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Although there have been a number of health and safety initiatives to reduce the number of accidents in the UK, each year millions of people are injured through no fault of their own. Workplace acciden, injuries through road traffic accidents and other accidents are all exceptionally common.

If you have been injured in such an accident, our team of personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Making a personal injury claim can be exceptionally difficult, however, our team of expert solicitors will make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. Get in touch with our team today to find out how you can make a claim.

What do I need to make a Personal Injury Claim?

In order to make a personal injury claim it is important to have as much evidence as possible to support your claim this can include evidence such as a medical report, witness statements, any details about your accident and even proof of the accident either from a police report or accident report book can be beneficial when making a personal injury claim.

Our team will be able to inform you of exactly what you need to make a personal injury claim.

What could your claim be worth?

It is difficult to know exactly what your personal injury claim could be worth. There are many reasons for this. When making a personal injury claim it is possible to claim for loss of incomes if your accident left you unable to work, it is also possible to obtain compensation for damage to property and medical costs. As such, it 's hard to give an accurate assessment of what your claim is worth.

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact our team of personal injury lawyers today using our online contact form.

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Former police officers and some road traffic campaigners have warned that a new 20mph zone in Glasgow could lead to an increased number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians and children.

The 20mph zone was introduced in some areas of the city centre earlier this year and was praised by road traffic campaigners and safety officials, however, a group has criticised the new speed limit stating that fatalities may occur due to the lower speed limit. The criticism comes after some safety campaigners said that children would be dragged under the vehicle if the car was travelling at 20mph rather than being thrown onto the bonnet or the ground.

The criticism of the new 20mph policy was down to the fact that at lower speeds pedestrians and others struck by vehicles are pushed under the vehicle.

20mph Zones “Safer for all.”

Despite the criticism of the new 20mph zone, safety officers and Glasgow City Council insisted that the new speed limit was beneficial to all and could prevent many road traffic accidents. RoSPA head of road safety Kevin Clinton said: “The point of 20mph speed limits is they reduce the risk of children being hit by a car in the first place. If any impacts do occur, they have less severe consequences.

“Pedestrians following the Green Cross Code and reduced speed limits are important to protect road users.”

Glasgow City Council said speed surveys will be carried out to assess the impact of the changes and they denied the ineffectiveness of 20mph zones. In a statement they said: “No research, as far as we are aware, has ever concluded that a child is more likely to go under a vehicle if it’s being driven more slowly.”

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If you have been injured in a road traffic accident or suffered an injury through no fault of your own, contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers today using our online contact form to find out if you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

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There has been a 50% drop in the number of safety visits to construction sites in Scotland in the last year, leading to concerns about the number of workers who could suffer serious injuries.

In the UK alone, construction injuries are one of the most common workplace accidents with thousands of employees seriously injured as a result. However, according to figures, the UK government have drastically cut the number of inspections in Scotland and other areas of the country.

Scotland had a cut of almost 50% with England having a cut in the number of inspections by less than 5%.

"Signifiant Reduction" in Random Safety Checks

In 2012/13 there were 1248 proactive inspections carried out by the Executive, however, recent data showed that this had fallen to 552 - a 55.7% reduction.

The number of inspections that resulted in enforcement action against employers also fell from 156 to 108. In 2012/13.

Professor Andrew Watterson, who is part of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group at Stirling University, said: “For employees in the construction industry, even the person in the street knows they face major work safety as well occupational-ill health dangers. It is therefore deeply disappointing to see the numbers of pro-active inspections of construction sites by HSE in Scotland cut so dramatically between 2011 and 2015.”

He added: “ HSE increasingly looks and sounds like a toothless tiger – a lot of noise and increasingly little action”.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: “Construction is a sector HSE treats as a priority. HSE’s work with the industry follows a national plan, and we have teams of construction specialists across Great Britain.

“Inspection and enforcement, while important, are part of a much wider mix of approaches for improving health and safety standards in construction. Focusing solely on inspection numbers, therefore, gives an inaccurate picture and does not reflect all the work being carried out by others. In addition to inspection, HSE investigates accidents, cases of ill health, and concerns about unsafe construction activities.”

