Tag: working at height

Firms Fined £1.3 million Following Death of Scaffolder

Two firms have been prosecuted and fined a total of £1.3million following the death of scaffolder John Altoft, 29.

Incident

Warwick Crown Court heard that in January 2012, a team of workers from Cape Industrial Services Ltd, including Mr Altoft, were erecting an access scaffold at the Cemex Cement Works in Rugby. Whilst the workers were inside the Cyclone 1 tower, concrete debris fell onto Mr Altoft and a colleague, Ty Smart. The falling debris caused Mr Altoft to fall seven meters to the bottom of the tower and he suffered fatal head injuries. Mr Smart also suffered serious fractures to his wrist and arm and has not been able to work since the incident.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors explained to the court that the two companies, Cemex UK Operations Ltd and Cape Industrial Services Ltd Scaffolding, should have worked together to plan the high risk job to a higher standard.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act, Cemex UK Operations Limited of Coldharbour Lane, Surrey was fined a total of £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £90,783.78.

Cape Industrial Services Limited, Stockley Bridge, Uxbridge, Middlesex admitted breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was fined a total of £600,000 and ordered to pay £90,783.78 in costs.

Sue Thompson, HSE Inspector, said after the hearing:

“John Altoft should have been celebrating his wedding, but instead his family suffered a terrible loss.

“This was an entirely preventable incident and proper planning and protection from the foreseeable danger of falling material would have prevented this from happening.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Liverpool firm in court over fork-lift injuries

Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Ltd has been fined for safety failings after one of its employees was struck by a fork lift and dragged under a rear wheel in an accident at work.

What happened?

The employee had been picking through waste materials when he was hit by the reversing forklift, sustaining severe crush injuries to his leg and chest.

He suffered broken ribs, a snapped pelvis, a punctured lung and the removal of his spleen as a result of the accident.

An investigation into the accident at work incident found that the fork lift truck didn’t have wing mirrors, an audible warning siren or a beacon for reversing. Additionally, a safe system of work was not in place, and a risk assessment had not been carried which should have identified the need to segregate pedestrians and vehicles within the workplace.

What was the outcome?

Waste Away Skip Hire (Liverpool) Limited was fined £14,000 plus £1791.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The director of the company, Leanne Koo, also pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,000 plus £387.50 costs and a victim surcharge of £120

Accident at work compensation claims

If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com
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The Employment Liability and Public Liability Process

by Jonathan Alderton, Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Our approach in advancing each Employers’ Liability (EL) and Public Liability (PL) claim is all encompassing – meaning that we will take care of everything. Due to the often complex nature of these claims, seeking expert assistance from trained professionals could mean the difference between the eventual success or failure of the case.

Employers’ liability

The first step in bringing a successful claim is to establish liability. In the case of an accident at work, there is the potential for a culture of blame sharing to arise between a company and its subsidiaries – locating a solvent and viable insurer that is willing to accept that its corporate client is at fault could prove difficult.

However, through a combination of gathering information from Companies House and from the Employers’ Liability Trading Office (ELTO) – alongside carefully analysing information supplied by the Client – locating the correct party against which the claim may be brought could take less time than you might think.

Public liability

In the case of Public Liability tripping claims, we look toward photographic evidence and Locus Report facilities in order to identify the responsible party.

Recently, my colleague Andrew Fairman wrote a blog on a case that focused on establishing liability – the study raised the question of landowner liability in cases of trips or falls on adjacent unadopted highways. Another recent case involved tracing the history of a highway to 1835, so as to raise a presumption of a local Council’s liability. One further example involved applying the Montreal Convention to an accident involving a multinational airline, so as to establish the boundaries of the duty of care owed to its passengers.

The above examples serve as evidence of our ability and determination in successfully settling your claim.

Personal injury compensation claims

If you have been involved in a non-fault accident, and you believe that you would benefit from the creative thinking that sets us apart from our competitors, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6888 for a free and confidential consultation with one of our experts.

£15,000 Awarded to Client Involved in Workplace Accident

Image of men working on high scaffolding relating to accident at work incident

Hampson Hughes Solicitors have settled an Accident at Work claim for our client, resulting in £15,000 compensation.

The accident involved our client slipping on scaffolding and injuring his left ankle, resulting in damage to the tendon and dislocation.

The medical expert who examined our client for the purposes of the claim recommended that he was to be further referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Also included within the workplace accident settlement were claims for loss of the benefit of holidays from work, which were taken as sick leave following the accident and likely disadvantage on the open labour market.

Workplace accident compensation – expert advice

If you have suffered following a workplace accident, you could be entitled to maximum accident at work compensation.

Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you are eligible to claim workplace accident compensation. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.co.uk.

Company Fined Over Fatal Accident at Work

A teenaged apprentice engineer from South Shields has been crushed and killed in an accident involving heavy machinery in the workplace.

What Happened?

In an investigation led by the health and Safety Executive (HSE), Newcastle Crown Court heard that Jason Burden, 19, was reassembling the 970kg machinery when it overturned.

HSE uncovered details that suggested Tyne Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd (TSECL) had known that the machinery was not fully stable, and did not take the proper steps to ensure the safety of workers.

What was the Outcome?

TSECL pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay costs of £47,936.57

HSE Inspector Paul Miller commented:

“The risks associated with the maintenance of machinery must be assessed before work starts, and must take into account forces applied to the machine in order to ensure that appropriate control measures are used to guarantee the stability of the machine.”

Accident at work compensation – expert advice

If you think you, or someone you know, may have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

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Worker Death at Merseyside Industrial Plant

A man in his 40s has lost his life while working at an industrial site in Merseyside.

The ambulance service responded to an emergency call on January 20th and discovered the man to be dead at the scene due to an apparent accident involving heavy machinery.

Police closed off access to Secure Disposal Services, Newton-Le-Willows, while a joint initial investigation into the man’s death was conducted by the St Helens CID department and the Health and Safety Executive.

A liaison officer has been appointed to the man’s family.

No other workers were injured in the incident.

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