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Posted 5 years ago

Torbay plumber and company who contracted him prosecuted after illegal and dangerous gaswork

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An illegal gas fitter and the company that hired him have both been prosecuted after work was left in a dangerous condition at a home in Torquay. 1st Maintenance Ltd Director, Marc Robertson contracted Mark Baker, an unregistered plumber, to fit a gas boiler at a property on Coker Avenue, Torquay, where his company was […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Healthcare company fined after death of elderly resident

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A care home company based in Middlesex has been fined after an elderly resident of a Surrey home died from scalding injuries. Guildford Crown Court heard how the 89-year-old was receiving personal care from two employees of European Healthcare Group Plc at Old Wall Cottage Nursing Home. She received significant scalding injuries, and subsequently died […]

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Posted 5 years ago

North Devon engineer undertook false gas safety checks

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A gas engineer undertook gaswork despite his registration with Gas Safe Register (GSR) lapsing and produced false documents claiming the work had been completed by a member of Gas Safe Register. Peter Strudwick, 58, appeared at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court after undertaking servicing of commercial catering gas appliances at a mobile catering van in February 2015 […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker crushed by metal box frame

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An engineering company has been fined after an employee suffered serious crush injuries when metal frames fell on him. Maidstone Crown Court heard how K&G Maintenance Services Limited was constructing four metal box frames. During the full welding of these frames, one of them fell from the lift which had been set up to allow […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker killed after fall through roof

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Two companies based in Northamptonshire have been fined after a worker died following a fall through a roof. Northampton Crown Court heard how an employee of A-Lift Crane Hire Limited, who had been hired by Premier Roofing Systems Limited to provide them with a crane to lift roofing sheets onto a factory roof at Virani […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Cargo handling company fined for safety failings after worker injured

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A cargo handling company based in Aberdeen has been fined after a worker suffered serious injury. Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that North East Stevedoring Company Limited (NESC), a cargo handling company was working at Clipper Quay, Aberdeen Harbour. On the morning of 13 June 2013, stows (containers) holding loose pipes were being transported by a […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Company fined £90,000 for safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A coach company in Wrexham has been fined £90,000 after it repeatedly failed to comply with legal notices to get its lifting equipment examined. Wrexham Magistrates’ Court heard that, between 4 April 2014 and 28 August 2015, GHA Coaches Limited failed to have its lifting equipment thoroughly examined within the required timescales to ensure that […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Horticultural Firm Fined over Multiple Safety Failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

William Sinclair Horticulture Limited, has been fined over two separate incidents that occurred at their Ellesmere Port and Lincoln sites. The incident at Ellesmere Port resulted in serious injuries to a worker as he fell from an unsecured ladder. On the 8 January 2015, Darren Taylor, aged 40, was assisting in a deep clean of […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Fish processing firm fined after man killed by falling boxes

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Plymouth company has been fined £500,000 after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him. Tomas Suchy, 22, an employee of Interfish Limited, was helping to clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes in one of the cold store areas when there was another […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work. Christopher Dignam, trading at Blue Flame Plumbing and Heating Services, has never been on the Gas Safe Register, the body which […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Wear helmets on quad bikes, pleads farm safety chief

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An agriculture safety chief has urged farmers not to ignore simple life-saving advice to wear helmets when riding quad bikes. Rick Brunt’s call comes after details of an horrific incident, when a teenager suffered a serious head wound, emerged in court proceedings. The farm worker, aged 17, from Shap, Cumbria, was trapped underneath an overturned […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas fitter

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A gas fitter from Walsall has received a suspended prison sentence after he fitted a hob at a house in Tamworth when not on the Gas Safe Register. Alan Nicholas Price’s work came to the attention of HSE after a registered fitter subsequently carried out repairs on the gas hob. Price, 57, from Pelsall, was […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker suffers serious injury from contact with overhead power line

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A stonemasonry company in Perth has been fined after an apprentice stonemason was seriously injured from contact with an overhead power line. Perth Sheriff Court heard how 20 year old apprentice Rodd McFarlane was working for T& M Stonemasonry, carrying out repairs at Waulkmill Cottage in Perth. During this work, McFarlane erected a tower scaffold […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker contracts allergic contact dermatitis

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A company based in Hereford which manufactures rubber sealants has been fined after a worker contracted allergic contact dermatitis. Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee contracted the skin disease after being exposed to sensitising ingredients in rubber compounds. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to assess […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Gas engineer sentenced for putting tenants at risk

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A gas engineer has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for putting tenants at risk in rented homes in Chelmsford. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that James Wilkinson was Gas Safe- registered for some types of gas appliances, but had been carrying out work for which he was not competent. Wilkinson was contracted to […]

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Posted 5 years ago

BT fined £500,000 after engineer breaks his back in fall

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

British Telecom plc (BT) has been fined £500,000 after an engineer fell seven metres from a loft in London, breaking his back and his ankles. The Old Bailey heard how a BT engineer, David Spurgeon, was fixing a telephone fault in the roof void of a residential block of flats in Tower Hamlets, East London. […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Worker fatally crushed by refuse collection vehicle – firms fined £815,000

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Two companies were fined a total of £815,000 after a worker and father-to-be was crushed to death in Lancashire by a refuse collection vehicle. Veolia ES Sheffield Limited (Veolia) and John Fowler and Son (Blacksmiths and Welders) Limited (JFS) both pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Preston Crown Court, after an investigation by the Health […]

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Posted 5 years ago

Firm fined after three employees overcome by fumes

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A food waste disposal and recycling firm has been fined £250,000 after three employees were overcome by toxic gases, including Hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced Oxygen atmosphere in an animal waste facility in Stoke-on-Trent. Prosecuting, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Stafford Crown Court that, on 23 April 2014, an employee of John Pointon […]

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Motor vehicle repair company fined after work experience student crushed by vehicle

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A motor vehicle repair company was fined after a 27 year old man gaining work experience at the garage, was crushed to death by a vehicle. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard on 20 December 2014, Muhammed Zohaib Yasin, had been working at, Just Mercedes Limited, watching another employee carry out repair work on a Vauxhall Corsa. […]

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Firm fined for safety failings at property development

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A company based in Cardiff has been fined for safety failings during a property development. Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court heard Ziman Trading Limited, formerly Ziman Investments Limited (Ziman), was acting as the principal contractor at the property development of the former New York Hotel, York Street, Porth. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) […]

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