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Posted 5 years ago

Foundation Trust fined over bedrail failures

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A North West NHS Foundation Trust has been fined over its inappropriate management of the use of bedrails at its hospitals.  Following a guilty plea in Carlisle Magistrates’ Court the District Judge referred the case to Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing.  HSE told the court that University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust failed […]

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Demolition company fined for safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Nottinghamshire demolition company has been fined for safety failings following a report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how Prodem Demolition and Asbestos Limited were removing tiles from a domestic property when they were reported to the HSE for unsafe work at height activity. An investigation by the Health […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Workers Memorial Day – HSE statement

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Marking international Workers Memorial Day, HSE’s interim Chair George Brechin said:  “Workers Memorial Day is a poignant reminder of why it is vital to manage workplace risks in a robust and proportionate way. Everybody has a right to come home safe and well from their job.  “While Britain has one of the best health and […]

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Roofing firm fined over safety breach

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A roofing firm from Malton was fined today for safety breaches after a worker fractured his skull following a fall from height. Mitchell Roofing Ltd, was contracted to replace existing rooflights at Monk Bridge Construction Co Ltd, Elvington, York. The injured worker slipped and fell some seven metres through the inner roof sheet sustaining severe […]

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Company fined after worker falls through skylight

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A roofing company based in Exeter has been fined after an employee fell through a roof light. North and East Devon Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Haran Limited fell approximately three metres to the ground below. He suffered injuries to his head, wrist and hip. He and two colleagues had been working on […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Department for Work and Pensions announce new Chair of HSE

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced Martin Temple as the new Chair of HSE. Details of the announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/martin-temple-appointed-as-the-new-chair-of-hse              

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Worker fined for unsafe gas work

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A self-employed worker from Glossop has been fined for unsafe gas work. North Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how David Kenyon removed a gas oven at a property in King Cup Close, Glossop. This resulted in a gas leak due to the lack of proper gas tight capping. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive […]

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Two firms fined for safety breaches

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Two Derbyshire-based construction firms were fined for safety breaches as a result of separate investigations into reported cases of carpel tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome to employees. Derby Crown Court heard how employees at Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited were regularly exposed to hand arm […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Explosion at vehicle seat manufacturer injures worker

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A vehicle seat manufacturing company based in Ebbw Vale, has been fined after a worker was injured from an explosion. Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how an operator at Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited suffered burns to his head and hands. Highly flammable release agent is used to prevent dispensed foam sticking to the seat mould. […]

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Posted 5 years ago

HSE statement: Alton Towers owners’ plead guilty to safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Neil Craig, head of operations for HSE in the Midlands said: “We welcome the guilty plea entered by Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd. Merlin has acknowledged that it failed in its legal duty to protect people on the Smiler ride. “Those injured on 2 June last year had every right to expect a carefree and fun […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Altrincham building contractor sentenced over block collapse and multiple unsafe working practices

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Cheshire building company has been sentenced for safety failings at a building site in Altrincham where they were building residential houses and apartments. Altin Homes Limited was running the building works at the former petrol station on Woodlands Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. The company was in control of all construction works and acted as client […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Suspended prison sentence following fraudulent gaswork

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A businessman formally based in Cornwall illegally carried out annual gas safety checks at tenanted properties despite not being a registered gas engineer. Sven Biesterfeldt, aged 41, who uses a number of other names including Tom Williams, potentially put tenant’s lives at risk by carrying out the safety checks and fraudulently filled out a landlord’s […]

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Employer fined after employee falls through fragile roof

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Phillip Posnett, a self employed business man has been fined after his employee fell through a fragile sky light on a farm building. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Mr Posnett, Ian Kirby, was replacing broken tiles on a roof. After completing the repair on the roof ridge, he stepped onto an adjacent […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Torquay man put lives at risk through illegal gas work

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A pub worker has been sentenced for illegally installing gas pipework and a gas boiler at a flat in Torquay. Geoffrey Voss, aged 59, who works as a barman at a pub in Torquay, installed the gas pipework and gas boiler at a flat on Old Torwood Road, Torquay despite him holding no competencies in […]

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Company fined after worker falls five metres from flat roof

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A signage company based in Sheffield, has been fined after a worker fell five metres from a flat roof. Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard how Warburton Signs Limited were contracted to erect a large sign to the gable end of an industrial building. Three fitters accessed a neighbouring flat roof to fit the sign when one […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Young apprentice loses finger on rotary press

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The owner of a business that manufactures specialist adhesive tape for industrial applications has been fined after a young apprentice lost his finger on a rotary die press. Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard how the 16-year-old apprentice was adjusting guides on a laminating head which is part of a rotary die press. Whilst making the adjustment […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Construction company fined after worker injured falling through void

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A construction company based in Derbyshire has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through a void. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how a worker employed by a sub-contractor working for Bowmer and Kirkland Limited, was contracted to pour concrete onto the first floor of a building that was under construction at […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Accrington landlord in Court for gas safety failing

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An Accrington landlord has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a house in the town. The sentence was suspended for 12 months during this period he will be electronically tagged and will have to abide by a curfew between 7pm and 7am […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Three companies fined for safety failings arising from two accidents

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Two incidents at the Haverhill site of Jan Cavelle Furniture Company have led to three companies being fined for health and safety failings. Ipswich Crown Court heard how in the first instance an employee of the company sustained serious injuries when operating a biscuit cutter and the rotating blade made contact with his hand, cutting […]

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Two companies fined after disturbing asbestos

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats, in Romford, London. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive […]

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