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Company fined £133,000 after unguarded machinery death

At Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday, Railcare Ltd. were fined £133,000 (reduced from £200,000 on account of their guilty plea) for a breach of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, following the death of one of their employees on 15 December 2008 at the company’s premises on Charl…

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Man's fingertip sliced off at Stoke factory

An air conditioning manufacturer has been fined after a man's fingertip was cut off by a circular saw at the company's factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Eaton Williams Group Ltd - which trades under the name of Colman Moducel - following the incident at its …

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Worker burned by molten metal at Worcester factory

A Staffordshire-based aluminium casting company has been prosecuted after a man was burned by molten metal at its Worcester factory.

Asim Qureshi, 41, from Worcester, was operating a die cast machine at JVM Castings Ltd's premises in Droitwich Road, when molten metal sprayed from the back of the …

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Lincolnshire flooring firm fined for worker injury

A hardwood floor company has been fined after a worker's arm was punctured by a large piece of wood.

Paul Murdoch, 40, of New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, was cutting walnut boards on a circular ripsaw at Weldon Contracts Ltd's workshop in Caunton Road, Norwell, on 11 September 2009 when a 90 centim…

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Worker suffers severed finger at plastics firm

A plastics firm which manufactures cases for computer games has been fined after an employee severed his finger in machinery at a factory in Corby.

The worker was trying to fix a problem on a colour dosing unit attached to an injection moulding machine at DuBois Ltd's premises in Arkwright Road when…

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Firm fined after technician's death at Cornish factory

An experienced technician at a plastic products factory in Cornwall was killed after he was crushed between the plates on a machine used to make plastic lids.

Shaun O' Dwyer, 54, originally from North Yorkshire, but living in Redruth died in the incident on 30 May 2008 at Curver UK Ltd's factory …

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Chocolate manufacturer fined for employee's fractured finger

chocolatesHigh street chocolate chain Thorntons has been fined after a worker broke her finger while operating a wrapping machine.

Ellen Yardley, 37, from Derbyshire was working at the company’s Somercotes plant on a foil wrapping machine, where chocolates were wrapped in foil and dispensed down a chute i…

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Basildon company fined after worker injures hand

An Essex packaging company has been fined after a worker's hand was injured when it became trapped between the rollers of a glueing machine.

Line supervisor, Lynda Jackson, 57, of Harold Hill, Essex was using cleaning paper to dry machine parts when the paper got caught between two glue rollers a…

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Rotherham recycling company fined for "blatant disregard" of employee safety

London Wiper Company Ltd. displayed "a blatant disregard" for the safety of 120 workers by failing to protect them properly against dangerous parts of cutting and crushing equipment.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) uncovered a catalogue of safety breaches during an inspection of the Univers…

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Warwickshire County Council fined for man's injuries

Warwickshire County Council has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a self-employed heating contractor lost most of two fingers in poorly guarded machinery.

John Shields, 64, who traded as Shieldson Heating and was a nominated heating contractor at the Council's Headquarter…

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Shropshire poultry farm prosecuted for worker's fall

Llynclys Farm Ltd. has been fined after a worker fractured his pelvis falling nearly three metres from an unguarded platform.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident outside a poultry house at their Stoke Heath Farm site in Market Drayton, on 20 July 20…

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Nottinghamshire manufacturing company fined for worker's hand and arm injuries

Amber Composites Ltd. has been fined after a worker suffered severe hand and arm injuries.

A 52-year-old production operative from Heanor, Derbyshire, suffered fractures in two fingers, a twisted knuckle and burns to his forearms after his hands became trapped in a pre-preg machine, a large piece…

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Manchester plastic bag firm prosecuted over worker's finger loss

A factory worker in Greater Manchester lost two fingers in a machine used to punch handles in plastic bags, a court has heard.

Arrow Flexible Packaging Ltd, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident at the plant on Clarence Street in Golborne.

Trafford Magistrates'…

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Using work equipment safely

Following the prosecution of a food business following the loss of a worker's hand due to the removal of safety guarding on machinery, it's worth pointing out that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable advice on what you can do to eliminate or reduce the risks from work equipmen…

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Food business fined £230,000 after worker loses hand

A major European food business producing raw and prepared chicken products has been fined £230,000 after two incidents at its Suffolk factory, one of which led to an employee losing his right hand.

Night shift supervisor Shaun Alexander, 42, from Kesingland in Suffolk, was helping a member of hi…

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Food firm sentenced over Wigan worker's injuries

A food processing firm has been sentenced after one of its employees suffered serious injuries to her arm at a Wigan factory.

The worker, who has asked not to be named, needed a metal plate in her left arm after it became caught in a potato blanching machine at the plant on Dobson Park Way in Ince…

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Stoke foundry fined for worker's burns

A foundry in Stoke-on-Trent has been fined after a man was left with serious injuries after being burned by molten metal.

Copper Alloys Ltd. was prosecuted after the 28-year-old worker suffered severe burns to his left arm and upper legs when he fell into an unfenced pit, which housed a mould contai…

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Fife worker crushed in potato harvester

A Cupar farming partnership has been fined £112,500 after a worker was killed when he was crushed between the rollers of a potato harvester.

Keith Wannan, 34, from Cupar, died as he was replacing rubber sleeves on the rollers of a potato harvester to prepare it for the new harvesting season.


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Lincolnshire timber company fined for employee hand injury

saw_imageKestrel Timber Frame Ltd, of Bourne, Lincolnshire, has been fined after a worker suffered a severe and permanent hand injury while using a circular saw.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that the employee was using a table mounted circular saw when his hand was caught in the blade -  it …

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Worcestershire firms fined after worker's fingers severed

Two companies have been fined after an employee had a thumb, index finger and most of his middle finger severed in machinery. Fibres became attached to the teeth of the rollers of the machine the man was using and as he reached in to remove them, his right hand became trapped in the running nip betw…

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