University ‘failed to grasp’ importance of risk-based health surveillance

By Sylwia Wolska | November 5, 2019

The University of Edinburgh has been fined for failings which led to animal research workers, who were already sensitised to laboratory animal allergens (LAA), being at risk of suffering from adverse health effects as a result of exposure to LAA. Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told how two researchers began work at the University of Edinburgh…

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DHL fined £2.6m after worker crushed to death in tyre collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | October 28, 2019

Logistics firm DHL has been fined £2.6m following the death of an employee who was killed when a stack of car and lorry tyres collapsed at a warehouse. Robert Baynham, 50, was crushed to death as he worked at an office inside the storage facility in Coventry on 2 February 2016. The company admitted health…

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Workman fell head first though rooflight

By Sylwia Wolska | October 28, 2019

Fragile roof dangers not assessed and properly controlled A building and maintenance company has been fined after an employee fell 5m through a fragile rooflight causing life changing head injuries during May 2018 at a motor vehicle repair workshop in Digbeth, Birmingham. Birmingham Magistrates heard how two employees were replacing a leaking roof sheet above…

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Construction safety test cheats caught in police raids

By Sylwia Wolska | October 21, 2019

Construction safety test centre workers have been caught giving answers to candidates for cash. The cheating ring was exposed during counter-fraud raids by CITB, police and the Home Office. Three men involved in the delivery of CITB tests were arrested for Fraud Act offences while seven construction workers were detained on suspicion of working in…

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Director prosecuted and jailed as employee

By Sylwia Wolska | October 21, 2019

Workman fatally injured when crushed between bucket and wall The employee and director of a construction company has been handed a 10-month custodial sentenced after an employee, Nicholas Hall, was crushed to death by the bucket of an excavator he was operating. Mr Hall was pinned against the wall of an excavation pit for a…

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Client and contractor failed to protect workers

By Sylwia Wolska | October 21, 2019

RJW Building Solutions Limited, a contractor carrying out refurbishment work at the Sea Hotel in South Shields, and Hotel 52 (Sea) Limited, the client company who arranged the work, have been sentenced after workers disturbed asbestos. While workers were refurbishing the bar area of the Sea Hotel in September and October 2018, they disturbed asbestos.…

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Carpenter falls through gap in safety deck

By Sylwia Wolska | October 21, 2019

A contractor has been sentenced after a carpenter sustained nerve and tissue damage to his lower back after falling through a gap in a safety deck. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard on 2 May 2017, the employee was working for and under the control of MP Building Limited. He climbed up to remove a nail from…

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£1m fine following preventable death

By Sylwia Wolska | October 14, 2019

Cemex UK Operations Limited has been fined £1m after a worker suffered fatal injuries when he was struck on the body by a centering machine lifting mast. On 13 May 2017, James Brownlie was carrying out maintenance and repair work on a dry sided conveyor, part of which ran under a machine known as a…

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£50k fine after multiple failings led to severe hand injury

By Sylwia Wolska | October 14, 2019

Masher Brothers Limited has been sentenced after a trainee worker suffered life-changing injuries when his hand was caught in a rip saw. On 20 February 2018, a 20-year-old employee was working with a colleague on the rip saw at the company’s site in Lewisham, London, being shown how to cut timber for beading. The worker…

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