Packaging manufacturer fined £150,000 for unsafe stacking

By Sylwia Wolska | December 12, 2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted plastic packaging manufacturer Sirap UK over the unsafe stacking of flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) after a worker was injured at the firm’s County Durham site. A worker was using a forklift truck near a row of FIBCs on 12 September 2017 when they reversed the vehicle…

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Worker permanently paralysed after fall

By Sylwia Wolska | December 10, 2019

A Northamptonshire painting and decorating employer has been sentenced after an employee sustained serious, life changing injuries after falling from height. On 7 August 2018, an employee of Ian Ramsay was severely injured when he fell from height whilst installing a roof ladder on a pitched roof at a property in Mawsley, Northamptonshire. The fall…

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Firm’s assessments missed vital risks

By Sylwia Wolska | December 2, 2019

A company has been fined after failing to protect its self-employed workers from the risk of a cable strike explosion or electrocution. Coventry Magistrates’ Court was told that on 28 November 2018, two self-employed workers received serious burns to their hands whilst using a drill to attach a pre-fabricated cowling to a cable tray at…

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Company director sentenced after repeated serious safety failings

By Sylwia Wolska | November 26, 2019

The director of a waste transfer company was found guilty and banned from being a company director after knowingly exposing employees to serious unsafe working conditions. Preston Crown Court heard that, in November 2018, despite a conviction for transport related health and safety offences following a fatal incident in 2013, and further enforcement action in…

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Company director sentenced after exposing employees to hazardous substances

By Sylwia Wolska | November 26, 2019

A manufacturer of agricultural trailers has been sentenced for deliberately putting his workers at risk of developing severe lung disease, after exposing them to substances harmful to health. Preston Crown Court heard that, over a period of time up to February 2018, James Harrison, former managing director of the now dissolved Laser Shapes (NW) Limited,…

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Unstable staircase collapse during refurb work

By Sylwia Wolska | November 26, 2019

Workman not informed of staircase hazard suffered serious injury A building company has been fined after a sub-contractor fell into a basement following the collapse of a staircase on a site in Bolton on 26 April 2016. Bolton Crown Court heard that, David Walsh, a 59-year-old sub-contractor was working on the refurbishment of a flooded…

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Director struck off after serious safety breaches

By Sylwia Wolska | November 26, 2019

The director of a waste transfer company has been found guilty and banned from being a company director after knowingly exposing employees to serious unsafe working conditions. In November 2018, despite a conviction for transport related health and safety offences following a fatal incident in 2013, and further enforcement action in 2017 for using a…

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Underground cable strike causes 50% burns

By Sylwia Wolska | November 22, 2019

Workman seriously injured using hand-held breaker to excavate post holes A groundworks contractor has been prosecuted after a hand-held breaker struck an underground electricity cable resulting in multiple serious burn injuries to the user in October 2018. Folkestone Magistrates heard that workmen were using the electric ground breaker to excavate fence post holes for a…

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HSE look to local authorities for CDM support

By Sylwia Wolska | November 22, 2019

Council Inspectors focus on CDM client duties – asbestos, fragility and RCS HSE has published Local Authority (LA) Circular (LAC 67/2 (rev 8) which provides Local Authorities with guidance and tools for priority planning and targeting their interventions with businesses. The guidance explains that although most construction work is regulated by HSE the LA health and safety regulators…

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