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This is an effort to try to record all UK work related deaths and submissions for inclusion are welcome
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Please note this is not in anyway an attempt to report the latest news 

This is an effort to try to record at least UK work related deaths and submissions for inclusion are welcome.  It is to try to ensure fatalities caused by working are not just forgotten. 

  If anyone can provide further details (or correction) of these or other work related deaths already listed on this site, I would be most grateful if you could email them to me @"lcs_ldtuc@btinternet.com" and please feel free to add personal comments including condolences.

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Care home bosses admit health and safety breaches after 89-year-old died following fall from landing

Care home bosses admit health and safety breaches after 89-year-old died following fall from landing | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
The proprietors of a care home, where an 89-year-old resident died after a fall from a first floor landing, have pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches.

Resident, Marjorie Keogh, died in...
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Tobacco lobbying warped EU law, British scientists 'prove'

Tobacco lobbying warped EU law, British scientists 'prove' | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Industry lobbying saw EU institutions water down a new tobacco law between 2009 and 2014, a new study by British scientists has found.
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Cant help but wonder just how many deaths are acceptable for how much money

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Appellate court upholds decision blaming Samsung for employees' leukemia deaths

Appellate court upholds decision blaming Samsung for employees' leukemia deaths | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
An appellate court said Thursday Samsung Electronics Co. is to blame for the leukemia deaths of two of its former production-line employees, upholding a lower court's landmark decision three years ago.
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Oil Train Derails in Lynchburg, Virginia

Oil Train Derails in Lynchburg, Virginia | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Latest incident comes amid safety debate over rail transport of crude.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

 Methinks Whilst this is an old article Published April 30, 2014 it is relevant because such incident are becoming far too common yet as can be seen by the previous scoop-it the US seems not able to prevent repeats.  How long before a complete town is wiped out by an industry.

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Man found dead on coal site crane

Man found dead on coal site crane | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
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 Just because he did not fall from the crane, does not mean his death was not work related.  The link is that he was at work at the time of his death so it cannot be described as non workrealated though I am sure the HSE will do its best.

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Pathologist said man who died in hospital might have survived if he had not been restrained for a prolonged period

Pathologist said man who died in hospital might have survived if he had not been restrained for a prolonged period | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A pathologist told an inquest today that a man who died in hospital hours after being admitted handcuffed and in leg straps might have survived if he had been released from his restraints. ...
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Work related possible not according to the HSE and while no one is expressing blame, the  NHS is one hell of a large workplace.

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Jury decides dedicated dairy farmer was crushed to death by his stock in accident

Jury decides dedicated dairy farmer was crushed to death by his stock in accident | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Dedicated dairy farmer John Bodycote was crushed by his stock as he took a short break from tending them, an inquest was told yesterday. Despite attempts to revive him at the scene he died later in...
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Algerian inquest delay branded ‘cruel’ by families

Algerian inquest delay branded ‘cruel’ by families | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Two men from Merseyside were killed during a terrorist siege at an Algerian gas plant in 2013
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Seems like someone’s trying to cover up something nasty.

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Driver dies after being found inside delivery tanker at Middleton brewery

Driver dies after being found inside delivery tanker at Middleton brewery | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
The man, in his 30s, was found in the bottom of the empty container at around 3.45pm this afternoon
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BP guilty of 'gross negligence'

BP guilty of 'gross negligence' | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A US judge rules BP was "grossly negligent" and guilty of reckless conduct in the lead-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Please tell me if I have this wrong?  BP (British Petroleum) is presumable bringing in enough money into the UK whilst paying UK taxes to be able to accept fines of  $43bn (£26bn) plus,( to cover fines, legal settlements, and clean-up costs to another country for wrong doing or gross negligence.  Now as far as I am aware, the UK government as had nothing to say on this specific issue, other than unprecedented general attacks on the need for health, safety and welfare legislation as an unnecessary affront to free trade and the means to more profit.   Well it strikes me that BP and the UK could have saved not only a lot of distress (apart from lives) but also an awful lot of money if they had considered health safety and welfare a little more important than profit.

