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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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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 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 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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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.

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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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A man who broke his neck at a trampoline park in Edinburgh is taking legal action against the company despite signing a disclaimer.

Chris McKenna suffered a suspected broken neck when visiting the park and was one of the 100 plus people injured in the first three weeks of the park opening. The case, which is being launched directly against the trampoline park, could be lodged at the Court of Session by the Summer.

It is understood that the case is not a stand alone case, with more than ten other visitors expected to take legal action after they suffered injuries at the park. Many of the other cases also involve heads, backs and ankles, with many suffering serious injuries at the park.

Serious Injuries

The park, which is based in Midlothian, saw 102 accidents in less than four weeks after the park opened in January this year.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue (SFRS) service has been fined £54,000 for failing to ensure proper health and safety procedures were in place, resulting in the death of a firefighter.

The SFRS admitted to breaches in their health and safety procedure which resulted in the death of Ewan Williamson in 2009. He is the only firefighter to die fighting a fire in the history of Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade. 

"Co-operation of the Highest Degree." 

The SFRS had pled guilty to a charge that was brought forward from the incident, however when imposing the fine the judge stated that he took into account that he was dealing with an organisation designed to prevent injury and death and preserve property. He also stated that the SFRS had a remarkably high health and safety record in general and that the case regarding the Edinburgh firefighter was an isolated incident. 

He said there had been "co-operation of the highest degree"  from an employer with good health and safety record

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A woman is being treated after she sustained facial injuries following a robbery in Glasgow near Bellahouston Park. 

The woman was assaulted, knocked to the ground, and robbed of her rucksack in a late night attack that left her with injuries that required treatment.

The victim flagged down a police car and is still receiving treatment at the Southern General hospital days after the attack.

Robbery

The woman was removed of her bag which contained personal items but no money. Police have failed to apprehend the victim who was described as black, late twenties to early thirties, 6ft tall wearing glasses, a black hooded top with white piping and dark trousers.

Detective Sergeant Raymond Hunter said: "We are currently carrying out door to door enquiries in the area and examining CCTV footage to help us trace the man responsible for this cowardly attack.”

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A poll from construction union Ucatt has revealed that more than half of construction workers in the UK are concerned that there has been no improvement in health and safety,

The damning results come as workers believe that there has been no effort in the last year to improve on health and safety issues resulting in more accidents in the workplace. Furthermore the poll found that 21% of workers believed their boss did not take health and safety seriously. 

Rise in Deaths

The damning poll from the union comes prior to an expected rise in the number of deaths and accidents on construction sites. According to home builders Berkeley Homes, number of serious injuries and deaths will have risen in 2014 from the previous year. 

There were 42 deaths on British building sites in 2013, with 5,000 seriously injured.

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Just under 10,00 NHS staff workers were injured at work in the Glasgow area between 2011-13 according to figures uncovered recently, representing a third of all NHS injuries throughout Scotland.

Between 2011-2013, there were over 35,000 injuries across Scotland varying from slips, trips and falls, violent assaults, staff being knocked out, punctures on dirty needles and infections. Despite the alarming figures NHS Scotland insists that the numbers represent a decline on the number of injuries seen in the past.

The figures were uncovered by the Liberal Democrats and showed a worryingly high rate of violence against staff. 

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume said: "Whilst our health boards operate vigorous accident reporting and prevention systems we know that accidents can occur because of potentially unsafe behaviour or conditions.

"It is worrying that violence against staff also remains a high cause of injury. Injuries such as slips, trips and falls are always preventable.”

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The family of a Sheffield worker have called for more awareness regarding health and safety laws in the workplace in the UK to prevent others losing their lives. 

Michael Dwyer, was killed when a steel casting fell on him which resulted in him being crushed against a shipping container. An inquiry into his death found that he had not been instructed properly about what he was doing that day and was not properly prepared to undertake the task.

The family of Mr Dwyer has called for a raised awareness of health and safety rules with construction sites resulting in the most accidents and injuries in the UK.. 

Dangers in Scotland

Research conducted earlier this year found that almost 40% of Scottish construction were failing workers, with dangerous practices being common at the 145 construction sites inspected by the HSE. 

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Official figures show that the number of potholes on UK roads are increasing, potentially leading to further accidents on UK roads and an increase in insurance claims on the road.

17% of Road Unfit

According to government figures, over 2,600 roads are in dire need of maintenance work due to extreme disrepair. In total, according to statistics from the Department for Transport 17% of roads in the UK require work carried out due to potholes or poor driving surfaces. 

In total 19,000 miles of road could potentially be put forward for maintenance work. 

Estimates from the Asphalt Industry Alliance estimate that Britain’s maintenance bill was around £12 billion road repair bill, an surge of £1.5 billion on the previous year, due to the extreme wet weather and difficult conditions of the previous winter.

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A new Bill proposed by the Scottish Government could see negligent bosses face life in prison following a fatal accident in work, under new plans to tackle health and safety malpractice.


Comes after evidence

The bill has been backed by by the UK's biggest trade union Unite following evidence from the HSE which showed that 40% of construction sites fell below health and safety standards with mismanagement and failure to plan and comply with health and safety regulations being one of the major problems in the Scottish workplace.

The move aims to punish those who knowingly endanger the life of workers by failing to have proper health and safety matters in place.

Tackle Recklessness

MSP Richard Baker, who proposed the new Bill that is expected to pass through the Scottish Parliament said: "Scots law is currently not adequate to deal with companies where there has been a fatality because of negligence or recklessness.”

He added:”Directors and managers responsible for health and safety should be criminally liable when there are deaths caused by negligence or recklessness."

