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Blog posts October 2011

Cardiff property firm sentenced after worker exposed to asbestos

Rochefort Shugar Ltd. has been sentenced after a handyman was exposed to asbestos-containing material while carrying out work on a client's property.

A self-employed handyman from Cardiff, regularly carried out work on properties managed by Rochefort Shugar Ltd. and on 15 October 2010 was sent t…

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Manchester plastic bag firm prosecuted over worker's finger loss

A factory worker in Greater Manchester lost two fingers in a machine used to punch handles in plastic bags, a court has heard.

Arrow Flexible Packaging Ltd, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident at the plant on Clarence Street in Golborne.

Trafford Magistrates'…

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Leicester roofer fined after fatal fall from height

A roof worker has been fined after a man fell to his death in Leicester.

Landlord Trevor Hall, 65, of Willoughby Road, Countesthorpe, died after falling around 3.5 metres through a fragile roof light at premises he owned in Saffron Road, Leicester on 8 March 2010.

He had gone onto the roof to obse…

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Cambridgeshire stonemasonry business fined after poor practice spotted on BBC television programme

A Cambridgeshire stonemasonry business has been fined over dangerous stone dust after the firm appeared on a BBC television programme.

Atelier 109 Limited, of Main Road, Etton, near Peterborough, featured in March 2010 in the BBC2 series, Mastercrafts, presented by Monty Don - but an eagle-eyed v…

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Using work equipment safely

Following the prosecution of a food business following the loss of a worker's hand due to the removal of safety guarding on machinery, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipmen…

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Food business fined £230,000 after worker loses hand

A major European food business producing raw and prepared chicken products has been fined £230,000 after two incidents at its Suffolk factory, one of which led to an employee losing his right hand.

Night shift supervisor Shaun Alexander, 42, from Kesingland in Suffolk, was helping a member of hi…

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HSE challenges construction industry to learn from London 2012

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is challenging the construction industry to learn from the London 2012 construction project and improve the safety record of one of the most dangerous occupations in Britain.

The HSE's Leadership and Worker Involvement on the Olympic Park research, published…

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Are you ready for winter?

The Red Cross is "encouraging people to get ready for the potential big freeze in the next few months".

The Red Cross reports that "last year’s severe weather caused real disruption to thousands of lives, but the good news is that it’s easy to make sure you’re prepared for the worst – by preparing …

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Resources: Healthy Workplaces Magazine

This Magazine is part of the resources produced to support the European Campaign on Safe Maintenance. The articles in the Magazine demonstrate the wide range of maintenance related issues that have an impact on maintenance safety and more generally on safety and health at work. These include, am…

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Healthy Workplaces European Campaign on Safe Maintenance

During 2010-2011, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is helping promote safe and healthy workplaces by encouraging an integrated and structured approach to maintenance.

Maintenance is a process that affects every area of safety and health. Poor standards and a failure to keep working environm…

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Food firm sentenced over Wigan worker's injuries

A food processing firm has been sentenced after one of its employees suffered serious injuries to her arm at a Wigan factory.

The worker, who has asked not to be named, needed a metal plate in her left arm after it became caught in a potato blanching machine at the plant on Dobson Park Way in Ince…

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Illegal gas fitter receives two-year prison sentence

An Accrington man who falsely claimed he was a registered gas engineer has been sent to prison for two years for endangering people's lives at two properties in Lancashire, including a baby boy.

Stephen Jonathan was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for committing a total of six…

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Louth man fined after joiner injured in scaffold fall

A man from Louth has been fined after a joiner broke his leg falling from scaffolding in the town.

Self-employed Mario Mazzarella was working on scaffolding built for him by Panther Scaffolding at the Helal Restaurant on Mercer Row in Louth on 9 November 2009, when a bus collided with the structur…

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Exeter firm fined after worker injured by reversing telehandler

A visiting worker suffered severe leg injuries when he was hit by a reversing telehandler vehicle at a waste transfer site near Exeter.

Andrew Grist, of Newton Abbot, suffered a detached calf muscle, a near severed toe and broken bones in his foot and was off work for six months after the inciden…

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Woman killed in nightclub crush

A young woman was killed in a nightclub in Northampton when the crowd rushed for an exit.

The Press Association reports that "there was an announcement that signalled the end of the night, which forced clubgoers towards the exit" and then "the fire alarm went off and everyone started panicking".

Nor…

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CEMEX fined after man killed in explosion

A multinational cement firm has been fined £200,000 following the death of a worker in an explosion at its Rugby premises.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted CEMEX UK Operations Ltd, which makes cement and building products for the construction industry, after the death of 28-year-o…

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Dorset manufacturing firm fined after worker injured

A Dorset manufacturing firm was today fined after a lorry delivery driver was run over by a fork lift truck, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Kelvin Davey, 61, from Verwood, Dorset, had both his ankles and lower legs broken when the fork lift truck reversed into him at Verplas Ltd's…

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Battersea laundry firm fined for ignoring safety notices

A Battersea laundry firm showed scant regard for employee wellbeing and safety after ignoring instructions to make it easier and safer for workers to move heavy loads, London magistrates heard today.

Niva UK (Ltd), trading as Sunbeam Laundry, failed to act on two separate Improvement Notices serv…

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Lorry driver fined after worker crushed in brick clamp

An experienced lorry loader operator from Radstock, Somerset has been fined after another worker was crushed in the brick clamp of the lorry loader, leaving him with serious internal injuries.

Yeovil Magistrates' Court heard how, on 18 November 2010, Mark Pratten, 53, a lorry loader operator work…

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Maine worker injured by exploding forklift tyre

Colleagues say that a Bath Iron Works maintenance worker, who was injured around 1pm on Monday afternoon while changing a tyre, made it through surgery and is in stable condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The Kennebec Journal has further details...

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