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Blog posts January 2013

Merseyside demolition firm fined after lives put at risk

Workers lives are put at risk as they clamber over rubble on a partially demolished buildingThe lives of several workers were put at risk as they demolished an old office block in Liverpool, a court has heard.

An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued an immediate Prohibition Notice ordering Total Demolition UK Ltd. to stop work at the site on Blundell Street in the c…

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Refurbishment firm fined for exposing workers to fall risk

Unsafe work on the roof of a large furniture store in Bridgtown, CannockA Willenhall refurbishment and shop fitting company has been fined for safety failings after instructing two employees to work at height without any protective measures or relevant roofwork training.

The men were working on the roof of a large furniture store in Bridgtown, Cannock, on 26 September …

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Medway NHS Trust fined over patient death

Danny Jewitt, 45, from GillinghamMedway NHS Foundation Trust has been sentenced for safety failings after a vulnerable patient died following a fall from a first floor window at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.

Danny Jewitt, 45, from Gillingham, sustained serious chest injuries in the incident on 10 May 2009 and was pronoun…

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Take responsibility and carry out a Legionella risk assessment

As an employer it is your job to ensure that you provide shower heada safe working environment. After all, the wellbeing of your employees and the general public is in your hands when they are situated on, or near, your work site. Therefore there is a vast array of different assessments and safety precautions …

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Gloucestershire paper company fined for safety failings

The rollers which caused the workers injuriesA Gloucestershire paper producer has been fined after an employee's hand was crushed in an unguarded machine as he tried to clean it.

The 43 year-old worker received a serious crushing injury, cuts and bruising to his right hand when it was drawn between the rollers of a paper coating machine at Co…

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Firm fined after worker's hair ripped out by machinery

Kelly Nields hair after it was ripped out by machinery at Mainettis factoryA Deeside company has been fined £60,000 after a young worker was severely injured when her hair was ripped out by poorly guarded machinery.

Kelly Nield, 25, of Ellesmere Port, was sorting clothes hangers on a conveyor when her scarf and hair became caught in the chain and sprocket drive of the be…

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Recent health and safety jobs

Here is a selection of recent opportunities in health and safety:health and safety careers

  • Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager - Bristol, £37K plus car and benefits - via Hays Health and Safety: click to view job
  • Health and Safety Manager - London, £35K - Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth: click to vie…

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UK Power Networks fined over worker death

The fire at the Bishops Hall Lane substation in ChelmsfordUK Power Networks (Operations) Limited, which supplies power to the East of England, London and the South East, has been ordered to pay £420,000 in fines and costs after an employee died while working at one of its Essex sites.

Electrical engineer John Higgins, 59, from Colchester, was killed at a…

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Suffolk firm fined for electrical hazard

HSE inspectors found a live 400 volt cabling hanging off the wallA Suffolk plastics manufacturer has been fined after electrical fittings at its production site were found to be dangerous.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) uncovered serious issues with the construction and maintenance of the electrical systems at Techplas in Sudbury on 9 and 10 October 2011 …

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Bury St Edmunds firm in court after Suffolk worker injured

The machine which caused Mr Sousas injuriesA Suffolk worker's arm was badly crushed when a bacon press he was reconditioning started up as he worked on it, a court has heard.

Orbital Foods Ltd., which buys and sells used food processing machinery, was prosecuted (on 20 December 2012) by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to p…

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