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Families have been warned to take more precautions to eradicate trampoline injuries, which according to insurers accounts for 50% of injuries to under 14-year-olds.

According to Direct Line, trampoline injuries are now more common than children hurting themselves than climbing frames or climbing trees. Studies from insurance companies that claims ranged from £20,000 to £100,000.

Families have been warned that they could face significant bills if another child is injured on their trampoline with a number of families taking legal action if their child has been injured at a party or on a trampoline. With more and more families having garden trampolines, it could be argued that the risk of injury on a trampoline is at an all time high.

Dangers of Trampolines 

Following the rise of the number of after a trampoline injury, almost 60% of Brits did not realise that they could face legal action if someone is injured on their property. Many believed that having a net or some sort of protection was enough. However, a study found that even with a safety net, injuries were still common. While they eliminate some of the more serious injuries such as broken limbs, injuries can still occur as a result of horseplay as a result of no adult supervision or negligence on their part. 

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Glasgow City Council has launched a £20,000 project to protect vulnerable road users of the Clyde Tunnel by installing a new anti-skid surface. 

The move comes following a marked rise in the number of cycling accidents on the route, with the new traffic in the tunnel rising due to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. This in turn has resulted in an increase in the number of walkers and cyclists using the route.

Slips, Trips and Falls in Glasgow

Many have suffered a slip trip or fall or been dismounted from their bike as a result of the conditions of the paths and the slippery surface seen on the roads, with a number of those suffering an accident being employees at the new hospital.

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An Edinburgh based trampoline park has shut amid concerns over its license, with over 100 people receiving injuries in the first three weeks of it opening its doors.

The park may be subject to legal action after it was revealed by The Edinburgh Evening News that the waiver signed by customers to prevent personal injury claims may be “unenforceable” under Scots law.

Injuries 

The park saw more than 100 incidents in three weeks, with seven people seriously injured. Injuries varied from broken limbs to head knocks, with one visitor suffering a broken neck. 

Despite the high levels of injuries, the chief executive of the Ryze park, Case Lawrence said that the level of accidents seen at the park were below the industry norms, and that the number of accidents were purely down to the high level of jumpers and interest in the park when it was open. 

Lawrence also believed that the injuries were a result of carrying out such activities but not due to the lack of health and safety procedures in place.

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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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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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The City of London’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) arrested 11 people across England last month in an operation targeting suspected false personal injury claims. 

The arrests come in relation to a ‘trip and slip’ day of action by the department, with over 60 officers involved in the operation. The largest claim under investigation is £200,000 for on-going medical treatment from a bus crash in Pakistan several years ago. 

Seven men and four women were arrested at homes in: Cleveland, Essex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire. Additionally, a further four people attended police stations in London and West Yorkshire for interviews regarding allegations of fraud.

The police action was taken following referrals from insurers and the Insurance Fraud Bureau. The IFED was now have 29 detectives working with 10 support staff and investigates around 300 cases per year, usually referred through the same insurance industry system. 

DCI Dave Wood, head of IFED, said: "[The] ‘trip and slip' day of action marks a major step forward in our nationwide investigation targeting people suspected of trying to con insurers with bogus insurance claims”.

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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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An animal feed company has been fined £240,000  for safety failings after an after a lorry driver dies of fatal injuries after being by a two-tonne, fully-loaded grain bin falling from a fork-lift truck.

David Leslie was employed by a feed services firm and was picking up a load from East Coast Viners Grain in Stonehaven, when the incident occurred in March last year. 

 Mr Leslie sadly passed away after suffering crush injuries to his head, neck and chest.

 The accident was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  which revealed that East Coast Viners Grain LLP did not have adequate safety measures in place for the task being carried out. It was also found that operators were left to carry  out tasks in any way they saw fit, without any guidance or regulation.

The HSE also discovered that there had been previous incidents of grain bins slipping from the forks of the trucks, but no mechanism to secure them had been put in place. 

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Figures released on 2 July reveal that the number of workers killed in Britain in work place related incidents last year has fallen to the lowest annual recorded rate.

The provisional data which was released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) indicated that 133 workers were fatally injured between April 2013 and March 2014 - 17 fewer fatalities than the year before.

Health and Safety Executive Chair, Judith Hackitt, said:

“The release of the annual statistics always leads to mixed emotions. Sadness for the loss of 133 lives, and sympathy for their families, friends and workmates, but also a sense of encouragement that we continue to make progress in reducing the toll of suffering.Whilst these are only provisional figures, they confirm Britain’s performance in health and safety as world class.”

Britain has one of the lowest rates of fatal injuries to workers amongst leading industrial nations in Europe at 0.44 per 100,000 workers, compared to 0.51 in 2012/13.

Mike Penning, Health and Safety Minister said:

“Any death at work is a death too many. But these statistics show that workplaces are getting safer.The Health and Safety Executive do an excellent job in making sure each and every one of us can go out to do an honest day’s work in the knowledge that our safety is being taken seriously.”

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Claims management companies which provide poor service by plaguing customers with nuisance phone calls, making unsubstantiated claims and employing misleading and unlawful marketing tactics could now be punished with heavy fines.

The proposal by Justice Minister Lord Faulks outlines that the biggest firms could face fines up to 20% of their annual turnover. The fines which would commence later this year will be based on the annual turnover of the company involved and the severity and nature of the conduct.

This measure is a follow up to steps already implemented by government to regulate the conduct of Claims Management Companies (CMCs), including a ban on taking fees prior to a contract being signed with the customer and having referral fees in personal injury cases. These measures have already resulted in a dramatic drop in the number of CMCs registered to handle personal injury cases from in the region of 2,300 at the beginning of  2013 to almost half of this number at the end of May 2014.

Head of the Ministry of Justice claims management regulation unit, Kevin Rousell has commented: "We already take tough action against companies which break the rules, but now these fines will help to drive malpractice out of the industry and improve the reputation for those who do follow the correct procedures."

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Inex Works Ltd, a landscaping and gritting company, has pled guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and fined £13,500 for failing to provide suitable safety protection for their workers.

In 2010, one of Inex Works Ltd's workers, Mr Shields, suffered permanent damage to his spine having climbed on top of a gritter and subsequently fallen 3 metres. He was attempting to help colleagues clear compressed grit salt from the interior of a machine used to treat icy roads. Since the fall, he has been paralysed from the neck down.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that Inex Works Ltd of St. Vincent Street, Glasgow had not taken enough precautions to avoid falls by employees who were working at height. In particular, there was a substantial risk to employees who were working with gritters that had no working platforms, walkways or handrails. Additionally, the employees weren't provided with harnesses to prevent them from falling.
 
After the incident, the injured worker was rushed to hospital and found to have sustained several fractures of his spine, leaving him paralysed. Following the case, HSE Inspector Hazel Dobb, said:

“Inex Works Ltd failed to make sure employees were able to work in safety. This incident could have easily been avoided as there were several other ways this work could have been carried out, such as using alternative means of access or use of a harness.

“Tragically, that is a lesson for the company learned too late for Mr Shields.”

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A firm of contractors in Glasgow was fined at Glasgow Sheriff Court earlier this week (4 June 2014) in relation to Health and Safety failings that caused an employee to fall five metres through a roof light.

David Jack, aged 53 at the time of the accident, was sub-contracted to work in his capacity as a painter and decorator when he fell through a fibreglass roof light. He suffered a cut leg requiring stitches, a blunt force abdominal injury and his wrist was sprained. These injuries resulted in an overnight stay in hospital and caused him to be absent from work for two weeks.

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) disclosed a number of failings. Not only had the firm John Watson & Co not sought advice about working safely at height from the company’s health and safety consultants, they also failed to carry out a suitable risk assessment to identify the safety measures needed to control the risk of falls.

The company, based at Kyle Street in Glasgow, pled guilty to breaching sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £20,000. Following the case, HSE Principal Inspector Graeme McMinn, said:

“The workers were exposed to unacceptable risks of falling from the roof or through the roof lights for several days. This incident could very easily have had much more severe consequences.”

