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Health and Safety News - 11 October 2010

Lancashire couple in court after repeated injuries

A Lancashire couple has been prosecuted after an employee was seriously injured twice in less than two months at a pine furniture workshop in Bacup.

Restoration firm fined after wall collapse

A Wiltshire construction company has been prosecuted after a teenager was seriously injured in a wall collapse. The prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who investigated the incident which took place on 24 August 2009.

Construction firm fined after death of worker

A Scottish construction firm has been fined after one of its workers died four weeks after being struck by a telehandler driven by a co-worker.

Veolia litter picker fatally run down at work

National waste and recycling company Veolia ES (UK) Ltd has been fined £225,000 after a worker was killed in a vehicle collision while collecting litter from a busy road.

Major pub chain sentenced over Merseyside landlord's death

A major pub chain has been fined £300,000 after a Merseyside landlord died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and tenants at another 474 pubs were put at risk. The West Midlands based company, which owns approximately 7,700 pubs across the UK and has an annual turnover of £818 million, admitted breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Hospital fined after health worker infected with Hepatitis C

A healthcare worker at a Worcestershire hospital contracted the Hepatitis C virus after injuring herself on a needle used to take blood from an infected patient. The Trust pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and was fined a total of £12,500 and ordered to pay £9,000 costs.

Rochdale firm in court after worker suffers crush injuries

A Rochdale engineering company has been fined after a two-tonne piece of machinery fell onto a labourer, leaving him with multiple fractures. The HSE investigation found that the bolts used to hold the machine part on the forklift truck were not designed for the job.

Carter International Ltd admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of their staff during lifting operations. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,184 costs.

Airport apron worker killed in transport accident

A China Airlines maintenance worker was on duty on the apron of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport when he was hit by a vehicle.

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