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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Fined after Worker is Hit by Bus

A firm has been fined for safety failings after a court heard it failed to keep and maintain a safe place of work whilst laying a pipe under a road surface, which resulted in an accident at work.

Rebeck Communications Limited was contracted to lay a pipe under the whole width of a road in Northamptonshire on 14th May 2014.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that in regular circumstances a safety zone of 0.5 meters should have been maintained whilst undertaking this sort of work. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the road was classed as ‘narrow lines’ due to its’ width of 4.8 meters.

A temporary traffic management system was implemented, closing one lane whilst traffic was able to travel on the other ‘live’ lane. This type of system usually relies on self-management by drivers using the road.

However, whilst resurfacing the road once the pipe had been laid, a worker was hit by a moving bus. He suffered serious injuries including severe ligament and muscle damage and a dislocated knee.

The court heard that the required 0.5 meter safety zone had not been maintained whilst the work was carried out and no further safety measures had been put in place. The court also heard that is was likely the worker had to step into the lane of traffic as the bus was passing in order to position equipment.

After pleading guilty to Regulation 26(2) of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2007, Rebeck Communications Limited, of Eagle House, Billing Road, Northampton was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,293.

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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.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

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.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Builder Fined After Worker Suffers Life Changing Injury

A builder based in Wedmore has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings following an accident at work that resulted in a worker suffering life changing injuries.

Accident at work incident

An employee of N C Tucker Limited was carrying out roofing work when he fell five meters through a fragile roof light, suffering a fractured spine, brain injury, as well as several broken ribs. Bristol Crown Court heard how the 25 year old had only worked for the firm for four weeks when the accident at work occurred in August 2014. The court also heard that this was the worker’s first ever roofing job.

Sentencing and fines

N C Tucker Limited, of The Cottage, Guildhall Lane, Wedmore pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined a total of £26,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,738.

HSE Inspector Sue Adsett said after the hearing:

“The young man who fell has had life changing injuries which have severely affected him and his family. The use of nets to protect against falls through fragile roof lights is well- established in the industry, if nets had been in place this accident would have been prevented”

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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

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