Month: September 2015

Laundry Firm Fined For Worker Burns

A Stockport-based laundry company has appeared in court after one of its workers suffered third degree burns.

The employee, who is 34 and a father of one, was working on a mezzanine floor at Vineshield Professional Services Ltd, when it collapsed and he fell through. He landed on an industrial iron and suffered severe burns.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive gathered evidence from witnesses that there were leaks in the roof which dripped onto the floor. Bare metal was exposed in worn gaps in the wood of the floor. The HSE concluded that the firm had not properly monitored the condition of the floor, nor had it ascertained whether it was of suitable construction in the first place.

Fines

Trafford Magistrates’ Court fined Vineshield Professional Services Ltd, of Baxall Business Centre, Adswood Industrial Estate, Stockport, £20,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £7,915.50. The laundry firm was found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 12(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Helen Jones stated:

“Vineshield Professional Services failed to carry out checks to ensure the floor was safe to work on. This was of importance due to the heat and steam generated in the working environment. An industrial iron giving off steam was situated directly underneath the mezzanine floor. The injured worker was severely burnt and had to undergo very painful treatment in hospital.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Fencing Company in Court over worker injury

A Taunton-based fencing firm has been fined after one of its employees was injured at work.

On 18 January 2014 the employee was operating a large saw used to cut pieces of timber when one of his hands was trapped. The type of saw in use, known as a band re-saw, relies on a spiked wheel to feed wood onto its blade, and it is on this wheel that the fabric on the worker’s glove became caught.

The result was the employee’s arm being totally severed below the shoulder.

Taunton Crown Court found Weavo (Fencing) Products Limited, of Station Works, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton guilty of an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It fined the firm £50,000 as well as ordering £11,769 to be paid in legal costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Mehtaab Hamid said:

“This was an entirely avoidable incident, which resulted in a man suffering severe trauma and life-changing injury because of a number of failures by his employer.”

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Source: Health and Safety Executive

Playground Inspector Fined After Boy Is Seriously Injured

A playground inspector, Glynn Hughes, has been fined following a 7 year old boy sustaining life threatening injuries whilst playing at Cherry Lane Adventure playground in Crawley.

Playground injury

The child was playing on a rope swing, supervised by an adult, when part of the swing – a wooden pole – broke and hit the child on the head.

Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard that the boy suffered serious head injuries during the incident in April 2014 and was airlifted to hospital. The young child has since made a full recovery.

HSE Investigation

An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Hughes had failed, during numerous inspections of the playground, to recognise that the wooden swing had begun to rot.

During an inspection carried out in 2013, Mr Hughes – a self-employed inspector accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), had described the condition of the rope swing as ‘excellent’. HSE’s investigation also found that Mr Hughes had raised concerns over the stability of the swing in a further inspection. However, he went on to declare the risk posed by the swing as ‘low’ just seven weeks before the incident took place.

Worthing magistrates heard the HSE decided that in this case, the rot had occurred over a fairly lengthy period of time, and was therefore foreseeable. HSE’s investigation found that the rot should have been identified by Mr Hughes and thus reported to Crawley Borough Council, the operators of Cherry Lane Adventure playground.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Glynn Hughes of Walgrave Road, Old, Northamptonshire, was fined a total of £1,120 and ordered to pay £3,600 in costs.

Injury in a public place

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Woman Convicted of Impersonating Man to Have Sex with Friend

25 year old Gayle Newland has been found guilty of sexual assault after impersonating a male in order to have sex with her female friend.

Male ‘alter ego’

Newland admitted to impersonating a man, male alter ego ‘Kye Fortune’ whom she fabricated at the age of 13, as a way to speak to girls online.

However, she denied that she had sexually assaulted her friend, who claimed to have been convinced that Newland was in fact a male named ‘Kye’.

Newland claims that the complainant knew from the start of their relationship that she was only pretending to be ‘Kye’, a 25 year old man who studies at the same university as the two women. Newland claims that the other woman was aware that this was part of a role play carried out due to the pair struggling to come to terms with their sexuality.

Blindfolded

Chester Crown Court heard how the two women had sex approximately ten times until their final encounter. During which the complainant removed her blindfold and saw Newland wearing a prosthetic penis.

