Work Related Injuries

Building Contractor jailed after fatal work accident

Building Contractor jailed after fatal work accident

The Court of Appeal has given a two year prison sentence to a Building contractor whose employee fell to his death, after the original suspended sentence was deemed unduly lenient. Norman... Read more

High Court throws out insurers’ attempts to block rate decision

By Gillian Crotty The Association of British Insurers has failed in its' High Court bid to delay the government announcement on the rate used to discount compensation awards. Personal Injury Solicitors have... Read more

£30k compensation for NI school canteen employee who cut wrist on mug

By Gillian Crotty A woman who sliced open her wrist while drying a mug as part of her job at Anne's Primary School in Londonderry has been awarded £30,000 in compensation. Catherine... Read more

Compensation for loss of life in Northern Ireland to be reviewed

By Gillian Crotty The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland is to consider whether the compensation amount for loss of life through negligence should be raised to bring it into line... Read more

£26million compensation for UK teachers in 2014

By Gillian Crotty Approximately £26million was paid out in compensation to teachers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK last year, following claims over personal injury, unfair dismissal, and... Read more

Fewer employees are claiming compensation for a work accident injury

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that the number of employees claiming for compensation following an injury sustained in an accident at work has dropped from 29 per cent in 2013... Read more

Northern Ireland company fined after fatal work accident

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland company has been hit with a fine of over £100,000 after an employee was killed in a work accident that the court said resulted from... Read more

Fatal work accident at farm near Portadown

By Gillian Crotty There has been a fatal work accident at a farm on the Derrycarner Road near Portadown, with one man confirmed dead and another injured after a roof apparently... Read more

University pays six figure sum in respect of asbestos death

By Gillian Crotty The widow of an employee of Aston University is to receive a six figure payment by way of compensation after her husband died from the asbestos related cancer... Read more

Drop in fatal work accidents on Northern Ireland farms

There has been a sizable drop in the number of fatal work accidents on farms in Northern Ireland according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSENI). The annual report from the... Read more

Unannounced site visits planned to tackle work accidents

By Gillian Crotty Unannounced building site visits will be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) in order to clamp down on working conditions that increase... Read more

Home setting makes farm safety legislation difficult

By Gillian Crotty The vice president of the Ulster Farmers' Union has said that legislating for farm safety is complicated by the fact that many farms in Northern Ireland are also... Read more

NI company admit safety breach after work accident

By Gillian Crotty A Northern Ireland timber company has admitted breaching health and safety regulations after a work accident that resulted in an employee's hand being severed. On 25th July 2013 a... Read more

Ship worker turned teacher dies of mesothelioma

By Gillian Crotty A former headteacher who had previously worked for 6 years as a ships fitter/turner has died at the age of 81 from the asbestos related illness mesothelioma. Kenneth Strong,... Read more

Contracted labourer receives £2m compensation after fall

By Gillian Crotty Lester Cowan, aged 57 from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has been awarded compensation in respect of an accident at work in which he fell down a storm drain. Mr Cowan... Read more

Compensation for man diagnosed with asbestosis after death

By Gillian Crotty The family of a former rail worker has been awarded compensation in an out of court settlement after a post-mortem examination revealed that he died from asbestosis. Douglas Wattam... Read more

HSE to investigate fatal NI work accident

By Gillian Crotty The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have confirmed that they are investigating the work accident which resulted in the death of an employee of Barrett Concrete at Eglish,... Read more

Company fined after fatal employee work accident

By Gillian Crotty A manufacturing firm has been fined £173,000 after pleading guilty to two charges in relation to a fatal work accident of an employee who was killed when an... Read more

HSE releases statistics on work accidents

By Gillian Crotty Injuries suffered as a result of accidents at work cost the UK economy £14billion and affect 1.1million people each year according to new statistics compiled by the Health... Read more

Most NI fatal work accidents occur on farms

By Gillian Crotty While there are a high number of work accidents in the various factories in Northern Ireland, and in other industries, most fatal employee accidents occur on farms according... Read more

Belfast Health Trust faces further asbestos charges

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has faced further charges in respect of asbestos management and control, just 5 months after they were fined in respect of... Read more

Criticism of private detectives spying on claimants

By Gillian Crotty The practices of private detectives employed by insurance companies to investigate accident victims claiming compensation has come under fire after a number of high profile incidents. In one case... Read more

