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Asbestos victim denied compensation

A cancer patient has been given ‘enormous sympathy’ but no compensation for her cancer caused by asbestos expose in her workplace in the 1970s. 58-year-old Marie McGregor was 15 when she worked in Lewis’s Department Store in Liverpool. She had been employed by the British Shoe Corporation (BSC) which managed a concession there. 

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West Country most dangerous place to work

New figures have revealed that the West Country is the most dangerous place to work in Britain.  A report has found that over 6,500 people were injured and 12 people died while working in the South West of England between 2012 and 2013 – a figure higher than anywhere else in the UK.

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Council paid out £150,000 compensation in last five years

Recently released figures have revealed that Thanet Council has paid out around £150,000 in compensation to injury claimants in the past five years alone.  The figures were attained as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request made by the Gazette newspaper, finding that a total of 70 claims had been made against the council in the last five years.  In only the past year, a total of 13 claims were made, with a total of £28,298 being paid-out 

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Call for improved safety for rail workers

Ten years after an accident that took the lives of four men working on a railway line, a rail union has called for the safety measures of workers to be improved. The Rail, Maritime & Transport (RMT) said that not enough improvements have been made to protect workers following the accident that happened a decade ago, and that action must be taken now to prevent the accident from repeating itself. The men were killed by a runaway 16-tonne wagon on the West Coast Main Line at Tebay.

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Redbridge council sees highest payouts for accidents at school

New figures have revealed that Redbridge Council has paid out almost £100,000 in compensation to people involved in accidents at school.  Out of all of London’s 32 boroughs, Redbridge Council sees the 5th highest amount of payouts, with neighbouring Waltham Forest compensating as little as half of Redbridge Council, with only a third of the claims.  The figures showed that over the last five years, the council has received 61 personal injury claims that relate to children, staff, parents, visitors and contractors.

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Pharmaceutical firms fined £120,000

Two pharmaceutical companies have been fined £120,000 after harmful chemicals leaked causing many staff to fall seriously ill. Archimica Chemicals and Euticals, both of which have recently gone bust, both admitted to health and safety breaches following the incident.  Archimica Chemicals admitted to six charges, while Euticals admitted to two.

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Life on medication for Hereford metal worker

Steven Bond-Lewis will spend the rest of his life on medication following a serious accident at his workplace.  The metal worker from Hereford was crushed by falling machinery containing molten metal, leaving him with such severe organ damage that he expects to live the rest of his life on medication.

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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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