Slipped ladder led to shattered elbow

By Sylwia Wolska | January 28, 2019

A cladding firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker shattered his elbow in a fall from height. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 27 February 2017, the worker was using a ladder to access a flat roof to fit the capping on a security office gatehouse at a poultry processing factory in Thorne,…

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Quarry worker suffered serious entanglement injury

By Sylwia Wolska | January 21, 2019

A quarry operator has been fined after failing to keep fixed guards in place on moving machinery, causing serious injuries to an employee’s arm. On 9 December 2016, a new employee of Tudor Griffiths Limited was injured on his first day working at the quarry. His arm got caught and dragged into the ‘nip point’…

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Council in court after worker’s head trapped

By Sylwia Wolska | January 21, 2019

Darlington Borough Council has been sentenced after a self-employed labourer was injured when a pack of roof trusses fell on him. Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 5 October 2017, a self-employed labourer was working for two self-employed bricklayers sub-contracted to Darlington Borough Council. He was walking past the front of the building…

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Two companies fined following death of five-year-old Alexys Brown

By Sylwia Wolska | January 16, 2019

Affordable housing business and contractor fined over £1.5m Two companies have been sentenced following the death of a five-year-old girl who became trapped whilsy using a lift installed at her home in Weymouth in 2015. Bournemouth Crown Court heard how the family of Alexys Brown moved into the property in 2009 which was provided with…

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Slug and Lettuce safety breach: Pub firm fined £100k after employee injures hand

By Sylwia Wolska | January 16, 2019

Stonegate Pub Company Ltd, the fourth largest managed pub company in the UK, has been prosecuted for health and safety breaches at the Slug and Lettuce in Colchester. The company has been fined £100,000, with costs of £3,792.28 and a £170 victim surcharge. Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard how an employee, who was preparing to unload…

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Company and director sentenced after employee fractures neck in fall from height

By Sylwia Wolska | January 16, 2019

An engineering company and its director have been fined after an employee fell from a tower scaffold, sustaining a neck fracture as a result. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court was told that, on 9 January 2017, an employee of Trueline Engineering Services Limited fell from a partially erected tower scaffold whilst carrying out welding work on a…

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Fire service safety audits drop 42% in seven years

By Sylwia Wolska | January 16, 2019

The number of fire safety audits carried out by a third of fire and rescue services in England fell by 42% over a seven-year period. A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services(HMICFRS), found that, in the 12 months to 31 March 2018, fire and rescue services conducted 49,423 audits. In the 12…

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Fines after dangerous work at height observed

By Sylwia Wolska | January 10, 2019

A ground maintenance company and its subcontractor have been fined after two men worked on a roof without suitable measures in place to prevent a fall from height. Glasgow Sherriff Court was told that on 19 January 2017 Inex Works Civils Limited subcontracted repair work on the roof of 183 St Vincent Street to Colin…

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Workers suffer serious injuries in fall from excavator

By Sylwia Wolska | January 10, 2019

A demolition contractor has been fined after two workers fell from an attachment on an excavator, resulting in serious injuries. Cheshire Demolition and Excavation Contractors Limited was demolishing a derelict nightclub in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The two workers climbed into a pick bin and were lifted by an excavator. The bin suddenly released from the…

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