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Zoo fined after keeper killed by tiger

A zoo in Cumbria has been fined after a member of its staff was attacked and killed by one of the tigers in the zoo's big cat enclosure. At the time of the incident, the facility's owner laid the blame on the woman who was killed, prompting quite a bit of criticism. The case concerning the ....

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Tube maintenance worker crushed in accident

A contract Underground worker was gravely injured while engaged in routine maintenance in early June. The accident happened on the District Line at a tube station which is being redeveloped for Crossrail, the transport project that many commuters in Essex may have heard of. A director for Lond....

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Report details Essex hospital ‘never events’

In Essex, patients who must undergo medical procedures may want to know more about the eight 'never events' that were recorded at Colchester General Hospital for 2015/16. In a report published on May 31, news sources indicate that an undisclosed number of the events actually happened in 2014/15 but ....

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Essex healthcare workers may suffer injuries from obese patients

More and more people in the United Kingdom are obese, and the problems they present for healthcare providers are evidenced by a new report about Freedom of Information data. According to the report, almost 1,000 healthcare workers in the U.K. were injured while trying to care for obese patient....

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Man crushed by one tonne load

The Health and Safety Executive has investigated the work practices of an Ipswich-based company after a worker was severely injured in a workplace accident. Workers who are employed by Essex companies may be aware that employers are responsible for the well-being of their staff and may be fine....

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Surgeon accidentally removes man’s testicle

A consultant surgeon at a private hospital is under investigation after claims that he botched a procedure he carried out in July 2014 and then lied to cover up his mistake. The accusation, which may come as a concern to male patients in the Essex area, is that, instead of operating on the testicle,....

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Sick workers in Britain among the worst treated in Europe

A study comparing sick pay in the U.K to 16 European countries has shown that workers here are among the worst off. Essex employees may be aware that they are entitled to statutory sick pay if they fall ill, but the amount is a small fraction of the average monthly expenses for someone living in Bri....

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TUC fears the health and safety risks of leaving the E.U.

Leaving the European Union could lead to increased health and safety risks as worker protections could be eroded according to a report from the Trades Union Congress. The organisation released a report showing that 65 pieces of legislation have been implemented between 1997 and 2009 aimed at improvi....

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The ageing of the U.K. workforce

Because the age of the European workforce is rapidly advancing, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work recently launched a campaign called Healthy Workplaces for All Ages, and it might be of interest to Essex workers and their employers. Across Europe, 30 percent or more of the workforce ....

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NHS Direct admits fault in patient misdiagnosis

Essex residents who in the past have used NHS Direct Trust may be interested to hear that the organisation has admitted fault after a misdiagnosis incident in December 2011 that ended with a woman dying of cardiac arrest. Her widower said that he hopes that as result of this case, the mistakes tha....

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Worker survives 13 metre fall

According to the Health and Safety Executive, a man was lucky to be alive after falling 13 metres down a shaft at a building site in Leicester. Essex construction workers may be aware that there are specific guidelines in place for work that takes place at height. After the magistrate's court heard ....

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How to file a workers’ compensation claim

Injured Essex workers must complete six important steps in the pursuit of a workers' compensation claim. You may want to keep this checklist handy, just in case an injury ever occurs. First, you will need to report the incident and related injuries to your employer. Every workplace has an individ....

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