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8 September 2017
 September 8, 2017
online abuse

Online Abuse. As Serious as Face to Face?

Due to the rise of social media platforms within recent years, there has been a rapid increase in online abuse that people are receiving on a daily basis. Within the past few weeks, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have told prosecutors in England and Wales that online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as face to face abuse.

Following public concern about the increasing amount of racist, homophobic and anti-religious attacks on social media, the CPS felt no choice in the matter and therefore pushed for this new legislation to be passed.  This included revised legal documents with guidance for prosecutors on how they should make decisions on criminal charges. The rules of this new regulation officially put online abuse on the same level as offline hate crimes. We ask; should these two criminal offences be treated the same?

The legal enforcement was initially sparked after Seyi Akiwowo, a councillor in the London borough of Newham who was targeted by racist ‘trolls’ online after giving a speech regarding refugees. She and other councilors were shocked at the level

24 August 2017
 August 24, 2017
domestic violence

Domestic Abuse – What can be done to help victims?

Leading charity Woman’s Aid defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behavior, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex- partner, but also a family or carer.

In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men. Although less common, men can also experience domestic abuse in the UK. Additionally, the difference between the number of male and female victims is at its lowest compared with previous years. Taken from the Office for National Statistic figures it can be seen that domestic abuse is most common in the West Midlands, at a rate of 7.33 cases per 100 adults, and Wales, at 7.07, and lowest in London, at 4.57. The highest rates by police force area are in Suffolk and Cleveland, and the lowest in Surrey and London.

Domestic Abuse is something that happens all around us, amongst many different types of individuals every day. In fact, it has become increasingly more common over the

23 August 2017
 August 23, 2017
Most Dangerous Jobs in Britain

What Are the Most Dangerous Occupations in Britain?

Last month The Health & Safety Executive released its annual breakdown of workplace fatalities in the UK, with figures showing a fall in the number of employees killed at work.

The report shows that in 2016-17, there were 137 workers in total that suffered a fatal injury. Among the most common causes of death include falling from height and being struck by heavy machinery or a moving vehicle.

The level of danger an employee is subjected to in their role will ultimately vary, depending on a number of factors including the measures put in place to safeguard them.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the jobs that carry the most risk, some of which may surprise you.
Painter and Decorator
Next time you get the Decorators in it might be worth remembering that Painters encounter one of the biggest safety issues on a daily basis – working from height. Last year nearly a fifth of all fatalities in the workplace were caused by falls, making it the second most common cause of death at work.
Electrician
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27 July 2017
 July 27, 2017
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Waste and Recycling Sector Fatalities Soar in 2017

The number of fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector for 2016/17 is almost double the annual average for the past 5 years according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual figures.
The Health and Safety Executive noted that despite being a relatively small sector in terms of employment, the annual average fatal injury rate over the last five years is around 15 times as high as the average industry rate. The sector finds itself positioned at third most dangerous industry with 14 fatal injuries following Construction with 30 fatalities and Agriculture with 27. The HSE figures also stated that 5% of lone workers in this industry are likely to sustain a work related injury.

This time last year an incident occurred which sparked huge concern regarding the personal safety standards among the recycling and waste industry. Five workers were crushed to death by a 15ft concrete structure containing mental that collapsed on them in a Birmingham recycling plant. Two ambulances, an air ambulance, a hazardous area response team and an emergency planning officer were immediately

21 July 2017
 July 21, 2017
Improving safety for delivery drivers

How Can Safety Be Improved for Delivery Drivers After Recent Acid Attacks?

Last week it was reported that takeaway delivery driver, Jabed Hussain was attacked on his moped when two men pulled up and threw a corrosive substance at him. This shocking incident in London’s East End has brought the issue of driver safety firmly into the public spotlight.

Sadly, violence against delivery drivers is becoming increasingly common. According to Mr. Hussain, he and his colleagues have “felt unsafe for months,” having regularly been targeted by groups of youths. As a result of this, many drivers are now refusing to work after 8pm with some even asking to switch delivery area. Such is the level of concern for their safety, drivers in Hackney have created a WhatsApp group to alert each other to danger.
Safety Risks When Out on Deliveries
Typically, drivers are self-employed and there may not be adequate measures in place to protect them. Theft is one of the biggest issues, with many drivers being targeted by thieves looking to steal money or even vehicles. Drivers often work alone, travelling to remote areas and those with high crime

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