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UK Company Prosecuted by HSE Fires Health & Safety Warning to Construction Industry

The UK's construction sector must improve its Health and safety standards according to interior fit-out company Newman Scott.

Said company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) back in 2013, for failing to follow appropriate health and safety processes. Newman Scott hopes other construction companies learn from the mistakes of others as well as the HSE's refurbishment initiative. By acting now, Newman Scott suggests that the number of deaths, injuries and cases of ill health in their industry can be reduced.

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Saturdays in July are Peak Times for Public Place Accidents

The summer months are the most dangerous period for public place accidents that result in a personal injury claim, according to new analysis by Ireland’s Injuries Board.

Last year, July was the month that recorded the highest frequency of accidents resulting in compensation awards, while Saturday proved to be the most dangerous day of the week for public place personal injury accidents.

Public liability (PL) awards are made in respect of injuries suffered as a result of an accident in a public place. In 2014, the Injuries Board made 2,151 PL awards with corresponding compensation totalling €53 million, compared to €44 million in 2013 in respect of 1,768 awards.

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Accident Leads to Health & Safety Investigation at Alton Towers

Alton Towers, one of the most popular theme parks in the United Kingdom, temporarily closed its doors earlier this week following a major accident, which brought in to question the safety of park-goers.

Four people were hurt after a crash on ‘The Smiler’ rollercoaster, the investigation remains on-going with HSE inspectors still at the park.

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Social Media Playing Significant Role in Personal Injury Claims

A new report from Digital Trends has found that social media is being used by personal injury lawyers and defence teams to provide evidence regarding the claim.

While many people are aware of employers using social media to monitor activity and often bring an action against employees, according to Digital Trends, social media is playing a major role in many court cases. Lawyers and claimants are getting more evidence off of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to prove the extent of the injuries or the fraudulent nature of the claim.

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Justice Committee Hears Evidence on FAI Bill

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has begun hearing evidence on the Inquiries into Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths etc (Scotland) Bill.

One of the key people to give evidence before the Committee is Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, who led the 2009 Review of Fatal Accident Inquiry legislation. The Committee also heard from Julie Love from ‘Death Abroad – You’re Not Alone’, Louise Taggart from ‘Families Against Corporate Killers’ and, Jimmy Jones, a retired RAF flight lieutenant who is now a campaigner.

The Bill’s main objective is to reform and modernise the law governing the holding of fatal accident inquiries (FAIs) in Scotland, and to implement the recommendations made in Lord Cullen’s 2009 Review.

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