Accident victims get 3 times more compensation using solicitors

By Gillian Crotty A new campaign by the Law Society advises accident victims that they stand to earn two to three times more compensation if they use a claims solicitor, compared... Read more

Safety lock on accident factory machine was dismantled

By Gillian Crotty A company has been fined after an investigation uncovered that the safety lock on a milling machine had been deliberately dismantled a couple of years before an employee... Read more

Drinks firm fined after serious work accident

The Brothers Drinks Company has been ordered to pay nearly £23,000 after a serious work accident involving an employee who had his arm caught in an unguarded machine. The 52-year-old employee,... Read more

Claim fraudster criticised for damage to honest victims

A judge has criticised a man who fraudulently claimed nearly £1million in compensation for adding to the public skepticism that damages "genuinely injured people putting forward wholly honest claims". David Ribchester... Read more

Farming company fined for fatal work accident

Farming company JA&E Montgomery Ltd has been fined £80,000 after a fatal tractor accident that claimed the life of 26-year-old employee Kim Webb. Ms Webb was driving a tractor that had... Read more

Accident that resulted in lost arm was preventable

A work accident that resulted in an employee of a recycling company losing his arm has been described as "easily preventable" by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector. In March... Read more

Man who called 999 sued by policewoman

A petrol station owner in Norfolk who thought his premises was being burgled call 999, which he was to later regret when he received a solicitors letter advising he was... Read more

Council pays £800k in work accident claims

It has been revealed that East Sussex County Council has paid out £800,000 worth of compensation to employees over the last five years, including some rather bizarre injuries. Some of the... Read more

Gardener loses lawn-mowing compensation claim

A man has lost his bid for compensation for noise induced deafness, which he claims resulted from years of using lawnmowers, chainsaws and other noisy tools while working as a... Read more

Postman wins compensation after fall

Postman Patrick Bitton, aged 65, has won a £3,600 compensation payout after he fell on a metal manhole while on his round on a wet day, fracturing his left ankle... Read more

NI firms fined over arm loss work accident

Two Northern Ireland companies have been fined by Belfast Crown Court for breaches of health and safety regulations after a work accident involving a mixer resulted in an employee losing... Read more

Employee hospitalised on first day of job

A 40 year old man was left unconscious in hospital for 2 weeks after a work accident on his first day of a new job. The man was working for Quick... Read more

Newtownabbey Council defends work accident rate

The council for the Newtownabbey Borough of Northern Ireland has defended the high level of compensation paid to employees injured in work accidents. It was revealed that the council paid out... Read more

Northern Ireland company fined after work accident

A Northern Ireland company has been given a fine of £8,000 after an accident at work that resulted in an employee having his arm amputated. Justin Guiney, aged 20, was carrying... Read more

Council claims include 'bad fitting uniform'

A council in England paid out £5,500 compensation to an employee who suffered a spinal injury as a result of a 'poorly fitting uniform'. Details of compensation claims made against Northamptonshire... Read more

Cashier wins compensation after back injury

Mary Deller, aged 29, is said to be receiving £18,500 compensation from her employers after suffering a back injury while lifting bags of heavy coins. Ms Deller was employed by Natwest... Read more

Compensation claim by actor shot in eye

A bizarre 'work accident' has resulted in actor David Birrell being blinded by a replica revolver while on stage, and he is now claiming £250,000 personal injury compensation. Mr Birrell is... Read more

NI firm fined for fatal work accident

A joinery company in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has been ordered to pay a fine of £2,000 after a Health and Safety Executive investigation (HSENI) found that a caged platform that... Read more

£1m claim for chip shop work accident

Fifty-six year old chip shop employee Sylvia Cheung is to claim for £1million compensation after a work accident caused damaged to her spinal column which may leave her requiring a... Read more

Shorts fined over fatal employee accident

Northern Ireland company, Short Brothers PLC, has been fined £80,000 for breaches of health and safety after an employee was killed in a work accident. Employee John Halliday Frazer died at... Read more

Health and Safety Manager sets himself on fire

Health and safety manager, Philip Dutton, accidentally set fire to himself and suffered serious burns in a bizarre accident at work. Mr Dutton was trying to burn waste materials at a... Read more

