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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed

Photo shows the conveyor support beam Linas Mataitis was crushed against

A worker at one of the world’s largest metal recycling firms was killed because of a failing to properly segregate people and moving vehicles, a court has heard.

European Metal Recycling Limited, which operates across Europe, Asia and the Americas, was (on 20 May) ordered to pay more than £370,…

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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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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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South Lakeland farm owner sentenced over tractor death

The tractor which caused Thomas Phizackleas death

The co-owner of a South Lakeland farm has been sentenced after an employee was found dead under the wheel of a tractor.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Stuart Webster following the death of Thomas Phizacklea at Aurora Park Farm in Scales near Ulverston. The body of the 34-year-ol…

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Landscape gardener crushed by 'unsafe' skip loader

The skip loader on its side following the incident

A self-employed businessman has been given a suspended jail sentence for supplying unsafe construction equipment that led to the death of a father-of-six who was working on a garden in Reigate, Surrey.

Ken Pinkerton, a 47-year-old landscape gardener, was crushed when a one-tonne skip loader he wa…

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Former pie maker told to pay £375,000 over worker's death

The walk-in oven following the explosion

A West Yorkshire firm was today fined £250,000 for safety offences after a gas explosion in an industrial bakery oven ripped through its factory - killing a father of two and badly injuring another worker.

Andrew Jones Pies, of Huddersfield, which is now in administration, was also told by a jud…

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Textile manufacturer sentenced over worker's death

A West Yorkshire textile firm has been ordered to pay more than £115,000 in fines and costs for safety breaches that led to a worker being crushed and Some of the rag bales in WE Rawsons warehousekilled by a falling stack of rag bales.

Forklift truck operator James Welka, 61, died in hospital just hours after the incident at WE Rawson Limite…

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Firms sentenced after factory worker finds brother dead

Two companies have been ordered to pay more than £450,000 in fines and costs for serious breaches of safety after a Stockport factory worker found his brother lying dead in the bed of a machine.

The machine that caused Brians deathThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Unisign and WFEL Ltd. after Brian Miller suffered fata…

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Manchester metal firm sentenced over worker's death

The overturned machine which caused Mr Dempseys deathA metal manufacturer in Manchester has been sentenced after an employee was killed when a machine weighing half-a-tonne fell from a forklift truck.

Bruce Dempsey, 25, from Eccles, was walking alongside the forklift as it moved the machine at Applied Fusion Ltd. in Patricroft when it fell and stru…

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Workplace injuries cause 27 million working day loss in 2011/2012

Workplace injuries cause 27 million working day loss in 2011/2012Workplace injury and work-related illness led to the loss of 27 million working days in 2011/2012, new figures have revealed. According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) towards the end of 2012, 173 people were killed while at work, and 111,000 other injuries suffered …

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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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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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Hull firms in court for worker's death in roof fall

The shattered rooflight where Mr Jackson fellTwo Hull firms and a company director have been sentenced for joint safety failings relating to the death of a worker who plummeted more than eight metres through a fragile rooflight while cleaning gutters.

Kevin Jackson, a father of five, suffered multiple injuries including several fractures of h…

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Environment agency sentenced after worker drowning

The Environment Agency (EA) has been ordered to pay more than £220,000 in fines and costs after a catalogue of errors caused one of its employees to drown while dredging an icy Cambridgeshire watercourse.

Simon Wenn, 43, from Main Road, Threeholes, Near Wisbech, died on 8 December 2010 while worki…

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Defence company sentenced over explosion death

The aftermath of the first explosion and scale of the fireWallop Defence Systems Ltd. (WDS) has been ordered to pay £376,000 in fines and costs for safety failings that caused a fatal explosion at its Hampshire factory.

Anthony Sheridan, 37, from Over Wallop, was killed from injuries sustained in the blast at WDS, in Middle Wallop near Stockbridge, in Ju…

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Nursing home fined for elderly man's fatal fall

Reginald GibbingsOn 15 October, Truro Crown court heard that an elderly man with dementia was able to wander into another resident's room at his nursing home and fall to his death from a window.

Reginald Gibbings, 89, fell 3.6 metres from the room at Hillcrest House, Barbican Road, East Looe on 15 July 2008.

H…

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Safety failings by steel firm led to worker's death

One of the steel girders with the overhead crane with hook in the backgroundA South Yorkshire firm has been ordered to pay £142,000 in fines and costs for serious safety breaches after a worker died when he was crushed by a one and a half tonne steel girder.

Steelworker John Mott, 47, who had worked in the steel industry since leaving school, received fatal injuries…

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Salford firm sentenced over canal boat death

Richard Ferriss canal boat at Worsley Dry DocksA Salford firm has been fined £50,000 over the death of a canal boat owner at a dry dock on the Bridgewater Canal.

Richard Ferris - a father of four and grandfather of nine - suffered critical injuries after he slipped on a plank and fell head first to the concrete floor below at The Boatyard …

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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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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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