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Blog posts April 2013

Conder Allslade in court for safety breaches

The steel beam that struck the worker with the steel trolley, to the right, that it was sitting upon before it fell

A Portsmouth steel manufacturer has been sentenced after one of its workers suffered life-changing injuries when he was hit by a falling 1.4 tonne steel beam.

Conder Allslade was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for serious safety failings that led to the incident at its factor…

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Missing safety catch leads to fine for company

Excavator at the collapsed culvert at Rother Valley Country Park

A York civil engineering firm was responsible for safety failings that led to one of its workers suffering multiple and life-changing injuries, a court was told on 18 April.

The 58 year-old man, from Rothwell, near Leeds, was felled by a seven-metre sheet pile as he worked at a site in Rother Val…

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Waste industry dangers highlighted in court

Metal fragmentiser

A Lincoln man suffered life-changing injuries because of a series of safety failings at the waste recycling plant where he worked in Scunthorpe, a court has heard.

The 25 year-old worker had his arm severed when he tried to clear a blockage on a conveyor forming part of a metal sorting line. The …

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Estate agent and forklift operator prosecuted after electric shock incident

overhead power linesA farmer from Holford received an electric shock when the forks of the fork lift materials handler he was riding on came into contact with an 11,000 volt overhead power line, Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court heard.

The accident happened in April 2011 at the machinery auction site at Walford Cro…

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Farmer crushed by badly fitted door

The barn with the roller shutter on the ground

A North Yorkshire farmer died when he was crushed under a half-tonne roller shutter door that had been badly installed, a court has heard (on 16 April).

Robert Ireland, 71, died from multiple injuries on 28 October 2010 at the family farm in East Heslerton, near Malton, when a roller shutter door…

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Gas fitter sentenced over Irlam explosion

Irlam Merlin Road gas explosion

A gas fitter has been sentenced following a major explosion in Irlam which injured ten adults and five children, and left a 73-year-old woman with severe burns.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Paul Kay after carrying out a large-scale investigation into the explosion on Merlin Ro…

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Leeds City Council sentenced after toddler's injury

Flagpole after falling and injuring toddler showing signs of decay

Leeds City Council has been fined for safety failings after it ignored warnings from its own staff about a rotting flagpole, which later collapsed and fractured the skull of a two-year-old girl.

The toddler had been playing in the park at Otley Memorial Garden with her mother on 31 March 2012 whe…

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International chemical firm prosecuted over multiple incidents

The corroded walkway which gave way when a worker stepped onto it

An international chemical firm has been fined more than £100,000 after workers were put in danger in three separate incidents at its Cheshire factory.

One employee at Tata Chemicals Europe Limited’s plant in Northwich suffered severe burns to his right foot which removed a layer of skin and requ…

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Building firm sentenced after employee falls to death

manhole chambers above the circular tank

A building firm and one of its directors have been sentenced after an employee fell 15 metres to his death in an empty water storage tank in Macclesfield.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Galt Civil Engineering Ltd. and Peter Stuart following an investigation into the death of Pet…

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Ignoring known risks ends in fine for farm manager

Picture taken by a worried passer-by at Newton Valence Farm that was then passed to HSE

A Hampshire farm manager has been prosecuted after he was caught on camera putting two workers at risk by using the grain bucket on a telehandler to lift them up to a barn roof.

The dangerous practices of Peter Kirby, 62, of Newton Valence Farm, near Alton, were spotted and photographed by a conc…

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Worker's tree fall lands farmer in court

The worker dropped onto a barn below before rolling off the roof and ending up on some of the felled branches on the ground

An east Hampshire farm owner has been prosecuted after an untrained worker plunged over four metres from a tree as he was using a chainsaw to prune branches.

The worker climbed up into a large sycamore tree and used a rope supplied by farm owner Hamish Janson to tie the chainsaw to a branch. He s…

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Hotel chain fined for asbestos risk

The Grand Burstin Hotel in Harbour Way, Folkestone

A leading hotel chain has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after construction workers and guests were put at risk of asbestos exposure at a Kent hotel.

Cheshire-based Britannia Hotels Ltd. failed to ensure a full asbestos assessment was undertaken before construction wor…

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