3 men fall from roof in separate work accidents

Three workers have fallen through the same roof at an industrial unit in Wakefield in three separate work accidents, resulting in employer Bizspace Investments Ltd being fined by the Health... Read more

14 year old employee in construction accident

A fourteen year old boy employed to work at a building site by KB Building Services has suffered serious personal injuries after the dumper truck he was trying to drive... Read more

Noisy classroom earns teacher £156k compensation

Joyce Walters, a teacher of English for Speakers of Other languages (ESOL) in London, has received a compensation award of £156,000 after developing vocal chord nodules from constantly having to... Read more

Safety company fined after fatal employee accident

A safety testing company, First Testing Ltd, has been fined £14,500 for failing to ensure the safety of their employees and for not carrying out a suitable risk assessment on... Read more

£10,000 fine for Work accident at United biscuits

A work accident which led to an employee having two fingers being sliced off by a mixing machine has resulted in a £10,000 fine for the large snack company United... Read more

Work related deaths fall to record low

New figures released by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveals that work related deaths in Britain have fallen to a record low; 151 worker deaths between April 2009 and... Read more

£10,000 fine for Work accident at United biscuits

A work accident which led to an employee having two fingers being sliced off by a mixing machine has resulted in a £10,000 fine for the large snack company... Read more

Northern Ireland solicitors help public sector workers win payouts

Solicitors in Northern Ireland have helped members of one of the country's biggest public sector service unions to win more than GBP 340,000 in personal injury compensation this year, according... Read more

Construction companies risk facing compensation claims due to safety issues

Construction firms in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are risking being fined or sued for compensation following news that one in five construction sites failed recent health... Read more

Work related calamities reducing

Some 229 people were killed at work last year and over 136,000 workers suffered injuries such as amputations, burns or fractures in the UK, new figures show.According to the statistics... Read more

Eurojustice event comes to Edinburgh

Legal professionals from across Europe are to meet in Edinburgh for the Eurojustice event, reports the Press Association.The two-day conference has been held annually for11 years with this year's event... Read more

Work-related illness or injury 'affects 11.8 million'

Injury or illness in the workplace has affected 11.8 million people in Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the last year, a new survey has found.The statistics, produced by YouGov... Read more

"Worrying situation" in workplace fire safety

Not all businesses in Britain and Northern Ireland are fully protected under fire safety regulation, it has been revealed.Speaking to the Workplace Law Network, fire safety consultant Alan Cox said... Read more

Workplace injuries and fatalities 'underestimated'

Academic research has claimed that official figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) "masks" the number of workplace deaths and harm caused by workplace injuries.Professor Steve Tombs and Dr.... Read more

Report issued into attitudes to commercial disputes

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University in London have released a report into the attitudes of corporations into international commercial disputes.The research is intended... Read more

Post-traumatic study due this month

The 'world's largest' study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is due to be published this month, Legal & Medical magazine reports.Moving Minds, a psychological services provider, told the publication that... Read more

Employers 'must protect loneworkers'

Employers, including those in Northern Ireland, have to ensure that members of staff who go out on their own are protected, the chief executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust told... Read more

Armed police 'fire guns by mistake'

The number of shots fired by officers by mistake is higher than those done on purpose, new investigations have revealed.Between January 2006 and March 2008 police in the UK opened... Read more

Radon gas regulations 'should be reviewed'

UK Building Regulations and British Standards should be changed to protect people from the build-up of radon gas, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recommended.Amendments should include provisions which ensure... Read more

New bill to compensate asbestos victims

Women who developed mesothelioma after washing their husbands' work-clothes which were covered in asbestos fibres are to be able to claim compensation.The mesothelioma compensation bill, introduced by Northern Ireland social... Read more

HSE admin burden 'costing £7.4m a year'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is campaigning to cut down the administrative burden on businesses surrounding legislation on displaying health and safety information.According to the agency, filling in and... Read more

Public liability insurance 'should be legal requirement'

Companies should be forced to take out public liability insurance, according to the British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba).Solicitors can represent their clients in mounting campaigns against a firm in case... Read more

'Serious' setback for injured firefighters

A High Court ruling on ill-health could have a serious effect on the pensions of retired firefighters, the general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has claimed.Matt Wrack told... Read more

HSE 'able to maintain construction safety standards'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has the resources it needs in order to effectively regulate the construction industry, it has been claimed.Dave Mitchell, technical director of the Home Builders'... Read more

