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Posted 7 years ago

Four receive suspended jail sentences for health and safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The director of a Port Talbot furniture factory and three of its managers have received suspended prison sentences for ongoing health and safety failings. Swansea Crown Court heard how the factory at Margam Hall Upholstery Limited in Henshaw Street, Port Talbot was included in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) programme of visits to woodworking […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Three fined after man loses life due to fall through fragile roof

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A company, its director, and a self-employed contractor have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after Terry Lewis (a 65 year old retired mechanic) was fatally injured by falling through a roof light. Warrington Crown Court heard how on 11 June 2013, Terry Lewis was working with his friend, Leigh Bakewell. They […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Window fitter in court after worker suffered fatal head injuries

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Southampton window installation company has been fined after a worker suffered fatal head injuries following a fall from a ladder. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how Mark Taylor, 48, a window fitter from Southampton, was helping in the installation of UPVC windows at a 3 storey house in Brighton on the 10 September 2014. He […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Chemical company fined £3mil after the release of toxic vapour cloud on two separate occasions

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A chemical company was sentenced today after a worker was killed and one left with life changing injuries when they were overcome by a toxic vapour cloud. A little over sixteen months later there was another incident involving the same toxic chemical. Grimsby Crown Court heard that in the early hours of the 5 March […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Residential care home fined after resident choked to death

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A care home based in Fleet, Hampshire has been fined after an elderly resident who had difficulties swallowing choked to death on food which had not been cut up. Winchester Crown Court heard how Mrs Margaret Humphreys’ family had arranged for her to stay at Marlborough House for respite care. They had left clear instructions […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Employee dies after collapse of waste material covers him

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Kent-based waste and recycling company has been fined after an employee died when wasted material collapsed on top of him. Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court heard how Neville Watson, aged 39 and a father of two, was working close to the pile of waste material after connecting a shredder to the loading shovel he was driving. […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Builder handed suspended prison sentence and community service following unsafe gas work

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A builder has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service for putting a home owner at risk following renovations to their house in Cardiff. Cardiff Crown Court heard that Brian James was hired to carry out renovations to a bungalow in Cardiff specifically to install new plumbing and heating, including a boiler. Brian James […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Packaging firm fined over safety breaches

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A packaging company has been fined after a worker’s thumb was severed due to the company’s failure to take adequate measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery. Jiffy Packaging Company Limited, which produces packaging for the food industry and stationery products, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court today after an investigation by […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Worker dies when temporary platform collapses

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A worker died and two others were badly injured at a construction site in Putney, when a temporary platform collapsed. Southwark Crown Court heard how, on 29 October 2012, a carpenter and a steel-fixer had been standing on a temporary wooden platform above a stairwell opening on the 9th floor of a construction site when […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned. Geoffrey Hatton, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on the 19th January 2015. Minshull Street Crown […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Farming and drilling contractors fined after mast strikes power line

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Two Norfolk-based companies have been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following an overhead power line strike. Norwich Crown Court heard that L F Papworth Ltd and T. W. Page & Son Ltd had organised drilling work for the purposes of crop irrigation at Felmingham, Norfolk. On 29 April 2014 Jonathan Howes, an employee […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Recycling firm fined after worker injured in shredder

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Kent based recycling company has been fined after a worker was injured whilst repairing a shredder. Maidstone Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 October 2013, a plant mechanic employed by Countrystyle Recycling Limited was in the process of repairing a shredding machine after the metal plate forming the roof of the hammer drum had […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Environmental Services firm fined over electrocution of worker

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A company providing environmental services has been prosecuted after a worker was killed during asbestos removal work at a Welsh High school. Newport Magistrates Court heard how the 26-year-old father from Gwent had accessed a ceiling void at Cwmcarn High School on 19 July 2013 to create an enclosure to contain the asbestos during its removal. While […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Testing Services firm fined over worker’s CO death

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Nottingham based company has been fined after a worker died from carbon monoxide poisoning while using an accommodation unit. Southwark Crown Court heard that the father of three from Nottingham was carrying out pile testing for Non Destructive Testing Services Limited at a construction site in Brixton, London on 29 May 2012. The accommodation unit he was […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Council and contractors fined after man dies and another seriously injured in roadworks

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

Liverpool City Council and two of its contractors have been prosecuted following two separate incidents involving roadworks on a busy city centre road. One man died and another was seriously injured while attempting to cross Queens Drive in Liverpool during major resurfacing works in the summer of 2012. Enterprise Liverpool Limited and Tarmac Trading Limited […]

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Posted 7 years ago

London garage owner sentenced for health and safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A garage owner in Seven Sisters, North London, has been fined for several health and safety breaches after a worker was attacked by a guard dog. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the dog attack in January 2013 which left a mechanic with injuries to his thigh, uncovered a wide range of serious health […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Environmental services firm fined for safety failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Lancashire based environmental services company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed by machinery. Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how on the 20th May 2015 30-year-old worker, Muhammad Shoaib, was working on a waste line cleaning out waste plastic material from a conveyor belt when the machinery was […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Landlord given suspended prison sentence over gas failings

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A Durham landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties. A gas fire with back boiler at a tenanted property in Wilton Street, Middlesborough, was found to be immediately dangerous when examined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HSE prosecuted Christopher Hobaiter after […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Building contractor in court after worker killed by falling load

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

A building contractor has been fined after a worker was killed when a load fell from a tower crane during a lifting operation in Colchester. Urban Summit Construction Ltd was the Principal Contractor on a construction site at King Edward Quay, Haven Road, Colchester, where 780 student accommodation apartments were being built. On 8 January […]

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Posted 7 years ago

Star Wars film maker fined £1.6 million for injuring Harrison Ford

Health and Safety Executive Press Releases 2015

The makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been sentenced after failing to protect the actors and workers while on set during filming at Pinewood Studio, Slough, Buckinghamshire. Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg and deep lacerations when he was knocked off his feet and pinned to the floor of the Millennium Falcon set, […]

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