Tag: working at height

Employee Loses Half of Her Finger in Pie Machine

A firm that manufactures cakes has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker lost part of her finger in a pie and tart machine.

Incident

In May 2015 an employee of Nectar Patisserie Limited observed that there was not enough dough being released at the start of the production process into tart tins. To keep the production going, the employee started to scoop additional dough out of the depositor outlet, using the index finger on her right hand, as the machine was still running.

This was successful the first time the employee tried it, however during the second time, an automatic knife used to cut the dough into measured portions started up and sliced her finger in half.

HSE Investigation & Fines

Following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that Nectar Patisserie Limited had failed to safeguard a dangerous part of the machine, leaving it exposed to employees.

After pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Nectar Patisserie Limited, of Leeside Industrial Estate, Garman Road, Tottenham, was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,638.

HSE Inspector Nick Faber said after sentencing:

“The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that employees who operate machinery do not suffer serious injury from a moment’s distraction or error in judgement, which is what happened in this case.

“Whilst the company had health and safety procedures in place which they diligently followed, they consistently missed a glaring problem with a piece of machinery. Essentially they hadn’t truly understood the purpose of their checks and practices. My advice to duty holders is to ensure that any health and safety system in place is practical and actively challenges normal working practices to improve workplace safety”.

Accident at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Two Firms Fined after Workers are Injured On-site

The Health and Safety Executive has fined two companies over safety breaches that resulted in the serious injuries of two workers.

Incident

In October 2010 two workers employed by Sitewatch, Guy Davies and Nayan Patel, suffered serious injuries as they were working on a partly constructed cold store. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how the pair were injured when the roof lids of the structure collapsed on top of them.

Nayan Patel suffered numerous fractures to his foot and required a metal plate to be fixed in his arm after it was fractured in two places. Guy Davies meanwhile suffered serious fractures to his right kneecap and thighbone.

Sentencing

John Sisk and Son Limited (Sisk) of St Albans, Hertfordshire was employed as primary contractor for installing a new distribution warehouse in Motherwell. The company was found guilty of an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £64,000.

Hemsec Installations Limited (HIL), of Birkenhead was subcontracted to design and construct the cold store structure. The company was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £71,000.

HSE principal inspector Graeme McMinn said following the hearing:

“The accident could have been prevented if Sisk had enforced their permit to work system and ensured that workers were not allowed access to the roof lid section until they received confirmation that the roof lid section had been installed correctly and was safe.

“HIL should have ensured that their sub-contractor had installed the connections between the roof lid and cold store wall in line with the design specifications. They should also have checked that these connections were safe before allowing Sisk access to the roof lids.”

Accidents at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Four Parties Charged by HSE over Deaths of Workers

Four parties have been charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching safety regulations that resulted in the deaths of four workers.

Peter Johnson, Adam Taylor and Thomas and Daniel Hazelton were erecting a large steel structure in a ditch at Claxton Engineering Services’ yard in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, when it collapsed on them.

After an investigation into the incident that occurred on 21 January 2011, the HSE handed out the following charges:

• David Groucott, Director of Encompass Project Management Ltd, under Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)
• Claxton Engineering Services Ltd of Ferryside, Ferry Road, Norwich, Norfolk, under Section 3 of HSWA
• Hazegood Construction Ltd, of Bury Lodge, Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, under Sections 2 and 3 of HSWA
• Encompass Project Management Ltd, of The Gables, Old Market Street, Thetford, Norfolk, under Section 3 HSWA

All four defendants are due to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court in February 2016.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

HSE to Prosecute Star Wars Production Company

It has recently emerged that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are to prosecute the production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, following an on set incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

The HSE announced yesterday that it was prosecuting Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. (Foodles) over four alleged breaches of health and safety.

The four charges relate to an incident that occurred in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. It is alleged that Mr Ford was seriously injured when a hydraulic door that was part of the Millennium Falcon (a spacecraft belonging to his character Han Solo) struck him.

A statement released by the HSE said:

“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.

“We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”

According to the HSE, due to Foodles being the company responsible for the production of the film, they are also responsible for managing the risks posed throughout production. As such, they are liable under UK health and safety laws.

Mr Ford, who required surgery following the incident, admitted the accident occurred through a spokesperson at the time. It is reported that he even later teased J.J. Abrams, the film’s director, about the incident during numerous promotional appearances last year.

Company representatives from Foodles are due to appear on 12 May at a court in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to face the four charges.

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Source: CNN

Employee’s Legs Crushed by Concrete Tennis Tables

A table tennis manufacturer based in Manchester has been fined following an incident in which a worker’s legs were crushed.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard the employee was attempting to manoeuvre a one-ton concrete tennis table, using an overhead crane, towards a stack of four other tables. However, the stacked tables were balanced on two half-empty resin barrels, which are not designed to take any weight. The court was told that as the worker began to lower the concrete table onto the others, the barrels collapsed causing the tables to fall onto the worker.

Other employees that witnessed to incident rushed to free the man who had become trapped between the concrete tables and the crane stanchion. The worker was freed and airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital.

The court heard that the employee spent 10 weeks in hospital and has been unable to return to work since the incident that took place on 20 February 2015.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the work had not been carried out, supervised or planned safely.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Bendcrete Leisure Ltd, of Aquaduct Mill, Tame St, Stalybridge, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,495 costs.

