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Roofing Firm Fined after Worker Falls from Height

An Exeter based roofing business has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker fell through a skylight.

In November 2014, three employees were working on an asbestos cement roof when one worker fell about three meters to the ground below. He suffered injuries to his hip, wrist and his head.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that the work had not been properly supervised or planned.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Haran Limited, of Clyst Road, Exeter, Devon, was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,070.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Worker Fractures Skull in Fall From Height

A Sheffield based signage company has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker fell five meters from a flat roof.

In 2015, Warburton Signs Limited were contracted to put up a large sign outside an industrial building. In order to erect the sign, three workers accessed a neighbouring roof, however whist doing so, one worker fell. As a result, the worker suffered numerous life threatening injuries, including a collapsed lung, several broken ribs, chipped vertebra and a fractured skull.

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident on April 13th, it was revealed that the company had failed to put measures in place to ensure that falls from height were avoided.

After pleading guilty to Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 Warburton Signs Limited, of Trident House, High Street, Beighton, Sheffield, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs totalling £1538.

Helen Barley, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:

“Failure to prevent falls when working at height can lead to serious injury or death.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Business Owner Fined after Apprentice Severs Finger

The owner of an adhesive tape manufacturing business has been prosecuted after an apprentice severed his finger on a rotary die press.

Incident

The sixteen year old was working with the rotary die press, adjusting the guides on the laminating head, when he tripped over. Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard that as he tripped, he put his hands in front of him and his finger got caught in the drive gear of the laminating unit. As a result of the incident, which took place on 9 September 2014, the apprentice’s right index finger required amputation.

HSE Inspection & Fines

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive it was found that the machine did not have any guarding in place to stop access to dangerous parts of the machine.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, James Fussell (trading as Tecman Speciality Materials), of Berrington Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was fined a total of £6,000. Mr Fussell was also ordered to pay costs of £1,754.

HSE Inspector Michelle Morrison said after the hearing:

‘If the company had ensured that access to the dangerous moving parts of the rotary die press had been prevented, then this young man would not have lost the top of one of his fingers. This was an entirely preventable incident.’

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Three Companies Fined by Health & Safety Executive

Three companies have been fined for health and safety failings following two separate incidents at the Haverhill site of Jan Cavelle Furniture Company.

Incidents

The first incident occurred when the rotating blade of a biscuit cutter made contact with a worker’s hand as he was operating the machine. The blade cut his thumb to the bone.

In the second incident, a worker was operating an overhead router when the cutter came into contact with his hand. The employee suffered serious cuts and crush injuries to his right index finger.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incidents on 28 February 2014 and 2 June 2014, it was found that both took place due to the operators adopting unsafe methods of working. HSE determined that the unsafe practice was due to inadequate supervision, insufficient and unsuitable risk assessments, as well as a lack of training.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to two counts of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Jan Cavelle Furniture Company Limited, of Rookwood Way, Haverhill, Suffolk was fined £18,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

After being found guilty of breaching two counts of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Workplace Training and Consultancy Limited, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk was fined £22,500. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £22,500.

After pleading guilty to breaching two counts of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Leading Health and Safety Consultants Limited, of Chaplin Walk, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk was fined £5,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

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Steel Fabrication Company Fined by Health & Safety Executive

A large North Yorkshire based steel fabrication company has been prosecuted after a forklift truck operator was killed when the vehicle he was operating overturned. The safety breaches that the firm pleaded guilty however, was not the main cause of the accident.

Incident

On 13 March 2013, Kelvin McGibbon was reversing a forklift truck when the vehicle came into contact with a set of steps, causing it to flip upside down. The 27 year old worker was not wearing his seatbelt and the crush injuries he sustained in the incident were fatal.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that Severfield (UK) Limited did not manage forklift truck driving operations adequately. It was found that the steel firm did not control the speed at which operators drove their forklift trucks, the company also failed to enforce the wearing of seatbelts.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to a non-causative breach of Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Severfield (UK) Limited, of Severs House, Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate, Dalton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire was fined a total of £135,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £46,020.

David Welsh, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:

“A company has a legal duty for the health and safety of people working on its site, whether they are employees or not. They are required to assess risks, eliminate them where possible and enforce proper control measures, such as seat belt wear, by checking that safe driving practices are being followed to deal with the risks that remain.

“Sadly, in this case, the prosecution shows that the company’s management of FLT driving operations and risk control measures failed which exposed employees to danger.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Contractor Fined for Multiple Safety Failings

A contractor based in Hertfordshire has been found guilty for multiple safety failings at two separate sites.

Buckinghamshire Site

In March 2014, a member of the public living close to one of the sites – the former Chesham Community Hospital site in Buckinghamshire – made a complaint to the Health and Safety Executive regarding the activities being carried out onsite.

An investigation into the complaint by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a series of safety failings at the premises. Demolition arrangements had not been recorded in writing, security at the site was insufficient and there was a lack of first aid facilities available. Further to this, the HSE inspector found materials containing asbestos amongst building debris and witness accounts of hazardous practices including the unsafe use of construction machinery, as well as unsafe work at height.

Following the investigation, HSE noted that it was the regulators’ opinion that there was a ‘serious risk of injury from collapse of partially demolished buildings’.

Prohibition and Improvement notices were served to both the client and contractor immediately, in order to ensure the control of any on-going risks.

Chesham Care Ltd – the client – was fined a total of £30,000 after being found guilty of breaching the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) in October 2015.

Second Site

Multiple attempts made by the HSE to contact the contractor failed, however in June 2015 a HSE inspector was made aware of dangerous working practices at another site in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Following an inspection, the HSE discovered that the contractor at this site was the same contractor as the site in Buckinghamshire.

The HSE inspector attending the second site found workers dismantling parts of the building in an unsafe manner in order to salvage recyclables and found that no risk assessment had been carried out. According to the client, they had no knowledge of the contractor carrying out work at this second site and had contacted the police.

Again, enforcement action was taken immediately and HSE also hired a private investigator to find the contractor after they had previously failed to respond.

Sentencing

Scot Ian Richardson of Aztec Demolition, the contractor in control of both projects, was found guilty of two breaches of the CDM Regulations 2007 at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court. Richardson was also found guilty of one breach of The Health and Safety at Work Act etc,1974 and one breach of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was handed a four month suspended custodial sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community service work. Richardson was also ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

HSE inspector Rauf Ahmed said after the hearing:

“Sole traders who control workers to demolish and dismantle structures must understand their legal obligations. This is a high risk industry in which poor planning has no place. Family members expect their loved ones to come home in one piece.

“Clients have a key role in safely directing construction projects. Effective arrangements at the start can have an amplified positive impact down the various stages to completion, including making informed and competent appointments”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Firm Fined after Worker Suffers Chemical Burns

A Hampshire based electropolishing firm has been prosecuted following an incident in which an employee suffered chemical burns.

On 13 February 2015, Keith Brown, an employee of Poligrat (UK) Limited, was working at their Aldershot site when he was instructed by his manager to dispose of waste cleaning chemicals. The agreed method to carry out this task was to pour caustic pearl granules into an ‘intermediate bulk container’ (IBC) filled with acid, neutralising the chemicals inside.

Once Mr Brown started to pour the caustic pearl granules into the container, an exothermic reaction took place and the contents of the container erupted over him. Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Brown was knocked to the ground by the explosion and his glasses were blown off. As a result, the 51 year old suffered ulcers to both corneas and alkaline burns to his eyelids, as well as burns and grazing to both legs.

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, it was found that the substances and activity used in the process were not adequately risk assessed.

After pleading guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Poligrat (UK) Limited, of Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,072.

HSE inspector Andrew Johnson said after the hearing:

“The use of an IBC as a reaction vessel was wholly inappropriate. IBC’s are designed for the storage of a range of substances. They are not designed for use as a chemical reactor. Other safer reasonably practicable options were available, such as using a waste management company to remove and safely dispose of the chemicals.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Crane Hire Company Prosecuted by Health & Safety Executive

A national crane hire company has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety breaches following an incident in which a crane collapsed, killing two men.

Incident

In September 2006, Jonathan Cloke, 37, fell to his death as the crane he was operating collapsed. A member of the public, Michael Alexa, 23, also died after the crane fell onto him.

Southwark Crown Court heard that parts of the tower crane started to separate when 24 bolts failed due to ‘metal fatigue’. The tower or mast of the crane and the crane itself (the jib) separated and fell to the ground as the bolts, a significant safety feature of the structure, failed.

HSE Investigation

After an investigation into the incident by the HSE, it was found that the company had failed to look into a similar incident with the same crane just nine weeks earlier. During this earlier incident the bolts had also failed and required replacing.

