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Foundry Fined after Worker Suffers Serious Burns

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A foundry firm has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker suffered severe burns when his clothing caught fire.

Incident

At the time of the incident, the worker in question was carrying out a job that involved the use of a paint-like solution and isopropanol. The container filled with the paint-like solution caught fire and the worker’s clothes were set alight. He suffered serious burns during the incident.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that ‘the company failed to provide adequate training, work equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)’.

Sentencing and fines

Batley Foundry Limited, of Warwick Road, Batley, pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £9000.

HSE Inspector John Boyle said after the hearing:

“A worker was left with serious injuries as a result of this incident. Had the company taken a number of simple measures prior to the work activity taking place – such as the provision of suitable work equipment, training and personal protective equipment – then it may well have been avoided.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Wirral Based Firm fined After Worker Injures Arm

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A Wirral based company, Sovex Limited, has been fined following an accident at work incident in which a worker’s arm was injured.

Incident

A installation engineer employed by the firm was commissioning a new conveyor belt system at the UK Mail site in Coventry when his arm was pulled into machinery. The worker suffered a broken arm during the incident on 21 January 2015.

Warwick Crown Court heard that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that there was insufficient guarding in place on the machinery in question.

Sentencing and fines

Sovex Limited, of Prenton Business Park, Prenton Way, Prenton, Wirral, were found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £170,000 and ordered to pay £24,000 in costs.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Farm Fined by HSE after Death of Young Worker

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A Nottinghamshire based farm has been fined after a 23 year old worker sustained fatal injuries after he became trapped between two vehicles.

Incident

A court heard how the young man was working alone on the farm on 7th April 2013, transporting cattle manure from sheds to a large pile using a dumper truck. As he drove the truck with manure to the manure pile it became stuck.

It is thought that the worker attempted to free the dumper truck by using a telehandler. However as he bent down to attach the two vehicles the telehandler rolled forward, crushing him.

HSE Investigation & Sentencing

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive found that the handbrake had not been applied to the telehandler.

Lincoln Proteins Limited (formerly known as GH By-Products Limited), Windsor House, A1 Business Park, Long Bennington, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was fined £66,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,286.

HSE inspector, Emma Madeley said:

“All too often within the farming community workers are injured in incidents involving farm machinery and, as in this tragic incident, killed. There were a number of opportunities to prevent the loss of this young life. Had a risk assessment been performed, along with suitable training, the necessity of carrying out the well-known industry ‘safe stop’ procedure would have been identified.

“Workers should have been given instructions about what to do if a vehicle became stuck and there should have been arrangements in place for getting help if needed.

“We can only hope farmers learn from this heart-breaking case that they are not invincible and small actions that take only a few moments of their time might save their and their workers lives.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Director Jailed after Death of Worker

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The director of a warehousing firm has been jailed for 12 months following the death of one of his employees.

Incident

On 29 January 2014, 51 year old Paul Williamson was loading a controlled Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP) on to a truck when it toppled off a set of ramps, crushing him. The father of three died from his injuries.

HSE Investigation

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was no risk assessment in place. The equipment had only been in operation for eight days and inspectors found that there was no safe system of work in place. Furthermore, Manchester Crown Court heard that the gradient of the ramps were above the manufacturer’s specification and they were not secured to the lorry.

Sentencing

Keneth Thelwall, company director of Thorn Warehousing Ltd, was charged under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay costs of £4,000. Mr Thelwell was also banned from being company director for seven years.

Thorn Warehousing Ltd was charged under Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined a total of £166,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £10,400. Thorn Warehousing Ltd is currently in administration.

Helen Jones, HSE Inspector, said:

“Kenneth Thewall failed in his duty as a director to protect his workers. He was involved in the day-to-day running of Thorn Warehousing Ltd and should have ensured the company provided Paul Williamson with the right equipment and training to carry out his job. Had he done so Mr Williamson would still be alive today.

“This case should act as a stark warning to all company directors of their personal responsibility to protect their workers’ health and safety and the tragic consequences when they fail.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Manchester Firm Fined after Worker’s Fall from Height

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A Manchester based company responsible for the manufacture and installation of conservatory roofs has been fined after a worker was injured in a fall from height.

Incident

Two employees of Phil Coppell Ltd had been carrying out repair work on a conservatory roof at a residential property in Newton le Willows when the incident occurred in June 2015.

The employee in question was working on the roof alone when he lost his balance and fell around 2.5 meters onto a patio area below. He suffered a fractured skull which led to a bleed on his brain following the fall. The 59 year old worker from Bolton also suffered a shattered eye socket.

HSE investigation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that there no preventative measures were in place to avoid a fall from height. HSE subsequently issued an Improvement Notice and the company has since developed a barrier to be used as edge protection during work at height.

Previous incidents

Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard that this was not the first incident of its kind involving employees of Phil Coppell Ltd and fall from height. The company was also prosecuted for serious safety failings after the same employee fell off a roof and lost consciousness in 2013. They were also prosecuted for failing to report an incident after another employee fell through a skylight in 2013, suffering multiple broken ribs.

Sentencing

Phil Coppell Ltd of Cemetery Road, Radcliffe, Greater Manchester pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company also pleaded guilty to breaches of Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, and Regulation 4(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. The firm was fined a total of £40,280 and ordered to pay costs of £1,464.70.

HSE inspector Christine McGlynn said after the hearing:

“This incident could have been avoided if the company had learnt lessons from two previous similar incidents in 2013. The risks of working from height are well known and there is plenty of guidance available.

