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Scottish Ambulance Service board fined after passenger death

The Scottish Ambulance Service Board (SASB) has been fined £55,000 (reduced from £80,000 on account of the plea) after pleading guilty to a breach of Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which led to the death of Mrs May Jean Morris, 78. The SASB pleaded guilty to failing to make a suitable and sufficient assessment for the period between June 2007 and December 2008 of the risk to the health and safety of members of the public who were in wheelchairs while being transported in their vehicles. By failing to provide a wheelchair tie-down and occupant restraint system, they also failed to ensure that Mrs Morris was adequately secured in the Passenger Transport Vehicle. Further, they failed to provide such information, instruction and supervision as was necessary to ensure that the vehicle was only deployed for transportation of wheelchair users for which the necessary wheelchair tie-down and occupant restraint systems (WTORs) equipment for their safety was provided. On 10th December 2008, Mrs. Morris was travelling as a passenger within the Passenger Transport Vehicle. Although her wheelchair was secured by webbing straps to the floor of the vehicle, Mrs Morris was only secured by means of a nylon lap belt which was part of her wheelchair. This was contrary to SASB protocol for the transport of a person while in his or her own wheelchair. The vehicle was involved in a low speed collision while waiting in a line of traffic in Renfrew Road, Paisley. As a result of being inadequately secured, Mrs Morris was thrown from her wheelchair and sustained injuries from which she died three days later. The investigation established that SAS managers knew of the failure to provide and deploy WTORS. The specification of equipment on the vehicle was below what was required to safely complete the scheduled days work.

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Minimum wage now lower than eight years ago

This year’s planned increase in the national minimum wage will leave it lower than it was in 2004 after inflation is taken into account, according to a new report for the independent think tank the Resolution Foundation.

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Rise in number of children killed on Scotland’s roads

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in Scotland is disappointed that the number of children killed in accidents on Scotland’s roads increased between 2010 and 2011.

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Health problems rife amongst call centre workers

The physical and mental health of the UK’s million call centre workers is at significant risk, despite health and safety regulations, a UNISON survey has found.

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Stricter safety checks proposed for breast implants

A breast implant register, more stringent safety checks, improved product traceability, and a pre-market authorisation system are among the measures proposed by the European Parliament to prevent a recurrence of the PIP defective breast implants case. The relevant EU legislation is to be revised this year.

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