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Driver jailed for killing cyclist

Driver jailed for killing cyclist | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A minibus driver is jailed for five years for killing a cyclist, whom he hit while looking at photographs on his mobile phone.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

This will not be recorded by a work related death but a RTA “road traffic accident” yet non-the-less a mini-bus is a commercial vehicle and the driving of such should surely be regarded as working and lastly the UK road network is the biggest workplace in the UK

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European Metal Recycling Ltd to pay £230k following worker’s death - SHP Online

European Metal Recycling Ltd to pay £230k following worker’s death - SHP Online | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A worker from Handsworth, Sheffield died when part of a 33-tonne metal barge he was dismantling collapsed on top of him, a court has heard. William Ward, 56, sustained fatal crush injuries in the incident at European Metal Recycling Ltd’s Kingsbury depot in Warwickshire on 12 October 2011. The recycling giant, which operates across Europe, Asia and the …
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Am I missing something?  How can something other than a living breathing responsible person be convicted of what surely must be a criminal act?  What is the point of such action?  Surely it should be those who were engaged to run the companies and those who encaged to run companies who need to be hauled before the courts and sever section taken against them.  Can someone please explain what the purpose of fining a company is because to me it seems like fining a car for a driving offence?

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Man killed in A6003 lorry crash in Rutland named | Leicester Mercury

Man killed in A6003 lorry crash in Rutland named | Leicester Mercury | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
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Basic NHS services could be charged for after general election, BMA chief says

Basic NHS services could be charged for after general election, BMA chief says | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Dr Mark Porter says finances are so dire it will be ‘inescapable’ the next government will consider fees, though three main parties deny they would
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Re- the amended on 6 April 2015 to clarify that in the UK prescription charges apply only in England. Prescriptions are free in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The reason being these countries are still socialist and power as not as yet been handed over to business interests. It’s time England staged a return to democratic government by the people for the people.  Free Trade Anarchy is an affront to true democracy and must be recognized as such.  Anarchy of any sort is no friend of genuine any respectful business but the enemy of democracy and civilization.

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Eastbourne Pier fall workman named as Stephen Penrice

Eastbourne Pier fall workman named as Stephen Penrice | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A man working on the fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier who died in a fall on to the beach is named as Stephen Penrice, from Cumbria.
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Tipper truck crash suspects arrested

Tipper truck crash suspects arrested | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Two men have been arrested over a tipper truck crash in Bath that left four people dead, including a four-year-old girl.
The 30-tonne truck, which careered down Lansdown Lane hitting vehicles and pedestrians, crashed on 9 February.
A 19-year-old man, believed to be Philip Potter who was driving the truck, is being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Despite a lorry being involved and it being undoubtedly the instrument of the tragedy, the HSE is unlikely to see or record this as work-related, industrial incident.  This is because it will almost certainly be recorded as a RTA and the HSE seem to fear recording such incidents as industrial incidents, could them to appear as both, creating confusion.  It follows as much of our road traffic is related directly to work  as transport is now possible the largest UK industry this policy is hiding vast numbers killed and injured in RTAs involving workers or work vehicles.

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Huge fire after US train derails

Huge fire after US train derails | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Methinks We are continual being told and sold the need for evermore privatization and loosening of HS&W Regulations via self-regulation or other means and many of our American Cousins believe this is the result.  May be the forthcoming election will give the UK people the opportunity to get through to the academic elite running the UK at the bequest of the private business conglomerates that are pulling their strings and maybe paying them off.  Similar accidents have been happening in the US for some time (see “http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/04/140430-oil-train-derails-in-lynchburg-virginia/” one would think the US had had sufficient experience to address the issue but perhaps private business conglomerates are pulling their strings or paying them off.

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Italy's shipwreck Captain Schettino

Italy's shipwreck Captain Schettino | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it

“The captain told the court that he had been sacrificed to safeguard "economic interests", arguing that the court should be considering an entire organisation rather than one man.”……….”As the accusations against Capt Schettino grew, there were those who came to his defence, including sailors, who agreed with his assertion that his decision to steer the ship towards shallower waters had probably saved dozens of lives.  His defence lawyers accused the prosecution of focusing on him while offering plea bargains to five co-defendants, jailed in July 2013 for up to two years and 10 months.“……” As details of the unplanned change of course emerged, ship owner Costa Cruises distanced itself from the captain who, it said, had made "serious errors of judgement" and carried out a manoeuvre "unauthorised, unapproved and unknown to Costa"…...

