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Government proposals to imprison Killer Drivers

Motorists who cause death by dangerous driving could be sentenced to life in prison under plans put forward by ministers.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a consultation (5th December), Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury, on proposals that those who cause death by speeding, street racing or while using a mobile phone should face the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter.

Teacher died from Asbestos Exposure

A coroner has ruled that a former teacher, Sue Stephens, died after being exposed to asbestos in schools.

Sue Stephens, 68, worked as a teacher in Buckinghamshire for 30 years before retiring in 2008 to Crediton, Devon.  She was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for decades, in 2014 and died in June this year.

During the inquest, held at Exeter’s County Hall, the court heard that Sue had written a statement saying she recalled construction work being undertaken at another school and asbestos being removed by builders in the classrooms during lessons.

Myth-busting by the HSE

Council landlord bans use of mains extension lead on health and safety grounds

Local council bans tenant from using a mains extension lead from within his house, citing health and safety reasons.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
Phil Jones

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Work related stress remains one of the top causes of sickness absence.  The Health and Safety Executive has published its latest Health and Safety at Work statistics for 2015-16:

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