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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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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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Boatyard firm fined for crane danger

The overturned crane on its side

An Isle of Wight boatyard business has been fined for safety failings after a poorly maintained mobile crane overturned during a lifting operation at Yarmouth Harbour.

No-one was injured in the incident at Harold Hayles Ltd. on 1 November 2011, but a car was badly damaged by the jib of the 35-ton…

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Businessman's safety failures led to worker's injury

The shattered stone slabs after the incident

A South London businessman and his company have been prosecuted for safety breaches after a worker narrowly escaped being crushed by a collapsing load of stone slabs.

The two-tonne set of ten slabs fell from the side of a lorry as workmen were trying to unload them at a workshop owned by Granite …

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Packaging firm fined £200k over worker's severed fingers

The remains of the workers glove in the machine at the Smurfit Kappa factory in Hensingham

A packaging firm has been fined £200,000 after an employee severely injured both of his hands when they became trapped in heavy machinery at a Whitehaven factory.

The 25-year-old from Egremont, who has asked not to be named, lost four fingers and severed parts of two others in the incident at th…

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Worker suffers severe head injury in barn roof fall

The barn in Edale where the worker fell through the roof

A worker suffered multiple head injuries and was left blind in one eye after he plunged nearly five metres through a fragile barn roof in Edale, a court has heard.

The 31-year-old from Wirksworth, who has asked not to be named, was helping to carry out repairs to the roof when one of the corrugat…

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Bedford glazing company fined over workers' injuries

The A frame which collapsed, injuring the two workers

A double-glazing manufacturer based in Bedford has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries when he and a colleague were hit by toppling sheets of glass.

Justo Llerena, 60, of Stanhope Road, Bedford, was attaching a hook on a pendant crane to the top of an A f…

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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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Worker's hand injury puts Leeds food company in court

The workers hand injuries after treatment in hospital

A Leeds-based food company has been fined for safety failings after an agency worker had two fingers crushed by hydraulic rams in a sausage roll machine which had a broken guard.

The 26 year-old worker, from Halton, Leeds, was removing filling for pasties from a hopper on the machine at the Excel…

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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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Macclesfield window firm fined over severed finger

The poorly guarded rotating saw at East Cheshire Glass in Macclesfield

A Macclesfield window manufacturer has been fined after one of its employees had a finger cut off by a rotating saw.

On 25 February, East Cheshire Glass Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its factory on London Road on 30 July 2010.

Macclesfield…

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Balfour Beatty fined after worker suffers severe injuries

The conveyor which caused Mr Hawleys injuries

A major rail infrastructure company has been fined after a man suffered serious hand injuries in two separate incidents less than a year apart.

On 12 May 2009 Keith Hawley, 64, of Chaddesdon, Derby, was manoeuvring a large piece of rail track into a press at Balfour Beatty Rail Track Systems Ltd.…

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Surrey firm fined for worker fall

The rooflight opening through which the worker fell - subsequently boarded to prevent further falls

A Surrey carpentry firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker fractured his skull when he fell through a roof light at a construction site in Cobham.

The 21-year-old, who does not wish to be named, also suffered soft tissue damage to his right hamstring in the fall on 7 June 2012 at a…

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Company fined for dangerous excavation

The unsupported excavation at the development on Britannia Road, High Halstow

A Kent construction company has been fined for unsafe excavation work at a building site in Rochester.

Concerns were raised about the Basi Construction Limited development on Britannia Road, High Halstow, on 26 January 2012 after both Southern Water and Medway Council saw evidence that work was u…

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Fairground owner in court after 12-year-old falls from ride

The fairground ride from which the 12-year-old girl fell

A fairground owner has appeared in court after a 12-year-old girl was badly injured when she fell from a ride at Lostock Hall Carnival near Preston.

The girl fell several metres from the end seat of the High Roller ride, as it swung through the air, and landed on the platform below.

She suffered…

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Halifax worker left disabled by crush injuries

The beam on the factory floor some time after the incidentA West Yorkshire firm has been sentenced for serious safety failings after a worker was left with life-threatening injuries when a 6.5 tonnes steel beam toppled onto his back.

Mark Priestley, 34, was pinned against a skip by the beam at the Halifax factory of Elland Steel Structures Ltd. on 31 Janu…

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Construction firm fined for dangerous site

The Stoneforce Ltd site in Northumberland StreetA construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risks of falling from height and other safety failings at a site in Newcastle city centre.

Stoneforce Limited, of Hertfordshire, was the main contractor hired to carry out work on the refurbishment of a new retail store in Northumberland St…

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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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