Farm worker crushed by concrete, leading to fine for owners

By Sylwia Wolska | July 6, 2020

The owners of a farm in Perthshire have been fined £4,000 for a series health and safety failings which led to an employee losing part of his leg after it was crushed under more than a tonne of concrete. Worker William Thomson, 33, became trapped under the 1.3-tonne wall panel when it tipped over during…

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School fined after a pupil severely injured by band saw

By Sylwia Wolska | July 6, 2020

Cargilfield School has been fined following an incident where a pupil sustained severe cuts to his middle and index finger on his right hand and serious tendon damage, when using a band saw. Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that, between 1 September 2015 and 2 November 2017, in the Construction Design and Technology Workshop at Cargilfield…

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Hotel owner sentenced for ‘extremely serious’ fire safety failings, including a switched off fire alarm

By Sylwia Wolska | July 6, 2020

The owner of a hotel has been handed a nine-month sentence after putting ‘anyone staying on the premises at risk of death or serious injury,’ following a lengthy investigation. Alan Diamond, owner of the Cornhill Hotel in Blackpool, has been given a nine-month sentence suspended for 18 months after a two-year long investigation by Lancashire…

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Hot works and safety failures blamed for separate fire incidents in Derbyshire

By Sylwia Wolska | June 22, 2020

IFSEC Global reports on two separate fire safety failures that have taken place in Derbyshire recently. Hot works blamed for school blaze A fire that completely destroyed a Derbyshire school was most likely caused by hot works taking place during a refurbishment project, prompting calls for thermal imaging and hot work training for construction workers.…

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Employee crush injury leads to fine for construction firm

By Sylwia Wolska | June 16, 2020

A construction company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured while erecting a timber frame chalet bungalow. A worker was seriously injured when roof trusses toppled over while being moved by a crane at a site in East Mersea, Essex, Chelmsford Crown Court was told. The incident happened in July 2017. The HSE’s…

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Complacent attitude leads to £367,000 penalty

By Sylwia Wolska | June 16, 2020

A textile manufacturer has been convicted of safety failings after a worker was killed when he was dragged into a stretch roller. Javeed Ghaffar was working the night shift at IFG Drake – a worldwide manufacturer of polypropylene, polyethylene, polyamide fibre and filament yarn – when the incident happened on 24 March 2017. The 51-year-old was using a…

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Manufacturing firm fined after worker is fatally crushed

By Sylwia Wolska | June 16, 2020

IFG Drake Ltd has been fined after a worker suffered fatal crush injuries whilst working on a machine at the site in Huddersfield. Leeds Crown Court heard how, on 24 March 2017, Mr Javeed Ghaffar, was working on the stretch godet section of a synthetic fibre manufacturing machine at Victoria Mills, Victoria Lane, Huddersfield. He…

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£1.1m fine after ladder fall

By Sylwia Wolska | June 8, 2020

A London-based relocation and refurbishment company has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from height. Luton Crown Court heard that on 5 September 2016, an engineer was testing a sprinkler system for leaks at a site in Hemel Hempstead. He climbed onto an internal roof and was inspecting the leak…

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£1.2m fine for oil company after workers suffer multiple burns

By Sylwia Wolska | June 8, 2020

Oil refinery company, Phillips 66 Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches after two workers in North Lincolnshire suffered life-changing injuries from an uncontrolled release of high pressure and high temperature steam. Grimsby Crown Court heard that on 30 October 2013, the two workers – one an employee of Phillips 66 Limited, the other an apprentice…

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