The jury heard from the prosecution that the complainant was ‘very gullible and naive’. She described to the court how a man named ‘Kye Fortune’ had approached her via Facebook and claimed that the pair had a serious relationship. This relationship consisted of hundreds of telephone and online exchanges over a two year period.

According to the complainant, it was around this two year mark that ‘Kye’ agreed to meet her, by this point the woman thought of ‘Kye ‘as not only her boyfriend, but her fiancé – he had apparently sent her an engagement in the post. However, the jury heard that ‘Kye’ would only meet her only if she adhered to a strict set of rules, such as not looking directly at him and that she should wear a blindfold when they meet.

Disguise

The complainant said that ‘Kye’ claimed to be self-conscious of his body after losing muscle tone following treatment for a brain tumour that was discovered after a car accident, and that this was the reason behind his requests regarding the blindfold. Newland also disguised her appearance when with the woman by bounding her chest and wearing a woolly hat and swimming costume.

Whilst giving evidence last week, the complainant stated:

“Every time I met up with ‘Kye Fortune’, I either had the mask on already or he would wait outside the door and I would put it on. I was so desperate to be loved. It’s pathetic, so desperate for love, so desperate.

“We were just lying there, just cuddling, sometimes we would watch films, sometimes we would just talk. It sounds stupid to say but it was a proper relationship, just normal.”

She went on:

“Since the first time I wrote to this person on Facebook, I thought it was a male.

“The first time I agreed to meet this person and agreed to have sex with them, I thought it was a male I told my friends I was engaged to a guy. I told my work colleagues.”

Gayle Newland was convicted by a jury on Tuesday 15th August of three counts of sexual assault, whilst she was cleared of a further two counts of sexual assault.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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Source: Guardian; Mail Online

Jaguar Land Rover Sentenced Over Safety Breaches

Jaguar Land Rover has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Employee Graham Begley lost his life after he became trapped between two ‘dies’ – two 24 tonne pieces of car manufacturing machinery – at the firm’s factory in Halewood, Merseyside in September 2011.

The death of Mr Begley prompted an investigation by the HSE, during which it was found that Jaguar Land Rover had failed to undertake suitable assessments of the risks exposed to employees regarding the ‘pre lift process prior to the lifting of dies’.

Liverpool Crown Court, however, accepted that this breach was not the cause of Mr Begley’s death.

Fines

After pleading guilty to safety breaches, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. of Abbey Road, Whitely, Coventry was fined a total of £30,000 and agreed to contribute a sum of £20,000 towards HSE costs.

Mark Dawson, HSE head of North West operations, said after the hearing:

“A suitable risk assessment is an essential step in ensuring that the risks arising from work activities are properly controlled.

“This is particularly important where the work is hazardous and has the potential to result in serious harm.

“Employers are therefore reminded of their legal responsibility to identify the hazards and decide on the precautions that may be necessary.”

Accidents at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: HSE

Tape Supplier Fined for Safety Failings

A Hertfordshire based tape supply company, Stokvis Tapes UK, has appeared in court and issued with a fine following the injury of an employee at the firm’s premises in Tring.

An employee of the company suffered crush injuries to his hand whilst operating a cutting press.

Watford Magistrate’s Crown Court heard how the employee’s hand slipped under the protective guard that was not in place correctly, and was crushed.

Stokvis Tapes UK, of Tring Industrial Estate, Ickneild Way, Tring, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Section 2(1).

The company was fined a total of £15,000 for safety failings and ordered to pay £2,332 in costs.

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Source: HSE

Former DJ Arrested for Historical Child Sex Offences

Jonathan King, ex TV and radio presenter, has been arrested on suspicion of historical child sex offences.

Surrey police officers arrested the former DJ on Wednesday 9th September, along with two other men. It has been reported that the arrests have been carried out in connection to incidents alleged to have taken place at the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-in-Thames, Surrey.

According to police, the three men involved have been arrested on suspicion of a number of sexual offences relating to young boys under the age of 16. The offences are alleged to have occurred in the 1970s and 1980s.

