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Engineering Firm Fined after Workers Suffer Severe Burns

A Birmingham based engineering firm has been fined following an incident in which two workers suffered serious electrical burns.

Incident

Employees of engineering firm C.I.S.M Limited were carrying out work at the former McKenzie Brass site on Middlemore Lane in Aldridge, Walsall, when the incident occurred. Specifically, the company had been contracted to remove electrical cable and equipment from the site.

While carrying out an electrical check inside a switchgear, a sub-contracted electrician accessed the live bus bar. As he did so, there was an electrical arc and discharge, resulting in the electrician and another worker suffering severe electrical burns.

HSE Investigation & Fines

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the electrician was not qualified to carry out work on high voltage systems. The current at the terminal in question was 6,600 volts; however investigators discovered that the electrician was using a tester suitable for use on 240-410 volt equipment.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, C.I.S.M. Limited, of Partons Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, was fined a total of £50,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £7,863.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Business Man Fined after Worker Falls Through Skylight

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

Accident at work 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.

Health and safety 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 and fines

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. Mr Posnett was also 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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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Roofing Firm Fined after Worker Fractures Skull

A roofing firm has been fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an incident in which a worker fell from height, fracturing his skull.

Incident

Existing roof lights at Monk Bridge Construction Co Ltd. were being replaced by Mitchell Roofing Ltd, when a worker slipped and fell around seven meters through the sheet of the inner roof. He suffered severe head injuries.

HSE Investigation

An investigation by the HSE found that there no risk assessment had been carried out for the worried in question. Furthermore, the HSE found that no provisions had been put in place to prevent falls from the roof.

York Magistrates Court heard how, previously, the roofing firm had undertaken similar work without incident.

Sentencing & Fines

Mitchell Roofing Ltd of Derwent Road, Malton was found guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,355.

HSE inspector Julian Franklin said after the hearing:

“Basic precautions for roof work and better planning of the job should have been applied. Even short duration work on fragile roofs should be properly assessed and managed.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Royal Mail Fined after Worker’s Foot is Ran Over

Royal Mail has been prosecuted and fined £50,000 following an incident in which an employee’s foot was ran over by a reach truck.

Inicident

On 7 March 2014 at the Royal Mail Group Limited (RMG) bundling centre in Rochester, an employee operating a reach truck accidently ran over another worker as he stepped out into an aisle.

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard that the injured worker was not wearing safety boots with steel toe caps as required. As a result, he suffered broken bones and bruising to his foot.

Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that transport within the workplace had not been managed in a way that ensured the safety of both vehicle operators and pedestrian workers. Furthermore, HSE found that if RMG had an improved system in place, the incident could have been avoided.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Royal Mail Group Limited, of Victoria Embankment, London was fined a total of £50,000. The company were also ordered to pay costs of £10,406.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Balfour Beatty Fined £2.6 Million after Death of Worker

A leading international infrastructure firm has been handed a £2.6 million fine after an employee was killed when a trench collapsed on him.

Sub-contractor James Sim was working on behalf of Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited when the incident occurred on 14 April 2010 in Lancashire. The 32 year old from Barry, South Wales, was laying the ducting for a cable in a 2.4 meter deep trench, without any shoring. The trench collapsed, trapping Mr Sim and he was killed.

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited recently pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

After the hearing, Chris Hatton, an inspector for HSE said:

“The level of this fine should serve as a warning to industry not to ignore health and safety matters.

“Balfour Beatty failed to adequately assess, plan and supervise the work being undertaken. Trench collapses are easy to prevent, and it is disappointing that James’ life was lost in such a tragic way.

“The family has shown great patience and support throughout this investigation which is a credit to both them and James’ memory.”

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 31(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Limited, of Park Square Newton, Chambers Road, Chapeltown, Sheffield was fined £2.6 million. The company was also ordered to wear £54,000.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Firm Fined after Two Workers are Seriously Injured

A company responsible for the manufacture of vehicle bodies has been fined following an incident in which two workers were seriously injured.

Incident

On 12 January 2015, a third worker was attempting to move a vehicle weighing 18 tonnes when the other two employees became trapped between the moving vehicle and two stationary vehicles. One worker suffered severe crush injuries to his legs while the other worker suffered internal bladder and kidney injuries, as well as fractures to his ribs and pelvis. Another employee involved in the incident managed to move out of the way & did not sustain any injuries.

Investigation & fines

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that the company had not identified or assessed transport risks within the workplace. Furthermore, it was found that the company had failed to put safe systems of work and protective measures in place, as well as failing to ensure employee pedestrian safety whilst vehicles were in motion.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Commercial Body Specialists Limited, of High Street, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,461.

Injury at work – expert advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Two Companies Fined after Worker Loses Fingers & Thumb

Two firms have been fined after a farm manager lost all four fingers and the thumb on his left hand when it became trapped in a machine.

Incident

Norwich Magistrate’s Court heard how on 13th February 2014, the farm manager was operating a machine that processes firewood. The machine consisted of a conveyor, a circular saw and a log splitter. Whilst splitting a log, the worker’s left hand became trapped between the splitting wedge and the log itself, and his fingers and thumb were severed.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, it was found that the recently supplied machinery did not meet British standards and so was not safe to use.

As a result, both the supplier and the manufacturer of the machine were prosecuted.

Fines

The supplier, Rytec Industrial Equipment Limited, of Town Green Lane, Settrington, Malton, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined a total of £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,441.

Whist the machine’s manufacturer, Metal Agricola S.R.L, of Via Michelini, Levaldigi, Italy, also pleaded guilty to breaching section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was also fined a total of £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,099.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Construction Company Fined after Worker is Injured

A construction firm based in Cambridge has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker was injured by a skip loader.

On 4 February 2015, a worker for Mead Construction (Cambridge) Limited was driving a skip loader during the implementation of a sewer connection at a domestic property, when the skip over turned and crushed his leg. The worker suffered sprained ligaments and multiple fractures to his right ankle.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there had been multiple failures on the company’s part, including allowing an untrained worker to use the skip loader. The worker was also not wearing a seatbelt.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, and Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Mead Construction (Cambridge) Limited, of Heath Road, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire was fined £40,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £5,787.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Fined £100,000 after Worker is Seriously Injured

A cargo handling company based in Suffolk has been fined £100,000 following an incident in which an employee suffered life changing injuries.

On 15th August 2014, an employee of Extreme Handling Limited (EHL) was assisting a fork lift truck operator at GMA Warehousing and Transport Limited’s Felixstowe site. The pair were moving a one tonne sheet of marble when it fell on the worker from EHL. He suffered a fractured sternum, serious abrasions to the back of his head as well as extensive and severe crush injuries to both of his legs.

The Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that the method used to move the load was unsafe practice.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, GMA Warehousing and Transport Limited, of Central Avenue, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs totalling £9938.38.

HSE inspector Jessica Churchyard said after the hearing:

“Employers have an absolute duty to ensure that they do everything reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of their employees.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Fined after Worker is Injured in Explosion

A company responsible for the manufacture of vehicle seats has been fined following an incident in which a worker was injured.

In January 2015, an operator at Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) was injured when a highly flammable release agent, used to stop dispensed foam sticking to the seat mould, ignited. There was an explosion and the worker suffered burns to his hands and head.

Following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that the explosion occurred as no suitable control measures were in place at the time.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 5,6, and 9 of Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), Sears Manufacturing Company (Europe) Limited, of Rassau Industrial Estate, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, were fined 40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,010.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive