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Posted 6 years ago

Worker struck by tray tipping machine at mushroom farm

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A mushroom farm was fined after an employee was injured whilst making an adjustment to an unguarded machine. Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Thakeham Mushrooms Limited of West Sussex, was making an adjustment to the company’s tray tipping line, which is used to empty wooden trays which can weigh up to 400lbs, […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Cinema director fined for asbestos management failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A St Albans cinema director has been fined after he put workers and members of the public at risk of exposure to asbestos.  James Hannaway, 68, from Berkhampstead, the sole director of The Alpha Cinema (St Albans) Limited was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he allowed refurbishment of the derelict multiscreen […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Pet food manufacturer fined after injury to teenage worker

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Nottinghamshire pet food company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when a forklift truck he was driving overturned.  The teenager was employed by Alpha Feeds Limited, which has now changed its name to Grove Pet Foods Limited, as a factory operative at the company’s Grove Road, Retford site.  The Health and […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Paignton contractor puts lives at risk when a gas flue was removed

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A gas flue was removed during a re-roofing contract potentially putting a tenant’s life at risk. Gary Redman, 55, was in control of roofing works above a flat on Marldon Road, Paignton on during March 2014 but during the works the flue to the gas boiler in the flat below was removed, creating the risk […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Roofing firm fined after worker injured by machinery

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Roofing and insulation firm IKO Plc has been prosecuted after a worker suffered arm injuries from a running auto plant machine. Greame Myers, 48, from Belper, who was self-employed, was lubricating a chain forming part of the auto-plant at Prospect Quarry in Matlock on 2 July 2014 when he reached over a fence at the end […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Construction site manager fined for safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A construction site manager was fined for safety failings after a worker was injured while working at height.  St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard Edwin Heaney failed to take reasonable care of colleagues while operating a construction site vehicle on a house build site on Loom Lane, Radlett, Hertfordshire. He used an excavator to raise a […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Construction firm fined after Worker Suffers Cement Burns

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A construction firm was fined after a 54-year-old employee suffered severe cement burns to his knees while laying concrete flooring.  Sefton Magistrates’ Court heard that on the 26 November 2014, an employee of DLP Services (Northern) Limited, kneeled in wet concrete to manually finish the concrete flooring being laid in a domestic bungalow. The cement […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Roofer killed in fall from height

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Castleford scaffolder has been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death from a roof. Walter Booth (trading as WB Roofing) was carrying out repairs to the roof of Micklegate Methodist Church, Pontefract on 10 January 2015. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the scaffolding edge protection provided by Mr Wayne Morgan […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Three workers injured when lowering cable

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An electrical services company has been fined after three workers were injured during refurbishment work at a building on Five Ways Island. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard the three employees working for Cannock Electrical Services Limited of Staffordshire, were fitting a 95mm thick electrical cable from the 20th floor to the basement of the building. The […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Shell UK sentenced over major oil release

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Oil and gas production company Shell U.K. Limited, has been sentenced after admitting failures that led to an oil leak in the North Sea. On 10 August 2011 a quantity of oil was spotted on the sea surface in the vicinity of Shell’s Gannet F field, 180 kilometres from Aberdeen. The initial reported surface area […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Teesside firm fined after worker’s fatal fall

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A north east port has been fined £400,000 following the death of an agency worker who fell eight metres onto the steel deck of ship’s hold at Hartlepool Dock Robert Harrison, 59, from Middlesbrough, was one of six men who were loading 12m long steel pipes into the hold of a vessel at PD Teesport Ltd, […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Metal firm fined after worker was killed by a crane

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A company who specialise in metal and alloy products has been fined after a worker was killed when he was struck by a load on a moving crane. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of ATI Speciality Materials Limited, Sheffield, was assisting in the moving of a crucible from a re-melt furnace. The crucible […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Drainage company fined for excavation collapse

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Slough drainage company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when an unsafe excavation collapsed during work to lay new pipes outside a home near Canterbury. Michael Simpkins, now 42, from Oxshott in Surrey, sustained multiple fractures to his left leg in the incident at a property in Conyngham Lane, Bridge, on […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Company fined after failure to act on asbestos risks

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An engineering firm has been fined after asbestos was found at their factory and they failed to document or manage the risks to employees or visitors to the site. Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard how Blue Diamond Engineering Limited of County Durham, was notified of the presence of asbestos materials during a survey carried out at […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Father and son fined after worker fell from roof

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A father and son have been fined after a worker fell four metres through a fragile roof he was working on in Hartlepool. Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how the incident that happened on 19 February 2014 occurred when an employee of Keith and Matthew Brown was working on a roof of a farm when he […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Workers injured due to unguarded machinery

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A soft furnishings company, has been fined over two incidents of failure to adequately guard machinery. Paul Boomer, trading as Carousel of Castle Industrial Estate, Beresford Street, Failsworth, Manchester, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after it investigated the incidents, both of which led to injuries to workers. In the first, in January […]

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Posted 6 years ago

New construction guidance to stop workers dying each week from occupational disease

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The construction industry has launched new guidance to encourage better management of occupational health risks. HSE is urging the industry to put an end to the hundreds of construction workers that die of occupational diseases every month. Inspectors issued more than 200 health related enforcement notices during the recent Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) construction […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Worker suffered fatal crush injuries after being hit by lorry

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A commercial vehicle company was ordered to pay £212,500 in fines and costs after one of its workers was killed when a lorry travelling at less than 5km/h crushed him. Warwick Crown Court heard Imperial Commercials Limited failed to provide a safe place for its staff to work, failings which led to the death of […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Worker suffers loss of eye in explosion while inflating tyre

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

An Essex-based company which sells and services agricultural machinery has been fined £750,000 after an incident which left a worker permanently blind in one eye. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the tyre technician, employed by Ernest Doe & Sons Limited at Ulting, near Maldon, was working with a colleague to re-fit and re-inflate the tyres […]

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Posted 6 years ago

Chorley dairy bottling plant sentenced over worker’s death

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Chorley farm operating a dairy bottling and processing plant has been fined £75,000 following the death of a worker crushed by an articulated lorry.  Paul Davidson, 33, from Adlington, was in the process of coupling an articulated lorry tractor cab to a trailer close to the rear loading bay of J&B Woodcock & Sons […]

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