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Blog posts September 2012

Monmouth roof refurbishment company prosecuted after worker's ladder fall

A Monmouth roof refurbishment company has been fined after an employee was injured in a six-metre fall from the roof of a house in Cirencester.

On 17 September, Cheltenham Magistrates' Court heard that 26 year-old Lee Hanson, from South Shields, was using a roof ladder as he replaced tiles …

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Leading UK snack food manufacturer in court

The block of compacted waste that injured a Walkers Snack Foods employeeWalkers Snack Foods Ltd. has been fined after a 400 kilogramme block of compacted snack waste fell on a worker, breaking his leg.

The employee was working as a forklift truck driver at the company's site in Newark Road, Lincoln, when the incident happened on 17 December 2010. He was trying to put…

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Illegal gas fitter put lives in danger in Rochdale

A Rochdale man has been sentenced after he put lives at risk by illegally carrying out gas work at three homes in the borough.

Paul Gregory was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he left a newly installed gas hob in a condition classified as 'immediately dangerous' at one…

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Suspended jail term for director of Kent firm who ignored asbestos safety

a picture of blue asbestosThe director of a Bromley firm has given a suspended jail sentence after removing asbestos without a licence and deceiving the householders by providing a doctored air test saying the room was safe to re-enter.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the circumstances of the incide…

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Crumlin firm fined after worker lost finger in recycling machinery

A worker lost a finger when it was crushed in machinery as safety procedures were ignored at a recycling centre in Wales.

GLJ Recycling Ltd. appeared before Caerphilly Magistrates Court in a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and were fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £5…

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Aberdeenshire haulage firm fined after worker severely injured

An Aberdeenshire haulage firm has been fined after a driver was severely injured when he was knocked to the ground and run over by a tractor unit of a Heavy Goods Vehicle.

Ian Mackie, 43, from Turriff, was one of a team of drivers who worked for R & J Milne Limited operating out of its haulag…

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The importance of a company fire safety marshal

fire marshal high visability topIt is well documented that fires are one of the most lethal killers in the workplace and can occur at the most unexpected of times, due to a variety of reasons. All businesses are legally required to have carried out a fire risk assessment of their premises and the risk of fatality can be dramatical…

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Hull firm in court over worker's injury

A Hull company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker suffered severe injuries to his hand when it was trapped in a badly-guarded laminating machine.

Agency worker Steven Spencer, 36, had his left hand drawn into the rollers at Excel Laminating Ltd., on Leads Road, as he was feedin…

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Bridgend firm fined for solar panel installer's roof fall

A Bridgend firm has been sentenced for safety failings after a teenage worker plunged nearly six metres through a fragile roof at a children's activity centre.

Joshua Harry, 18, from Swansea, escaped with severe bruising to his back following the incident at Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon, on…

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Council fined after power line collisions endangered lives

Council employees, agency workers and passers-by narrowly avoided electrocution or injury on two separate occasions when vehicles collecting recycled material struck overhead power lines, a court heard today.

On both occasions workers for Powys County Council were using kerb side collection…

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Stoke trailer firm in court over serious crush injuries

A Stoke firm, which designs and manufactures trailers for commercial vehicles, has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when he was crushed underneath a lorry when the tuck-away tail-lift closed on him.

Mark Dimmock, 28, from Stoke-on-Trent, had only been working for Don-Bur …

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Landlady fined for gas safety failings

A Staffordshire woman has been fined for failing to provide evidence that a gas safety check had been carried out at one of her tenanted properties.

Liane Dewsbury was originally asked by Lichfield District Council to produce Landlord's gas safety certificates for boilers at two properties …

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Shropshire firm fined for worker's fall from height

A Shropshire firm, which hires out equipment for working safely at height, has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he fell from a cherry picker.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted UK Platforms Ltd. following the incident at the company's depot in Halesfield…

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Coventry firm fined after worker hurt on unguarded machinery

A Coventry engineering firm has been fined after an employee was injured on an unguarded machine.

The employee was making a cut in a component on a horizontal borer at MNB Precision Ltd. on 20 May 2011 but as he reached over to check the cut, his sleeve came into contact with the rotating par…

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Care home's safety failures led to elderly woman's death

The owners of a West Yorkshire care home have been told to pay £183,000 in fines and costs after a frail 93 year-old widow died because established safety measures were neglected.

Mrs Elsie Beals asphyxiated after becoming trapped in the gap between her mattress and incorrectly-fitted bed sa…

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Norfolk manufacturer prosecuted for guarding failure

A manufacturer of steel building materials has been fined for safety failings after an employee sustained a serious hand injury on a poorly guarded machine in Norfolk.

Antonio Pires, aged 63, from Watton, was operating a power press to form sheet metal at Worldwide Steels Limited, trading as …

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Concrete pumping company fined for poor plant maintenance

A Hertfordshire concrete pumping company has been fined after members of the public and a police car were sprayed with concrete when a delivery pipe ruptured.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted London Concrete Pumping Limited over poorly maintained equipment leading to the incid…

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Company fined after workers and public exposed to asbestos risk

A property restoration and development company has been fined after workers and the public were exposed to asbestos in a Lincolnshire town.

J Hodgson and Sons Ltd., of Carre Street, Sleaford, disturbed asbestos insulating board during refurbishment work at the former White Hart pub between Mar…

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Preston steel firm in court over employee's drilling injuries

A Preston steel firm has been sentenced after one of its employees suffered serious internal injuries when he became trapped in an industrial drilling machine.

Joseph Spencer narrowly avoided being paralysed when a rotating drill passed through his overalls and jeans, and became lodged close …

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Glasgow firm fined after worker loses finger

A Glasgow firm has been fined after an employee lost a finger and seriously injured his hand and arm when they became caught in machinery.

Daniel Campbell, 29, was working for Robert Cullen Limited, a manufacturer of corrugated cartons and moulded pulp products, at its premises in Dawsholm Av…

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