Tag: working at height

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.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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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.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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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.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

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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

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

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.

Injury At Work – Expert Advice

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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