 

 

G. L. Taylor's insight:

One can’t help wondering if this company is like many others, only employing “yes men” that have no initiative or courage to stand up to anyone or do the right thing.    Non seem to have countered or even protested against actions that were according to the company ”unplanned change of course….had made "serious errors of judgement" and carried out a manoeuvre, unauthorised, unapproved and unknown to Costa".  Far too many companies employ only yes men, yet allow them in return to do just as they like without any supervision or apparent control, then declaring they had no idea of any wrong doing.  Why are owners and company directors allowed to claim a lion’s share of income yet behave like blind mice when things go wrong?  A more accurate analogy maybe “The Three Wise Monkeys” who cannot speak evil if they are mute, hear evil if they are deaf or see evil if they are blind, yet oddly enough, all three can still commit evil.  Why do those implementing justice systems, always fall for such garbage?  When no common bleb would accept such bland denial of responsibility.

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Horror as man dies in street after falling from multi-storey car park in Leicester city centre

Horror as man dies in street after falling from multi-storey car park in Leicester city centre | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A man fell to his death from a multi-storey car park in Leicester city centre. The Abbey Street and Belgrave Gate area ground to a halt following the tragedy, as shoppers and other city centre...
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Before anyone says or even thinks this incident is not work related I would point out that our public highways must be at least one of the biggest work places in the UK with millions of workers using it and they are obviously traumatised by such incident.

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Rail news release - 19 August 2014 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Rail news release - 19 August 2014 - Transportation Safety Board of Canada | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
TSB identifies systemic problems leading to Lac-Mégantic train accident and calls for additional safety defences to improve rail safety
G. L. Taylor's insight:

A weak safety culture seems like David William Donald Cameron's heaven then with his aims of weakening the UK health and safety culture that he believes hold the UK back.  Perhaps someone should put him on a runaway train it might alter his mind somewhat assuming he survived..

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Worker dies in BP offshore fall

Worker dies in BP offshore fall | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A man dies after a fall on BP's Unity platform in the North Sea.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

No doubt this and many more will not be counted as a work related death in the official figures publicised by the HSE who seemingly seem to possibly inadvertently lead all into believing the UK as low work related deaths.

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Jail for company director after worker is crushed to death by two-tonne sandbox

Jail for company director after worker is crushed to death by two-tonne sandbox | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A disqualified company director has been jailed for flouting health and safety regulations which led to a worker being crushed to death.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

So O'Boyle's firm, the now insolvent Aztech BA Ltd, was also fined £100,000.  Was that after the fine was paid or before thus meaning it was never paid and the fine was yet another pointless exercise and why did it take a death before this man was found out?  This just proves how lax the law on such matters is and that rules nor regulations matter a toss unless backup by government and enforced by law.  Clearly neither government nor the law is concerned enough to have done this.

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Train crash 'threw engine in air'

Train crash 'threw engine in air' | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
A man who witnessed a train crash in Somerset said the force threw the engine of a car flying through the air.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Whilst it’s easy to criticize the driver and some call this unmanned crossing “fools temptation” there is an obvious problem that needs sorting by those in in responsible positions no longer burying their heads in sand till a major incidents happens killing hundreds

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Care home operator fined following resident death | Media centre - HSE

Life Style Care PLC
G. L. Taylor's insight:

Yet again it seems the guilty Hertfordshire care home operator has been allowed to hide behind a pseudonym or company name that no doubt paid the fine, meaning there was less to spend supporting residence.  In short the fine was most likely off loaded onto the residence.  Surely it is time the managers and directors of guilty companies were openly named and shamed publically.  Perhaps then it would affect their appointments to what should be responsible positions and make them understand workplace requirements.

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Vauxhall helicopter crash 'could have been prevented'

Vauxhall helicopter crash 'could have been prevented' | Work Related Deaths | Scoop.it
Warnings of threats to safety caused by high-rise buildings could have prevented a helicopter crash which killed two people in London last year, a report is expected to claim.
G. L. Taylor's insight:

It seems from reports that better lighting on the crane could have made it more visible to pilots and maybe would have avoided the incident.  The questions is, have construction companies taken this on board or have they as usual escaped responsibility, they seem to be quite capable of lighting up crane like Christmas trees for the purpose of advertising but seem incapable of doing it to make them more noticeable to aircraft.

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