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Holiday Inn fined after wedding staircase collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | October 25, 2021

  The owners and operators of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Hemel Hempstead have been ordered to pay almost £160,000 after the wooden staircase that a wedding party was standing on for a group photograph collapsed beneath them. The incident occurred in 2017 during a wedding that was being held at the Holiday Inn Hotel…

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Manufacturer fined £200k after labourer suffers injuries in forklift incident

By Sylwia Wolska | October 25, 2021

A yacht manufacturer has been sentenced after an employee was injured when his forklift truck overturned. A 57-year-old employee of Princess Yachts Limited was injured whilst assisting the unloading of a delivery at the company’s Langage site, Plymouth Magistrates’ Court was told. The victim was using a forklift truck in tandem with another driver to…

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Company fined after employee sustains serious injuries in fall from height

By Sylwia Wolska | October 25, 2021

A manufacturer has been sentenced after an employee suffered serious injuries when he fell from height. A warehouse operative, was gathering artificial tree, plants and flower products from shelf racking, Newcastle Magistrates’ Court was told. The products were stored in boxes, unwrapped on pallets up to four bays high. Access to the racking was gained…

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£160k fine for scaffolding company after crane operator electrocuted

By Sylwia Wolska | October 25, 2021

A company has been fined after a worker was fatally electrocuted whilst operating a lorry mounted crane. ASL Access Scaffold Limited employee Martin Tilby was fatally electrocuted when the crane he was operating struck an overhead powerline whilst he was unloading materials in a field at Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, Cardiff Crown Court. The incident happened…

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Construction company fined for employee asbestos exposure

By Sylwia Wolska | October 18, 2021

MS Properties (Northern) Ltd have been fined for safety breaches after employees were exposed to asbestos on 22 March 2019 after removing false ceiling tiles during a shop conversion at 309-315 Hessle Road, Hull. Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that the company had not commissioned a refurbishment asbestos survey prior to the work commencing. Employees removed…

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Company and self-employed contractor fined after worker sufferers life changing injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | October 18, 2021

The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) has successfully led prosecutions against Mr William (Liam) McColgan, a self-employed contractor, and Riverview Farms Limited of Deerpark Road, Newtownstewart. The prosecutions follow construction work at a farm where two workers fell while working at height. Mr McColgan and Riverview Farms Limited earlier pleaded guilty at Dungannon…

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Company fined after worker paralysed by fall at Watford Football Stadium

By Sylwia Wolska | October 18, 2021

A construction firm has been fined after a worker was paralysed after falling 11 metres down a stairwell at a football stadium when the concrete floor he was working on collapsed. Workers were constructing a new hospitality and seating stand at the stadium of Watford Football Club, Peterborough Magistrates’ Court was told. On 14 June…

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Construction trader fined after worker injured

By Sylwia Wolska | October 18, 2021

William Henry Swanson, trading as LTS Construction has been fined following an incident when a worker suffered serious injuries after falling through a fragile roof light of a grain store. LTS Construction has now ceased trading. An employee of Mr Swanson was working on a grain store roof to remove and replace damaged cement roof…

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Serious fire safety law breaches at London flat lead to £20k fine and prison sentence

By Sylwia Wolska | October 18, 2021

The London Fire Brigade has prosecuted a West London building owner after major breaches of fire safety law were discovered following a significant blaze on 9 August 2018. Three years ago, firefighters were called to a fire at a flat above a shop on Queensway in Bayswater, West London. It took 70 firefighters and 10…

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