Making a Workplace Accident Claim: Contact Us

If you have been injured on a construction site or in your workplace through no fault of your own, our team of solicitors can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers using our online contact form.

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A new report has found that drivers from Glasgow are joint-first in being the most likely to be involved in a car accident when abroad.

A study, which questioned more than 1,500 drivers,  found that drivers from Plymouth and Glasgow were the most likely to be involved in an accident abroad, with two-thirds of drivers from both cities struggling to deal with the loss of orientation.

As well as finding that Glasgow drivers were likely to cause road traffic accidents, the study also revealed that around half of drivers from Scotland’s largest city did not feel comfortable with the different road signs. The vast majority of all drivers from the UK admitted that they did not look up the Highway Code of the country they were visiting.

Study Findings Into Road Traffic Accidents Abroad

While some accidents were most likely to be caused by Glasgow drivers, 4 in every ten accidents were due to British drivers getting confused with driving on the right side of the road. 40% of accidents being caused either by driving on the wrong side of the road, or taking the wrong lane.

Alarmingly, drivers aged between the age of 24-34 were the most likely to be involved in such accidents, with more than 50% admitting to being confused between the different sides of the roads to drive on.

Accident Abroad: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Although some UK drivers were responsible for their accident and injury according to the study, sadly, many drivers are often injured abroad through no fault of their own. Just because an accident occurs outside of the UK does not mean that you cannot claim compensation.

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If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault or injured in a road traffic accident either in the UK or abroad, our team of personal injury experts can attempt to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact our team of personal injury solicitors today using our online contact form.

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A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after colliding with a bin lorry in a crash in a road traffic accident in Glasgow.

The incident occurred at 4:15pm on a Saturday, which led to emergency services treating the motorcycle driver at the scene. He was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for treatment.

In a case which highlights the danger of being a vulnerable road traffic, the bin lorry driver and two passengers on board were not injured with only the motorcyclist suffering major injuries.

Police Scotland are still carrying out inquiries into the incident to find out who was at fault for the incident.

Vulnerable Road Users: Danger of Serious Injury

The incident highlights the dangers of being a vulnerable road user, with cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users more likely to suffer from serious injuries in a road traffic accident that other road users.

This is due to the fact unlike cars and other vehicles, vulnerable road users do not have the same protection as such drivers. As well as this, larger vehicle drivers often do not see smaller, more vulnerable road users, especially at junctions, which can often lead to severe injuries.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

If you are involved in an accident and are seriously injured, regardless of whether you are a vulnerable road user or not, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. To make a personal injury claim, you must not have been at fault for your own injuries, and your accident must have been caused by carelessness or negligence from another.

Making a personal injury claim can often be exceptionally complex, especially if no one admits liability for the accident. By enlisting the help of our team of solicitors, you can ensure that you are getting the best legal advice and representation to get the compensation you deserve. Contact our team of expert lawyers today using our online contact form.

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A landmark case has seen the Supreme Court uphold a personal injury claim after a care worker was left injured when she slipped on ice on her way to the home of a terminally ill woman.

The ruling could have a severe impact on employers as the case involved a woman obtaining an injury when on her way to work. Miss Kennedy seriously injured her wrist after a slip on icy conditions with the Supreme Court ruling that her company, Cordia, was duty-bound to provide equipment to staff if they could not control the risk of slipping on ice.

They employers of Miss Kennedy had carried out a risk assessment and identified the risk of slips or falls as “tolerable.” According to the most recent risk assessment the company had not considered the risk of injury in inclement weather with no mention of providing staff with protective equipment, such as non-slip attachments for footwear.

According to the Supreme Court, Miss Kennedy was injured as a result of being exposed to a risk against which she should have been protected by the provision of personal protective equipment, and her employers should have adequately dealt with the dangers.

The case, which is seen by many as a landmark case, highlights the importance of risk assessment and could be exceptionally beneficial to employees who believe that their employers are not taking the necessary steps to protect them either on their way to work or when working.

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If you have been injured in an accident in the workplace that occurred through no fault of your own either in the workplace or on your way to work, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Contact us today using our online contact form or call our team of personal injury experts.

