Tags: Fatalities

High-cost cancer claims impacting on corporate healthcare schemes

Following the release of the updated cancer survival rates from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), employers should be looking to update their current stance on cancer care and delivery by giving consideration to developing bespoke treatment pathways, according to Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company. The consultancy, which advises companies on health and risk…

Louise Ryan: Limiting workplace risks amid changes to first aid

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has made some significant amendments to the way businesses maintain compliance with first aid legislation. Intended to ‘reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back in to health and safety,’ the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 now state that HSE no longer needs to approve…

One in five people with cancer want more from their employer

New research reveals almost one in five people with cancer who were employed full-time at the time of diagnosis (19%) felt their employer could do more to understand their needs and circumstances. The key is better communication with almost one in five again saying they were dissatisfied with the frequency of communication from their employer following…

New figures show fall in fatal injuries to workers

The number of workers killed in Britain last year has fallen, official statistics published today show. Provisional data released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals that 148 workers were fatally injured between April 2012 and March 2013, compared with 172 in the previous year. The overall rate of fatal injury has dropped to…

Companies sentenced after worker’s fatal fall

A major construction company and a concrete structures firm have been sentenced after a worker died following a fall from height at a Swansea building site. Carillion Construction Ltd, along with Febrey Ltd, were jointly prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at the Meridian Quay apartment development in Swansea on…

Asbestos link to heart disease

A link has been established between exposure to asbestos and an increased likelihood of dying of heart disease or stroke. The study, carried out by researchers at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire, found that mortality rates were significantly higher among asbestos workers than in the general population and mortality was associated with…

Rise in construction fatalities despite low workloads

Research by construction union UCATT has found that construction deaths in 2010/11 were highest in Eastern England, London, Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands. There were 50 construction fatalities in 2010/11, a 22% increase on the previous 12 months. Construction has the highest number of workplace deaths in Britain. UCATT said the rise in…

Company plead guilty to failing to ensure the safety of a worker

At Durham Crown Court Thyssenkrup Tallent, now trading as Tallent Automative Ltd-Gestamp Automocion, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety of a worker in respect of a fatal accident at its Newton Aycliffe plant in County Durham where an engineer died in a press crush accident. The company was fined £100K plus £40K in…

Company fined after failing to provide safety measures for workers

The fatality of a worker who fell while carrying out work on a roof has resulted in Satellite TV installation firm Foxtel Ltd being prosecuted. Engineer Noel Corbin, 29, from New Addington, Croydon, suffered fatal head injuries after falling 13.5 metres from a four-storey house onto a side patio in Belsize Park, London on 3…