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HSE Workplace Fatalities – 2020/21

photo shows work at heightOver the past 18 months or so, the world’s focus has been on the coronavirus pandemic and how to keep everyone safe. Many businesses have paused or ceased operations during this time with workers furloughed or working from home.

But despite the obvious reduction in numbers of people at work, we…

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Suspended sentences for subcontractors after worker fatally crushed

Photo shows William Ward who was killed in the incidentTwo subcontractors have been handed eight-month prison sentences, suspended for 18 months, after a worker was killed when part of a 33-tonne metal barge he was dismantling collapsed on top of him.

William Ward, 56, from Handsworth, Sheffield, sustained catastrophic crush injuries in the incident …

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Engineering firm sentenced following Preston worker’s death

Photo shows the overhead crane that crushed Liam ONeill

A major engineering firm has been sentenced for safety failings following the death of an electrician who was crushed by an overhead crane at a Preston factory.

Liam O’Neill had been trying to replace a control cable when the incident happened at Assystem UK Ltd. in Bamber Bridge on 12 March 2011…

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BAE Systems sentenced for death of worker

Photo shows the press frame resting on the rails between which Gary Whiting was found

Global defence company BAE Systems has been ordered to pay almost £350,000 in fines and costs after a worker died when he was crushed by the 145-tonnes weight of a metal press at its East Yorkshire plant.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, described the death of maintenance engi…

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Redhill company fined £167,000 over worker's death

A Redhill-based construction company has been ordered to pay £210,000 in fines and costs after an employee died following an explosion on a construction site in central London. The explosion occurred following damage to an 11,000 volt live cable within an excavation.

Ioan Boboc, 22, a constr…

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Multinational recycling firm prosecuted for worker's death

Recycling company SITA UK Ltd. has been fined £200,000 after a 21-year-old employee died from head injuries at its paper baling site in Tipton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm after Mark Bate, of Tipton, West Midlands, was killed instantly when the arm of a J…

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Fines imposed following scaffolding fall death

Scaffold over-roof at Washington Avenue, St. Leonards on SeaA firm, its director and a supervisor have been sentenced for safety failings after a worker died from injuries sustained in a fall from scaffolding at a construction site in East Sussex.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Apex Scaffolding (Sussex) Ltd., its director, Michael Wa…

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Grimsby firm fined after worker's warehouse death

The banded steel coils after their collapse in ABCs former warehouse in Immingham DocksA Grimsby haulage company has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was killed when a row of steel coils 'collapsed like dominos' trapping him under their five-tonne weight.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted ABC (Grimsby) Ltd. after Alan Burr, a warehouseman and for…

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Fine for West Yorkshire firm after printer crushed to death

The platen press involved in the incident after being modified by Bezier to improve the safety features of the machineA retail marketing company has been ordered to pay £118,500 in fines and costs for serious safety failings after a worker at its Wakefield printing site was crushed to death.

Bezier Ltd., which employs some 700 people across nine UK sites, failed to heed warnings that could have saved the li…

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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed to death

An Ystrad Mynach recycling firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a yard foreman was crushed to death.

56 year-old Norman Mayne from Newport died after he became trapped between a container and a skip at Amber Services Ltd's recycling yard at Dyffryn Business …

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Leicestershire firms fined after death of worker

Two Leicestershire companies have been fined after a worker was killed when a lorry overturned onto his vehicle.

Richard Kenny, 48, from Earl Shilton, was killed instantly as the mini digger he was driving was crushed when a tipper lorry suddenly overturned on uneven ground while delivering aro…

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Landlord prosecuted after builder falls to his death

A landlord has been fined after a self-employed builder died while replacing a roof on a property in Middlesex.

Mr Jagdev Singh Bal, the landlord of a property on Upton Road, Hounslow, was contacted by his letting agency when tenants reported a wet ceiling in an upstairs bathroom.

Mr Bal engag…

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Director fined after worker's fatal fall through roof

The director of a building firm has been prosecuted after a self-employed contractor fell to his death through a fragile roof at an industrial building in Penryn.

Paul Gibbons, 59, who lived in Porthleven, was carrying out re-roofing work for Acryflor Ltd. at the Kernick Road Industrial Estat…

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Worker killed at Cemex plant

A 36-year-old contractor has been killed at the Lawford Road Cemex plant this morning (Wednesday).

Another man was taken to hospital with a broken arm.

Emergency services attended the scene; police officers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating.


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Factory explosion is China kills three workers

Three people were killed and four others injured in a workshop explosion in Zhejiang Province last night.

Initial reports are that a reaction kettle exploded and triggered a fire in a chemical factory.

All seven workers trapped following the explosion were rescued, but two died at the scene, and ano…

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Sailor killed on tanker in heavy storm

A sailor was killed yesterday after a massive wave hit the Annie PG, a tanker sailing 20 miles south of Plymouth.

The search and rescue mission was launched at 11.40am when three crewmen, one British and two foreign, were washed across the deck and into railings on the 140-metre ship.

The most se…

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Scaffolding collapse kills two workers at Abu Dhabi site

Two workers died and a third was seriously injured when their scaffolding collapsed from the seventh level of a building under construction opposite Al Maraya Cinema in Abu Dhabi.

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Fatality at Ontario mushroom farm

A man has been killed at a Monaghan Mushrooms farm - he was struck by a front-end loader and died at the scene.


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Museum worker killed in train accident

A 56-year-old man was killed in a train accident on Sunday night at the Texas Transportation Museum.

San Antonio police said the incident was caused by a miscommunication between the train's conductor and the victim.


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Six killed in residential home in Marseille

Six people have been killed after a fire broke out in an residential home in the southern French city of Marseille.

Initial police reports state that all six died of smoke inhalation after the fire raged through the fourth floor of the building.

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