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A film production company and a subsidiary of Disney has been charged with a number of health and safety breaches which led to Harrison Ford breaking his leg when filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Representatives from Foodles Production (UK) will appear in court in May to face four charges after the incident which saw the actor, Harrison Ford, airlifted to hospital following a broken leg. The actor, who was 71-years-old at the time was struck by a heavy hydraulic door when filming and required surgery and rehabilitation.

The incident demonstrates the dangers that can occur in any workplace regardless of employment and the dangers that can arise if an employer fails in their duty of care.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: "The HSE has today informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over four alleged breaches of health and safety law.

"The charges relate to an incident during the filming of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which left Harrison Ford with serious injuries after he was hit by a heavy hydraulic door.

"By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers - this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.

"We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court."

Injured in a Workplace Accident? Contact Us

The matter regarding Harrison Ford demonstrates how regardless of status an accident in the workplace can occur due to failure in duty of care in any line of work. To find out if you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim, contact our team of expert personal injury lawyers today using our online contact form.

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Last year, 142 workers were killed in accidents at work. The majority of these cases were in industries such as construction, building and manufacturing. These industries are especially dangerous due to the heavy machinery such as lorries and forklift trucks that are often used. Workers in these fields may be required to work on scaffolding or climb ladders.

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A recent report has revealed that Glasgow city council paid out more than £1.4 million in compensation in the past four years.

The information, which was obtained by a Freedom of Information request was only made available after a fee had been paid to the council to disclose the information.

The council receives, on average, 50 compensation claims a month regarding potholes, with two-thirds of all claims being personal injury claims as a result of potholes or accidents caused by issues with the road.

Two of the biggest cases resulted in £35,000 payouts for injuries suffered as a result of potholes.In total, over £960,000 were paid out as a result of personal injury claims.

The documents revealed that Glasgow Council received an astonishing 33,340 complaints about potholes in the last four years, an average of almost 23 a day.

They agreed to pay compensation in 2,504 cases (7.5%) giving an average between 2012 and 2015 of 52 a month.

Compensation Following Damage to Property

The highest claim for vehicle damage paid out was £2,447 and the lowest just £12.The council also paid out close to £15,000 in compensation following damage to vehicles.

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “The council has invested £75m over the last six years repairing the city’s roads network, and this has significantly reduced the number of claims received and the number of claims which are successful.

“The positive trend in the reduction of weekly potholes reported by the public over the last three years is reflected in the number of claims received and the number of pay outs over this period.”

As well as compensation following injuries, the council also paid out close to £15,000 in compensation following damage to vehicles.

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own, or if you have suffered a serious injury based on the conditions of the road or in a road traffic accident, contact our team today.

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Thousands of people are injured each year in the workplace with many more suffering illnesses later in life as a result of exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances in their place of work.

Asbestos related illnesses and industrial illnesses can take between 10-40 years to develop but can have a lasting effect on your quality of life. Your employer has a duty of care to protect you and your fellow employees, however, if they fail to do this then you could be entitled to take legal action.

Exposure to asbestos or other dangerous substances can occur if you have worked in a building that had asbestos with industrial illnesses being exceptionally common for those working in the construction industry. Exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma, asbestosis and even lung cancer.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

Normally, when making a personal injury claim, there are strict time limits when you can make a claim within. However, with asbestos-related illnesses, you can take legal action three years from the diagnosis of the illness.

While you can make a claim if you suffer a workplace illness as a result of exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace, it is also possible to make such a claim if a loved one has been diagnosed with such a disease. To make a claim, you will need to have as much evidence as possible to support your claim including a medical report, proof of employment in a certain location and some proof that you were exposed to dangerous chemicals. This can be done through witness statements and even similar cases.

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To make a personal injury claim following a workplace accident or to take legal action following an industrial illness, contact us today using our online contact form.

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Around £290,000 was given to teachers who had been injured in the workplace in the last year according to a new study carried out by the-the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS).

According to the figures collected by the organisation, one teacher alone was offered £150,000 after slipping on ice outside of a school. Slips, trips and falls were the most common type of injury with the vast majority a result of dangerous, uneven or slippery surfaces. Other common injuries were due to objects falling onto teachers, with one being injured by a window falling inwards.

