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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

Royal Mail & CWU appeal over dog attacks

Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are appealing to dog owners to help keep animals under control during the school holidays this summer when postmen and women call to deliver mail.

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Charity calls for road safety priority

Road safety charity Brake is calling on the government to give far greater priority to preventing devastating road casualties and making communities safer, as new government statistics reveal an increase in people killed and seriously injured on British roads for the first time in 17 years.

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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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Radical proposals to improve road safety in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has proposed radical changes in driver training and new driver safety. The new measures which reflect best practice around the world, are a fundamental shift towards safer driving among young people.

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