26 07, 2017

Drinks manufacturer in court over workers loss of hand

By | July 26th, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Drinks manufacturer in court over workers loss of hand

An Ellesmere Port based home brewing kit manufacturer has been fined after an employee’s right hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine. SPL International Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an incident at Poole Hall Industrial Estate, Ellesmere Port on the 21 October 2014. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard the workers injuries led to his right hand below the thumb and fingers being severed. He has been unable to [...]

1 07, 2017

HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today released its annual figures for work-related fatalities, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2015. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 137 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a rate of 0.43 per 100,000 workers), the second lowest year on record. There has been a long-term downward trend [...]

25 06, 2017

Company fined after failing to comply with enforcement action

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Hatchmere Park Ltd has been fined after failing to comply with enforcement safety notices. On 12 March 2015, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector visited the construction site at Falcon Park, Devon and observed serious health and safety failings. Exeter Crown Court heard the HSE visited the site after being alerted of unsafe construction work taking place by the Local Authority, and noticed residents were being put at risk as some homes were [...]

24 06, 2017

Gas fitter jailed for multiple safety breaches

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A Barnsley gas fitter has been sent to prison for illegal and unsafe work at five properties across South and West Yorkshire over an 18-month period. The gas fitter, carried out boiler installations and associated repairs at homes in Barnsley, Leeds, Sheffield, Pontefract and Shipley between August 2012 and November 2013 despite being removed from the Gas Safe Register. He was prosecuted for multiple breaches of safety law after a joint investigation by the [...]

1 06, 2017

Company fined after uncontrolled fire

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Vertellus Specialties UK Limited has today been fined after an uncontrolled fire at the company’s Seal Sands premises in Middlesbrough. Teesside Crown Court heard the large fire occurred at the premises in the early hours of 14 May 2014. The fire involved large quantities of dangerous substances including Vitride, which led to this fire being declared a major incident. The Vitride was in drums and each one burst open causing a large fireball. No [...]

25 05, 2017

Construction company fined after member of public drowned

By | May 25th, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Construction company fined after member of public drowned

A Glasgow based construction company has today been fined after the death of an 83-year old man in Kirkcaldy. Kirkcaldy Sherriff Court heard that in early January 2015 an elderly gentleman who suffered from a number of age-related illnesses, walked onto the construction site which was closed for the holidays. While on the site operated by Sandford Park Ltd he fell into a flooded excavation and died from drowning. An investigation by the Health [...]

1 05, 2017

DHL and JCB both fined after worker struck by overturning trolley and hydraulic rams

By | May 1st, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on DHL and JCB both fined after worker struck by overturning trolley and hydraulic rams

Two companies have been fined after a worker was seriously injured by a trolley carrying hydraulic rams. Stafford Crown Court heard how an employee of DHL Services Limited (DHL) was auditing in-coming deliveries of equipment in an outside yard at JCB World Headquarters when he was struck from behind by falling machinery.  At the time of the incident the machinery was being towed by an electric tug and weighed approximately 770kg. The trolley toppled [...]

25 04, 2017

Manchester Hostel owners sentenced over asbestos failings

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Two family run companies have been fined after admitting health and safety failings at a site in Manchester, where they were carrying out a basement conversion. Manchester Crown Court heard how Hatters Taverns Limited had appointed sister company Hatters Hostel Limited as the main contractor for the basement conversion beneath a hostel at 50 Newton Street, Manchester. The project involved the full strip out and refurbishment of the basement, a former restaurant unit, into [...]

1 04, 2017

Essar Oil UK Limited fined after explosion at Ellesmere Port refinery

By | April 1st, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Essar Oil UK Limited fined after explosion at Ellesmere Port refinery

An oil company has been fined £1.65m following an explosion at its Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port. Liverpool Crown Court heard that while there were no injuries, the blast from the early hours of 14 November 2013 caused internal structures to collapse; damage totalling more than £20m. Problems started at the site during the start-up of its main distillation unit, when extremely flammable hydrocarbons were allowed to enter an unignited furnace. The heat from [...]

25 03, 2017

Company and self-employed contractor sentenced for lift shaft death

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A company and a self-employed contractor have been fined for safety failings after one man died and another was left seriously injured falling six storeys through a lift shaft. Southwark Crown Court heard on 17 January 2011 work was being carried out to decommission a lift shaft in a building that was being converted into luxury apartments in the Victoria area, when the chain supporting the lift car broke while two men were working [...]

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