The vast majority of cases were settled outside of court through settlement agreements.

Accidents in the Workplace: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Larry Flanagan, the EIS general secretary, said:“Teachers and lecturers are entitled to safe workplaces and the evidence over this year is a worrying testimony to a lack of diligence by employers.”

An employer has a duty of care to you and all members of staff to make sure that you are working in safe, hazard-free conditions with proper safety equipment and protection. A failure in this duty can result in your employer being responsible for your injuries or liable for any accident you have.

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If you have been injured through no fault of your own in the workplace as a result of negligence, or if your employer failed in their duty of care, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. To find out how to begin making a personal injury claim, contact us today using our online contact form.

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A number of personal injury claims following accidents in the workplace come from high-risk areas of employment such as the construction industry or agriculture. However, while many do not believe that accidents are common in an office, there many hazards in an office that can result in serious injury.

Despite many initiatives to try and reduce the number of workplace accidents, there is still a substantial risk to employees who work in an office environment.

Common Accidents in Office Environments

When it comes to accidents in the office workspace, slips, trips and falls are without a doubt the most common. A slip, trip or fall often occurs as a result of negligence or the fault of another person. Accidents can occur through someone failing to clean up a spill, not moving a hazard out of the way or leaving a wet floor with no warning. Computer and laptop leads or printer wires are also an exceptionally common cause of office accidents. 

Another common type of accident is shocks and burns with electrical goods often causing accidents if they are poorly maintained or wet. Falling objects can also result in serious injury and are common in the modern day workplace with many offices attached to a warehouse. Poor office design and lack of storage can result in some objects being placed in dangerous storage spaces.  Such accidents often lead to serious head or neck injuries.

I’ve Been Involved in an Accident in the Workplace: Now What?

If you have been involved in an accident and are in discomfort as a result of the injuries sustained, it is vital that you seek medical assistance. Not only will this give you peace of mind by ensuring that all of your injuries are being monitored, but it will also ensure that you have obtained treatment and been given advice that will help you recover as quickly as possible. 

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Despite continued efforts to improve health and safety in the workplace, the vast majority of accidents still occur in workplaces or on the roads. Sadly, the construction industry remains one of the most dangerous workplaces with some injuries being exceptionally common.

In the last year, there were 35 fatal injuries to workers in construction, 22% lower than the five year average. However, workplace accidents on construction sites are still exceptionally common. We take a look at some of the most common injuries and what you can do if you are involved in such an accident.

Common Types of Accidents: Construction Sites

Falls from height remain one of the most common injury types. Naturally construction workers need to work at great heights, however, a number of employers fail to provide proper safety equipment resulting in serious injury.

Slips and falls are also exceptionally common due to the nature of the industry. However, with many hazards on a construction site, there are a number of factors that could result in injury from a slip, trip or fall.

Misuse of equipment can also play a factor in workers obtaining injuries with many workers failing to have proper health and safety equipment or proper training when using machinery resulting in an injury.

Personal Injury Experts Glasgow: Contact Us

Regardless of your injury or if it occurred on a construction site, our team of personal injury lawyers can help. An employer has a duty of care to all employers to make sure they are trained and have the proper health and safety procedures in place to ensure safety in the workplace. If you are injured in the workplace as a result of negligence or a failure in duty of care, contact us today using our online contact form.

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Police Scotland have revealed that there were more than 2000 serious breaches of road traffic safety despite efforts to reduce poor practices during Road Safety Week.

During Brake’s Road Safety Week 2000 offences were detected with more than half of all offences involving speeding. In total officers detected more than 940 speeding offences with speed cameras detecting a further 700 across the country.

Despite the numerous efforts in the last few years to reduce the number of mobile phone offences with in-car calls and hand-free sets, there were still a significant number of mobile phone offences. In total, more than 140 motorists were detected for mobile phone offences with 121 being charged for breaching the law over seatbelt legislation. Worryingly the figures came despite Police Scotland warning that there would be more police monitoring road users.

