Construction company fined for breaching work at height regulations

By Sylwia Wolska | April 6, 2021

A construction company has been fined after HSE inspectors found unsafe working at height practises and unsafe crane operations during a routine inspection. A routine inspection in Malvern, Worcestershire, observed a crane in an unsafe position on the roadside, Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court was told. The mobile crane was being operated in an unsuitable position, on a…

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Faulty axle led to runaway lorry that crushed binman

By Sylwia Wolska | April 6, 2021

A waste collection firm in Luton has been ordered to pay nearly £2 million in fines and costs after being found guilty of health and safety failings following the death of a binman. The incident happened when Peter Coleman was collecting waste at Woodside Leisure Complex on Saturday 11 October 2014. His vehicle began to roll…

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Fines for corporate manslaughter and multiple health and safety offences

By Sylwia Wolska | March 23, 2021

Ballymena based firm H and M Engineering and Roofing Specialists (NI) Limited has been prosecuted for multiple work-related offences relating to the death of one of their employees. The company earlier pleaded guilty to five health and safety offences and a separate offence of corporate manslaughter and was fined £75,000. The charges arose as a…

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Worker was dragged into mattress rolling machine

By Sylwia Wolska | March 16, 2021

A mattress manufacturer has been ordered to pay £70,000 after an employee was dragged into the machine pictured above. Nottingham-based Dreamtouch Mattresses was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the worker sustained multiple injuries to his arm, shoulder, ribs and neck after he was drawn into a NG-06 semi-automatic mattress rolling machine. The company failed to prevent…

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£250,000 fine after life-changing injuries for employee of construction firm

By Sylwia Wolska | March 16, 2021

A construction company has been sentenced after a self-employed ground worker sustained life changing injuries in an incident involving a disc cutter. On 1 June 2017, self-employed ground worker Morgan Prosser, contracted by MJL Contractors Limited, was working to complete ground works at a new building site near Bodmin, Cornwall. Mr Prosser was using a…

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£500,000 fine after workers were exposed to hand-arm vibration risks

By Sylwia Wolska | March 16, 2021

large Telford-based foundry has been fined after a number of its workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Three employees of Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Limited, the earliest of which had used vibrating tools at the company since 1989, had developed and were subsequently diagnosed with HAVS in 2016. Despite the diagnosis, one…

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Chemical manufacturing company fined £560,000 after employee scalded with boiling water

By Sylwia Wolska | March 12, 2021

Calachem Limited, a chemical manufacturing company, has been fined after an employee was scalded with boiling water during a cleaning operation. Work was undertaken to clean down part of a production plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, on 4 March 2016, Falkirk Sheriff Court was told. The cleaning process involved filling a chemical powder charging chute leading…

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Bristol pub fined £132k for breaching fire safety rules

By Sylwia Wolska | March 12, 2021

A microbrewery in Bristol has been convicted after breaching health and safety regulations which led to a fire in 2018. A microbrewery in Bristol has been convicted after breaching health and safety regulations that led to a fire in 2018. Avon Fire and Rescue Service prosecuted the Brewhouse and Kitchen after it was found the…

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Saint Gobain subsidiary failed to protect against vibration risks

By Sylwia Wolska | March 12, 2021

Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK has been fined £500,000 for exposing its workers to vibration risks. The building materials giant was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a number of employees were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). The three employees used tools such as hand grinders, air chisels, spindle grinders, and earlier…

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