Tag: working at height

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.

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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.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Roofing Firm Fined after Worker Falls from Height

An Exeter based roofing business has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker fell through a skylight.

In November 2014, three employees were working on an asbestos cement roof when one worker fell about three meters to the ground below. He suffered injuries to his hip, wrist and his head.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found that the work had not been properly supervised or planned.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Haran Limited, of Clyst Road, Exeter, Devon, was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,070.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Worker Fractures Skull in Fall From Height

A Sheffield based signage company has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker fell five meters from a flat roof.

In 2015, Warburton Signs Limited were contracted to put up a large sign outside an industrial building. In order to erect the sign, three workers accessed a neighbouring roof, however whist doing so, one worker fell. As a result, the worker suffered numerous life threatening injuries, including a collapsed lung, several broken ribs, chipped vertebra and a fractured skull.

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident on April 13th, it was revealed that the company had failed to put measures in place to ensure that falls from height were avoided.

After pleading guilty to Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 Warburton Signs Limited, of Trident House, High Street, Beighton, Sheffield, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs totalling £1538.

Helen Barley, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:

“Failure to prevent falls when working at height can lead to serious injury or death.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Business Owner Fined after Apprentice Severs Finger

The owner of an adhesive tape manufacturing business has been prosecuted after an apprentice severed his finger on a rotary die press.

Incident

The sixteen year old was working with the rotary die press, adjusting the guides on the laminating head, when he tripped over. Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard that as he tripped, he put his hands in front of him and his finger got caught in the drive gear of the laminating unit. As a result of the incident, which took place on 9 September 2014, the apprentice’s right index finger required amputation.

HSE Inspection & Fines

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive it was found that the machine did not have any guarding in place to stop access to dangerous parts of the machine.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, James Fussell (trading as Tecman Speciality Materials), of Berrington Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was fined a total of £6,000. Mr Fussell was also ordered to pay costs of £1,754.

HSE Inspector Michelle Morrison said after the hearing:

‘If the company had ensured that access to the dangerous moving parts of the rotary die press had been prevented, then this young man would not have lost the top of one of his fingers. This was an entirely preventable incident.’

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Three Companies Fined by Health & Safety Executive

Three companies have been fined for health and safety failings following two separate incidents at the Haverhill site of Jan Cavelle Furniture Company.

Incidents

The first incident occurred when the rotating blade of a biscuit cutter made contact with a worker’s hand as he was operating the machine. The blade cut his thumb to the bone.

In the second incident, a worker was operating an overhead router when the cutter came into contact with his hand. The employee suffered serious cuts and crush injuries to his right index finger.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incidents on 28 February 2014 and 2 June 2014, it was found that both took place due to the operators adopting unsafe methods of working. HSE determined that the unsafe practice was due to inadequate supervision, insufficient and unsuitable risk assessments, as well as a lack of training.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to two counts of breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Jan Cavelle Furniture Company Limited, of Rookwood Way, Haverhill, Suffolk was fined £18,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

After being found guilty of breaching two counts of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Workplace Training and Consultancy Limited, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk was fined £22,500. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £22,500.

After pleading guilty to breaching two counts of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Leading Health and Safety Consultants Limited, of Chaplin Walk, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk was fined £5,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Steel Fabrication Company Fined by Health & Safety Executive

A large North Yorkshire based steel fabrication company has been prosecuted after a forklift truck operator was killed when the vehicle he was operating overturned. The safety breaches that the firm pleaded guilty however, was not the main cause of the accident.

Incident

On 13 March 2013, Kelvin McGibbon was reversing a forklift truck when the vehicle came into contact with a set of steps, causing it to flip upside down. The 27 year old worker was not wearing his seatbelt and the crush injuries he sustained in the incident were fatal.

HSE Investigation

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that Severfield (UK) Limited did not manage forklift truck driving operations adequately. It was found that the steel firm did not control the speed at which operators drove their forklift trucks, the company also failed to enforce the wearing of seatbelts.

Sentencing

After pleading guilty to a non-causative breach of Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Severfield (UK) Limited, of Severs House, Dalton Airfield Industrial Estate, Dalton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire was fined a total of £135,000. The company was also ordered to pay costs of £46,020.

David Welsh, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:

“A company has a legal duty for the health and safety of people working on its site, whether they are employees or not. They are required to assess risks, eliminate them where possible and enforce proper control measures, such as seat belt wear, by checking that safe driving practices are being followed to deal with the risks that remain.

“Sadly, in this case, the prosecution shows that the company’s management of FLT driving operations and risk control measures failed which exposed employees to danger.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Contractor Fined for Multiple Safety Failings

A contractor based in Hertfordshire has been found guilty for multiple safety failings at two separate sites.

Buckinghamshire Site

In March 2014, a member of the public living close to one of the sites – the former Chesham Community Hospital site in Buckinghamshire – made a complaint to the Health and Safety Executive regarding the activities being carried out onsite.

An investigation into the complaint by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a series of safety failings at the premises. Demolition arrangements had not been recorded in writing, security at the site was insufficient and there was a lack of first aid facilities available. Further to this, the HSE inspector found materials containing asbestos amongst building debris and witness accounts of hazardous practices including the unsafe use of construction machinery, as well as unsafe work at height.

Following the investigation, HSE noted that it was the regulators’ opinion that there was a ‘serious risk of injury from collapse of partially demolished buildings’.

Prohibition and Improvement notices were served to both the client and contractor immediately, in order to ensure the control of any on-going risks.

Chesham Care Ltd – the client – was fined a total of £30,000 after being found guilty of breaching the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) in October 2015.

Second Site

Multiple attempts made by the HSE to contact the contractor failed, however in June 2015 a HSE inspector was made aware of dangerous working practices at another site in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Following an inspection, the HSE discovered that the contractor at this site was the same contractor as the site in Buckinghamshire.

The HSE inspector attending the second site found workers dismantling parts of the building in an unsafe manner in order to salvage recyclables and found that no risk assessment had been carried out. According to the client, they had no knowledge of the contractor carrying out work at this second site and had contacted the police.

Again, enforcement action was taken immediately and HSE also hired a private investigator to find the contractor after they had previously failed to respond.

Sentencing

Scot Ian Richardson of Aztec Demolition, the contractor in control of both projects, was found guilty of two breaches of the CDM Regulations 2007 at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court. Richardson was also found guilty of one breach of The Health and Safety at Work Act etc,1974 and one breach of The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. He was handed a four month suspended custodial sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community service work. Richardson was also ordered to pay costs of £1,200.

HSE inspector Rauf Ahmed said after the hearing:

“Sole traders who control workers to demolish and dismantle structures must understand their legal obligations. This is a high risk industry in which poor planning has no place. Family members expect their loved ones to come home in one piece.

“Clients have a key role in safely directing construction projects. Effective arrangements at the start can have an amplified positive impact down the various stages to completion, including making informed and competent appointments”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive