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What do changes to the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 mean?

November 16, 2012

Under current law workers are afforded protections from workplace accidents by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which applies to the whole of the UK. If an employer is found to be in breach of these regulations and someone has been injured as a result, that person has an automatic right to claim […]

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Increase in drink drive casualties

September 7, 2012

The number of people killed or seriously injured as a result of drink and drive accidents has risen for the first time since 2002, according to new figures from the Department for Transport. The number of fatal drink drive accidents also increased. The statistics, which are provisional estimates for 2011, show that: Fatalities resulting from […]

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Road Safety Day focuses on young drivers

August 2, 2012

The European Commission last week dedicated its Fourth European Road Safety Day to young people, recognising that, around the world, road crashes are still the biggest cause of death and disability for the age group. In 2010, 18 to 25 year-olds accounted for 19% of the 31,000 recorded EU road fatalities, despite forming only ten […]

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Preparation helps when driving abroad

July 26, 2012

British drivers who are heading to the continent this summer should prepare properly, or risk joining the growing numbers who have had a road traffic accident while driving abroad. Driving abroad is a stressful experience for many British drivers. According to research from insurer, nearly three quarters (73%) of Britons who will drive abroad […]

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British road deaths rise by 3%

July 10, 2012

I was disappointed to hear that the number of people killed or seriously injured on British roads rose by 3% in 2011. It is the first rise since 2003. More worrying still is the fact that the numbers of pedestrians killed and cyclists seriously injured have also risen – by 12% and 16% respectively. The […]

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Too many kids are dying on Scotland’s roads

July 5, 2012

Seven children were killed on Scotland’s roads last year, according to new figures released by Transport Scotland. This is an increase on 2010, when four children died as a result of road accidents. The figures – provisional statistics of road injury accidents and casualties reported to the police in 2011 – show that five of […]

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PiP update – the Government PiP Review

July 3, 2012

The Government has published a disappointing and predictable report on PIP breast implants. The report, by an expert medical group, has confirmed that PiP implants have a higher rupture rate than normal: “around six to 12 percent after five years, rising to 15 to 30 percent after 10 years (this compares to 10-14 percent after […]

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Room for improvement, says PiP implant review

May 24, 2012

I was interested to read Lord Howe’s recent report into the response by UK regulators to the PiP breast implant scandal. This found that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health had acted properly, but that lessons needed to be learned. Problems with breast implants manufactured by the Poly […]

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Child Safety Seats

April 24, 2012

Around 25 children between the ages of 0 and 11 years are killed in car accidents annually, about 250 are seriously injured and around 6,000 slightly injured. If a car accident occurs, a child who is unrestrained may be thrown out of the car or thrown forward with a force that is 30 to 60 […]

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