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Blog posts October 2013

The dangers of carbon monoxide

picture shows a couple sitting together in front of an open fireCarbon monoxide has been called “a silent killer” by Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, stating that the deadly toxin “leads to 50 deaths every year”. At first glance this figure may seem relatively low when compared to other statistics (for example, from 2010 to 2011, 388 people …

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More than 1,100 construction sites fail safety checks

Photo shows unsafe work at height discovered during HSE campaign

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited during a month long safety drive.

During a nationwide campaign, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited 2,607 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place.

Inspectors found basic saf…

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Neath Port Talbot demolition firm fined after workers injured by collapsing floor

Photo shows a section of collapsed mezzanine floor

A Neath Port Talbot based demolition firm has been fined £30,000 after two of its workers were injured when a mezzanine floor collapsed on them.

On 18 October, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Wrexham Demolition and Dismantling Ltd. following the incident which took place on 9 Se…

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Barking firm fined for saw guard failings

Photo shows the horizontal band saw that severed a workers tendons

A Barking firm has been prosecuted for safety failings after an employee severed the tendons in his hand on an unguarded saw blade.

The worker needed a five-hour operation to repair the damage following the incident at Kierbeck Thames Ltd., on River Road, on 23 February 2012. He has been left wit…

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Firm fined over bulldozer driver death

Photo shows the bulldozer bogged down in mud

A Surrey company has been sentenced for safety failings after a contractor was crushed to death at the London Gateway Port construction site in Essex.

Robert Noel Mayne, known as Noel, 59, from Tichfield in Hampshire, died as he and colleagues tried to retrieve a bulldozer that was bogged down in…

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Cheshire fertiliser firm sentenced over asbestos exposure

Photo shows the industrial furnace where workers were exposed to asbestos fibres

A fertiliser manufacturer has been sentenced after around 50 workers were exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos fibres at its plant at Ince Marshes near Ellesmere Port.

GrowHow UK Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after asbestos was discovered during the refurbishment …

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Chemical firm fined for Burscough explosion

Photo shows the aftermath of the blaze at Burscough Industrial Estate

A chemical firm has been ordered to pay £150,000 in fines and costs over a major explosion at a waste management site in Lancashire that caused three workers to sustain serious burns.

Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS) Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blas…

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Glossop metals firm in court over employee's crane injuries

Photo shows the open-sided metal container which struck the worker

A Glossop-based metal manufacturer has appeared in court after an employee was injured when he was struck by a container as it swung from an overhead crane.

Firth Rixson Metals Ltd., which produces specialised metals for the aerospace, medical, oil and nuclear industries, was prosecuted on 1 Octo…

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Dorset yacht company prosecuted for ship fire

Photo shows the aftermath of the devastating fire on board the Malcolm Miller

A Dorset yacht company has been sentenced for safety failings relating to a fire that ravaged a famous tall ship and almost killed a worker.

Rolf Kitching, 45, from Portsmouth, sustained 40 percent burns to his upper torso and head and was hospitalised for four months as a result of the incident …

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Leicestershire firm fined after two workers fell four metres

Photo shows the work platform which fell from a telehandler injuring two workers

A Leicestershire building company has been fined after two workers fell four metres from an insecure platform balanced on the raised forks of a telehandler.

On 26 September, Leicester Magistrates' Court heard that Caplin Homes Ltd. was building a new house on land in Stretton Road, Great Glen, wh…

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