Keeping your family safe in today’s modern world is the theme this year for Child Safety Week; an annual campaign organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of how we can keep our children safe. Deborah Foundling, Associate Solicitor in our Personal Injury team, explains the theme and highlights some key safety tips from the charity.
Despite the abolishment of using asbestos in buildings almost 20 years ago, there are still over 2,000 deaths a year caused by exposure to the material. These are mainly due to lung cancer and mesothelioma, which can take years to develop following the initial exposure.
Exposure to asbestos can occur anywhere, and while it is only dangerous when disturbed, landlords have a responsibility to ensure their buildings are either free from asbestos or it is correctly monitored and managed. Asbestos was a common building material in the 60’s and 70’s; many buildings still stand with asbestos in their infrastructure. The material was only banned in the UK in 1999. Under Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 regulations, all landlords have a duty to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos, whether they be industrial, commercial, or public buildings.
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately the number of people dying from this type of cancer is rising each year. Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that six people are dying each day of mesothelioma in England and Wales, with some Hampshire towns amongst those having the highest mortality rates.
World Tourism Day has been celebrated on 27th September for many years, and was created to raise awareness of the importance tourism has for economic value as well as broadening our social, political and cultural horizons.
Recently released statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that work related injuries and ill health are costing the economy £14billion a year, despite Britain being one of the safest places to work in Europe. Deborah Foundling, Industrial Disease specialist Personal Injury Lawyer, here reviews the statistics and urges employers to consider their health and safety practices in the workplace.
Potholes on the roads can not only cause unnecessary and costly damage to your vehicle, but also to our bodies. Injury claims due to accidents involving potholes are on the rise, despite funding last year to reduce the number on our roads.
With Christmas approaching we’re all looking for bargains to help ease the financial demands of Christmas with presents, food and decorations all to be bought. However, it’s important that while trying to find the best buy, we also keep our safety in mind, as counterfeit goods can lead to a disaster that could easily have been avoided.