Ground worker loses arm in disc cutter accident

By Sylwia Wolska | March 12, 2021

A civils contractor has been fined £250,000 after a self-employed ground worker lost an arm following a disc cutter accident. Truro Crown Court heard how on 1 June 2017, self-employed ground worker Morgan Prosser, contracted by MJL Contractors Limited, was working to complete ground works at a new building site near Bodmin, Cornwall. Prosser was…

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HSE outsources COVID-secure spot checks

By Sylwia Wolska | March 8, 2021

The UK Health and Safety Executive’s decision to use two private sector firms to carry out workplace ‘COVID security’ assessments is being scrutinised by employers and their legal advisers, amid concern that staff at the two debt collection firms involved might not be best qualified for the role.  The two firms, Marston Holdings and CDER,…

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Waste and recycling company fined for safety failings

By Sylwia Wolska | March 5, 2021

A waste and recycling company has been fined after an employee sustained serious injuries to his arm when it became entangled in the automatic roof sheeting mechanism of a visiting articulated truck. A 22-year-old labourer had been working at Johnsons Scrap Metal Limited, assisting in loading a 44-tonne articulated third party vehicle with waste wood,…

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Metal supplier fined after employee suffers multiple fractures

By Sylwia Wolska | March 5, 2021

A metal supplier has been fined after an employee suffered multiple fractures to the hand and wrist when he was polishing a metal bar with a manual metalworking lathe. An employee working for Timet UK Limited at Holdford Road, Witton, was using a manual metalworking lathe to polish a metal bar when the emery cloth,…

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Plant hire firm fined after employee suffers serious injuries

By Sylwia Wolska | March 2, 2021

A plant hire company has been fined following an incident in which an employee was seriously injured when an excavator tracked backwards. Trees were being cleared on part of a residential site in Mallow, Co. Cork on 20 July 2018, when the excavator on site hit the employee of Tom Lynes Plant Hire Ltd, who…

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Suspended prison sentence for pub landlord over unsafe inflatable play equipment

By Sylwia Wolska | February 24, 2021

A Clevedon pub landlord whose health and safety failings caused a boy to suffer serious head injuries has been given a suspended prison sentence. Andrew Rockliffe, who was running the Bristol Inn at the time of the incident, failed to ensure an inflatable slide he put in the garden was safe to use, Bristol Crown…

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Microbrewery receives £120,000 fine for fire safety breaches

By Sylwia Wolska | February 24, 2021

A Bristol-based microbrewery has been fined £120,000 after admitting its failure to comply with fire safety laws resulted in a 2018 fire. Brewhouse and Kitchen pleaded guilty in February to four breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. They included: failure to take general fire precautions; failure to ensure adequate fire safety arrangements;…

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How to reduce noise in your workplace

By Sylwia Wolska | February 19, 2021

What is Noise? How does one differentiate between wanted sounds and unwanted noise? What do we define as music to our ears, and what should we try to avoid? Noise is an aspect of sound that can become unbearable if it goes beyond a particular level. In industries, it is becoming a severer concern than…

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Food warehouse flouted improvement notices

By Sylwia Wolska | February 19, 2021

Birmingham City Council has prosecuted a food supplier after an inspector saw an employee raised up on a pallet balanced on a forklift truck. On 5 December 2018 an officer visited Pearl Food Distribution and served a number of improvement notices to prevent people from falling from the mezzanine staircase landing, mezzanine storage locations and provide…

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