Superintendent Fraser Candlish, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, stated that the police were disappointed in the findings and warned that with dangerous conditions expected in December, more accidents could occur. He said: “I am disappointed that so many drivers chose to ignore these warnings and were prepared to risk themselves and other road users, with the result that hundreds of drivers now face a range of sanctions from receiving corrective advice, to the issue of fixed penalties or being reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Several of these drivers, particularly those detected for Dangerous Driving, are more than likely to be appearing in court facing penalties which could very well see them banned from the road, with the consequence of, in some cases, losing their livelihood and possibly their liberty.

Road Traffic Accidents: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Alarmingly, the figures from Police Scotland showed that the most common offence on the roads was speeding which can lead to some of the most serious incidents on the road.

If you are involved in a road traffic accident through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Road traffic accidents can cause serious damage due to the nature of the accidents, often at high speeds. Suffering a road traffic accident could result in a serious head injury, broken or loss of limbs, brain damage, severe lacerations or even death, If you are involved in a road traffic accident,  our team of solicitors will be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. However, our team will require some evidence to support your claim.

Evidence Required to make a Personal Injury Claim

To make a personal injury claim, it is imperative to have as much evidence as possible to build the strongest possible case. Our team of solicitors will require basic evidence about the incident such as where, when and how the accident occurred. We will also require further details about your injury such as the full extent of your injury, the rehabilitation time and any medical reports to back up your claim.

It is possible to claim for more than just your injuries as you can make a claim for any damage to property, medical costs and loss of income if you were unable to work as a result of your injuries.

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To find out if you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim or if you wish to speak to our team of expert solicitors regarding beginning your claim, contact us today using our online contact form.

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A Glasgow-based cycling charity has called for strict analysis of cyclist accident locations to properly protect cyclists in the city.

CTC Glasgow has urged the Council to make 20mph speed limits the standard speed limit in many areas of Greater Glasgow. The organisation has also called for the Council to pay particular attention to arterial roads and roundabouts that are shown to have significantly higher than average numbers of pedestrian and cycle casualties.

By having an in-depth analysis of where accidents occur, the charity believes that more accidents could be prevented. While the city centre of Glasgow is expected to introduce 20mph zones in the near future, it is hoped that the success of such a policy could lead to a reduction in the number of cycling accidents.

Cycling Accidents Glasgow: Making a Personal Injury Claim

Roundabouts on dual carriageways were the most common locations in Glasgow to have a cycling accident, with Auldhouse roundabout being the most likely spot for a collision for a cyclist.

If you have been injured when cycling and the injury occurred through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. It is likely that if you are in a collision and are a vulnerable road user you will have sustained an injury. While you can claim compensation for your injury, it is also possible to claim for any damage to property, rehabilitation costs and damages for loss of earnings.

To make a personal injury claim, it is vital that you have as much evidence as possible; however, our team of experts will inform you of exactly what is required when you begin your claim.

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If you wish to get your claim underway or speak to one of our expert solicitors regarding your claim, get in touch today by using our online contact form.

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A self-employed roofer has been sentenced for failing to employ proper health and safety guidelines that led to a worker falling from the roof of a house and suffering severe injuries.

As a result of the injuries, Brian Honeyman will reside in a care home for the rest of his life after the 50-year-old suffered serious head and spinal injuries. Mr Honeyman had been helping Adam Menzies, a self-employed roofer from Falkirk to help with the job in 2012 before he fell off the roof suffering severe injuries.

A subsequent investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, Mr Menzies was charged by the Crown Office for the Procurator Fiscal Service over safety offences. The investigation had found that Mr Menzies had failed to properly plan the work and failed to supervise the job properly. He also failed to arrange provision of scaffolding or other means to prevent a fall.

Despite pleading not guilty to the offences, Mr Menzies was found guilty and fined £8,000. Speaking after the hearing, HSE principal inspector Isabelle Martin said: “Adam Menzies failed to provide a suitable scaffold that would have protected against this fall from height.

“This disregard for basic safety precautions has resulted in Brian Honeyman suffering horrific injuries from which he will never recover. Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries. There must always be fall protection when carrying out roof work, no matter how big or small the job that’s being done.”