TV & Radio Personality

King first became known for his single ‘Everyone’s Gone To The Moon’, which reached number 4 in the UK charts and number 17 in the US in the 1960s. King’s TV and radio career included work on BBC shows The Great British Song Contest and No Limits.

He is also known as a music entrepreneur and record producer, discovering and naming the music group Genesis, as well as producing the Bay City Rollers’ first successful single.

Operation Ravine

King’s arrest has been made as part of an on-going investigation, Operation Ravine, which is looking into claims of sexual offences towards children associated with the disco in Walton-on-Thames.

It is reported that the disco was a popular place with celebrities and pop stars during the 1970s and 80s.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Mizzi has said of Operation Ravine:

“This is a complex investigation into numerous allegations of sexual abuse and assault dating back over several decades.

“Our investigation focuses on the Walton Hop Disco, a popular event for youngsters between the 1970s and 1980s, and we are following a number of lines of inquiry.

“However, if anyone has information that may help the investigation I would ask them to contact us.”

Operation Ravine was established after a review by Merseyside Police into ‘Operation Arundel’, an investigation carried out by Surrey Police that started in 2000.

Surrey Police have confirmed that King and the two others arrested have been released on bail until March 9th next year and there is currently a team of specialist police officers searching the men’s properties.

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Mail Online

Trainee Accountant Ordered to Pay £4k for Glassing Friend

Trainee accountant Jade Jones has been ordered to pay £3,900 to replace her friend’s teeth after smashing a glass into his face on a night out.

Attack

Manchester Crown Court heard that Jones smashed a glass into Billy Hampton’s face after consuming a large amount of vodka at a pub in Walkden, Greater Manchester.

A jury heard how both friends had earlier attended a baptism along with a number of their friends on August 17th 2014, before the party moved on to a pub.

Mr Hampton was attacked in the smoking area of the Vulcan pub by Jones as she thought he had insulted her. The court heard how the glass hit the victim’s mouth after Jones was seen to make a sweeping motion towards Mr Hampton.

Prosecuting, Duncan Wilcock said:

“He wears a denture to cover the two teeth removed.

“He’s going to need lifelong assistance due to losing two of his teeth in an area at the front of his mouth visible to people, causing him, since the incident, nothing but pain and embarrassment.”

The court heard how Mr Hampton only realised he had been injured once he started to bleed, however the damage caused to his lower front teeth was so bad that the teeth had to be removed.

Sentencing

Jones claimed that not only did she think that the glass was plastic, but that she had not intended to throw it.

Colin Buckle, defending, said:

“It was an isolated, momentary loss of control in drink. She’s never acted in this way before.”

He went on to describe Jones as a ‘young girl with a very bright future ahead of her’.

Jones admitted causing actual bodily harm and ordered to pay Mr Hampton a total of £3,900 to pay for his dental implants.

Recorder Charles Garside QC gave Jones 12 months to pay the compensation, he said:

“I’m sure you can imagine what that must be like, to lose your front teeth and have to wear a plastic denture which means you can’t even chew properly.

“There was, I have no doubt, a degree of provocation and perhaps more importantly there was no premeditation.
“You are somebody who is obviously very hardworking and very likely to be successful in life.

“I don’t think the public interest requires me to send you to prison.”

Criminal Injuries – Expert Advice

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is however a government scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families at this tragic time. The scheme is called CICA (The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority). Once your claim is accepted by Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we will liaise with CICA on your behalf.

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: Mail Online

Recycling Firm Fined Over Safety Failings

Waste recycling firm, Gwynn Davies-McTiffin Ltd., has been sentenced and issued with a fine following the death of employee Simon Brook.

Mr Brook was found in August 2012 lying at the base of a horizontal bailing machine at the company’s premises in Bately, West Yorkshire.

A doctor was forced to amputate both of Mr Brook’s legs at the scene as they had been partially severed within the machine. Mr Brook died in hospital 2 days after the incident.

Court Proceedings

Bradford Crown Court heard that although there were no witnesses, the likely scenario is that Mr Brook was seriously injured as he fell into the machine’s hopper whilst clearing some form of obstruction from the bailer. A steel pole was found nearby, suggesting the deceased had been using this to clear the blockage.

