a landmark summit.

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Action needed to deliver step-change in cycle safety

An independent review has looked at how cycle safety is considered within the design and operation of construction vehicles within the construction industry.

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Young drivers at risk

Much has been written about the dangers created by young drivers on the roads, both to themselves and to other road users.

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