Construction and Manual Labour Injuries Glasgow

Despite recent efforts to improve health and safety for those working in the construction industry or for skilled roofers and other workers, accidents in the workplace are still exceptionally common. Due to the hostile nature of some work environments (at great heights or in dangerous situations) serious injuries are exceptionally common in such fields. Therefore, it is vital that the proper health and safety protections are in place to prevent needless and serious accidents.

An employer has a duty of care to all employees and must ensure you and other members of staff are safe. Sadly, a number of workers are injured each year with employers failing in their duty of care. Regardless of the extent of your injury, if you were injured through no fault of your own or a health and safety failing, you could be entitled to take legal action. Many people believe that they are unable to take legal action against their employer or they risk losing their job. However, this is not the case as if you are threatened by an employer about taking legal action you could launch an unfair dismissal claim.

Accident in the Workplace: Contact Us

If you have been injured in the workplace as a result of negligence or due to health and safety failings in the workplace, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Contact our team of expert solicitors today to find out if you could make a claim using our online contact form.

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A new guide has been published by the construction industry in an attempt to reduce the number of workplace accidents and improve health and safety in the sector.

Despite the efforts of the Health and Safety Executive and other bodies, construction remains one of the most common professional sectors to have occupational deaths that occur as a result of construction accidents and illnesses.

During the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) construction inspection initiative officers issues more than 200 warnings to construction sites and firms, and it is hoped that the new rules will be abided by and help prevent the number of workplace accidents.

New Health and Safety Guide: Construction Sites UK

The new health and safety guide comes from the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) Health Risks Working Group and formatted with the assistance of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Practical health guidance and risks in the workplace are all discussed in the guide in an attempt to reduce the injuries in the sector.

Currently in the UK 100 people die from construction-related ill health in the UK. Less than half of construction workers also stay employed in the industry until they are 60. Experts have warned that despite the improving conditions of many construction sites too many are continuing to avoid improving health and safety, often belittling the efforts of health and safety organisations.

Making an Accident at Work Claim Glasgow

If you have been involved in an accident in the workplace and require the services of one of our personal injury lawyers, contact us today using our online contact form.

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A packaging and printing company based in Glasgow have been fined £40,000 after a worker was severely injured his hand when using machinery.

The long-term employee suffered horrific injuries after his right hand was pulled into an embossing and foiling machine he was working on. The Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the worker had been attempting to prevent the machine from jamming but could not prevent his hand from being drawn into the machine.

As a result of the injury the worker suffered severe lacerations to his hand and was taken to his hospital after his tendons on his right hand were exposed. The worker also suffered several fractures and severe cuts on his fingers with the damage meaning that he is unable to properly extend three fingers on his right hand.

HSE Investigation

The incident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive and their investigation found that there were inadequate safety procedures in place for workers using the machine in question. Inspectors for the HSE found that had the machine had the necessary guard fitted that would have prevented this accident from taking place.

Alarmingly the incident was reported to the HSE in 2011. However, the full extent of the injury and the health and safety failings on behalf of the company were only revealed after an unconnected visit two years later. However, after the discovery a full investigation was carried out, and the HSE subsequently submitted its report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The company admitted liability to failing to protect workers properly and was fined £40,000.

Personal Injury Claims: Accidents in the Workplace

Suffering an injury in any capacity is difficult, however, it can be even more so if the incident occurred through no fault of your own. Employers have a duty of care to protect workers and to ensure that the correct health and safety procedures are in place and that workers are safe in their environment. Although this is expected many workplaces fail to protect workers resulting in accidents in the workplace. If you were injured as a result of a failure in duty of care or negligence on the part of your employers, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim.

Making a Personal Injury Claim

It can be difficult and stressful in general to make a personal injury claim against someone you do not know, therefore we understand just how difficult it can be to make a claim against your employer. However, regardless of your relationship with your employer, if they were responsible for your injury you have the right to make a claim.

Our team of personal injury solicitors will be able to build the strongest possible case for you using details regarding your accident such as basic details of where, when and how your injuries were sustained. Our team may also require further evidence to support your claims such as the report of the accident in the accident claims report book, witness statements regarding the incident and even a medical report. Through using all of this information our team will be able to build the strongest claim for compensation.

