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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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Guarding failures left pensioner with life-threatening injuries at wood yard

The log splitter which caused Mr Fryetts injuriesA 73-year-old worker at a Norfolk wood yard was left with life-threatening and life-changing injuries that could have been prevented had the log splitter he was using been better configured and guarded, a court has heard.

Basil Fryett, of Great Massingham, King's Lynn, has spent almost six months i…

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The story of Honda and health and safety

first aid kitGuest post by: Ingunn Bjøru

An employee, Cesar Santos, literally gave his bosses two fingers recently at Honda in Swindon, but he probably didn’t enjoy the experience as much as he may have hoped.  Whilst using an emery cloth to clean some equipment, his bosses were pressing him to complete the ta…

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Gloucestershire paper company fined for safety failings

The rollers which caused the workers injuriesA Gloucestershire paper producer has been fined after an employee's hand was crushed in an unguarded machine as he tried to clean it.

The 43 year-old worker received a serious crushing injury, cuts and bruising to his right hand when it was drawn between the rollers of a paper coating machine at Co…

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Firm fined after worker's hair ripped out by machinery

Kelly Nields hair after it was ripped out by machinery at Mainettis factoryA Deeside company has been fined £60,000 after a young worker was severely injured when her hair was ripped out by poorly guarded machinery.

Kelly Nield, 25, of Ellesmere Port, was sorting clothes hangers on a conveyor when her scarf and hair became caught in the chain and sprocket drive of the be…

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Bury St Edmunds firm in court after Suffolk worker injured

The machine which caused Mr Sousas injuriesA Suffolk worker's arm was badly crushed when a bacon press he was reconditioning started up as he worked on it, a court has heard.

Orbital Foods Ltd., which buys and sells used food processing machinery, was prosecuted (on 20 December 2012) by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to p…

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Avoiding injury over the festive season

Christmas shoppingChristmas is the busiest time of year for retailers as millions of shoppers head out to purchase gifts for friends and family. At this time of year the risk of suffering a slip or fall increases greatly as the cold, wet and increasingly icy weather makes shopping conditions dangerous. To avoid any u…

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Company prosecuted after heavy motor crashes into lobby at Luton hospital

The lift winding motor that was droppedA Banbury lift company has been fined after a lift motor weighing more than a tonne fell into a lobby at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, injuring a member of the public.

The heavy component was being hoisted over a hatch by Cotswold Lifts Limited when the incident occurred on 07 September 2010.

The im…

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Injury brings early end to Hull man's working life

A business owner in Hull has been prosecuted after an employee fell nearly four metres while painting the top of a water storage tank and shattered his left leg.

The 58 year-old decorator, from north-west Hull, will never be able to go back to his lifetime trade or any other construction-related wo…

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Chorley bottling firm in court over forklift injuries

A bottling firm in Chorley has appeared in court after one of its employees was injured while being lifted on the prongs on a forklift truck.

The 39-year-old worker from Preston, who has asked not to be named, was filmed on CCTV standing on the forks of the vehicle as it lifted him and a battery-…

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Property developer sentenced over Manchester gas explosion

A property development firm has been fined £100,000 following a major gas explosion that destroyed dozens of homes in South Manchester.

PJ Livesey Group Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blast at the Didsbury Gate development on 8 December 2009.
The aftermath of the gas explosion at the Didsbury Gate development in South Manchester

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Minimising the risk of injury at work

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in, there will always be hazards. Accidents at work can vary from the very minor and easily avoidable to the potentially fatal.image of a bandaged hand and thumb

A quick look at the Health and Safety Executive statistics for last year will give you some indication of the significant amount…

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Essex firm fined after contractor fell seven metres

The platform from which the worker fellAn Essex manufacturing firm has been fined after a contractor suffered multiple fractures to his skull, leg, back and wrist when he fell from an unsecured platform.

The 34-year-old from Colchester, who does not wish to be named, was replacing a light fitting from a makeshift work platform der…

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West Yorkshire council in court after caretaker's injury

The hole from the roof void where Mr OHanlon fell at the former Beckfoot School in BradfordBradford Council has been fined for breaching safety regulations after a school caretaker was left with permanent disabilities when he fell through the school hall ceiling five days before his retirement.

David O'Hanlon, 62, was putting a new light bulb in a roof void of the old Beckfoot Scho…

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Machinery manufacturer prosecuted for safety failings

The trailer chassis which crushed Mr Makowskis legA Buckinghamshire farm machinery manufacturer has been fined after an employee sustained multiple fractures when a trailer crushed his leg.

Waldemar Makowski, of St Annes Road, Aylesbury, was building a farm vehicle trailer chassis at K Two Sales Limited in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire when the inc…

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Somerset firm fined after worker crushed under bales

The collapsed stack of bales at the Cannington Enterprises Ltd. siteA worker had his lower body crushed when a stack of bales, each weighting a quarter of a tonne, collapsed on him as he sorted waste in a processing shed in Somerset.

Aleksandras Fomenkouas, 40, who lived in Bridgwater at the time, suffered serious injuries in the incident on 8 September 2011 …

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Driver fined after unstable lorry topples over and injures worker

The overturned lorry after the incidentA worker unloading scaffold materials from a flatbed lorry was thrown from the vehicle and hit by its load of boards and tubes when it overturned a court was told (on 12 October).

Martin Sapec, 54, of Edwardsville, Treharris suffered a broken pelvis and ankle in the incident at Bryntirion, Mo…

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Leigh cardboard company in court over crush injuries

A Leigh cardboard box manufacturer has appeared in court after one of its employees almost lost his right arm when it became trapped in a machine.

The 26-year-old from Leigh was trying to retrieve a piece of card to clear a blockage when his arm was dragged under a roller, causing severe cr…

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Yorkshire ice cream maker in court

A North Yorkshire ice cream manufacturer has been sentenced after a factory worker had his forearm broken when it got caught in a conveyor belt.

Sam Goodall, 20, of Northallerton, was working on the ice cream production line at R&R Ice Cream Ltd., in Leeming Bar, when his glove got caught a…

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Tyneside firm fined after worker suffers toxic chemical burns

A Tyneside firm has been fined after a worker was soaked with a concentrated, corrosive chemical and suffered serious burns.

Michael Reid, 66, of North Shields, was employed as an electroplater at DMI (UK) Ltd. when the incident happened on 30 January 2011.

In a prosecution brought by the Health…

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