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£910,000 fine after worker fatally injured

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2021

Egger (UK) Limited has been fined after a self-employed lorry driver was killed making a routine delivery of recycled wood. Whilst standing on open ground at the rear of the trailer of his articulated vehicle, the driver Kenneth Aitchison was struck by a wheeled shovel loader operating in the yard at their Auchinleck premises in…

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£6.5 million fine after death of 11-year-old boy at freight terminal

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2021

WH Malcom Limited, operators of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal near Rugby, has been fined £6.5m after being found guilty of negligence over the death of an 11-year-old boy in 2017. The company was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court following a prosecution brought by the rail regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Harrison…

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Roofer and scaffolder sentenced following fatal fall from height

By Sylwia Wolska | August 16, 2021

A roofer and a scaffolder have been sentenced following a fatal fall from height at a two-storey terraced house on Rosevine Road, Wimbledon. Philip Drinkwater and Anthony Bradley were working on the roof, which was accessed using a ladder and scaffolding that had been erected by Dean Glen, Southwark Crown Court heard. Later that day,…

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Company and director sentenced after workers exposed to asbestos

By Sylwia Wolska | July 23, 2021

A wood working company and its director have been fined after the HSE found a series of failings and risks associated with significant quantities of asbestos-containing materials within the premises. During an unannounced visit to a workshop on Moravian Road, Bristol, on 10 August 2016, the asbestos insulating board lining the building was found to…

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Prison sentence for builder that undertook illegal gas work

By Sylwia Wolska | July 23, 2021

A self-employed fitter has been jailed after carrying out gas work at a residential address whilst he was not competent to do so, leaving a gas boiler in an ‘at risk’ condition. Southampton Crown Court heard how Michael Smithers, who traded under the name of Bournemouth & Verwood Builders, was contracted to carry out the…

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Buildings material manufacturer fined for health and safety failings

By Sylwia Wolska | July 23, 2021

A buildings material manufacturer has been sentenced after a worker was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) after repeatedly using vibrating tools above the recommended limits; and a second worker sustained electrical burns in a separate incident. The employee was diagnosed with HAVS after a HSE investigation established that he had been using percussive…

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Director prosecuted for failing to comply with Enforcement Notices

By Sylwia Wolska | July 23, 2021

A Director of a woodworking company has been fined for failing to comply with Enforcement Notices served to protect the health and safety of workers in his workplace. Classical Joinery Group Limited in Neath (now dissolved) had not complied with four Enforcement Notices, Swansea Magistrates’ Court was told. The Notices had been served between November…

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Vue cinemas prosecuted over seat crush death

By Sylwia Wolska | July 23, 2021

A major cinema chain has been ordered to pay £750,000 after a customer died after getting trapped under a faulty chair. Vue Entertainment, which has sites 91 sites across the UK and Ireland, was also ordered to pay £130,000 in prosecution costs. On 9 March 2018, Ateeq Rafiq visited Birmingham’s Star City cinema with his wife. After watching…

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Examples of improving ventilation to reduce coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission

By Sylwia Wolska | July 23, 2021

The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. Portacabin with air conditioning Office staff work in a portacabin adjacent to a main factory. The portacabin has a recirculating air conditioning unit. The windows aren’t normally open. There are usually only a few people in the portacabin…

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