Figures from the HSE show that approximately seven people are killed every year – nearly a fifth of all deaths in the construction industry caused by falls - after falling through a fragile roof.
 
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Over 750 claims for slip and trip injuries have been made to Glasgow City Council over the passed two years, resulting in just under £400,000 being paid out to compensate for the accidents. The figures, obtained by the Evening Times under the Freedom of Information Act, show that a majority of those claims have been settled, with approximately 250 still being dealt with.

The claims follow falls caused by pavement and road potholes in the city. In some cases those trips and falls have resulted in serious injuries, including severe bone fractures that have required corrective surgery. The newspaper notes that the largest payment of £14,729 was for an injury caused by a crater in a pavement. Other injuries also include slips on ice, trips over exposed cables and falls caused by inadequate street lighting.

The Council has recently invested in a patching programme in order to repair potholes in the city, which it hopes will reduce the number of public liability claims.

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If you have suffered an injury caused by slipping or falling in Glasgow, call our injury claims advice line today on 0141 530 9158 or fill in our online enquiry form for specialist personal injury advice.

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The European Commission has welcomed the tenth anniversary of the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX), which protects European consumers against un-safe non-food products. 

RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system between Member States and the European Commission on non-food products. Its role is to disseminate rapidly information on potentially dangerous products and national enforcement action. This results in the earlier identification and earlier removal from EU markets of products that pose a danger to consumers.

Since its establishment in 2003, RAPEX has had a continued and steady expansion in terms of alerts received and follow up actions undertaken in response to such alerts. From around 200 notifications in 2003, RAPEX now receives and distributes more than 2,000 notifications on a yearly basis. 

In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States, says the Commission. This figure indicates a 3.8% rise in alerts compared to 2012 and continues the increasing trend which has been apparent since the establishment of RAPEX in 2003.

In 2013, clothing, textiles and fashion items and toys (both 25%), were the two main product categories for which corrective measures had to be taken. Among the most frequently notified risks caused by these products were chemical risks, risk of strangulation, risk of injury and choking. 

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has called on employers to consider how they could make a positive difference to the safety of their employees who drive for work.

It is estimated that up to a third of road accidents involve someone who is using the road for work purposes. In 2012, this means that up to 7,679 people across Great Britain could have been killed or seriously injured because of an "at work" road accident.

RoSPA is encouraging employers to think about the impact that work-related road accidents can have, not just on the drivers and those on the road around them, and on the business, but also on the wider wellbeing of the families involved. It is also calling on drivers themselves, regardless of why they get behind the wheel for their job, to consider the issue.

“Managing occupational road risk is all about having a good system in place,” said Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety. “But it doesn’t have to be a tedious, tick-box exercise - employers can make a real difference to the safety of their employees who drive for work by addressing this issue through risk assessment, training and other actions like journey planning, schedule setting, vehicle choice and maintenance and learning from accidents, should any occur.”

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The latest civil justice statistics, which have been published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, underline the need for court reform in Scotland, says Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

They show that while the number of civil cases being heard at sheriff court level has been declining – down 10% between 2011-12 and 2012-13, a 43% drop since 2008-09, the number of civil cases being heard at the Court of Session has remained steady. Personal injury cases accounted for 79% of cases raised in the General Department of Court of Session.

The Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill, which implements many of the recommendations of Lord Gill’s Scottish Civil Courts Review, aims to speed up Scotland’s courts by ensuring that cases are heard at the appropriate level – freeing up the Court of Session to deal with the most challenging civil disputes. To support this, the threshold under which civil cases must be raised in the sheriff court is to be increased from £5,000 to £150,000.

The Bill also includes proposals to create a new national personal injury sheriff court, where such cases can be heard by specialist sheriffs, instead of so many ending up in the Court of Session, resulting in higher costs and potential delays for all involved.

“At present too many cases, particularly lower value personal injury cases, are being raised in the Court of Session – clogging up the system and resulting in higher costs and delays for the parties involved,” said Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill. "Through our court reforms we will ensure such cases can be heard at a new, national specialist personal injury court, where they can be dealt with more swiftly at a lower cost.

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