Cable hit caused by lack of plans and detection

By Sylwia Wolska | April 8, 2019

Excavation for sign erection struck live electrical cable A sign-fitting contractor has been fined £35,000 after a worker suffered multiple, serious burn injuries when the breaker he was using struck a live electrical cable at a hotel near Rotherham in September 2017. Sheffield Magistrates heard how the 22-year-old employee was using the breaker to excavate…

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Suspended sentence for building contractor following calls from public

By Sylwia Wolska | April 8, 2019

A building contractor has been sentenced after exposing workers to danger of falls from height and exposure to silica dust. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, in July 2018, whilst carrying out repointing work at a house in Altrincham, Kenneth Morris allowed his employees to work on unguarded platforms six metres in height. The workers were…

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Park Hotel, Barnstaple: Failure to assess asbestos during refurbishment

By Sylwia Wolska | April 8, 2019

A Devon based hotelier has been found guilty and fined £80,000 after materials containing asbestos were disturbed during a major refurbishment at The Park Hotel in Barnstaple. Newton Abbot Magistrates’ Court heard that between October 2016 and May 2017 construction work was undertaken to refurbish the hotel on Taw Vale. Parts of the hotel were…

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PNR Roofing fine: Worker hit the floor after air bags ‘removed’

By Sylwia Wolska | April 8, 2019

A worker fell about three metres through a roof light and suffered a fractured pelvis and spinal injuries. In March 2016, the self-employed roofer, who was working for PNR Roofing and Building Services Limited (PNR), was on a roof laying wooden ‘lats’ and roofing felt, when he fell through a sky light that was covered…

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Company sentenced after death of employee

By Sylwia Wolska | March 25, 2019

A Co. Armagh company has been fined £50,000 for failings which resulted in the death of one of its employees at its premises in Lurgan. Alan Little Ltd of Queens Place, Lurgan pleaded guilty after employee Jonathan Peden suffered fatal injuries during an unloading operation. Mr Peden died after he was struck by a palletised…

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Construction firm fined £900k for wall collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | March 25, 2019

The death of an employee who died from head injuries when a wall collapsed on a construction site at Lyme Regis has led to a £900,000 fine for his employer. Bournemouth Crown Court was told how, on 2 June 2015, Thomas Telfer was working as a bricklayer employed by Capstone Building Ltd, when he was…

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Work at height: £150k fine for firm that got it wrong

By Sylwia Wolska | March 25, 2019

A repair and maintenance company has been fined after an employee fell from two metres while working on a roof. The roofer was working with a colleague to repair a leaky roof in Seaton Avenue, Felixstowe on 7 September 2016. There was no edge protection around the roof and access to the roof was via…

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M & D’s Theme Park fined for poor maintenance that led to ‘catastrophic failure’

By Sylwia Wolska | March 25, 2019

Theme park operator M & D (Leisure) Limited has been fined after nine passengers were injured and taken to hospital when a train on one of their roller coasters derailed and crashed to the ground. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how, on 26 June 2016, at M & D’s Theme Park in Motherwell, a train on…

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Foundry prosecuted after worker severely injured

By Sylwia Wolska | March 25, 2019

A Norfolk-based foundry has been fined after a part-time machinist suffered life-changing injuries whilst drilling holes into aluminium castings. Norwich Crown Court was told that on 13 February 2017, the machinist was working at Moore’s Industrial Estate in Stalham wearing heavy duty gloves as specified by company policy, when her hand came into contact with…

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