Workplace Accidents

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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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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Construction company admits to safety failure

A matter involving the death of a 35-year-old worker on an Essex construction site has moved closer to resolution as the construction company for which the man worked admitted to unsafe practices. At the time of the accident, the man was working together with a crane operator to move cages. Four cag....

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1 dead and 3 missing at demolition site

A building collapsed 70 miles outside of London at a former power plant and has resulted in the death of one person with several more being taken to hospital. Homeowners in Essex may recognise the company RWE npower, which is the owner of the site where the incident took place. Fire and rescue servi....

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Farming remains a dangerous industry

Shortly before the beginning of Farm Safety Week, the Health and Safety Executive released its preliminary figures on deaths in the workplace between April 2014 and March 2015. It may come as a surprise to residents of Essex to learn that farming is the most dangerous occupation in the U.K. with alm....

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Fatality in underground industrial accident

Companies that service the drains and sewers in Essex and elsewhere in the United Kingdom may require their employees to work in difficult and restrictive conditions. Workmen at one such company that has been operating for more than two decades years have been involved in an industrial accident that....

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Does it matter who is responsible for diffuse mesothelioma?

When most people think of workplace accidents, the first thing they think of is a fall, a car accident, or an incident with heavy machinery. It's very important to remember that not all accidents are this dramatic, and small mistakes could lead to even more drastic health complications over time. ....

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Fatal workplace accidents: Worker dies after wall collapse

Police and the Health and Safety Executive have initiated a joint investigation to determine what happened in a recent construction accident death in Leyton. Reportedly, a young man suffered fatal injuries while working to renovate a shop on a recent Tuesday. However, it is not yet known exactly how....

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Scaffold collapse injures 2 workers

People living or working in Harlow may have heard of the incident that occurred in Essex when two builders were injured after a scaffolding staircase collapsed. This accident occurred on March 23 in Chelmsford. Essex police were called to the scene at 11.15 a.m. after receiving reports that a scaffo....

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Worker injured by forklift truck

Residents in Harlow may have heard reports of an incident involving a worker at the Plumbase store in Cambridgeshire. The workplace accident involved a forklift truck and left the man needing hospital treatment. The incident occurred in the warehouse of the Ely branch store on Feb. 26 at ap....

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Faulty machinery to blame for airport cleaner’s injuries

Workers in Essex may remember that in early July 2013, a gentleman employed as a cleaner at Stansted airport was driving a scrubbing machine back to storage and was unable to stop on a ramp because of a brake malfunction. The driver, 30-year-old man, stuck out his leg in an attempt to slow the scrub....

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Company that ignored safety regulations fined after accident

The working inhabitants of Essex, like any other county in England, are subject to Health and Safety regulations in the workplace. When these are not adhered to, accidents occur, and the liable employers are forced to compensate the victims appropriately. Aspenlink, a company that deals in manufactu....

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Representing workers injured by defective equipment

Employers in Essex have a responsibility to ensure that the work equipment being used at their job sites is safe. This means that they must provide suitable equipment for jobs and make sure that the it is functioning the way that it is supposed to. Workers who are required to use the equipment must ....

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Theatre Company prosecuted for fall that left worker paralysed

A stage manager suffered catastrophic injuries after plunging off a balcony in an incident that may have been foreseeable. The 38-year-old Australian woman had walked through an unmarked door and fell 3 metres off of a Juliet balcony, suffering severe spinal cord injury. She then spent 6 months in t....

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BBC under investigation after worker injured

A man in his 30s who was working for the BBC was found with severe injuries after falling 30 feet from a lighting grid at a film studio. The man was taken to St Mary's Hospital for specialist treatment after a doctor, an ambulance team and two rapid response vehicles assessed the workplace accident.....

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Unqualified tree surgeon leaves co-worker in intensive care

An Essex tree surgeon has been ordered to pay costs and fines of nearly £11,000 for breaching health and safety regulations after a fall from a tree resulted in a colleague being admitted to intensive care. The 71-year-old landscape gardener fell four metres off a ladder holding a running cha....

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Union demands better safety aids after workers escape death

The general secretary for the union representing Rail, Maritime and Transport workers have said that a recent incident in which nine railworkers narrowly avoided death illustrates the dangers track workers on Britain's railways face on a daily basis. The workers did not receive any warning that a tr....

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What to know about Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

The most important thing for any individual to be aware of is that a claim cannot be made if you were self-employed. Nevertheless, for all other employees it may be possible to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if the disability or illness was caused by a workplace accident or an ....

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Essex County Council admits liability in attack of care worker

Employers are legally obliged to meet health and safety standards, including the provision of proper training and equipment used in the course of work. In every industry, there is the risk of work-related injury or illness, and employers must take the necessary steps to minimise the risk of workplac....

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