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1 06, 2017

Company fined after uncontrolled fire

By | June 1st, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Company fined after uncontrolled fire

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

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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

By | April 25th, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Manchester Hostel owners sentenced over asbestos failings

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

By | March 25th, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Company and self-employed contractor sentenced for lift shaft death

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 01, 2017

Warburtons fined £2 million after worker fall

By | January 25th, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Warburtons fined £2 million after worker fall

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

By | January 1st, 2017|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Jaguar Land Rover fined £900,000 after worker injured

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 [...]

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, [...]

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