Fine after apprentice fell from forklift truck

By Sylwia Wolska | September 12, 2019

An employee has been fined after an apprentice suffered serious injuries when he fell from a potato box lifted by a forklift truck. On 30 July 2018, Mr Francis Yardy used a forklift truck with an attached potato box to lift an apprentice electrician to a height of four metres to carry out electrical repairs…

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NHS trust fined £80k after mental health patient fell from roof

By Sylwia Wolska | August 22, 2019

An NHS trust has been fined £80,000 after one of its patients fell from the roof of a ward, despite it being warned about its potential danger in 2011. The patient climbed on to the roof of Applewood Ward in Swindon in 2016. He fell off and was seriously hurt, after refusing to come down…

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Child died whilst playing on powered gate

By Sylwia Wolska | August 20, 2019

Lack of end stop caused gate to fall on 6 year old boy An electric gate company has been fined after a six-year-old boy was fatally crushed whilst playing on a sliding gate installed by the company in October 2015. Leeds Crown Court heard how the boy was playing with friends on the gate of…

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Solar panel company fined after worker falls through skylight

By Sylwia Wolska | August 20, 2019

A worker fell through a skylight during the installation of solar panels on a farm workshop in East Sussex. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how, on 23 July 2018, an employee of SolarUK Limited was carrying out installation work on the fragile roof in Ninfield. As he stood to move, he stepped on the unprotected skylight…

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Multiple safety failings on site leads to fine

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2019

A construction company has been fined after failing to ensure the safety and welfare of workers on site during the renovation of a property. Between 12 December 2015 and 14 June 2018, Navkaar Limited put its workers at serious risk of personal injury or death at a construction site in Blackpool, reports the HSE. The…

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Event management firm guilty of safety failings

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2019

An event management company has been fined for failing to ensure the safety of employees during the lifting and moving of a 14-foot-wide park home chassis. Employees at Woodcorner Farm, Coventry were transferring the 14-foot-wide park home chassis through a 13-foot-wide opening on 5 July 2018. As the opening was too narrow, employees were required…

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Workers exposed to ‘significant’ fall from height risk

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2019

Two companies have been fined after putting workers at risk of falling whilst accessing a roof to repair pipework. In April 2016, contractors who worked for Kingswinford Engineering Co Limited had been hired to repair a section of pipework on the roof of a warehouse in Bilston owned by James Durrans & Sons’ Limited. The…

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Manufacturing firm fined after worker loses parts of her finger in unguarded machinery

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2019

An absorbent product manufacturing firm has been fined after an agency worker’s hand was caught in a rotating fan blade, causing her life-changing injuries. Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told how a 34-year old agency worker, on just her second shift at NPS Worldwide UK Limited, was removing a blockage inside the filling machine she had been…

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Network Rail has paid out £1m for slips, trips and falls in the past five years

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2019

In the past five financial years, Network Rail has out paid a total of £1m for slips, trips and falls across UK stations, according to research conducted by the BBC. Network Rail is in charge of 11 stations in London, and 20 across the rest of the UK. The highest fine given was £36,392, after a passenger “slipped on…

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