Oil drum exploded during hot cutting work

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

Firm fined £400k after drum lid ejected causing loss of leg A commercial vehicle dealer has been fined after a workman lost his leg from the knee down when an oil drum he was cutting up exploded in January 2017. Reading Magistrates heard how the employee was injured when he used oxy-acetylene gas cutting equipment…

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Solvent ignited during floor cleaning works

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

Flammable solvent fire fought with water spreading fire further A South end-on-Sea aircraft refinishing company has been fined £66,000 after employees were put at serious risk during a fire within an aircraft hangar on 16th August 2017. Chelmsford Magistrates heard how workers were cleaning the floor of an aircraft hangar used for paint spraying aircraft.…

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Worker lost leg following oil drum explosion

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

A commercial vehicle dealer has been fined after an agency worker lost his leg from the knee down when an oil drum he was cutting up exploded. Reading Magistrates’ Court was told how on 5 January 2017, an employee of Rygor Commercials Limited was injured at Unit 13, Hambridge Business Park, Newbury, when he used…

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Two companies fined following death of worker

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

Worker killed in crush incident after firms had ‘failed to properly plan the lifting operation’. Andrew Bowes, a 37-year-old metal fabricator employed by Larkin Eng Services Ltd, died while working at the company’s premises on Meeting Industrial Estate in Barrow in Furness. The incident happened on On March 2012. Larkin Eng Services Ltd had contracted Cumbria…

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Building contractor fined after fall

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

A firm and a contractor have been sentenced after a worker fell through a roof. Carlisle Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 23 February 2017, a 22-year-old worker had been working on the roof of a farm building when he fell through a skylight, over four metres, onto the concrete floor below. He suffered three…

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Company director sentenced following nephew’s death

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

A roofing company and its director have been sentenced for safety breaches after the death of an employee. Daniel Shrimpton was removing flashing from the roof of a two-storey terraced house in Wimbeldon. He was found lying unresponsive on the ground soon after beginning work and died later that day in hospital. Daniel Shrimpton was…

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£600k fine after worker killed by dumper truck

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

A construction firm has been fined £600,000 following the death of a workman who was crushed by a dumper truck in Edinburgh. Vincent Ramsay, 55, was killed on a building site in 2016 when a dumper truck ran over him at the bottom of a dirt ramp. The father-of four had been crouching down to…

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Topshop fine: £450k after girl’s skull fractured

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

The owner of Topshop has been fined £450,000 after a 10-year-old girl was seriously injured by a badly-installed queue barrier in a store. The child suffered a fractured skull when the barrier toppled onto her at the shop in Glasgow’s Silverburn shopping centre in February 2017. She had been swinging on the barrier, but a…

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Precautions on paper lacking in practice

By Sylwia Wolska | January 28, 2019

Fatal fall through opening in concrete slab during work with breaker A London-based construction company has been fined £300,000 for safety breaches after a workman died on an Acton construction project in November 2015. Westminster Magistrates heard how the employee was using a concrete breaker to make an opening for a stairwell when he fell…

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