| 12th May 2017 | General Articles, Blogging
12 May
May 12
12th May 2017

Steel firm fined £217,000 after worker’s hand is crushed Cardiff-based steel manufacturing company Rom Ltd has pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations after a worker suffered crush injuries to his hand. A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the company failed to identify the risks associated with workers manually operating a machine, and that steps were not taken to ensure the machine was correctly guarded. The worker was removing leftover steel from a machine called the Koch Straightener when he trapped his hand between the rotating rollers inside the machine. He suffered serious crush injuries to his hand and lost the top of his right index finger. Rom Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, SI 1998/2306, r 11, and has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,200.63.   LNB News and Lexisnexis...

| 03rd April 2017 | General Articles, Blogging
3 April
Apr 3
3rd April 2017

@page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } Holiday Illness Compensation Claims You’ve packed your suitcase, loaded up the car and are about to board the plane after months of anticipation, waiting for that week or two that you can finally relax. The plane finally lands and as you exit you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and at last you know you are on holiday. The stunning sun and glorious heat provides you with a glimpse of what the next two weeks of your life will be like… For some people those following days or weeks are far from that vision that they anticipated as they stepped from the plane. Instead of laying in the sun, swimming in the sea and enjoying cocktails by the pool, many find themselves laid in their hotel beds suffering from any number of viruses or stomach upsets that end up ruining both their holiday and the holidays of those with them. Holiday Sickness Claims Guide Developing such illnesses on holiday is fairly common and quite often more likely to happen on holiday than at home. There are reasons for this; firstly, it is believed that during your day to day life your body is constantly producing stress hormones that help you fight off infections. The theory is that as you relax the level of these stress hormones in your body drops, making you more susceptible to illness. The second reason is that in your home environment your body has adapted and become immune to certain bacteria and viruses, however, when you visit a foreign country your body is exposed to new bacteria and viruses. What illnesses might I contract while on holiday? Common claims for holiday sickness are: Food poisoningSalmonellaStaphylococcus aureusE. coliCampylobacterShigella Clostridium botulinum bacteriaLegionnaire’s diseaseHow has the hotel caused my illness? There are numerous things that the hotel can do that will increase the risk of you getting sick whilst you’re on holiday including: Using non-filtered water to make ice cubesLegionnaires disease caused by the ventilation systemFood being left out in heatPoor kitchen hygiene practicesUse of unpasteurised milk and eggsInsects contaminating foodReheating foodHoliday Sickness Claims Procedure Are there any time limits on making a claim? Yes, time limits do apply. If you are making a claim against a UK tour operator or travel agent then you have three years from the date of the holiday to begin legal proceedings. If the illness was caused from being on a boat or plane (e.g a cruise) then that time limit decreases to two years. Package Holiday Sickness Claims If your holiday wasn’t a package holiday then it is still possible to claim against the hotel, but the time limit on making a claim will depend on the country and their local laws. Do I have a claim? Not all illnesses suffered on holiday are the fault of your hotel or the tour operator as there are specific holiday sickness claims criteria to be applied, but whatever your situation I can look at your claim and determine whether I can take it further. It is important to speak to specialist holiday sickness claims solicitors about your potential on holiday illness claims. I work on a no-win no-fee basis and you can contact me on 01507 609027 for a free, no obligation consultation....

| 03rd April 2017 | General Articles, Blogging
3 April
Apr 3
3rd April 2017

@page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } H1 { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } H1.western { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif } H1.cjk { font-family: "SimSun" } H1.ctl { font-family: "Arial" } £110,000 damages for family of worker killed by asbestos-related cancer   The deceased man, Anthony Justice, had been employed by Universal Asbestos Manufacturing Company Ltd, based in Watford, and had worked on renovation projects in Scotland in 1967 and 1968. He had been employed, for three months, as a pipe lagger’s mate in boiler rooms. He emptied bags of asbestos into a spraying machine and swept up asbestos dust at the end of each day. He was treated at Watford General Hospital in 2013 due to becoming increasingly breathless and only able to walk about 15 yards. His health continued to deteriorate and, in May 2015, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He died in July 2015. On 20 March 2017 at the High Court, Judge Sir Robert Francis QC upheld a claim for damages against Mr Justice’s former employer by his daughter, Debbie Smith. Sir Robert said he had ‘no doubt that Mr Justice was exposed to asbestos at some point during his life’. Mr Justice had given an account of his working life in a statement before he died, and Ms Smith was a ‘credible witness’. The judge said Universal Asbestos was ‘a well-known employer’ in the Watford area and he was satisfied that Mr Justice had worked for the firm. He also accepted that he had worked as a lagger’s mate on the dates claimed and had ‘inevitably’ been exposed to asbestos. Universal Asbestos and its successors are no longer in business, so the £110,000 compensation will be paid by the FSCS. LNB News and Lexis Nexis...

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