Employee killed by falling wooden bearer

By Sylwia Wolska | September 23, 2019

An East Kilbride engineering company has been fined after an employee died following an incident in which he was struck on the head by a wooden bearer in the yard of a fabrication workshop. On  7 September 2017, James Longair, 62 was helping a colleague who was operating a side loader at IODS Pipe Clad…

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£53k fine after roofer fell from ladder

By Sylwia Wolska | September 23, 2019

A roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell to his death from a ladder while exiting a scaffold. Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told that on 21 September 2016, Joseph Kane, an employee of Henderson and Aitken Limited, fell from the top rung of a ladder when it slipped sideways on the scaffold. Mr…

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Companies fined after worker fell through roof

By Sylwia Wolska | September 23, 2019

Two companies, P.D.R. Construction Limited and Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services Limited, have been fined after a worker fell through a fragile mesh roof whilst carrying out work at height. On 21 July 2016, the injured person had been in the process of installing a roof on a new KFC Drive Thru in Coulby Newham. Whilst…

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Fatal fall from insecure scaffold ladder

By Sylwia Wolska | September 17, 2019

Scaffold erected by unqualified and incompetent person An Aberdeen based roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell to his death from a ladder whilst leaving a scaffold in the city on 21 September 2016. Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that employee, Joseph Kane, fell from the top rungs of a ladder which slipped sideways…

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BP fined £400k after Shetland oil leak

By Sylwia Wolska | September 17, 2019

BP Exploration Operating Company Limited has been fined for spilling almost four tonnes of crude oil at the Sullom Voe Terminal, Mossbank, Shetland. Lerwick Sheriff Court was told that on 13 December 2012, work was being carried out by BP Exploration Operating Company employees to drain a surge relief line connected to the Ninian pipeline…

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Council fined £100 over vibration failings

By Sylwia Wolska | September 12, 2019

Excessive use of power tools uncontrolled and without health surveillance A local authority has been fined £100,000 after seven ground maintenance workers were exposed to the risk of harm from vibration caused by “excessive use of power tools”. Luton Magistrates heard how the council reported seven cases of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) between May 2015…

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Worker’s foot trapped for 45 minutes

By Sylwia Wolska | September 12, 2019

An environmental firm and a sub-contractor have been fined after an electrical contractor had his foot trapped in a hydraulic powered compactor known as a Briquetter. Following an incident where a self-employed electrical contractor sustained serious injuries at its premises, Enva Toomebridge Limited (formerly known as Clearcircle Environmental (NI) Ltd) was fined £1,500 after pleading…

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Custodial sentences after capture on camera

By Sylwia Wolska | September 12, 2019

Roofing business partner failed to properly plan and supervise roofwork Both partners of a roofing company have been sentenced following unsafe work carried out on a Salisbury Bowls Club between 23 April and 7 May 2018. Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard how workers of CB Roofing were seen working on the roof with unsafe access, no…

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£10k fine following security guard’s serious injury

By Sylwia Wolska | September 12, 2019

A groundworks company has been fined after a security guard suffered serious hand injuries. On 17 November 2017, at the site on Ableton Lane in Avonmouth, a plant driver employed by APK Earthmoving Limited requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company to remove a trailer from a bulldozer whilst the…

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