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The House of Lords have suggestion amendments to the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill in order to end the apparent “whiplash” culture when claiming for a vehicle accident in the UK.

New Proposals

Lord Hunt of Wirral said that insurers should focus on paying damages that make it possible for people to recover and not merely for cash. Under his proposals damages would not be paid for minor injuries if the negligent driver paid for the treatment in order for the victim to recover. 

The plan would only cover cases where someone making a claim had suffered "a loss of function of 15 per cent or less".

94% Whiplash Claims

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The construction industry remains one of the most accident prone areas to work in in the UK with a new HSE report finding that 40% of construction sites are failing to meet the proper health and safety requirements.

One in five construction sites inspected fell short of the required standards and required enforcement orders to be distributed by inspectors. The report found that many of the most likely dangers in the office were due to poor planning and management of the construction site, and could be preventable.

Failure to provide basic safety measures for people working at height was the most common issue found by Inspectors with 42% failing to properly protect staff who work at a height.

Summary Results

The report from the HSE found that out of the 1748 sites inspected, 40% received notices for either poor standards or dangerous practices with 313 prohibition notices and 235 improvement notices issued.

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Around 40% of construction sites fail to meet health and safety standards according to the national regulator for workplace health and safety, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Almost half of the close to 1,750 sites were found to have unacceptable conditions with some workers partaking in dangerous working practices. The report comes weeks after analysis from the HSE found that there were just under 2000 accidents and  injuries in construction across the UK last year, with manufacturing having 3159 reported.

Enforcement Action

The latest findings from the HSE report found that many of the dangerous aspects of working were preventable with some of the dangers being down to simply poor management and planning. One in five (over 350 of the sites inspected) sites fell so short of the required standards, that enforcement action needed, with over 300 prohibition notices required and 200 improvement notices distributed.

The most common issues when it came to injuries and accidents in the workplace related to height and falls, with over 40% suffering from an accident due to falls. Failure to control dust and asbestos contributed to 22% of all accidents with insufficient welfare being a cause of 12% of all injuries and accidents/ 35% of all notices served by HSE inspectors were distributed purely on health reasons.

Failure to Provide Basic Safety Measures

Despite numerous factors affecting health and safety in the workplace, failure to provide basic safety for people working at height was most common issue found by Inspectors with 42% of all notices enforced as a result of lack of safety measures.

HSE’s Chief of Construction Philip White said: “These results show that whilst the majority of employers in the refurbishment sector are getting it right, a significant part of the industry is seriously failing its workers.

“The inability to properly plan working at height continues to be a major issue, despite well-known safety measures being straightforward to implement.

“ It is just not acceptable that Inspectors had to order work to stop immediately on over 200 occasions because of dangerous practices.”

He added: “We also find health is often overlooked as its implications are not immediately visible, however the effects of uncontrolled exposure to deadly dusts such as asbestos and silica can be irreversible.

“We urge industry to ensure the most basic of measures such as use of protective equipment and dust suppression methods are put in place to help protect the future health of workers.”

Conviction Rates

According to studies conducted by the HSE there were 674 cases across the UK which resulted in an employer being prosecuted for health and safety breaches in 2013/14, with a conviction rate of 94%. In total, fines given out amounted to more  than £18 million.

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Recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that whilst Britain remains one of the safest places to work in Europe, there is still a worrying percentage of those injured or made ill through their employment, with construction, manufacturing and agriculture topping the list of jobs in which staff are most likely to suffer a serious injury.

Injury Statistics

Figures from the HSE found that in 2013/14:

  • 1.2 million people suffered from an illness due to work related issues
  • There were 133 fatalities in the workplace, down from 2012/13 which saw 150 deaths in the workplace 
  • Over 28 million working days were lost due to either work related injuries or illnesses.

What the Figures Represent 

Judith Hackitt, the chair of HSE said: “These latest figures remind us what health and safety is really about. 

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Employers  have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and  also anyone else who could other people who might be affected by their business. Employers are obliged to do whatever is reasonably practicable to ensure this.

Employers must asses risks in the work place and take steps to mitigate them, this includes: 

- making employees and others aware of potential risks

- Providing adequate training

- Providing safety equipment

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A waste recycling firm in Ayrshire was in court today (6 October) after safety failings resulted in a worker losing his arm. 

Steven Dawson was an agency worker who was working as a line supervisor for Lowmac Alloys Ltd, in Irvine when the accident occurred. His left arm was severed at the shoulder whilst he was clearing a conveyor belt blockage on 8 February 2011.

The case was heard at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, where it was described that Mr Dawson was alerted to a problem with the conveyor belt and attempted to fix the problem by unhinging the guard to clear a blockage. His arm came into contact with the belt and pulley of the machine resulting in the severance of his arm.

The firm was fined £118,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 2(2)(a) and (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. 

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A man who contracted E.coli whilst on holiday in Tunisia has received £3,000 in compensation from tour operator Thomas Cook. 

Mr Pallant was admitted to hospital for several days after his trip to the Vincci Taj Sultan resort in Tunisia in June 2013. He had booked the break through Thomas Cook.

Consuming food that is undercooked or that has been washed in contaminated water can cause the e.coli infection. Mr Pallant said in a statement that hygiene standards were not adhered to in the resort restaurants – with birds flying around uncovered food.

He began to suffer symptoms of the illness two weeks after his return to the United Kingdom. This is the usual timeframe for E.coli to materialize. When mr Pallant attended the hospital doctors were unsure what was wrong, however he was finally diagnosed with E.coli after four days of tests.

Mr Pallant said;

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