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Glasgow firm fined after worker loses finger

A Glasgow firm has been fined after an employee lost a finger and seriously injured his hand and arm when they became caught in machinery.

Daniel Campbell, 29, was working for Robert Cullen Limited, a manufacturer of corrugated cartons and moulded pulp products, at its premises in Dawsholm Av…

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HSE serves a further two Improvement Notices on Edinburgh cooling tower

On 11 June 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served two Improvement Notices at a second Edinburgh company as part of its ongoing Legionella investigation.

The Improvement Notices served on Macfarlan Smith Ltd., Wheatfield Road, Gorgie, Edinburgh require thorough cleaning of one of …

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HSE serves Improvement Notice on Edinburgh cooling tower

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today served an Improvement Notice on an Edinburgh company for alleged failures to adequately control the risk of legionella in a cooling tower.

The Improvement Notice served on North British Distillery Company Ltd. refers to one cooling tower at Whea…

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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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Are you ready for winter?

The Red Cross is "encouraging people to get ready for the potential big freeze in the next few months".

The Red Cross reports that "last year’s severe weather caused real disruption to thousands of lives, but the good news is that it’s easy to make sure you’re prepared for the worst – by preparing …

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Builder given Community Service Order for unsafe gas work

A self-employed Lockerbie builder has been given a Community Service Order after he carried out unsafe gas installation work at a house near Dumfries.

Kevin Graham was carrying out general building and plastering work at Greenbank Cottage on the outskirts of Ecclefechan during the Spring and Summer o…

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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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Firm fined over cooling tower drowning

A maintenance contractor must pay a total of £155,000 after a man drowned after falling into a water filled sump at a North Wales power station.

Michael Benn, 37, from Glenrothes, Fife was one of a team of three working to remove sludge and debris from part of a cooling tower at Connah's Quay Power…

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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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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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Scottish scaffold worker falls to his death

A worker has died following a fall from scaffolding outside a house. George Carr was working with a colleague in Dundee, yesterday, when he fell - he was treated at the scene by paramedics but died from his injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

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Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Glasgow

The Daily Record reports that one man has died and two other people have been taken ill with Legionnaires' disease.

The Greater Glasgow's Public Protection Unit met with Health Protection Scotland, Environmental Health and the Health and Safety Executive to investigate whether or not there is a comm…

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Fukishima iodine found in further locations in Scotland

Iodine 131 believed to be from the Fukishima nuclear facility in Japan, has been found at further locations in Scotland, according to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
SEPA said that samples had been detected at Dounreay, at Lerwick and in East Kilbride.
The news follows o…

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Fukushima iodine 131 found in Glasgow

"Extremely low" traces of radioactive iodine 131 from the stricken nuclear plant in Japan, have been picked up by an air sampler in Glasgow.

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Papermaking company fined for fatal roof fall

Tullis Russell Papermaker Ltd admitted a failure to monitor a contractor who was working on a fragile roof at its factory in Fife. The company pleaded guilty to breaching s3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £260,000. No costs are awarded in Scotland.

The contractor advis…

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Fatal industrial accident

A 33 year old man has been killed in an accident on the Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness. The accident happened at about 10:30 on Saturday 5 February 2011.

Initial reports suggest the man was crushed by a falling load of animal feed.

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