Tower Hamlets council fined after death of child in playground

By Sylwia Wolska | January 25, 2021

London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council has been sentenced following an incident in which a five-year-old girl died when playground equipment collapsed on top of her at Mile End Park. Schoolgirl Alexia Walenkaki died in Mile End Park a day prior to her sixth birthday, when a rotting log swing collapsed on her on 17…

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Construction firm director sentenced after worker seriously injured

By Sylwia Wolska | January 25, 2021

The director of a construction company has been sentenced after a sub-contractor suffered serious injuries when a stack of plasterboards fell on him at a construction site in Thames Ditton, Surrey. On 12 April 2019, sub-contractors were moving sheets of plasterboard weighing 32kg each from the ground floor to the second floor of a house…

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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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