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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 [...]

1 09, 2016

HSE issues MOD with Crown Censure over soldier death

By | September 1st, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on HSE issues MOD with Crown Censure over soldier death

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been issued with a Crown Censure by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a soldier died when he was shot in the neck on a training exercise. The Fusilier, received a fatal bullet wound to the neck on 14 September 2011 during a ‘live’ training exercise at Lydd Ranges military firing range in Kent. The exercise involved troops approaching a specially built ‘shoot through’ compound (not designed [...]

26 08, 2016

Worker suffers serious burns after clothing catches fire

By | August 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Worker suffers serious burns after clothing catches fire

A foundry based in Batley has been fined after a worker suffered serious burns when his clothing caught fire. Bradford Crown Court heard how an employee of Batley Foundry Limited was undertaking work involving the use of isopropanol and a paint-like solution. The bucket containing the solution caught fire which then set light to his clothes, causing serious burns. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on [...]

1 08, 2016

Security firms fined over death of security guard

By | August 1st, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Security firms fined over death of security guard

Two security companies have been fined after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The man, a 29-year-old father of three, was employed by London based KK Security Services Ltd as a security guard on a construction site in Leigh, Wigan. KK Security were sub contracted by Veritas Security (Southern) Ltd, a Southampton based company, despite it being written into the contract from the client that no sub-contracting would take place. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that during [...]

26 07, 2016

Manufacturing company fined for health and safety failures

By | July 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Manufacturing company fined for health and safety failures

A manufacturing company based in South Shields has been fined for health and safety failures. South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard how Templetown Canopies Limited use styrene in their production of fibre glass door and window canopies. This substance is hazardous to health and exposure can cause irritation to the nose, throat and lungs. It can also have a neurological effect including difficulty in concentrating, drowsiness, headaches and nausea. An inspection was carried out on [...]

26 06, 2016

Fish processing firm fined after man killed by falling boxes

By | June 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Fish processing firm fined after man killed by falling boxes

A Plymouth company has been fined £500,000 after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him. The man, 22, an employee of Interfish Limited, was helping to clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes in one of the cold store areas when there was another fall of stock which struck him. He received multiple and severe injuries which proved fatal. Interfish Limited, of Wallsend [...]

1 06, 2016

Firm fined for safety failings at property development

By | June 1st, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Firm fined for safety failings at property development

A company based in Cardiff has been fined for safety failings during a property development. Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court heard Ziman Trading Limited, formerly Ziman Investments Limited (Ziman), was acting as the principal contractor at the property development of the former New York Hotel, York Street, Porth. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that appropriate measures were in place to control risks onsite, including falls [...]

26 03, 2016

National crane company fined £750,000 for two deaths after collapse

By | March 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on National crane company fined £750,000 for two deaths after collapse

A national crane hire company has been sentenced for failings that led to the death of two men as a crane collapsed in London. Southwark Crown Court heard the crane operator, 37, died after falling from the crane as it collapsed. It also fell onto a member of the public, 23, and also killed him. The court heard how sections of the tower crane, which was on a housing development in Thessaly Road, Battersea, [...]

26 02, 2016

HSE to prosecute film company after Star Wars incident

By | February 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on HSE to prosecute film company after Star Wars incident

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd is based in Queen Caroline Street, London, and will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May 2016 to face four charges. Mr Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries [...]

26 01, 2016

Council sentenced after legionella death at care home

By | January 26th, 2016|HSE Prosecutions|Comments Off on Council sentenced after legionella death at care home

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has been fined following an investigation into the death of a pensioner who died from exposure to legionella. During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution, Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how a 95-year-old vulnerable gentleman, arrived at RBC operated care facility. He had previously been in hospital having suffered a broken leg and was attending to receive intermediate care before returning to his own home. However, during his stay he [...]

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