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Asbestos identified in Bunsen burner gauze mats

Gauze mats for use with Bunsen burners supplied by two UK laboratory supply companies have been identified as containing asbestos in the centre area.

Cyber Liability - Watch those Indemnity Periods!

Cyber Liability Insurance remains a relatively new insurance product and as with all new insurance products it is when claims start to appear that the cover variations can be evaluated.  

Franklands' client of 50 years opens new hub

This year marks the 50th year that Franklands, previously Shevill Parkes, has provided risk and insurance advice to Foston based logistics company ATL.

It's Firework Season - Let's be careful

Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas sees the arrival of the annual fireworks season. The damage which can be caused to property and business operations, as a consequence of using fireworks is a serious concern. It poses danger to all types of buildings, including commercial and industrial premises as well as residential.

<strong>Government cashes in on IPT</strong>

Research by UHY Hacker Young (UHY) shows why  Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) has become one of the Government's favoured income generators. The Government’s take from Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) increased to £6bn in 2017/18, an increase of 22% over the £4.88bn collected the previous year, a far larger amount than had been predicted.

<strong>Insurance Fraud and </strong><strong>the </strong><strong>Civil Liability Bill</strong> 

In 2017 Aviva detected £59m of bogus injury claims, totalling £9m more than 2016 and the third consecutive year of rising injury fraud.   

<strong>The Grey Fleet Causes Grey Hairs!</strong>

Lex Autolease, the UK's number one vehicle leasing company, estimates there are 14 million grey fleet vehicles on UK roads. Of this total, 11.8 million are associated with the private sector and 2.2 million from the public sector.

There is a hole in the road and the Government is looking into it!

This old music hall gag is proving to be no joke.  According to the AA, potholes are costing motorists and their insurers an estimated £1m every month in repair bills. 

Deaths in the workplace rise

Annual figures have now been released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/18.   The statistics show that between April 2017 and March 2018, a total of 144 workers were fatally injured. This is an increase of nine workers over the same period in 2016/17 and although this is a small increase there has been a long-term reduction in the number of fatalities since 1981 and the level has stayed broadly the same in recent years.

Droning on about safety and insurance

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, are becoming increasingly popular as the commercial opportunities that they offer are explored.  Commercial applications are increasingly evident in such diverse areas as property sales, media and broadcasting, agriculture, delivery, surveying, monitoring and inspection services.

Scaffolding school holiday safety alert

With the school summer holidays in full swing, there is a risk that construction sites, especially those in residential areas, can seem like an inviting playground for children.  With this in mind the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a timely safety alert reminding contractors and those in charge of construction work of the need to assess the site and ensure suitable measures are in place to prevent members of the public from climbing scaffolds and ladders. 

Driest summer on record?  Prepare for flash flooding

With the UK experiencing its driest summer since modern records began, when the weather finally does break, the risk of flash flooding is much increased.  Flash flooding, following a dry season, is caused by heavy rainfall onto ground which is so dry that it cannot absorb sufficient quantities of rain.

Environment Agency calls for landlords to be vigilant

The Environment Agency has warned that empty industrial units across the country are being targeted by waste criminals to dispose of thousands of tonnes of illegal waste.  

Rock Fall celebrates 20 years of industry defining safety footwear

Award winning Rock Fall UK Ltd, based in Alfreton and a long standing client of Franklands, have specialised in the safety footwear industry for over 20 years.   The Rock Fall team have taken the footwear aspect of workplace safety to a new level. 

UK motor insurers return to underwriting profit, but more rating turbulence predicted

The UK motor insurance market has returned to underwriting profit, recording its best Combined Operating Ratio (COR) since 1994 and the second best result since records began in 1985, according to the Ernst & Young (EY) Annual UK Motor Insurance Results.

 

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