£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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Unprotected stairwell: ‘Simple measures’ could have prevented worker’s fall

By Sylwia Wolska | April 26, 2019

A principal contractor has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell approximately three metres through an unprotected stairwell opening. On 17 August 2017, a sub-contractor to Brown Construction Ltd was laying bricks for the second storey of a new build house in Ash, Canterbury. There was an opening in the floor…

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Hotel refurbishment disturbed asbestos

By Sylwia Wolska | April 23, 2019

Firm failed to act on well-founded asbestos concerns expressed by employee A hotelier has been fined £80,000 after asbestos containing materials (ACMs) were disturbed during a major refurbishment at The Park Hotel in Barnstaple, Devon between Oct 2016 and May 2017. Newton Abbot Magistrates heard that construction work was undertaken to refurbish the hotel. Parts…

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