Accident at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Timber Firm Fined for Safety Failings

A firm responsible for the manufacture of garden timber products has been fined following an incident in which a worker sustained serious injuries to his hand.

Stephen Croft, an agency worker, was carrying out work at Forest Sawmills Limited’s premises when his left hand got caught in a twin band re-saw machine. Mr Croft suffered injuries to his left index and middle finger after his hand was pulled into the machine, used for cutting wood, as it made contact with either the powered in-feed roller or the saw blade.

Forest Sawmills Limited, of Hartlebury, Kiddermister, pleaded guilty to an offence under Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulations 11(1) and (2). The company was fined a total of £7,000.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Fruit Farm Fined by the Health & Safety Executive

A RIDDOR reportable incident has led to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the actions of a Kent based fruit farm.

The investigation by the HSE found that a self-employed contractor working for Paynes Stores Ltd (PSL), had accessed a door that needed to be repaired, by standing in an apple box raised by a fork lift truck.

HSE told Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court how PSL had allowed the roofing work to be carried out without any controls or specified training, on 22 December 2014.

Paynes Stores Ltd, of Swanton Farm, Bicknor, Sittingbourne Kent, pleaded guilty to breaches of Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 9(3) of the Working at Height Regulations. The company was fined a total of £18,600 and ordered to pay £9,173 in costs.

Following the hearing, Joanne Williams – HSE inspector, said:

“Death and serious injury following falls from the edge of roofs or through fragile materials are all too common and proper planning is vital to ensure the work is carried out safely and the correct precautions are identified and used.

“I hope this prosecution makes it clear to employers that they need to properly manage the risks of working at height and that HSE will not hesitate to take action against those who fall short of the law in such a way.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Fined after Worker Suffers Severe Cement Burns

A company responsible for the manufacture of building products has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker suffered severe cement burns.

Incident

An inexperienced young agency worker suffered severe chemical burns to his ankles and feet after being exposed to alkaline cement slurry. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how the 21 year old, on what was his first day of full time employment, required plastic surgery and has been left with lifelong scarring after the incident on 28th April 2014.

HSE Investigation

A Health and Safety (HSE) investigation into the incident found that the company had not taken into account that exposure to slurry from concrete dust is just as dangerous as exposure to wet uncured concrete and cement. Further to this, the HSE found that sufficient controls to control the risks were not in pace and there had been no risk assessment.

According to HSE’s findings, the workers ‘life changing injuries’ could have been avoided if a mechanical system to remove the slurry had been used.

In a statement given to the Court, the worker discussed the impact of the incident:

“A year after the accident my feet are scarred. My right foot is worse than my left. I find it difficult still to walk. I don’t know how my feet will improve in the long term. I wouldn’t like anyone to go through what I have had to go through”.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Stressline Limited was fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,121.

Following the hearing Dr Richenda Dixon, HSE inspector, said:

“The risks from concrete and cement are well known in this industry. Companies need to protect agency workers as they are as likely to have injures in the first six months of employment as in the rest of their working lives.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Housing Trust Fined after Worker is Injured

A housing trust based on Tameside has been fined following an incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries to his left hand as it was struck by the metal blade of a lawn mower. The young man suffered numerous broken bones and the amputation of his thumb and forefinger was needed.

Incident

The worker was using a ride-on lawn mower when the chute of the grass box that was attached became blocked. Manchester Crown Court heard that this blockage occurred often as the grass being mown was long and wet. In order to clear the blockage, the worker reached into the chute with his left hand which came into contact with a rotating metal fan.

As a result of this, the worker (who wishes not to be named) suffered serious injuries and has since been unable to use his remaining fingers or grip with his left hand.

HSE Investigation

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that New Charter Housing Trust had failed to provide the worker with professional training or to give precise instructions on the actions to take if the machine became blocked. The HSE’s investigation also highlighted that the trust had failed to take into account the risks of carrying out the work.

The court heard that as well as receiving a lack of training, the worker was not aware that the metal fan continued to rotate for around 30 seconds after the engine was turned off.

Sentencing & Fines

New Charter Housing Trust, of Cavendish Street in Ashton-under-Lyne was found guilty of a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The Trust was fined a total of £140,000 and ordered to pay £70,000 in prosecution costs.

HSE Inspector Sarah Taylor said after the hearing:

“A young worker has suffered injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life but they could easily have been avoided. New Charter Housing Trust should have planned the work properly and provided appropriate training, so workers knew to wait for the fan to stop.”

Injury At Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Concrete Manufacturer Fined for Safety Failings

A company responsible for manufacturing pre cast concrete slabs has been fined after a worker suffered injuries on site.

Incident

On 8th August 2014, a contractor for Unbrako Precast Concrete Limited of Langar was stacking concrete units onto his vehicle via the use of a side loader when an attachment slid off the forks of the loader. As the attachment fell, it hit the worker & knocked him from the vehicle, leaving him with two broken ribs, fractures to both shoulders and a broken collar bone.

After carrying out an investigation into the incident, inspectors for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there was an inadequate safe system for working and inadequate risk assessments.

Sentencing

Unbrako Precast Concrete Limited, of Southfields Business Park, Harby Road, Langar, pleaded guilty to offences under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company was fined a total of £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,579.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said:

“This incident was entirely avoidable had the risks been adequately assessed. The injured person should not have been near the moving side loader or on the back of the trailer.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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Source: Health & Safety Executive