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Apprentice Suffers Severe Burns in Accident at Work

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A Perth based stone-masonry firm has been fined following an accident at work incident in which an apprentice stonemason suffered severe injuries from an overhead power line.

Accident at work incident

Rodd McFarlane, an apprentice for T&M Stonemasonry, was carrying out repairs at Waulkmill Cottage, Perth, at the time of the incident. Re-pointing work was required and so the 20 year old erected a tower scaffold.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that whilst Mr McFarlane was stood on the scaffold, he came into contact with the overhead power lines that supplied 240 volts, each, to the cottage.

The court heard how a gust of wind blew one power line towards Mr McFarlane, and when this brushed his back his instinctive reaction was to turn and grab another of the live wires. Due to the flow of current, the apprentice was unable to let go of the power line for a few seconds and he received an electric shock.

Mr McFarlane suffered serious burns to both hands. He required graft surgery and he may need amputation of his little finger in the future.

HSE Investigation & Sentencing

Following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that the company had not developed a safe ‘system of work’.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, T&M Stonemasonry, of Highfield Road, Scone, Perth was fined £16,000.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Construction Company Fined for Corporate Manslaughter

A London based construction company has been fined over half a million pounds after two men fell to their deaths into a building site operated by the company.

The building site, situated in the NW1 area of London, was the responsibility of Monavon Construction and work was almost completed at the time of the incident. Part of the site bordered a public street, Netley Street, and so plywood hoardings had been put in place to block access to the public, covering the pavement.

On 14 October 2013, work began in order to change to the hoardings so that the pavement could be restored. By 18 October, this work had been completed and the hoardings were left attached to a wall. Behind the wall, which measured between 130mm to 280mm in height, was a drop of around 12ft into a basement.

Incident

In the early hours of 19 October 2013, two men, Gavin Brewer and Stuart Meads, were walking along Netley Street when they began to argue with each other. A scuffle ensued and as the men passed the building site, contact was made with the wooden hoardings and they gave way. Both Mr Brewer and Mr Meads fell into the basement area and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation

Following the incident, an investigation was launched by both the Metropolitan Police and the Health and Safety Executive. It was found that the hoardings at the site had been erected in such a way that only ‘negligible force’ was needed in order for them to give way.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to the corporate manslaughter of Gavin Brewer, 32, and Stuart Meads, 34, at the Old Bailey on 9 May 2016, Monavon Construction was fined £250,000 for the death of each man.

The company was also fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £23,653.

Source: Metropolitan Police

Firm Fined by HSE over Safety Breaches

A Manchester based soft furnishings firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following two incidents in which workers were injured due to inadequately guarded machinery.

Incident 1: January 2015

The first incident took place in January 2015. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee was clearing a blockage on a Moden Blow Filing machine with his right hand when his hand came into contact with a rotating fan blade. As a result of this contact, two of the worker’s fingers required amputation.

The court heard that the pipework of the machine was removed easily without the use of tools, leading to the dangerous parts of the machine being left easily accessible.

Incident 2: May 2015

In the second incident, an employee was using a Mattress Roll Packing machine when he trapped his left hand between two easily accessible rollers. The employee required surgery after his fingers were crushed as a result of the incident in May 2015.

The court heard that the machine in question had been purchased directly from China and as a result had not been manufactured in keeping with European safety requirements. The machine had not been CE marked and was unsafe.

Lisa Bailey, HSE Inspector, said:

“Had the company carried out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the machinery and then taken measures to prevent access to dangerous parts, then these two incidents could have been avoided. Mr Boomer should have ensured that the Mattress Roll Packing machine was CE Marked.”

Prosecution & Fines

Paul Boomer, trading as Carousel of Castle Industrial Estate, Beresford Street, Failsworth, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and a breach of Section 7 of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. Boomer was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Fined after Workers are Overcome by Toxic Gases

A food waste disposal and recycling firm has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive following an incident in which three were employees were overcome by toxic gases at an animal waste facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Incident

Stafford Crown Court heard how an employee of John Pointon and Sons Limited entered a section of an animal waste trailer in order to release its contents when he was overcome by the toxic gases. Two other employees who also entered the trailer were also overcome by gases including hydrogen sulphide, and a reduced oxygen atmosphere.

The Health and Safety Executive told the court that the entire incident was preventable. HSE also told the court that the incident could have resulted in fatalities. Furthermore, the company in question had been prosecuted on two previous occasions for two similar incidents involving confined space entry that had proven fatal.

Sentencing

John Pointon and Sons Limited, of Bones Lane, Cheddleton, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 5(1) of the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. The company was fined £250,000 with costs of £37,362.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Self-Employed Worker Fined for Workplace Accident

A self-employed furniture maker has been fined after an incident in which a tree he was cutting down struck a farm worker.

Colin Norgate, from Hampshire, is a sole trader and the designer and creator of high gloss furniture. Colin was cutting down a tree on Manor Farm in Hampshire, where he rented a unit, when the tree fell and struck John Bailey, a labourer at the farm.

John suffered serious injuries to his left leg that resulted in above the knee amputation.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that Colin had failed to ensure a safe perimeter was in place to prevent other individuals from entering the area around the tree.

After pleading guilty to beaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 9(1) of the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Colin Norgate, of Manor Farm, Langrish, Petersfield, Hampshire was fined £830. He was also ordered to pay costs of £2,349.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Firm Fined after Worker is Crushed by Vehicle

Motor vehicle repair firm, Just Mercedes Limited, has been fined after a young man was crushed to death by a vehicle.

Incident

27 year old Muhammed Zohaib Yasin was gaining work experience at the company’s garage in Manchester when the incident occurred.

Mr Yasin was shadowing a mechanic whilst he (the mechanic) carried out repair work on a Vauxhall Corsa and was tasked with adding some anti-freeze to the engine. As Mr Yasin was stood at the front of the vehicle, the mechanic turned the ignition on through the door on the driver’s side of the Corsa. As the mechanic did so, the car lurched forward and crushed Mr Yasin, who later died from his injuries.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that there were no defects with the vehicle itself, but it had been left in gear without the handbrake on.

HSE investigators found that employees of the vehicle repair company hadn’t been provided with any detailed instructions regarding the selection of gears and handbrake use when parking vehicles in the garage, on or off ramps.

Furthermore, staff had not been provided with specific instructions on operating the ignition from outside the vehicle and there was no process enforced regarding the storage of keys.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Just Mercedes Ltd, of Shentonfield Road, Sharston Industrial Area, Wythenshawe, Manchester was fined £33,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £12,000.

Lisa Bailey, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:

“Had the company ensured employees were trained and instructed on moving vehicles around the garage safely then this tragic incident might not have occurred.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Firm Fined after Worker is Injured in Fall from Height

A Lancashire based company, responsible for the manufacture of coated metals, has been fined following an incident in which a worker fell three meters from a ladder, sustaining multiple fractures.

Incident

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that an employee of Manchester Galvanizing Ltd was carrying out work when a metal post came loose from the jig of an overhead crane and fell into a drying pit.

In an attempt to retrieve the metal post, the employee used a wooden ladder. However, the ladder broke and the worker fell three meters to the bottom of the drying pit. He suffered a fractured foot and shoulder.

HSE Investigation & Fines

During an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that the firm had ‘failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner’.

After pleading guilty to a breach of Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Manchester Galvanizing Ltd, of Green Lane, Heywood, Lancashire, was fined a total of £6,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £1,248.

HSE Inspector Emily Osborne said after the hearing:

“The employee in this case was lucky that he wasn’t more seriously hurt. It is essential that companies ensure work at height is properly planned, organised and supervised in order to avoid this type of incident.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

BT Fined £500,000 after Worker Breaks Back

British Telecom plc (BT) has been fined £500,000 following an incident in which an engineer sustained serious injuries, including a broken back.

Incident

BT engineer, David Spurgeon, fell through the ceiling of a residential block of flats in Tower Hamlet, East London, while he was fixing a telephone fault.

The Old Bailey heard how Mr Spurgeon lost his balance and fell seven meters through the ceiling, landing on the concrete staircase below. The engineer broke his back and both of his ankles.

HSE Investigation & Fines

During an investigation into the incident, inspectors for the Health and Safety Executive discovered that there had been numerous failings in management on BT’s part. Such failings included poor planning of work to be carried out near fragile surfaces and also a failure to ensure that the work was carried out in a safe manner.

After being found guilty of breaching Section 2(1) of the Safety and Health at Work etc Act 1974, British Telecom plc, of Newgate Street, London, was fined £500,000. BT was also ordered to pay costs totalling £98, 913.51.

Whilst sentencing the company, the judge made reference to the fact that BT had attempted to pin the blame on their engineers, describing their approach as ‘not necessary, misplaced, and unfortunate’.

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Kevin Smith said:

“David Spurgeon is lucky to be alive.

“There were a number of failures of health and safety management by BT which related to planning the work, supervision, and checking it was being carried out safely. Work at height needs to be properly planned, and this incident could have been prevented.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Tyre Firm Fined £1 Million after Death of Worker

A tyre firm based in Kent has been fined £1 million after a 21 year old worker was killed when a tyre exploded.

Incident

Matthew Hoare, an employee of Watling Tyre Service Limited, was making repairs to the punctured tyre of a ‘dressing loader shovel’ when the tyre exploded.

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that Matthew was working with ‘inadequate’ equipment that had not been properly maintained. Furthermore it was found that Matthew was working alone, without having undertaken any training for the work he had been instructed to complete.

HSE Principle Inspector, Mike Walters, said:

“Employees need to be provided with properly maintained equipment and the correct equipment to undertake tasks whilst out on site. Employees also need to be trained and competent in the tasks they were asked to undertake.”

After pleading guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Watling Tyre Service Limited of Kent was fined a total of £1 million. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £99,485.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Waste Management Firm Fined after Death of Worker

A Derbyshire based waste management and plant hire company has been fined after a worker sustained fatal head injuries.

Incident

On 26th November 2013, Matthew Lambert was filling up the fuel tank of the road sweeper he was operating at Leedale Limited’s yard. As he was refuelling at the rear of the vehicle, a tipper lorry reversed into the Mr Lambert, fatally crushing the 39 year old.

HSE Investigation & Fines

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that there were no set rules in place for the reversing of vehicles. Furthermore, investigators found that lighting at the site was below the required standard and that no marked pedestrian or vehicle routes were visible in the yard.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Leedale Limited, of Heage Road Industrial Estate, Heage Road, Ripley, Derbyshire was fined a total of £300,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £50,737.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive