Worker crushed by falling metal frame

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

A Warrington engineering fabrication company has been sentenced after a worker suffered severe crush injuries when a metal frame he was moving toppled from a forklift truck. The incident happened on 11 October 2017, when the employee of J L Engineering (Rixton) Ltd, together with another worker, was moving a trestle frame using a forklift…

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Wall collapsed onto home owner

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

Building firm Farnell Building Contractors has been sentenced after a wall collapsed on a home owner. Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told how on 1 May 2018, Stephen Farnell trading as Farnell Building Contractors was demolishing a garage when a wall collapsed at the site in Colne, causing serious injuries to the home owner. His leg…

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Company failed to undertake safety checks

By Sylwia Wolska | June 4, 2019

A granite worktop manufacturer has been fined after failing to ensure that lifting equipment was examined and maintained to ensure it was safe to use. Grantech Limited was not having regular statutory examinations carried out on lifting equipment. It also failed to carry out repairs when defects had been found. Following an inspection on 18…

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Joiner hit in face by falling steel beam

By Sylwia Wolska | May 28, 2019

A house building company has been fined after a sub-contracted worker suffered serious facial injuries when he was struck by a falling beam. The self-employed, joinery sub-contractor was injured on 25 November 2015 when he was struck on the head by a steel beam that fell during construction of a timber frame home at a…

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Safety failures caused plasterer to fall

By Sylwia Wolska | May 28, 2019

A plastering contractor has been fined after a self-employed plasterer fell from height during the construction of a house. The incident happened on 9 July 2018, when the plasterer was due to start work on the project. Visiting Highfield Caldecott, Cambridge on his way back from another job, the plasterer helped a labourer to move…

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Window cleaning company fined after fall from height

By Sylwia Wolska | May 28, 2019

A window cleaning company has been sentenced after a worker suffered bone fractures following a fall through a fragile roof light. The incident occurred when three operatives were cleaning a 400-panel solar array on the pig shed roof at Lingham Lane Piggery, Dishforth in February 2016. The men had nearly finished the job when one…

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Plastic bale collapse crushed worker

By Sylwia Wolska | May 20, 2019

A recycling company has been sentenced after one of their employees was fatally crushed by falling plastic bales. On 24 May 2017, waste plastic bales had been delivered to Centriforce Products Limited’s site at Derby Road, Liverpool and were stacked as free-standing columns in a yard. During the morning, a forklift truck (FLT) driver noticed…

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Safety management failures and non-compliance

By Sylwia Wolska | May 20, 2019

A joinery company has been fined after two separate incidents that led to workers’ fingers being amputated. Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how employees of Flory Works Ltd were injured in two separate incidents involving cutting tools. In one case, an employee was injured while cutting timber on the blade of an unstable sliding table saw…

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Cheshunt care home fire: £175k fine for serious breaches

By Sylwia Wolska | May 20, 2019

A fire at a care home which left two people dead – with a further 33 having to be rescued from the collapsing building – was found to be caused by an electrical fault that spread to the roof. The company running the home has been fined £175,000 for five fire safety breaches. Ivy Spriggs,…

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