25 02, 2017

National furniture company fined £1 million for safety failings

By | February 25th, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on National furniture company fined £1 million for safety failings

DFS Trading Limited has been fined after safety failings which led to serious neck and head injuries of a worker. Derby Magistrates’ Court heard that on 02 July 2015 the worker was unloading wooden furniture frames at one of their upholstery sites, when he was struck by an unsecured furniture arm which fell from an unstable load. The impact knocked him unconscious and he suffered serious neck and head injuries. An investigation by the [...]

1 02, 2017

HSE to make cost recovery dispute process fully independent

By | February 1st, 2017|Latest News|Comments Off on HSE to make cost recovery dispute process fully independent

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that it is to consult on proposals to make its cost recovery scheme dispute process fully independent. The scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI) was introduced in October 2012 to shift the cost of regulating workplace health and safety from the public purse to businesses which break the law and ensures the cost burden of HSE intervention is picked up by those companies and not taxpayers. If [...]

25 01, 2017

Warburtons fined £2 million after worker fall

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National bread makers Warburtons has been fined £2 million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how on 11 November 2013 the man was cleaning one of the mixing machines at their Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two-meters. The father-of-one, who had worked at the factory since 2007, was hospitalised with a compression fracture in [...]

1 01, 2017

Jaguar Land Rover fined £900,000 after worker injured

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National car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has been fined after a worker lost their leg following a car accident. Birmingham Crown Court heard that on Sunday 8 February 2015 at Jaguar’s Lode Lane plant in Solihull, a Range Rover Sport vehicle was driven toward the start of the production line, an event that normally happens 48 times an hour. On this occasion the delivery driver lost control of the car and collided with the [...]

27 12, 2016

Employee prosecuted for dangerous work at height

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An employee of a steel erection firm has been sentenced at Manchester Magistrates Court after admitted working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester. Manchester Magistrates Court heard on the 21 January 2015 a member of public contacted HSE claiming that a man had been seen balancing on scaffold tubes in the rain while working on the roof of the multi-storey hotel. Photographic evidence showed the accused had climbed up the [...]

1 12, 2016

National airline prosecuted for not protecting workers

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British Airways PLC has been prosecuted for not protecting their workers from hand arm vibrations. Paisley Sheriff Court heard how employees working within the composite workshop at the Glasgow base, who in the course of their work used hand held power tools to carry out repairs on various components, were exposed to the risk of Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) a condition that can cause symptoms such as tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain [...]

27 11, 2016

Worker injures hand on drill

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A company in Essex, has been fined after a worker suffered injury to his hand on a drilling machine.Chelmsford Crown Court heard how an employee of Amtek Aluminium Castings (Witham) Limited had been drilling a hole in a casting when his glove got caught on the moving bit and his hand was dragged into the drill. He suffered injuries to his hand which required a skin graft and was off work for two months. [...]

27 10, 2016

Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall

By | October 27th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Worker seriously injured in mobile platform fall

A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned. The man, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on the 19th January 2015. Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the victim, who was in the MEWP, and a colleague, were taking large pieces of [...]

1 10, 2016

Construction company fined after worker losses both legs

By | October 1st, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Construction company fined after worker losses both legs

A Cornish construction company has been fined after their worker had to have both legs amputated, around the knee, after being crushed by a dumper truck. The man, 58, was operating a fully loaded front tipping dumper on his employer’s site in Liskey Hill, Perranporth. He drove the dumper down an incline where it became imbalanced and overturned. The victim, who appears to have not been wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle, [...]

27 09, 2016

Alton Towers’ owners fined £5 million over Smiler crash

By | September 27th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Alton Towers’ owners fined £5 million over Smiler crash

The owners of Alton Towers have been fined £5million with costs of £69,955.40 following a rollercoaster collision which left 16 people injured, a number of them seriously. Two young women on the Smiler ride suffered leg amputations and others suffered severe injuries when their carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track on 2 June 2015. Stafford Crown Court heard that on the day of the incident engineers overrode the Smiler’s control [...]

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