The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published provisional annual statistics for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces.
Scottish Power has appeared in Dunfermline Sheriff Court on health and safety charges after a worker sustained serious scald injuries at Longannet Power Station near Alloa in October 2013.
The man was working as a plant controller for ScottishPower Regeneration Limited (SPGL). In the course of his work he opened a faulty valve which emitted high pressure, high temperature steam. He sustained serious burns to his chest and legs.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation into the incident and found that SPGL were aware of the defect but did not ensure appropriate steps were taken to either repair or remove the valve from use.
A number of cases of compensation being awarded to patients who were the victims of medical negligence have been reported in the media recently.
One such case involved a teenage girl who has permanent nerve damage in her shoulder as a result of medical errors when she was born.
Courtney Webb was born at Liverpool Women’s Hospital in October 1999 but during labour her shoulders became stuck, reports the Liverpool Echo. At that point, a caesarean section would normally have been carried out, but medical staff instead decided to proceed with a natural birth.
Over 150 construction industry executives have pledged to take action to try and significantly reduce the number of industrial illnesses affecting workers in construction in the UK.
According to statistics, respiratory diseases and industrial illnesses kill 100 times more workers than workplace accidents with such conditions being common in later life. Exposure to dangerous substances, working with chemicals and being exposed to old materials such as asbestos when knocking down buildings are all common causes of industrial diseases and respiratory illnesses for construction workers.
While 2014/15 saw many serious injuries in the construction industry and 35 fatalities, it is estimated that in the same period more than 4,000 workers died from cancer and other industrial illnesses due to exposure to dangerous substances and chemicals when previously working in the construction industry. The vast majority of the cases were a result of respiratory illnesses and lung cancer, which was responsible for around 50% of all deaths. It is expected that each year, a further 3,000 construction workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals that can lead to severe health problems in later life.
A 20-year-old rugby player has been killed in a fatal road traffic accident following a collision with another vehicle.
Harlequins rugby union player Seb Adeniran-Olule had represented England at under-20 level and was beginning to make inroads into the senior Harlequins squad this season having made three appearances for the club.
In a statement released by the club, Harlequins stated that they were “deeply saddened” by the news, with director of rugby Conor O’Shea added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Seb's family and friends at this difficult time.