Multiple failings at chemical manufacturing firm

By Sylwia Wolska | March 7, 2019

A chemical manufacturing company has been fined after failing to manage the risk of exposure to chemicals harmful to health, resulting in workers being exposed to chemicals which caused long term damage to their skin. Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told how employees working with chemicals at Fine Organics Ltd (now trading as Lianhetec), Seals Sands,…

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Construction company fined after failing to implement its own risk assessment

By Sylwia Wolska | March 7, 2019

Construction firm Rivergate Developments Ltd has been fined for safety breaches after a worker fell 2.7 metres through an open stairwell. Leeds Magistrates’ court was told how, on 31 May 2017, Nathan Howes, 26, was working on the upper floor of a cricket club in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire which was under refurbishment. Mr Howes…

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Ladder safety: £34k fine after worker fell from ladder

By Sylwia Wolska | March 7, 2019

A worker who fell six metres from a ladder sustained multiple fractures to the neck, back, ribs, and hip, plus head injuries and a collapsed lung. On 4 April 2017, the contractor who was working on converting a barge from a commercial vessel into a luxury house-boat, but fell from a ladder erected at the…

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Poultry processing company fined after worker seriously-injured by forklift truck

By Sylwia Wolska | February 18, 2019

Moy Park, a poultry-processing company has been fined after a yardman had his leg amputated when he was hit by a forklift truck. A forklift truck had been driven into the yard at Airfield Industrial Estate in Ashbourne to drop off some pallets, when the driver reversed around a trailer. Derby Crown Court heard how,…

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Child injured by wall collapse incident

By Sylwia Wolska | February 18, 2019

Council failed to carry out “intelligence led” condition inspections A local Council has been sentenced after a brick boundary wall (part-owned by the Council) collapsed and seriously injured a six-year-old girl in August 2016. Basildon Crown Court heard how the wall spanning the back of two houses collapsed onto the girl during a family barbecue.…

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Scaffolding collapse narrowly missed nursery children

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

A scaffolding company that failed to securely install scaffolding has been fined £24,000 after the temporary structure collapsed onto a neighbouring primary school a few metres away from nursey children. Cardiff Magistrates’ Court was told Swain Scaffolding had erected scaffolding 7 m high and 8 m long at the gable end of a residential property…

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HSE alert: mild steel welding cancer risk

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

HSE announces enforcement action change based on new cancer evidence The regulator has issued Safety Alert STSU1 – 2019 – Change in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume based on “new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer” that exposure to mild steel welding fume can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.…

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Oil drum exploded during hot cutting work

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

Firm fined £400k after drum lid ejected causing loss of leg A commercial vehicle dealer has been fined after a workman lost his leg from the knee down when an oil drum he was cutting up exploded in January 2017. Reading Magistrates heard how the employee was injured when he used oxy-acetylene gas cutting equipment…

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Solvent ignited during floor cleaning works

By Sylwia Wolska | February 15, 2019

Flammable solvent fire fought with water spreading fire further A South end-on-Sea aircraft refinishing company has been fined £66,000 after employees were put at serious risk during a fire within an aircraft hangar on 16th August 2017. Chelmsford Magistrates heard how workers were cleaning the floor of an aircraft hangar used for paint spraying aircraft.…

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