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Posted 5 years ago

Stone masonry boss failed to protect his workers’ health

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The owner of a stone masonry company has been fined for failing to protect the health of his workers, exposing them to preventable risk of suffering life-changing conditions. Working in an industry where health risks from silica and vibration are well-known but manageable the required actions were not taken, despite Thomas Bushby having received previous […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Building contractor fined for safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A building company firm has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered permanent injury to his eye from lack of correct protection. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how on 15 November 2013 an employee of Steele & Bray Limited, of Northampton, was injured when he was hit in the eye by a shard of […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker’s fall from scaffold leads to life-changing injuries

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A scaffold firm was fined after a worker was seriously injured after falling nine metres.  Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Bristol-based Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited was dismantling a scaffold structure when he fell, causing life-changing head injuries.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker killed by falling power press

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Wrexham firm was fined after a worker was killed when a machine weighing an estimated half a tonne fell on him. Chester Crown Court heard Christopher Williams, a maintenance supervisor at Morgan Technical Ceramics Limited, was moving a power press that was stored in a shipping container in the yard behind the factory. He […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Contractor in court for putting workers lives at risk with poor site safety

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Manchester building contractor has been fined after unsafe excavations at a care home site put workers and members of the public at risk. Brierstone Limited was issued with an immediate Prohibition Potice (PN) by an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stopping work being carried out within five meters of the excavations. […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Building firm fined after worker hit by mobile platform

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Construction company Base Build Services Limited has been prosecuted after a worker was injured by a boom type mobile elevated working platform (MEWP) when it fell from the forks of a tele-handler machine. The 31-year-old worker from Birmingham broke his leg and suffered facial injuries in the incident at Abbey Trading Centre, Alvechurch Highway, Redditch […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Landlord fined after family suffer carbon monoxide poisoning

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A landlord has been fined after a family of five suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at their rented home. North Avon Magistrates’ Court heard that on 30 December 2014, the tenant returned home to Burley Grove, Mangotsfield, and turned on the heating. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting told the court he casing for the […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Chief Inspector challenges small construction sites to act now to manage workers health and safety

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) Chief Inspector of Construction is challenging the refurbishment industry to act now and protect their workers, after 46 per cent of sites fell below standards during a recent inspection initiative. HSE targeted small refurbishment sites during the month long drive and 692 enforcement notices and 983 notifications of contravention […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Gas fitter sentenced after exposing family to carbon monoxide

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A gas fitter has been sentenced to community payback after his incompetent installation of a new boiler system at a cottage near Montrose put the tenant’s lives in danger.  David Stott’s substandard work on the boiler in the rented cottage exposed a visiting family and the tenant’s family to potentially lethal carbon monoxide.  Forfar Sheriff […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Employee crushed under van during inspection

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A contract gardening company has been fined for safety failings that led to a worker sustaining serious crush injuries to his chest. Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 19 June 2014, an employee of A Hydes Limited was seriously injury when a van slipped off a trolley jack and fell onto an employee whilst he […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Steel worker left scarred for life

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

International steel giant Tata has been fined £180,000 after pleading guilty to safety breaches after an employee narrowly escaped death when he was showered in scalding molten metal in a massive explosion at its Rotherham plant. The furnace where the worker was injured The 49-year-old furnace operative, who has asked not to be named, suffered […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Illegal gas fitter fined

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A self-employed Middleton man was fined for carrying out gas work while not being registered with Gas Safe Register. Paul Gregory of Hollin Lane, Middleton, Manchester installed a boiler at a property in Trent Road, Shaw, Oldham between 8 July and 19 August 2014. Manchester Crown Court, (Minshull Street) heard on 22 September 2015 that […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker badly burned after digging into electricity cable

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A man sustained serious, life-changing injuries after striking a 415v electricity cable during work to refurbish a pharmacy in central London. The labourer struck the underground cable while digging a trench during work to lay a new sewage pipe. After suffering burns to his body and throat, the 41-year-old man is unable to work and […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Ladder fall leads to court for Nottingham sub-contractor

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Nottingham sub-contractor has been prosecuted after a worker was injured when he fell from an unsafe ladder. Lincoln Crown Court heard Charanjit Singh had been employed by Hardev Gutheran Singh to carry out refurbishment work at a site in Ark Road, North Somercotes, Louth. On 11 May 2013, Charanjit Singh, 57, was painting metal […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Carpenter in court after trainee’s fingers were severed

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The owner of a Bedfordshire joinery and carpentry business pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident, where a person had two fingers amputated, which had occurred at his workshop.  Alex Defeo, a woodworking trainee, was employed at Fabs Designs’ workshop in Bedford, Bedfordshire, when the incident occurred on 4 December 2012. On Wednesday 4 […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Plumber left gas boiler in dangerous state

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A self-employed plumber left a boiler with numerous faults and in a dangerous state at a customer’s home at Hillyfield Road, Exeter. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and prosecuted Mr Dunn at a hearing before Exeter Magistrates on 4 November 2015. The court was told that Michael Dunn of Luscombe Crescent, […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Forklift collision injures worker

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An Essex haulage firm has been fined after an employee was struck by a forklift truck (FLT) driven by an untrained operative. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 November 2013, an employee was working at Unico Services UK’s warehouse in Rayleigh. While he was standing taking parcels from a cage, he was struck by […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Roofing firm fined after workers are exposed to lead

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Gloucestershire roofing company pleaded guilty to health and safety failings after workers were put at risk of significant levels of exposure to lead. On Wednesday 4 November 2015, Worcester Magistrates’ Court was told that during a routine HSE inspection, the company was observed carrying out replacement lead work on a roof in Worcester. The […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Farm owners sentenced after injury to worker

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The proprietors of a Northumberland farm were fined after an employee suffered leg injuries after a concrete panel fell on him. Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard that on 04 August 2014, the farm worker and another employee were using a telehandler with a fork attachment to build cattle troughs using reinforced concrete […]

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Food firm fined after worker’s injury

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A food manufacturing firm has been sentenced after an employee had two fingers severed in a workplace incident. On Monday 2 November 2015, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told Boston Magistrates’ Court the worker’s fingers were severed when his hand came into contact with the paddles of a mixing machine, while he was […]

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