School pupil death: ‘Missed opportunities’ led to fatal minibus incident

By Sylwia Wolska | November 19, 2018

Bridgend County Borough Council has been fined following the death of one pupil and injury to another after they were involved in a collision with the school minibus. Following its investigation into the death of 15-year-old Ashley Talbot, the HSE has urged schools to review traffic arrangements within their grounds, and where possible design layouts…

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Worker suffered significant head injuries falling 10 metres from racking

By Sylwia Wolska | November 19, 2018

Two companies have been fined after a worker fell from a warehouse racking system, suffering serious head injuries. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 1 February 2016, recommissioning work of a warehouse racking system was being carried out at premises on Stopgate Lane, Simonswood. While working on this project, one of the workers fell…

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Contractor used vacuum cleaner on asbestos

By Sylwia Wolska | November 15, 2018

A Norwich-based contractor has been fined £90,000 for carrying out unlicensed asbestos cleaning work. Norwich Magistrates’ Court was told how the company began a project to refurbish parts of Rose Lane Business Centre in Norwich, including a former kitchen and canteen. Works started in late April 2015 and various phases continued into late October, early…

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Director fined after roof collapse

By Sylwia Wolska | November 15, 2018

A Director of a construction company has been sentenced after the partial collapse of a building during roofing work. On 24 February 2016, Jason Lycett, a Director of Brooke Ren Limited, the Principle Contractor, was responsible for constructing two, two storey blocks of flats at Church Street, Jump, Barnsley following the demolition of a former…

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Forklift crush incident left worker severely injured

By Sylwia Wolska | November 15, 2018

Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd has been sentenced after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck. An employee of the scaffolding company was using a forklift truck in the yard when the vehicle overturned, trapping him underneath it for some time. The employee sustained serious life changing internal injuries. He now lives with constant chronic…

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£1m fine – nuclear weapons factory safety breaches

By Sylwia Wolska | November 15, 2018

The UK’s nuclear weapons factory has been fined £1m for failing to ensure the safety of its staff. It was also ordered to pay costs of £26,096. An electrician suffered burns to his arm in June 2017, while carrying out routine testing at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire. The prosecution was brought by…

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Smoke alarms: Mother knows best

By Sylwia Wolska | October 29, 2018

A smoke alarm playing a recording of a mother’s voice is more likely to wake a sleeping child than one with a conventional high-pitched alarm, according to a new study. In a study published in the Journal of Paediatrics, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide…

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British Airways subsidiary company failed to identify HAVS risk

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2018

British Airways Avionic Engineering Limited has been fined for failing to assess the risk to workers from hand arm vibration (HAVS). Cardiff Crown Court heard how people working at the company were exposed to vibration from use of a wet blasting cabinet and vibrating hand tools. It was not until late in 2013 that action…

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Ikea fined after worker loses fingers

By Sylwia Wolska | October 22, 2018

The company pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws following the incident, which occurred at its Bristol branch on 21 November 2016. The worker suffered amputation of parts of two fingers while checking a fault to a fan on the roof of the building. Investigating, Bristol City Council found that: The fan and eight…

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