Nestlé in the dock after worker’s arm was dragged into machine

By Sylwia Wolska | January 18, 2021

Swiss food multinational Nestlé has been fined £640,000 after an employee was pulled through a gap on a production line. On 13 February 2016, a technical operator was monitoring a conveyor belt used in the manufacture of After Eight mints at the firm’s factory in Halifax, west Yorkshire. He was holding an emery cloth and placed his hand close to a gap…

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Sawmill firm sentenced after serious hand injury

By Sylwia Wolska | January 13, 2021

A company has been sentenced after a worker was seriously injured when his hand came into contact with a rotating bandsaw blade. An employee was working on a multi-head bandsaw machine at P Irving & Sons Ltd sawmill in Carnforth, when the pipes supplying cooling fluid to one of the six band-saw blades became blocked,…

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Calls for better protection for transport workers after rise in deaths

By Sylwia Wolska | January 13, 2021

A leading transport workers’ union is calling for greater protection for Transport for London (TfL) staff following the deaths of three employees due to COVID-19 in recent days. The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is demanding immediate action amid the surge in London’s cases of COVID infection and the rise of the new variant strain. The union…

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Network Rail fined £135,000 after teenager seriously injured

By Sylwia Wolska | January 8, 2021

An incident in which a 13-year-old boy suffered an electric shock when he climbed onto a stationary train has landed Network Rail with a £135,000 fine. Following an Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigation, Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has prosecuted the rail operator for failing to maintain and improve the…

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Tesco fined £500,000 after boy, 10, suffers electric shock

By Sylwia Wolska | January 8, 2021

Retail giant Tesco has been ordered to pay more than £536,000 after a 10-year-old child received an electric shock at its Warfield store in Bracknell. On 9 July 2017, the parents of two children entered the store just before it closed. One parent went with the 10-year-old boy to the freezer section to get ice lollies. As he reached for…

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Müller UK & Ireland prosecuted after agency worker’s fingers amputated

By Sylwia Wolska | January 8, 2021

Yoghurt and dessert manufacturer, Müller UK & Ireland, has been prosecuted after an agency worker suffered severe injuries when their fingers were caught in machinery. An agency worker had to have their middle finger amputated below the second knuckle, lost half their index finger and had their third finger amputated to the first knuckle Walsall…

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Housing association sentenced after employees suffer debilitating nerve damage

By Sylwia Wolska | December 14, 2020

Liverpool housing association company Onward Homes Ltd has been fined after four employees developed a debilitating nerve condition over a period of several years. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that the affected employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), whilst working at various sites carrying out ground maintenance and general construction work using vibrating power tools…

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Construction firm’s cost-cutting led to death of roofer

By Sylwia Wolska | December 10, 2020

The director of a construction firm accused of undercutting competitors by failing to provide safety equipment for roof work has been handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Michael Devlin, 57, who ran Design Roof Systems (DRS) Ltd, failed to take industry standard safety measures to protect employees who were carrying out work to…

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Engineering company sentenced after apprentice narrowly escapes serious injury

By Sylwia Wolska | December 8, 2020

A plant hire company has been fined after an apprentice avoided a potentially fatal crush injury from a mobile crane. During proceedings at Knights Chamber, Nightingale Court, in Peterborough it was heard that on 3 August 2016, an apprentice at M&J Engineers Limited had climbed on to the roof of an accommodation cabin to attach…

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