Cheshunt care home fire: £175k fine for serious breaches

By Sylwia Wolska | May 20, 2019

A fire at a care home which left two people dead – with a further 33 having to be rescued from the collapsing building – was found to be caused by an electrical fault that spread to the roof. The company running the home has been fined £175,000 for five fire safety breaches. Ivy Spriggs,…

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Worker broke back in roof fall

By Sylwia Wolska | May 20, 2019

An employee was seriously injured after falling through a fragile roof while carrying out building work. Boston Magistrates’ Court was told how on 2 May 2017 the employee of Foundations and Buildings Ltd was constructing the roof of a new agricultural building adjacent to an existing barn in Louth, Lincolnshire. During this work, he stepped…

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£500k fine in worker death case

By Sylwia Wolska | May 20, 2019

A waste management company has been fined £500k after an employee was killed when he was struck by a reversing JCB loading shovel. Newcastle upon Tyne Crown Court was told that on 15 June 2015 a wheeled front-loading shovel was being operated in the main waste processing shed at Sanders Plant and Waste Management Limited’s…

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Electrical burns on demolition project

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

Bar thrown at electrical equipment to prove dead …revealed system live Two companies have been fined after a workman received serious electrical burns during demolition work on a project in Essex in April 2017. Chelmsford Magistrates heard how the two demolition workers were removing electrical distribution equipment from a switchgear room at the former Molecular…

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NHS Trust failed to control ‘lethal’ asbestos exposure risk

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has been fined after refurbishment work undertaken in an accommodation block at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital exposed Trust employees and contractors to asbestos. In June 2012 Trust employees were removing fixtures and fittings from the empty flat when they disturbed asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The Trust then failed to take…

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Greater London Authority fine: Family traumatised after wall collapsed on father

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

The land and property arm of the Greater London Authority has been fined for serious safety management failings after an advertising hoarding collapsed onto a man in front of his wife and two children. On 25 January 2014 a family of four were hurrying along a pavement to Catford Station to shelter from a storm…

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Suez fine: Worker’s back injury preventable

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

Suez Recycling and Recovery Limited has been fined after a worker suffered a back injury after manually moving gantry steps. Preston Crown Court was told that on 10 September 2016, an employee helped to manually move steps weighting in excess of 950kg at a site in Duckworth Clough, Haslingden, after repair works had taken place.…

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Plumber’s disregard for law lands him in court

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

An Essex-based plumber who carried out unsafe and unregistered gas work in September 2016 has been sentenced at Basildon Crown Court. Andrew Goodchild, of ASG Plumbing and Heating, had been served with a Prohibition Notice (PN) by the HSE earlier that year for carrying out gas work whilst not being registered with Gas Safe. Goodchild…

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Fine after ‘careless removal’ of asbestos

By Sylwia Wolska | May 13, 2019

An Oldham building contractor has been fined after the uncontrolled removal of asbestos during a garage conversion. Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court was told that in December 2017 the HSE was notified by a member of the public of fibrous board outside the property in Chadderton, Oldham which looked like asbestos insulation board. Mr Mohammad…

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