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Council pays out to injured boy

Hull City Council is to pay compensation to a five-year-old boy after he tripped and fell on an unsafe drain.  Jayden Willby, from east Hull, suffered injuries after tripping on an unsafe drain nearby his home last November.  The drain was highlighted as a hazard to the council on the day of Jayden’s injury, but nothing was done to mend it. Five months later, Jayden’s mum, Candice Gilchrist, decided to take action, arguing that children frequently walk to school on that road.

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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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Bromley and Hackney have safest schools in London

With London’s schools having paid out over £1,609,000 to injured children in the last five years, figures have uncovered Bromley and Hackney to have the safest schools in the city. Health and safety experts ‘Employment Law Advisory Service’ (ELAS) released the figures through a ‘Freedom of Information’ request, showing that over 1,010 personal injury claims were made against the city’s schools since September 2008.  

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OAP wins Starbucks payout

An OAP that slipped on the floor in a Midland branch of Starbucks coffee house has won a four-figure payout from the multinational chain.  Seventy-one-year-old Rosemarie Duggan from Perry Bar had been at the chain’s Bescot Retail Park outlet in Walsall when she slipped on the ‘greasy’ floor.  Mrs Duggan suffered a torn hamstring in the fall, despite other customers already having complained about the dangers of the floor condition.

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Go-kart firm fined following girl’s death

The company responsible for the recent death of 18-year-old Suzanne Cornwell has been fined £10,000 for breaching health and safety laws.  When Miss Cornwell’s scarf became tangled in her go-kart in December 2009, she suffered “critical” neck injuries and was unconscious when paramedics arrived at the Cambridgeshire raceway.

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Worst street in country for potholes identified

A street in Leeds has been labeled the worst stretch of road for potholes in the country after more than £500,000 in compensation has gone out to those that have sustained injuries on it.  Kings Lane was found to be the worst street after a YEP, Yorkshire Evening Post, investigation uncovered the fact that Leeds City Council bosses have had to payout a total of £526,449 to personal injury claimants over the last four financial years.

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Council fined for elderly’s fall

An 82-year-old dementia sufferer has sustained severe cuts and bruises after falling into an open sewer at her care home in Doncaster. The council has been fined over £7,000 for leaving the 2 meter-deep manhole unguarded at Oldfield House in Stainforth. 

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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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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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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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