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Three companies fined after worker falls from roof

Three Dundee companies have been fined a total of £336,000 after a worker fell six and a half metres through a roof light onto a concrete floor.

Christopher Carson, who was 23 at the time, competed as a floor gymnast at national level and was also a coach in the sport. As his day job, he was workin…

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Construction firm fined over worker's injuries

An engineering contractor has been fined after a worker suffered severe injuries when his excavator struck a bridge on the M1 motorway in the East Midlands.

A maintenance fitter employed by Nottinghamshire firm Van Elle Ltd was driving a wheeled excavator during widening work on the motorway between…

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Fork lift fall leads to prosecution for Derbyshire company

fork lift truckVesuvius UK Limited has been fined after a forklift truck driver fell from a ramp whilst unloading a lorry.

Andrew Baxter, 50, from Eckington was unloading a 20ft container at Vesuvius UK Limited's Sheepbridge Works in Chesterfield on 15 February 2010.

Mr Baxter was using a forklift truck and …

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Evesham firm fined for worker's fall through glass roof

Westland Nurseries has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries and fractured his hand when he fell through a glasshouse roof.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident at its premises on 4 December 2009.

Worcester Magistrates' Court heard …

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Fall hazards in unusual places — what you don’t know CAN hurt you

This post was written by Rigid Lifelines, a leading provider of fall protection solution and OSHA fall protection information. They provide anything from a simple fall arrest harness, to a more comprehensive system.

Many fall hazards are obvious to even the untrained eye. Unenclosed elevated walkwa…

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Cardiff property firm sentenced after worker exposed to asbestos

Rochefort Shugar Ltd. has been sentenced after a handyman was exposed to asbestos-containing material while carrying out work on a client's property.

A self-employed handyman from Cardiff, regularly carried out work on properties managed by Rochefort Shugar Ltd. and on 15 October 2010 was sent t…

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Resources: Healthy Workplaces Magazine

This Magazine is part of the resources produced to support the European Campaign on Safe Maintenance. The articles in the Magazine demonstrate the wide range of maintenance related issues that have an impact on maintenance safety and more generally on safety and health at work. These include, am…

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Fife farming company fined after worker loses two toes

A farming company has been fined after a worker had to have two toes from his right foot amputated, when he became entangled in machinery inside a grain reception pit.

On 4 September 2009, due to heavy rain, the grain reception pit at the premises of R Todd & Company at Blacketyside Farm, Fife, had f…

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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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Bus builder fined after Falkirk worker hit by steel platform

Alexander Dennis Ltd. has been fined after a worker was injured by a bus floor platform which slipped while being lifted into position.

Samuel Murray, 56, from Plains, North Lanarkshire was working in the welding bays of bus body manufacturing firm, Alexander Dennis Ltd, in Falkirk on 16 September 2…

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OiRA - Online interactive Risk Assessment project

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will launch OiRA at the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Istanbul between 11 and 15 September 2011.

The OiRA project is a multinational, collaborative endeavour to develop easy-to-use and cost-free web tools aimed at mic…

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Glasgow demolition worker fatally injured

Whiteinch Demolition Limited, a Glasgow demolition contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a weight from a face shovel machine fell on him.

On 12 May 2008 Bernard McCarroll, aged 68 years from Croy, was dismantling a hydraulic excavator at the company's yard in Glasgow by the proces…

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Meat plant worker killed by forklift

Vion Food Scotland Ltd. has been fined £100,000 after a worker was killed when he was hit by a forklift truck so badly loaded its driver could not see him.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that George Hardie, 60, was walking across the yard at the company premises in West Lothian, o…

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Ayr recycling company fined for employee injuries

An Ayr recycling company was fined £80,000 after a worker was severely injured when he was crushed between two skips.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that on 26 August 2009, Steven Graham was standing in between two skips at a recycling centre run by Lowmac Alloys Ltd when a shovel lo…

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£640,000 fine for fish farm deaths

Two companies have been fined a total of £640,000 following the death of two fish farm workers on a barge moored at a salmon farm on Loch Creran, Argyll & Bute, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Two workers (employed by Logan Inglis Limited, Cumbernauld) were fixing a hydraulic crane o…

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London company fined after gas cylinder explosion kills worker

Oak Farm Gas Company Ltd, (trading as Mr Fizz) has been fined after an explosion killed a worker and severely injured a member of the public. The gas firm specialises in the supply of high-pressure carbon dioxide, nitrogen and gas mixtures for licensed trade drink dispensers.

The Health and Safety E…

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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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Care home company fined after pensioner dies

BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd has been fined £150,000, and ordered to pay £150,000 in costs, following a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a pensioner died at a nursing home in Birmingham.

Seventy-four-year-old Brigid O'Callaghan, died after being strangled by a lap belt when…

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Health and Safety News - 30 September 2010

£30k fines after Salford worker killed by digger bucket

Fines totalling £30,000 have been issued following the death of a Salford worker, who was struck by the excavator bucket on a digger. John Cain, 36, was working on a project to demolish the Albert Park Inn on Great Clowes Street in Salford on…

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