'Some workers face sexual abuse'

A number of migrant and vulnerable employees face sexual abuse in the workplace, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC).Research from the body has found that such workers face a... Read more

Managing future workplace hazards conference held

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has hosted a conference of 200 industry leaders in London to discuss safety and managing future potential hazards.Industry leaders met to discuss good practice... Read more

Employers 'not doing enough about health and safety'

Large numbers of employees think their boss's business priorities focus on time and money rather than the health and safety of their staff, according to research carried out by YouGov... Read more

'Employers must understand - all accidents are preventable'

The minister for health and safety Nigel Dodds and the Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have been commemorating those who have died in workplace accidents... Read more

HSE 'not doing enough to shame health and safety offenders'

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is failing to do enough to name and shame those failing to protect their employees, according to the Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA).In 2007,... Read more

'Jumbo jet's worth of people killed at work every fortnight'

Enough people die at work to fill a jumbo jet every two weeks, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).This is due to a failure to... Read more

Employee litigation 'biggest business risk'

Businesses in Belfast and Northern Ireland could find that their biggest risk of financial loss may come if an employee contacts their solicitors following poor treatment, experts say.According to Hiscox,... Read more

Solicitors see more RSI

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland are seeing more claims against employers for repetitive strain injury (RSI), statistics show.Of the work-related injuries that solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland see,... Read more

Landmark suicide case in court

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland will have been keeping a close eye on a landmark case where a company has been blamed for an employee suicide, according to Workplace... Read more

Employers 'must consider back pain'

Employers in Belfast and Northern Ireland should consider reviewing the problem of work-related back pain if they do not want to be taken to court by solicitors if an employee... Read more

Hazard industries 'must tackle safety'

Solicitors could be called in if major hazard businesses in Belfast and Northern Ireland do not tighten up safety measures to reduce the risk of accidents.The Health & Safety Executive... Read more

NI contractor fined for serious negligence

Contractors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have been sent a stern message to take health and safety regulations seriously after a court ordered a hefty fine for a breach in... Read more

Firefighter attacks drop

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland have seen the number of firefighters claiming damages for criminal injuries fall over the last year, after the number of attacks on fire crews... Read more

Education boards in massive legal payout

The Department of Education and Northern Ireland's five education boards spent a massive amount on legal disputes last year, new figures show. According to the Belfast Telegraph, disregarding solicitors' fees,... Read more

Extreme team building brought to an end

Companies are set to be forced to end their extreme team bonding sessions with the introduction of new legislation into Britain and Northern Ireland. Solicitors could see claims being brought... Read more

Work-related RSI cases 'overblown'

Solicitors in Northern Ireland and Britain are seeing far more cases of work-related repetitive strain injury (RSI) coming through their doors than may be necessary, it has been claimed. Cases... Read more

Belfast council in tomato damages

A member of staff at Belfast City Council has visited Northern Ireland solicitors in order to make a case against her employer for an unusual work-related injury.According to Sunday Life,... Read more

Work-related road accidents hidden

Solicitors in Northern Ireland may be ignorant as to the number of road traffic accidents which involve drivers who were working at the time if they listen to the police,... Read more

Foundry worker found to be honest

A foundry worker who broke his back has been awarded compensation by a judge who believed he had been honest in his claim, despite photographic evidence conflicting with his story.David... Read more

Third of construction sites a hazard

Solicitors could see far too many compensation claims from builders who have had accidents, as one in three construction sites in Britain and Northern Ireland have been deemed unsafe.The Health... Read more

FLTA warns of fork lift safety

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has highlighted the fact that solicitors in Britain and Northern Ireland currently see too many cases of work-related accidents caused by fork lift trucks.... Read more

Stockpile tragedy families unhappy with court outcome

A representative for families affected by the Stockpile tragedy said he was not satisfied with the fine that the firms responsible received for professional negligence.The 2004 explosion at Glasgow's Stockpile... Read more

Hammer man wins damages for severed hand

Bryan Banham has been awarded a six-figure sum in damages after his hand was severed while he was rebuilding a factory in Suffolk.In February, the 31-year-old was working for foundation... Read more

Tesco shopped by two employees

Tesco Stores has been forced to pay compensation to two members of staff following health and safety breaches which resulted in two separate accidents.It has paid out £11,000 in total... Read more