“Employees of this company were exposed to the risks of falls over a prolonged period of time. Generally work of this nature is at the rear of premises and is not visible or easy to monitor, however this prosecution should highlight, in particular to other companies who carry out work on conservatory roofs, that they should have in place control measures to prevent the risk of falls”

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Distillery Fined after Worker is Injured in Fire

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A distillery in Oldbury, West Midlands, has been fined following a fire in which an employee was seriously injured.

Incident

At the time of the incident, a highly flammable liquid – ethyl acetate – was being transported from a bulk storage tank into an intermediate bulk container. The liquid caught fire and engulfed a 21 year old worker, who suffered twenty percent burns to his hands, neck and head.

The fire at Alcohol Limited destroyed the distillery’s warehouse and also caused damage to nearby cars and houses.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it was determined that the most likely cause of the fire was a ‘discharge of static electricity’ that would have been generated by the transfer of the highly flammable liquid.

Inspectors from the HSE also found there was a failure to properly inspect the equipment or supervise the systems of work in place. Furthermore it was found that there was poor maintenance of associated valves and pipework.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Alcohols Limited, of Charringtons House, The Causeway, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, was fined £270,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,009.

HSE inspector Kieron Jones said after the hearing:

“Companies that fail to ensure the integrity of their safety critical equipment place their employees, members of the public, emergency services and their entire livelihood at risk of serious harm.

“Poor management of highly flammable liquids can have catastrophic results both for individuals and businesses.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Two Firms & Director Fined after Death of Worker

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Two roofing firms and one of their directors have been fined following an incident in which a worker fell to his death through a skylight.

Incident

Worker Lance Davies, a father of seven, died after he fell seven meters through a roof light to the floor below. The incident took place at an industrial property in the Crumlin area of South Wales, in December 2011.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found there were inadequate control measures in place to prevent a fall through the roof lights on the property. Inspectors also found that the work at height had not been properly planned or supervised.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, B & T Roofing Solutions Limited, of Arthur Street, Ystrad, Pentre, was fined a total of £20,000.

Kristian Griffiths, of Arthur Street, Ystrad, Pentre, a director of B & T Roofing Solutions Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974. The director received a 160 hours community service order.

B & T Roofing Solutions and Kristian Griffiths were ordered to pay costs of £32,500 between them.

SPAN Roofing Contractors Limited, of Sunnyside Road North, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The company was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,500.

Following the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Paul Harvey said:

“Falls through fragile roof lights and roofs are one of the biggest causes of fatalities and serious injury in the construction industry. The issue is well known in the construction industry and there is plenty of guidance available.

“The tragic death of Mr Davies could easily have been avoided had the work been planned, managed and monitored effectively and simple and cost effective control measures put in place.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Merseyside Based Company Fined for Injury at Work

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A Merseyside based engineering company has been fined by the HSE following an incident in which an employee was seriously injured.

Incident

On 30th June 2014, a 46 year old employee of Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd was attempting to move a metal structure using a forklift truck. The employee, along with a colleague, was trying to lift the structure when it twisted and swung towards the worker. The structure entered the cab of the truck and struck the employee. He suffered serious flesh wounds and a fractured arm.

An investigation into the incident found that the company had failed to ensure that the process of lifting was suitably planned, supervised and carried out safely.

Furthermore, the Health and Safety Executive found that the company had failed to carry out a risk assessment and had not provided employees with suitable training.

Sentencing and fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974., Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd of Peel Road Industrial Estate, Skelmersdale was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,670.

HSE Inspector Imran Siddiqui said after the hearing:

“Had the company taken basic steps such as providing suitable training so those undertaking the lift were in a more informed position to assess and then adequately manage the risks, this incident would have been avoided.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Didcot Power Station: Second Body Recovered

A second body has been recovered from the remains of Didcot power station, 6 months after the incident.

Four Workers Killed

The boiler house of the power station – a 10-storey concrete and steel building – collapsed in February this year. Four demolition workers were killed during the incident.

Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Chris Huxtable, 34 and 53 year old Michael Collings were trapped under around 20,000 tonnes of rubble following the collapse. Until now only one body had been recovered, that of Michael Collings.

A spokesman for Thames Valley police said:

“The person has not yet been formally identified and this will be a matter for the coroner.

“Our thoughts remain with the families of the missing men and we would ask that their privacy is respected during this incredibly difficult time.”

Didcot A

The former coal-fired station, Didcot A, opened in 1970 and was eventually converted in order to able to generate power from natural gas. The power station closed in 2013 and three of its six cooling towers underwent a controlled demolition in 2015.

Following the collapse in February, the remainder of the building had been too unsound to be approached. A 50-metre exclusion zone was set up around the site and was finally demolished last month.

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Source: Guardian

Employee Injured after Falling Through Fragile Skylight

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A self-employed business man has been fined after one of his employees fell through a fragile skylight.

Incident

On 13 November 2014, Ian Kirby – an employee of Phillip Posnett, was replacing broken tiles on the roof of a farm building. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how once the work was completed, Mr Kirby stepped onto an adjacent roof to get rid of debris. He fell through a fragile roof light and landed in the scraper of a tractor that was parked below.

Mr Kirby was unable to return to work for six months after suffering head injuries, broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a chip to the spine.

HSE Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that no risk assessment had been carried out for the work in question. Mr Kirby had not been provided with information or instruction on the possible risks of working at height, furthermore he had not undergone specific training in order to carry out work at height.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Mr Phillip Posnett, of Haughton Hall, Hall Lane, Haughton, Tarporley, was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,330.80.

HSE inspector Jane Carroll said after the hearing:

“Falls through fragile roofs are a well-documented hazard when undertaking roof work of any type. This case highlights how a failure to risk assess a job properly and identify the presence of a fragile roof can lead to serious personal injury for workers.”

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