Marsh is advising organisations to examine their potential exposures to asbestos-related claims ahead of a predicted peak in 2016. Marsh’s advice follows its publication of new research on actual mesothelioma cases before the Queen’s Bench..
Safety campaigners have warned that a new generation of workers are at risk unless building trades get to grips with asbestos, Britain’s biggest workplace killer.
Figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that around..
In the event of a Conservative victory next Spring, there could be a major shift in approach to health and safety regulation. The shift would see a move from regulation to so-called “co-regulation” and from..
Pilots from 36 countries have protested that the European Parliament and European Commission are putting at risk airline passenger lives. In a Day of Action pilots, joined by cabin crew, lobbied the European Parliament in..
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 were compatible with Council Directive 2000/78/EC in that regulation 3, which permitted employers to justify direct discrimination on the grounds of age where they could show it was necessary..
A man who lost his wife and daughter when an intoxicated driver crashed into their car has been awarded £78,000 in compensation. His wife, daughter, wife’s sister and his niece were all killed in the..
Marsh has launched a new Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) liability diagnostic tool for private companies domiciled in the UK. Free to clients with assets below £250mn, the tool measures the effectiveness and capability of the..
The husband of a teacher who died of mesothelioma has received an out of court settlement from the local authorities responsible for the schools she worked in. She worked at schools in Poplar and Romford..
A widower has received £100,000 in compensation after his wife died from mesothelioma. She had worked in the lining department for a company that made men’s clothes. She worked at a Hoffman Press which had..
A woman who was left with a 10-minute memory after medical mistakes, has received a settlement of £4.46mn. She collapsed in her bathroom with what is now suspected to have been a brain haemorrhage, but..
A widow whose husband was killed in a road accident has been awarded £205,000 in a compensation settlement. He was driving an articulated lorry on a motorway, when the defendant driver began to overtake the..
A shipyard worker who suffered facial scarring has received £7,300 in compensation. The accident occurred when the grinding tool he was using kicked back and left deep cuts in his face. He was working as..
A man who died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma has been awarded £134,000 in compensation. He worked for an engineering company and was mainly involved in stripping down, cleaning and repairing boilers and pipes and..
A man has received £140,000 in compensation after developing mesothelioma. The man had worked for Cape Asbestos, on the docks unloading sacks of asbestos from barges. He used large metal hooks to pick up and..
The Swedish Work Environment Authority has published the proceedings of the recent conference, “Occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields: paving the way for a future EU initiative,” held by the Swedish EU Presidency in association with..
A former London Underground station supervisor has received £412,500 in compensation after contracting MRSA in an open wound. He underwent an operation to renew a previous hip replacement. The op was carried out in two..
A man has received £10,000 in compensation after his hands were permanently damaged by prolonged use of vibrating tools at work. He was left with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) after working as a trackman..
The parents of a young child have been awarded US$2.5mn in damages after a jury in Philadelphia decided that the antidepressant Seroxat was responsible for their three-year-old son’s heart defects. Seroxat, known as Paxil in..
A delivery driver who was forced to leave his job after injuring his spine at work, has received £22,000 in compensation following the accident. He was off work for eight months before being forced to..
A woman who required surgery after falling heavily into a metal shelving unit, leaving her with a broken nose and suffering with breathing difficulties has won an out of court settlement of £4,000. She was..
A refuse collector whose shoulder was badly damaged after he tripped on a raised paving slab has achieved a settlement of £57,000 in compensation. He was collecting recycling boxes when he tripped and fell heavily,..
A man who was exposed to dangerous levels of noise by three different employers has has received £12,750 in damages after suffering occupational deafness. His hearing became damaged when working as a welder. All three..
A joiner who was exposed to asbestos while working in the building trade has received £160,000 compensation after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was exposed to asbestos while working on the construction of power station...
A man who suffered serious head and brain injuries in a road traffic accident has received a settlement of £625,000. The man was hit by a car and the driver’s insurers admitted liability. Interim payments..