Ellis outcome could mean more PI claims

While Susan Ellis won her case against Bristol City Council for slipping on a wet floor in her workplace, a law firm has warned that the ruling could mean that... Read more

Employee wins compensation after near-fatal accident

A Bradford businessman has been jailed for six months and forced to pay £90,000 in compensation after a near-death accident on his building site left a man in a coma.When... Read more

Many work-related accidents not reported

After the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published statistics of work-related deaths and injuries in Britain and Northern Ireland between 2005 and 2006, Consult GEE says that the full picture... Read more

Welshman wins compensation for ladder accident

Michael Morgan has won £45,000 in compensation after he fell from an unstable ladder at work and broke both feet.Mr Morgan was working as a mason for Pembrokeshire County Council... Read more

IOSH says health and safety is common sense

While people working in Britain and Northern Ireland deserve to be protected at work, the president elect of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) says that health and... Read more

Solicitors not having to deal with smoking ban breaches

It seems that Northern Ireland's smokers have by and large accepted the smoking ban, with the majority of businesses being compliant with the new laws.In the three months that the... Read more

Stats published for workplace injuries and deaths

Provisional figures for the year from 2006 to 2007 have been published by the Health and Safety Executive, revealing that the number of workers killed by fatal injuries in Britain... Read more

Directors' fear of litigation increases

Research by Eversheds has shown that most executives fear solicitors, with 70 per cent of directors in Britain and Northern Ireland claiming they are more likely to be prosecuted than... Read more

Compensation awarded for hearing damage

While employers in Britain and Northern Ireland have been warned recently of the health and safety implications of loud noises in the workplace, a man has been awarded compensation after... Read more

Firm fined over unsafe forklifts

Following two workplace accidents caused by poorly managed forklift trucks, Norlec Engineering has been ordered to pay £20,000 for failing to protect its employees.Both Stephen Hewitt and Ian Hustings were... Read more

Minister says workers dying needlessly

North Down MLA Leslie Cree has appealed to the minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment to invest more in ensuring that construction workers are aware of safety precautions.Mr Cree said... Read more

NI inquest hears of faulty forklift

On the second day of an inquest into the death of a man in Northern Ireland, the court has heard that the forklift truck that claimed the 59-year-old's life had... Read more

Hearing over first day of work death

Two representatives from the construction industry have appeared in court to answer health and safety charges after a 17-year-old from Northern Ireland was killed in an accident on his first... Read more

Firm fined after hand injury

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to businesses to ensure that health and safety is assured after a firm was fined for breaches when a worker's... Read more

Top firms to tackle worker exploitation

Land Securities, Serco and Jaeger are among the firms who have agreed to join the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to try to tackle the problem of exploitation of employees.Some of... Read more

£65,000 for health & safety breach

Space 4 Limited, a new-build home manufacturer, has picked up a £65,000 fine for failing to protect workers from automated machineryAdditional costs of £60,000 were added to the case, which... Read more

'Dodgy' ladders to be ditched

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it will use a 'ladder exchange' scheme to replace 4,000 'dodgy' ladders from workplaces across Britain and Northern Ireland.This news could... Read more

Quiet music to the ears

Managers of orchestras in Britain and Northern Ireland may face trips to the solicitors for harming the health of orchestra employees if they do not comply with new EU regulations... Read more

Businesses warned to insure against Corporate Manslaughter Bill

Businesses should be aware that they face big bills and trips to the solicitors if they do not prepare for the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Bill.The bill should be... Read more

Directors urged to tackle health and safety

Company directors in Britain and Northern Ireland have been urged to take the lead on improving health and safety standards in their companies.Over 300 senior personnel from some of Britain... Read more

Solicitors seeing more unusual cases

Around two million people seek legal advice a year and although some cases will always be in a solicitor's daily remit, people are increasingly seeking advice for more unusual matters.According... Read more

Builders boost employment figures

The latest Quarterly Employment Survey has shown that Northern Ireland has a record-breaking number of jobs, with increases in people taking up construction employment bolstering figures.The survey estimated that 708,880... Read more

Hepatitis discovery to increase personal injury claims

A new discovery over the way in which the hepatitis B virus (HBV) can be transferred from one person to another could give rise to an increase in personal injury... Read more