Following their inspection, HSE determined that Falcon Crane Hire Ltd’s system of managing the inspection and maintenance of their fleet of cranes was lacking. It was also found that the process the company had in place to investigate the primary cause of a components’ failings was also inadequate.

Southwark Crown Court also heard that the bolts failing in an earlier incident was an ‘exceptional and significant occurrence’ that should have been acknowledged by the crane hire company.

Sentencing & Fines

Falcon Crane Hire Ltd was fined a total of £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £100,000 after being found guilty of breaching Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act.

Michael’s mother, Lilliana Alexa, said on behalf of her family:

“Michael was a lovely son, a wonderful big brother and a devoted father. His son has had to grow up without the love and support of Michael, who adored him. He was denied that opportunity because his life was taken away and with his, ours too.

“The memories of that day will never leave our family. We heard the crash and felt the ground shake. I found Michael and it’s an image that haunts my nightmares. If only we had stopped to chat or parked the car somewhere else he would still be alive. We know we are not to blame but it does not stop us all feeling guilt.

“We cannot comprehend how our beloved son, brother, father and friend who was so full of live has gone. The whole crane industry must learn from our tragedy and the devastation it has caused. We do not want another family to endure the same pain of losing their child.”

HSE Head of Operations, Mike Wilcock said:

“Jonathan and Michael’s deaths were tragic, needless and entirely avoidable. These two men need not have died had Falcon Crane Hire taken the right, decisive action when the bolts failed the first time. The company fell far short of its health and safety obligation.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Automotive Firm Fined after Worker Loses Finger

An automotive company based in Birmingham has been fined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker lost his finger in an accident at work.

A welder at Lander Automotives Limited was working on a machine, one of a variety of jobs as required by production, when his glove became entwined with the drill bit. The employee suffered partial amputation to the third finger on his right hand following the accident work incident on 17th June 2015.

An investigation by HSE found that the automotive company had failed to provide workers with a safe system of work or adequate training. HSE also found that neither a risk assessment nor method statement had been provided by the firm.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Lander Automotive Limited, of Clapgate Lane, Birmingham was fined £27,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,574. The company was also ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £120.

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Solar Panel Firm Fined after Worker Falls Through Roof

A solar panel company has been fined £153,000 after a worker suffered serious injuries after falling through a skylight at a private residence in Kent.

Incident

On 30 April 2013, a three man team of workers were carrying out work on the roof of an outbuilding which housed a swimming pool. The workers, employed by P V Solar UK Limited, were replacing faulty solar panels that had originally been fitted by the same company in 2011.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that one of the workers was walking across the roof whilst carrying a solar panel. He then fell through a roof light, fracturing his shin and vertebra as his body hit the side and flooring around the pool below. The worker was unable to return to work for approximately nine months and when he did return, he was unable to carry on working on a full time basis.

HSE Investigation

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that P V Solar UK Limited should and could have done more in order to prevent the fall.

HSE recognised that safety harnesses, as well as a scaffold tower and ladder had been provided for the work at height. However, none of the three men carrying out the work had received formal training or instruction on how to use the equipment, meaning that it was useless. HSE also found that further safety measures could have been implemented but weren’t, such as providing hard covers for the roof lights and full scaffolding.

Previous Warnings

Regarding the initial installation of solar panels at the property in Kent in 2011, HSE found that the safety equipment provided on this occasion was also inadequate and placed the workers at risk. The court heard that HSE had also, in the same year, provided P V Solar with a Prohibition Notice to ‘stop unsafe work on a fragile roof’ in Bristol in May.

HSE established that the firm was fully aware of the need to ensure sufficient measures were in place to avoid falls during work at height.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to three separate breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, P V Solar UK Limited, of Cambuslang Road, Glasgow, was fined a total of £153,000 and ordered to pay a further £29,480 in costs.

Following the hearing, HSE Inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said:

“The injured worker suffered serious injury in the fall and could have been killed. He and his colleagues were effectively left to their own devices with equipment that was not wholly suited for the task at hand. In short, better equipment, training and supervision should have been provided.

“Working on or near a fragile roof or materials is not a task to be undertaken without proper planning, and without having the appropriate safety measures in place at all times. There is considerable free guidance available from the HSE regarding the precautions needed when working at height, including on or near fragile roof coverings.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive