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Death of Bradford worker 'avoidable'

The collapsed racking system at George Barker & Co, where Jim Murphy diedA Bradford firm has been ordered to pay £140,000 in fines and costs after admitting safety failures that led to the death of a 61 year-old worker who was crushed beneath an unsecured racking system.

Jim Murphy died from head injuries when the 'A' frame metal racking unit, weighing more than …

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Nursing home owners sentenced after death of elderly resident

Two nursing home owners have been fined after an elderly resident died following a fall from a hoist.

Annie Bradley, 78, who was known as Vera, was being transported in a sling from her bed to a specialist chair at Harley House Nursing Home on Elms Road in Leicester on 19 July 2008. During the …

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Worker's death leads to fines

Two companies have been fined after a man was killed when he drove a specialist machine into an unprotected pit in a factory floor.

Martin McMenemy, 52, of Grimsby, was working for O. Turner Insulation Ltd., also of Grimsby, on the construction of a food processing plant in Ratby Lane, Leices…

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Steel company fined £500,000 after worker died from fall into liquid waste

Global steel company Tata was fined £500,000 for serious safety breaches today after a worker died when he fell into a channel carrying slag waste at 1,500 degrees Celsius when covers had been removed for maintenance and not replaced.

Kevin Downey, 49, was working on a night shift on the Num…

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Builder sentenced for unsafe work after death of couple

A self-employed builder has been fined £75,000 and ordered to undertake community service after work he carried out on an elderly couple's home resulted in their death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mohammed Jamil had been contracted to carry out work on the garage roof at the home of husba…

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Healthcare provider prosecuted after patient death

A  national healthcare provider has been fined £100,000 after an elderly patient died at a private hospital in High Wycombe.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted BMI Healthcare Limited for safety failings that led to the death of Michael Walsh, 85, from Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshir…

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UK Coal sentenced over Kellingley mineworker's death

UK Coal and global machinery supplier Joy Mining Ltd. were ordered to pay a total of £568,000 in fines and costs for serious breaches of safety that led to the death of West Yorkshire pit worker Ian Cameron.

On 18 July, UK Coal Ltd., of Harworth, Nottinghamshire, and Joy Mining Machinery …

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Northumberland firm and two directors fined after death of worker

A Northumberland firm and two of its directors have been sentenced for safety failings after a teenage worker died following a fall from a barn roof.

Jamie Lee Duddin, 18, of Corbridge, and another Scotts of Whittington Ltd. employee were carrying out repairs to the roof lights of the barn …

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Care company fined for resident's fatal fall at Buckfastleigh home

A nursing home failed to ensure the safety of an elderly, blind, wheelchair-bound resident who died after falling down a flight of stairs.

Patrick Foale, 75, lived at the Redmount Nursing Home in Buckfastleigh, Devon, when the incident happened on 1 November 2010.

Mr. Foale, who was diabetic, …

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Company sentenced for storage failings after worker is killed by stone slabs

The Stone Company UK Ltds warehouse where the incident occurredAn Essex granite manufacturer has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was crushed to death by stone slabs weighing three tonnes.

Martin Rice, 57, was unloading a delivery of manufactured stone and placing it on storage A-frames in a warehouse when the incident occurred at The …

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Council fined after pensioner killed by reversing bin lorry

Bassetlaw District Council has been fined after a member of the public was killed by a reversing bin lorry.

Derrick Baines, 76, of Mellish Road, Langold, Nottinghamshire, was returning home from the shops on his mobility scooter when he was struck by the lorry on 10 July 2008.

On 3 July, the H…

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Construction firms sentenced over worker's fatal fall

The construction site where Christopher Heaton fell to his deathTwo construction companies have been fined a total of £301,000 after a worker fell 22 metres to his death in Manchester.

Christopher Heaton, from St Helens, was working on the Leftbank riverside apartments in Manchester city centre - part of the Spinningfields development - when he was dragged…

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Firms fined over university death

A carpenter died when a large slab of concrete fell on him during construction of a new accommodation block at Bath University.

Philip Hames, of Weston-super-Mare, was working for Creagh Concrete Products on the University’s Claverton Down Campus when he adjusted a metal prop without realising …

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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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