Prosecutors for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that due to the baling machine being operational at the time of the incident; it is likely that Mr Brook falling into the hopper cleared away the obstruction, thus causing the machine to restart.

A ‘Prohibition Notice’ was served on the day of the incident by the HSE. This notice was served to forbid the use of the machine involved, as dangerous sections of the bailer were exposed due to defective guarding.

The company is also required to provide systems of work for any future alterations on that particular baler following the HSE also serving Gwynn Davies-McTiffin Ltd. with an ‘Improvement Notice’.

Systematic Failings

According to the HSE, their investigation found that the failings were systematic. They told the court that the recycling company’s health and safety management was well below the necessary standards. Management had failed to make certain that safe and effective methods of clearing blockages were implemented. Management at Gwynn Davies-McTiffin Ltd. had also failed to put in place long term actions following risk assessments.

Employees told the court that blockages occurred frequently at the plant in Bately, with at least one taking place each day. Employees also stated that they often used numerous unsafe methods to clear such blockages. Methods frequently used included leaning over the side of the machine and poking with a large stick; jumping on the cardboard obstruction within the hopper and climbing over the side of the machine to stand on the actual conveyor belt of the hopper.

Gywnn Davies-McTiffin of Ings Mill, Bradford Road, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company were fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £40,000 in costs.

In a victim statement, Mr Brook’s widow said:

“The lives of myself and our children have been ruined.

“Simon was my best friend, my husband, and our children have lost a wonderful father. We have lost everything.

“Every aspect of my life has been affected. Simon lost his life but I have lost my life too. We did everything together. It feels like my lights have been turned off.”

Andrea Jones, the HSE inspector that carried out the investigation, said:

“The risks of clearing blockages at baling machines are well known in the manufacturing industries, particularly in waste recycling industries.

“Adequate guarding of dangerous moving parts and the provision of safe systems of work including isolating and locking-off machinery are the basic principles for protecting employees.

“Various unsafe methods of clearing blockages were used by several employees over a long period of time. There was no supervision or monitoring by management. This was an entirely foreseeable accident which resulted in fatal consequences.”

If you have been affected by a serious accident at work, contact our expert team for advice today on 0800 888 6888, or email info@hh-law.co.uk

Aylesbury Sex Abuse Trial – 6 Men Jailed

6 men have been jailed for a total of 82 years following the grooming and abuse of two school girls between 2006 and 2012. The abuse took place in cars, vans and flats in and around Buckinghamshire – even sometimes in the girls’ own homes.

Legal Proceedings

The Old Bailey heard how the abuse involved child prostitution, multiple rapes and the administration of drugs to ‘stupefy’ their victims.

Both victims gave evidence and the court heard how they both had experienced troubled upbringings as children. The court heard how the girls were befriended by the men, who often enticed them with alcohol, food, DVDs and drugs and after a time, the girls came to see the men as their boyfriends.

Girl A

The jury were told that one of the victims, known only as girl A, was passed around 60 different Asian men for sex – when she just was 12 or 13 years old. The jury heard that the victim had been conditioned to believe that this was a normal form of behaviour.

Judge John Bevan, QC, said of girl A:

“For the price of a McDonald’s, a milkshake and cinema ticket, she became ‘liked’ by stall holders in Aylesbury market, taxi and bus drivers…”

He added:

“Why these defendants focused their attention on white under-age girls is unexplained but I have no doubt vulnerability played a substantial part in it,”

“If they pursued Asian under-age girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community.”

In a statement, girl A expressed her feelings of “worthlessness” as she fought depression and alcohol dependence, adding:

“I feel my teenage years were taken away from me.”

Girl B

Girl B, meanwhile, said that the sentence was ‘academic’ as ‘no sentence could ever put right what happened’.

Girl B’s solicitor, Alan Collins, has stated that they will be suing Buckinghamshire County Council for their ‘negligence’ that ultimately ‘resulted in the unnecessary suffering of these victims’.

However, Buckinghamshire County Council has urged other victims to come forward and has said that it is:

“Determined to do everything we can to stamp out all forms of sexual abuse in Buckinghamshire”

Sexual Abuse – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: BBC News