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It is difficult to tell what your claim could be worth before examination of the evidence, however, upon enquiry our team of experts will be able to inform you of exactly what you need to make a claim and what your claim could be worth. To make a personal injury claim today following an accident in the workplace or any injury, contact us today using our online contact form.

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A recent study has revealed that there is no link between preventing head injuries and wearing a safety helmet when cycling.

Indeed, a new report failed to find a link between legislation that makes bicycle helmets mandatory and a drop in head injury rates. The study compared rates seen in five years in regions of Canada where helmets were mandatory and areas where they were not. Academics found that those who wore a helmet were just as likely to suffer a head injury as those who did not.

Head Injuries When Cycling

Many experts have criticised mandatory helmet laws stating that there is no correlation between head injuries and not wearing a helmet with experts stating that speed and the type of collision would have more effect on such injuries.

However, despite the findings, celebrities and professional cyclists were quick to question the survey with many stating that such protective gear had undoubtedly saved their lives. Due to the vulnerable nature of cycling on the roads, it is likely that many cyclists will be injured with head injuries being one of the most common types of injury.

Head Injuries: Claiming Compensation

If you have suffered a head injury, it is imperative that you seek medical advice to ensure that there is no serious damage as a result of your head knock. Seeking medical assistance can ensure that your injuries are monitored and that there is suitable evidence of your injury to use if making a personal injury claim.

Due to the serious nature of head injuries, such claims can be worth significantly more than other types of claims, however, as a result of this, it is imperative to have as much evidence as possible and use a solicitor to build the strongest possible claim.

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If you have suffered a head injury in an accident through no fault of your own or if you have suffered from any accident on the road, in the workplace or public, our team of personal injury lawyers can help. Contact us today using our online contact form.

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Three boys were injured last week in Liverpool by fireworks with the children receiving serious burns and injuries.

Sadly, it is unlikely that this will be the last injury this year relating to fireworks and some of the dangers that are likely to be faced by many of Bonfire Night. According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, every year, hundreds are hurt by fireworks, sparklers and other dangerous objects associated with the 5th November. On average 1000 people are injured each year by fireworks with the last survey reporting that 990 people were injured between October and November 5th.

Firework Injuries and Bonfire Night

Despite legislation being in place to reduce the number of firework accidents in the UK, there are still a number of serious accidents each year. Fireworks and sparklers can have a serious effect on those injured. The most typical types of injuries from fireworks are burns and scalding. However, inappropriate or unsafe use of fireworks can result in serious burns, scarring, nerve damage, loss of fingers, muscle damage, severe scarring or even fatal burns or injuries. A rocket firework can travel at more than 150mph with sparklers burning at three times the temperature of cooking oil. Thus, serious injuries can be caused by such objects.

As well as the injuries that are possible to obtain, such injuries can also cause physiological damage and emotional issues.

Safety Procedures: Some Key Steps

We strongly urge anyone wishing to enjoy the festivities of Bonfire Night to go to a council planned event or a local community display that will have safety measures in place and emergency crews in place. In Glasgow, the event in Glasgow Green has a number of safety features in place.  However, if you are planning an at home display we strongly urge you to take as many safety measures as possible to reduce the chance of injury.

We urge anyone who is having a private display to follow safety measures:

  • Do not consume alcohol when setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box
  • Stand well back from the firework display
  • Light at arm's length lighting with a taper if possible
  • Do not let children use sparklers unsupervised
  • Never throw fireworks or light them if they are not secure in the ground
  • Do not go near a lit firework, even if it has not gone off

Firework Injuries: Making a Claim

If you are injured as a result of negligence during a firework display or injured by another when attending a firework display, you could make a claim.

It is important that a personal injury solicitor has as much evidence as possible to build the strongest possible case when taking legal action. A solicitor may require evidence of your injuries, details about how it occurred, photographic evidence and any statement from witnesses who saw the incident occur. When making a personal injury claim not only can you claim for the injuries sustained, but also any damage/scarring and rehabilitation time and costs.

Making a Claim: Contact Us

While there are some safety campaigns to try and encourage safe practice during Bonfire Night, it is highly likely that someone will be injured. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, contact our team today to find out if you could make a personal injury claim.

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