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Blog posts June 2012

Company fined after worker hurt in machinery

A Derbyshire window manufacturer has been fined after an employee's arm was dragged into a poorly guarded machine.

Wayne Marshall, 29, of Eastwood, was using a corner cleaning machine at Frame Trade UK Ltd. in Langley Mill when the incident happened on 13th May 2010.

A build-up of plastic debr…

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Maintenance firm fined for unsafe working at crematorium

Workers on the roof of Morriston Crematorium in SwanseaA company installing fans on the roof of a South Wales crematorium endangered workers and members of the public with a haphazard approach to safety.

Employees of IFZW Maintenance Ltd. were allowed to work on the roof of Morriston Crematorium in Swansea without any protection from falls - a …

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Edgware contractor prosecuted after workers put at risk

An Edgware contractor has been fined after the routine inspection of a construction site discovered dangerous working conditions.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspectors saw contractors working some three metres above ground without measures in place to prevent them from falling. HSE vi…

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Firm fined after 16-year-old worker's finger amputated

A West Midlands food production company has been fined after a 16-year-old worker had to have his finger amputated.

The teenager was clearing a blockage on a biscuit crumbing machine at Phoenix Brands Ltd. in Bilston on 25 November 2011.

He reached too far into the hopper and his right hand wa…

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Amputation leads to fine for kennel firm

A Staffordshire kennel company has been fined after a worker amputated his finger on a circular saw.

Antony Capewell, of Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent was working at Ultra Kennels Limited at its Chesterton site when the incident happened on 11 May 2011

He was using a circular table saw to make …

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Worker lost finger in wood planing machine

A Hampshire glazing company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost part of a finger in a woodworking machine at its factory in Aldershot.

Norbert Pietrzkiewicz's little finger on his right hand was drawn into a cutting block rotating at 7,000 rpm as he worked on reducing the …

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Transport firm fined over worker's head injuries

The excavator Mr Collins was helping to move when the incident occurredA Suffolk haulage operator has been prosecuted after one of its workers suffered a fractured skull as he tried to recover a 17-tonne abandoned excavator.

Experienced fitter Paul Collins, 51, had worked for Tannington Transport for only three months when he was struck on the head by a heavy-…

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Worker suffers severe burns at Staffordshire firm

A Leek company that makes webbing for seatbelts and harnesses has been fined after an employee trapped both arms in a machine and suffered severe burns.

Stewart Wood, a dye machine operative at Marling Leek Limited, was working a night shift on August 2 last year when webbing became wrapped …

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Company fined after worker's fingertip is severed

A Cardiff manufacturing company has been fined after a worker lost the tip of a finger while using an unguarded drill.

Vaughan Thomas, 21, from Caerphilly, was working at MIB Manufacturing Limited's factory on Rising Sun Industrial Estate, Blaina, when the incident happened on 26 April 2011.

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11 health and safety questions managers must ask

Photo shows workers in an officeManaging a workplace safely is crucial for business owners and managers. Not only are there laws to adhere to, but there’s the ethical considerations of workplace conditions, and valid financial concerns such as insurance and compensation.

Whilst some actions are not specified as legal requiremen…

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Teenage workers seriously injured after falling from height

A Derbyshire manufacturing firm and its director have been fined after two teenage agency workers fell from a lifting platform.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Storetec Limited and one of its Directors after Leon Payne, 18, from Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, broke his ba…

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Firms fined over university death

A carpenter died when a large slab of concrete fell on him during construction of a new accommodation block at Bath University.

Philip Hames, of Weston-super-Mare, was working for Creagh Concrete Products on the University’s Claverton Down Campus when he adjusted a metal prop without realising …

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Asbestos guidance for workers

There have been several recent prosecutions of employers who have not effectively protected their employees and/or members of the public from asbestos:

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Asbestos removal firm fined for putting workers at risk

A licensed asbestos removal contractor has been fined for putting its workers at risk of exposure to the dangerous substance during a refurbishment project in Warwickshire.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted AG&M Ltd. for failing to properly maintain a decontamination unit and r…

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The types and importance of warning signs

The black and yellow warning signs that we see displayed in different places play an important role in our lives. They protect us from many potentially hazardous situations.

Regardless of the hazardous place, it is always the responsibility of someone to warn all parties concerned about the hazard…

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Firm fined after worker falls from roof

A Leicester construction company has been fined for safety failings after a 19-year-old worker was hurt falling from a roof.

Apprentice joiner Jonathan Hill was working on a housing development in Croft Road, Cosby, fitting wooden batons between roof trusses when he slipped and fell around two …

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Worker's safety pleas ignored by South West London firm

A former Croydon construction company has been prosecuted after a worker fell eight metres from a scaffold tower that he hadn’t wanted to build for safety reasons.

Green Acre Homes (South East) Ltd., which ceased to operate a year ago, failed to listen to the concerns raised by handyman Joh…

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Firm fined after worker hurt in trench collapse

A former England kick boxer has had to give up the sport after being injured at work, a court was told.

On 13 June, Nottinghamshire engineering company Phil Watson Civil Engineering Limited was fined for the incident which saw 36-year-old Zak Davis, of Billinghay, Lincolnshire, buried up to his…

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Building firm sentenced after worker breaks back in fall

Construction site where bricklayer fell through joists and broke his backA building firm has been sentenced after a bricklayer broke his back when he fell through exposed floor joists at a site in Widnes.

The 40-year-old man from Southport was working on a project to refurbish a corner shop and construct four one-bedroom houses when he fell three metres from the f…

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Timber repair firm responsible for spread of asbestos fibres in shop

Potentially deadly asbestos fibres were spread in part of a shop by unqualified workmen and left on the premises for three weeks.

In a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), on 13 June, Cardiff Magistrates heard that Timberwise (UK) Ltd., a national company specialising in damp…

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