Drayton Manor to be prosecuted over Evha Jannath’s death – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2019 in health & safety, homicide, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The operator of a theme park where an 11-year-old girl died after falling from a water ride is to be prosecuted under health and safety laws. Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip in 2017 when she fell from Splash Canyon at Drayton Manor. Staffordshire-based Drayton Manor Park Ltd will face a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2019

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Pregnant In Prison: ‘I Told Them The Baby Was Coming And Ended Up Giving Birth In My Cell’ – Rights Info

‘A newborn baby recently died in prison after a woman gave birth alone in her cell at night.’

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Rights Info, 16th October 2019

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David Cameron’s National Citizen Service sued for £22m for breach of contract threatening youngsters’ placements – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 14th, 2019 in charities, contracts, health & safety, news, young persons by tracey

‘One of the central planks of David Cameron’s Prime Ministerial legacy is facing serious trouble, accused of putting hundreds of jobs and the hopes of thousands of young people at risk. The body that runs the National Citizen Service (NCS) – founded by Prime Minister Cameron in 2011 as a modern-day national service for school leavers – is being sued for £22 million by its largest provider of services, after it was forced to make staff redundant and cut the number of placements it runs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th October 2019

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Brain-damaged claimant should not learn of £6.7m award, court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has taken the unusual step of stopping a personal injury claimant from knowing what compensation he has received.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th October 2019

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Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield retrial – The Guardian

‘The former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground when 96 people were killed in a crush, will on Monday begin his retrial on the criminal charge of manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2019

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Accidental death verdict for man electrocuted on football pitch – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in accidents, health & safety, inquests, news, repairs, sport by tracey

‘A jury has returned a verdict of accidental death at the inquest of a man who was electrocuted as he climbed over a fence to retrieve a football while playing a five-a-side match.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2019

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City council secures £40k fine over dangerous and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 1st, 2019 in fines, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, local government, news by sally

‘City of Lincoln Council has secured the imposition of its second largest fine on a rogue landlord, after a defendant was found guilty of letting out a dangerous and unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st October 2019

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HMP Coldingley prisoners ‘throw human waste out of cell windows’ – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2019 in health & safety, news, prisons, reports by tracey

‘Prison inmates have been resorting to throwing human waste out of their cell windows because of a lack of toilets, a report has found. The Independent Monitoring Board said it was “appalled at the lack of in-cell sanitation” at Surrey’s HMP Coldingley.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2019

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Council hit with £100k fine after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2019 in employment, fines, health & safety, industrial injuries, local government, news by tracey

‘Dacorum Borough Council has been fined £100,000 for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), caused by excessive use of power tools.

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2019

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Churchwardens, pine cones and a cheeky squirrel – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 11th, 2019 in Church of England, ecclesiastical law, health & safety, news, trees by tracey

‘The short, 2-page judgment Re St Peter West Blatchington [2019] ECC Chi 4 will be of interest to those with the responsibilities for the care and maintenance of churchyards.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th September 2019

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Probation service ‘struggling’ with workload, inspectors find – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2019 in health & safety, news, probation, recruitment by sally

‘The probation service in the South East and East of England has been struggling with “high workloads and staff shortages”, inspectors have said.’

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BBC News,4th September 2019

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HMP Pentonville: ‘Government neglect’ sees rise in prison’s violence – BBC News

Posted August 29th, 2019 in drug abuse, health & safety, news, prisons, violence by tracey

‘”Government neglect” has “directly contributed” to the rise in violence and drugs at HMP Pentonville, the prison’s watchdog said. The Pentonville Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) called for funds for improvements “as a matter of urgency”.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2019

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Airspace in a crowded sky – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted August 28th, 2019 in accidents, aircraft, airports, health & safety, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Lasham Gliding Society Ltd, R (on the application of) v. the Civil Aviation Authority and TAG Farnborough Airport Limited. The Claimant, the Lasham Gliding Society, challenged a decision by the Civil Aviation Authority, the statutory regulator of UK airspace, to permit the introduction of air traffic controls in airspace around Farnborough Airport, which is presently largely uncontrolled. Lasham Gliding Society (“LGS”) is one of the largest gliding clubs in the world. Its concern was that one of the effects of the CAA’s decision would be to increase the risk of a mid-air collision between its gliders and those aircraft which divert away from any newly controlled airspace around Farnborough Airport into the adjacent uncontrolled zone over Lasham where its gliders fly.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th August 2019

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Investigation prompts rapid upgrades to asylum seekers’ homes – The Guardian

‘Hundreds of asylum seekers crammed into a network of “guest houses” provided by a Home Office contractor that are overrun by cockroaches, rats and mice have seen a raft of improvements in the past few days after the Guardian exposed their dire living conditions.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2019

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Cannabis-based medicines blocked for routine use in NHS, as watchdogs demand evidence they are safe – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 9th, 2019 in health & safety, licensing, medicines, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Cannabis-based drugs controversially legalised by the government have been blocked by NHS watchdogs because there is insufficient evidence they are safe.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2019

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Junior doctors win “significant victory” in rest breaks appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 1st, 2019 in appeals, doctors, health & safety, news, precedent, standards, trade unions by tracey

‘Junior doctors in Derby have won a ‘precedent setting’ Court of Appeal case over the monitoring of rest breaks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st July 2019

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Supreme Court backs public access to court documents – Litigation Futures

‘Non-parties to litigation should generally have access to all written submissions and documents which have been placed before the court and referred to during the hearing, the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 29th July 2019

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Army criticised for ‘organisational failings’ over death of soldier – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2019 in armed forces, bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, standards by tracey

‘The father of a soldier who collapsed and died during a fitness test on a hot summer’s day has said there were organisational failings in the way the exercise was run.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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Assault and self-harm hit record levels in jails in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Assaults and incidents of self-harm in prisons in England and Wales have reached new highs, prompting fresh warnings that authorities are failing inmates.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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UK Heatwave: What Are Your Rights At Work? – Rights Info

‘With temperatures soaring in the UK, workplaces can become uncomfortable and, some argue, downright dangerous. While some may sit smugly in air-conditioned offices, others are not so lucky. What are your workplace rights when the mercury rises?’

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Rights Info, 24th July 2019

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