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    Brain injury in sport: why the House of Commons report falls short

    When a group of MPs (Members of Parliament) call for ‘precaution’ to address an unproven link between an exposure and a disease, it invites applause as well as healthy scepticism. Such a call prompts especially these two questions: (1) are the authors truly interpreting the science in a ‘precautionary’ way?; and (2) are they calling for specific action(s) that truly embody precaution?

    By Professor Adam Finkel, University of Michigan School of Public Health on 01 September 2021

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    Break a leg: unnerving times for event workers

    After a year of restrictions, shutdowns and uncertainty, events are back on with full capacity audiences. But how are events workers feeling about their personal safety and how are employers responding?

    By Belinda Liversedge on 20 July 2021

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    What is the government's Events Research Programme?

    Anyone watching the football or the tennis on TV might be intrigued as to how so many people appear to be attending them, given that Covid-19 restrictions for events in place are capped at no more than 4,000 people for outdoor events.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 July 2021

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    Wembley capacity increased to more than 60,000 ahead of Semi-Final

    More than 60,000 fans will be able to attend the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley Stadium following an announcement by the UK government, increasing attendance to 75 per cent of capacity for each game.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 28 June 2021

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    Cinema audiences ‘more confident than ever’ of safe return

    Over a third (38 per cent) of audiences plan to return to cinemas within the first month of sites reopening, a survey has found.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 18 May 2021

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    Britannia Hotels fined 80K after woman falls through rusted railings

    A woman was left with life changing injuries after she plunged 6 foot down into a basement lightwell through rusted railings at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 16 April 2021

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    Norfolk holiday park fined after swimmer found unconscious

    A Norfolk holiday park and its safety consultant have been fined over £105,000 after a swimmer was pulled unconscious from a pool which had not been monitored by CCTV.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 30 September 2019

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    Guilty firms feel the impact of heavier fines

    In February 2016, the Sentencing Guidelines Council introduced new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences in the workplace.

    By Helen Devery, BLM on 10 June 2019

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    Local Authority fined after Legionnaires’ Disease traced back to leisure centre

    Tendring District Council has been fined after a member of public contracted Legionnaires’ Disease having been a regular user of its leisure centre facilities.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 20 December 2018

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    Secret history

    After lying mothballed for 80 years, the Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace is ready to open its doors.

    By Belinda Liversedge visits Alexandra Palace to find out about its hidden theatre and busy events programe on 03 December 2018