Surrey metal fabricator fined after girl crushed by steel gate at primary school

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

A manufacturer of bespoke gates has been fined after an eight-year-old girl was crushed by a steel gate at a London school. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that on 17 May 2018 the girl had been leaving an evening gymnastics club at the school in Streatham. when the sliding gate fell on her. She suffered multiple…

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No edge protection in fall case

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

Stan England Builders Limited has been fined following an incident when a worker suffered serious injuries after falling from a mezzanine level and wooden platform. Alan Ness was working at a residential property in Banchory on 31 March 2016. He began taping areas on the ceiling of a mazzine level. He gained access to this…

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Oak Furnitureland parent company fined for serious health and safety breaches

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

The parent company of Swindon-based Oak Furnitureland has been fined nearly £400,000 for failing to protect its employees from hazardous and explosive conditions at its premises in Cheney Manor Industrial Estate. In courtJB Global, which owns the furniture company, pleaded guilty to significant breaches of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmosphere Regulations (DSEAR) and the…

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€100,000 fine handed down following asbestos exposure

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

A fine of €100,000 has been imposed on McAleer and Rushe Contracts UK Ltd, a UK-registered construction company, following an earlier guilty plea to a charge under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations 2006 and 2010. The case arose following the exposure of a number of workers to asbestos fibres…

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£600,000 fine for yoghurt manufacturer

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

A Telford yoghurt manufacturing company has been fined £600,000 fine after two employees suffered serious injuries following the release of an acidic cleaning solution. Telford Magistrates heard that, on 1 January 2016, one of the employees of T M Telford Dairy Ltd suffered serious burns from contact with 1% nitric acid cleaning solution that had…

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Suspended prison sentence after gas safety failings

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

A landlord from Plymouth has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances and failing to have landlord’s gas safety checks undertaken at his rental property in Canterbury Drive, Plymouth. In August 2018, a concern was raised with the HSE by a previous tenant that no landlord’s gas safety checks had been carried out for…

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Home working advice and wellbeing considerations for self-isolation

By Sylwia Wolska | March 27, 2020

Many businesses have begun to embrace the idea of flexible working and working from home and, in the current climate, more and more of us may find ourselves plunged into doing so for longer than the one to two days a week, which employers and employees adapt to fairly easily. It is predicted that by…

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Employee’s head trapped in a machine

By Sylwia Wolska | March 10, 2020

A paper-milling company has been fined after an employee suffered life changing injuries resulting in a nine-hour operation for facial reconstruction. On 16 March 2017, an employee of De La Rue International Limited was helping colleagues to remove paper from the machine by standing in the gap between the size press a nd the after-dryer…

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Young worker seriously injured in fall

By Sylwia Wolska | March 10, 2020

A construction firm has been fined after a 17-year-old worker fell more than three metres through an opening for a roof light. On 20 August 2018, an employee of Mark Holland Group Ltd fell through a sheet of insulation covering a skylight when walking across an unmarked and unguarded area on the first floor of…

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