The family of a school cleaner who died from mesothelioma has received £110,000 in compensation. She was exposed to asbestos while working as a school cleaner at a secondary School. She was responsible for cleaning..
Construction union UCATT has welcomed Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s commitment that there must be “fairness” when seeking a “resolution” for pleural plaques victims. The Prime Minister made his comments when Stephen Hepburn MP asked him..
The United Kingdom Supreme Court has officially been opened, described by Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, as a “major milestone in the government’s constitutional reform programme and one that has..
The Health and Safety Executive has set up a new team of specialist inspectors to crackdown on death, injury and ill-health in quarries and open cast mines across Great Britain. The team of HSE inspectors,..
Male motorists are almost three times more likely to be killed or injured on the hard shoulder than women, according to new research from car care specialists, Comma.
Department for Transport statistics from 1994-2008 show that..
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a user-friendly document to help risk assessors understand how children are exposed to pollution. The document, titled “Highlights of the Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook,” serves as a..
The UK’s first national database holding details of all water-related deaths and injuries has been launched. The Water Accident Injury Database (WAID) was developed by members of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) including the..
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has released the results of a Europe-wide opinion poll on safety and health at work. According to the findings, there is widespread concern among European..
Dismissed pregnant workers must enjoy effective judicial protection of their rights under Community law, according to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. In a judgment in Case C-63/08 (Virginie Pontin v T-Comalux SA),..
The US Occupational Safety & Health Administration is doing fewer health inspections despite more workplace exposures to toxic and hazardous substances, according to an analysis released by US Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
The rules governing the working hours of bus, coach and van drivers are so out of date that many drivers have fewer breaks than office workers, the TUC has warned.
In its submission to the Department..
According to Marsh, the UK’s largest communication and technology firms are continuing to enjoy price reductions on their professional indemnity (PI) insurance during the recession, due to aggressive competition among insurers for their business.
The Ministry of Justice has announced a review into the delivery of legal aid. To conduct the review, the government has invited Sir Ian Magee to assess the delivery and governance arrangements of the legal..
Smoking bans are effective at reducing the risk of heart attacks and heart disease associated with exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a new report from the US Institute of Medicine. The report also confirms..
With the recent heavy dumps of early snow in Europe, Canada and the USA, a specialist lawyer has warned skiers and snowboarders to think ‘safety first’ as they hit the slopes. Jerard Knott a specialist..
Britain became a healthier and safer place to work last year, according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Statistics show there has been a significant reduction in the numbers of people..
UK companies need to invest more in training their HR teams and line managers to help them identify signs of stress in employees, according to the Aon.This will both promote wellness and productivity across the..
Almost one third of injured people in Northern Ireland could be cut out of the legal system if new proposals go ahead, according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). The Association said that..
UK companies are bracing themselves for a big year of litigation with two in five (40%) businesses anticipating an increase in the number of legal disputes in the next 12 months, according to respondents of..
Scottish personal injury lawyers have called on the Government to support a Members’ Bill which would reform the law for families whose relatives have been killed through negligence.
“This proposed legislation, if introduced, would be of..
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a new report into how a range of UK organisations have established equality policies encouraging employees from diverse backgrounds to participate fully in the workplace.
The report looks..
Acas is encouraging UK businesses and managers to prepare for the longer term effects of the recession, and implement policies and procedures to help cope with mental health issues in the workplace.
A recently published policy..
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has said that a consent decree, resolving a class lawsuit for $6.2mn and significant remedial relief against Sears, Roebuck and Co. under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA),..
Law firm Thompsons is calling for progress reports on equality as a mandatory part of annual accounting, following the Government’s Equality Bill which proposes tougher obligations on public organisations. Such documents should contain details of..
The American Association for Justice has published analysis that it claims reveals malpractice insurers “have long-played a cruel hoax on legislators and the public.” The AAJ said, “By systematically distorting profits and losses, insurers created..
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