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Lords rule on asbestos compensation

Thousands of widows will not receive full compensation for their husbands’ deaths from asbestos-related cancer, following a ruling by the Law Lords in May. The ruling put a compensation limit on cases involving several employers, none of whom could specifically be blamed for the onset of the fatal illness. The TUC has called the ruling “shocking”.

Roadshows spell out noise advice

More than 1.1 million people are at risk from high levels of noise at work and about 1.7 million people from hand arm vibration, according to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive and manufacturers’ organisation the EEF. As a result they are running a series of roadshows during June to give “no-nonsense” advice to employers on recent changes in European regulations.

Lift firm fined 400,000

A lift operating company, Otis Investments, has been fined 400,000 for an accident that killed two people in 2001. Michael Dawson, 27 and Daniel Digby, 25, died when they fell down a lift shaft at Shirley Towers, a high-rise block of flats in Southampton.

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