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Blog posts November 2011

Waste firm in court over Blackburn worker's fall

A waste collection firm has appeared in court after poor safety measures led to a worker falling from the top of a truck in Blackburn.

Neales Waste Management Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a 44-year-old employee fell four metres to the ground while trying to r…

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HSE welcomes Löfstedt review

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has welcomed the publication of the Löfstedt review.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling commissioned the independent review in March 2011 and appointed Professor Ragnar Löfstedt - Director of the King's Centre for Risk Management at King's College, London - to …

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Employee loses three fingers at Heywood factory

A Rochdale engineering firm has been prosecuted after a 21-year-old employee had three fingers cut off by an industrial saw at its factory.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the case against Adelaide Engineering Company Ltd. after the worker, from Bury, lost parts of three fingers…

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RAIB Report: Station overrun incident at Stonegate, East Sussex

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into an overrun incident at Stonegate on 8 November 2010.

Report Summary:
 
"Shortly after 08:00 hrs on Monday 8 November 2010, a passenger train running from London Charing Cross to Hastings failed to stop at Stonegate station in …

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Walsall landlord prosecuted for putting tenants at risk

A Walsall landlord has been sentenced for failing to provide a gas safety certificate.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Khalid Hussain following a complaint from a tenant and her partner, who rent a house at Raleigh Street, Walsall from him.

Walsall  Magistrates’ Court heard that…

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North Yorkshire firm in court for safety breach

A North Yorkshire company has been fined under safety laws after a supervisor suffered severe injuries to his hand.

The man had his right hand crushed with two fingers severed when he attempted to clean an air slide under a large machine used for mixing animal feed.

Northallerton Magistrates’ Cour…

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Exeter pair fined £13,000 for scaffolding collapse

Partners in a company that erected unsafe scaffolding, which crashed to the ground in strong winds, were sentenced yesterday (Wednesday 16 November).

A large section of scaffolding erected by the firm at a builders' merchants on 25 March, 2009 fell away from the building, seriously damaging a num…

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Lincoln University fined for asbestos failings

Lincoln University has been fined for putting staff, students and contractors at risk of exposure to asbestos.

The failings came to light on 24 February 2010 when a lecturer became trapped in a room after a door lock broke. She enlisted the help of a colleague to release her and once freed, they n…

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Scunthorpe firm in court after worker scarred for life

A construction company has been prosecuted for safety failings after a young worker was left permanently scarred when he struck an underground cable during digging work.

Richard Baisley, 26, of Scunthorpe, received severe burns to his hands, arms, face and chest when he drilled through concrete a…

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Scaffold collapse leads to fine for Nottinghamshire director

The director of a scaffolding company from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, has been fined after a roofing contractor was injured during a scaffold collapse.

The 48-year-old, from Nottingham, fell six metres and fractured his pelvis in four places after scaffolding built on behalf of David Kn…

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Improving safety standards through the right type of education

By John Hill, CEO of Bubble (NI) Ltd.

“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.” -  Malcolm Gladwell

I always think that the true measure of an organisation or, indeed a nation, is how i…

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Shropshire poultry farm prosecuted for worker's fall

Llynclys Farm Ltd. has been fined after a worker fractured his pelvis falling nearly three metres from an unguarded platform.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident outside a poultry house at their Stoke Heath Farm site in Market Drayton, on 20 July 20…

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Firm fined after roofer fall

A roofing firm has been sentenced after one of its employees was injured when he fell from a garage roof in Broughton.

Hawarden Roofing Supplies & Contractors Limited was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at a domestic property on Madeley Close in Broughton…

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Chicken company fined after worker fractures back

A Norfolk chicken processing firm has been fined after one of its employees fell from a ladder and broke his back.

Factory worker Peter Sherwood, 61, from Corton near Lowestoft, was carrying cladding boards up an unsecured ladder at Crown Chicken Ltd's factory in Weybread, Diss, when it slipped fr…

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Nottinghamshire manufacturing company fined for worker's hand and arm injuries

Amber Composites Ltd. has been fined after a worker suffered severe hand and arm injuries.

A 52-year-old production operative from Heanor, Derbyshire, suffered fractures in two fingers, a twisted knuckle and burns to his forearms after his hands became trapped in a pre-preg machine, a large piece…

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Guidance: The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on 24th October 2011.

These Regulations transpose Directive 2010/35/EU on transportable pressure equipment in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (repealing Council Directives 76…

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