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Company fined after apprentices suffer chemical burns

By Sylwia Wolska | July 12, 2021

A car dealership has been fined after two apprentices suffered chemical burns. Two apprentices were working at Mercedes-Benz of Northampton in Riverside Business Park, cleaning the vehicle ramps in the workshop using a chemical from an unlabelled barrel, Leicestershire Magistrates’ Court heard. The chemical caused burns to their hands and arms, which resulted in both…

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£1.8m fine for British Airways PLC after employee sustained serious crush injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | July 12, 2021

British Airways Plc has been fined following a vehicle collision at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. Southwark Crown Court heard that on 16 March 2018, an employee was struck by a tug pulling a train of dollies (vehicles used to transport baggage around the airport). She was knocked under another passing tug with dollies loaded…

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Haulage boss and lorry driver jailed over faulty brake deaths

By Sylwia Wolska | July 12, 2021

A transport boss has been jailed for 15 years and a driver sentenced to six years after two men died when their car was hit by a 30-tonne HGV with faulty brakes. Michael Holgate was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter after one of his lorries lost control and smashed through the central barrier of a motorway, hitting another…

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High school fined over child’s locker death

By Sylwia Wolska | July 12, 2021

A secondary school in Chelmsford has been fined £16,700 and ordered to pay costs of £12,000 following an accident that saw an unsecured locker unit fall and fatally injure a young boy. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 23 May 2019, nine-year-old Leo Latifi had been attending an after-school swimming lesson at the sports centre of…

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£600k fine following death of young forklift driver

By Sylwia Wolska | June 21, 2021

A PAPER recycling company has been fined £600,000 following the death of a 20-year-old agency worker who suffered fatal crush injuries at a plant in Crayford, London Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that on 9 October 2018, agency worker Jamie Wright was driving a forklift truck at Restore Datashred Ltd’s plant when it overturned. He was…

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Worker trapped when excavation collapses

By Sylwia Wolska | June 21, 2021

HARTLANDS BUILDERS Limited has been fined for safety breaches after a ground worker was trapped having entered a two-metre-deep excavation Bridlington Magistrates’ Court heard that on 26 June 2019, the company was undertaking groundworks at West Farm Stone, Creek Sunk Island, East Riding. The worker had entered an excavation in order to measure the depth…

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Director fined after young worker falls from height

By Sylwia Wolska | June 21, 2021

WAYNE MCKNIGHT (trading as RJE Construction) has been fined for safety breaches after a 17-year-old worker fell from a mezzanine floor to the ground below. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 28th February 2019, the worker and two others were building the mezzanine floor at a site in Neepsend Lane, Sheffield. The injured person stepped on a loose…

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Civils contractor fined £700,000 after employee crushed by dumper truck

By Sylwia Wolska | June 21, 2021

Civil engineering firm BAM Nuttall has been fined £700,000 after an employee was run over by a six-tonne dumper truck. On 28 October 2016, John Cameron was changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway near a substation which was under construction. A safe system of work to segregate people…

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Manufacturer fined after employee suffers serious burns

By Sylwia Wolska | June 21, 2021

A textiles manufacturer been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he was covered by hot dye and steam during a maintenance job at the company’s site in Alfreton, Derbyshire. A maintenance worker was checking a fault on an industrial dye pressure vessel, used to dye long lengths of fabric, after steam had been…

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