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2017-02-23T15:47:01+00:00February 23rd, 2017|

Work related injury and ill health still costing Britain 14 billion per year

More than a million people are being made ill by their work, costing society 14.3 billion, according to new figures published today. Despite Britain remaining one of the safest places to work in Europe, injury and ill-health statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive show that an estimated 27.3 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2014/15. In the same year 142 workers were killed, and there were 611,000 injuries in the workplace. Of the estimated 1.2 million people who suffered from a work related illness, 516,000 were new cases. This is the view of HSEs Chair Judith Hackitt: Its encouraging that there have been improvements in [...]

2017-02-22T18:19:58+00:00January 4th, 2016|

Maintenance Company fined after worker injured in fall from roof

A maintenance company has been fined for safety failings after an employee was injured when he fell from a roof. Southwark Crown Court heard how in February 2014 an employee of Aspect Maintenance Services Limited of London was working as a roofing engineer on a domestic house in Tooting. He was repairing the roof when he slipped and fell landing on a table on the patio area below. There was no edge protection on the roof at the time of the accident. He suffered a shattered elbow, a broken jaw, tissue damage to his knee and facial injury. Aspect Maintenance Services Limited, of Rufus Business Centre, Ravensbury Terrace, London, was fined a total of £20,000, and ordered [...]

2017-02-22T18:19:58+00:00October 5th, 2015|

Soup Company sentenced over worker’s life-changing injuries

One of the UK’s most well-known food manufacturers was today sentenced after a worker suffered severe injuries while working on one of its production lines. Baxters Food Group appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found safety failings related to the incident. The court heard that on 30 January 2014, short term contract worker Jodie Cormack, climbed onto the conveyor belt to clear potatoes into the auger in-feed, but slipped from the belt into the collecting hopper. His body was pulled into the auger and he was trapped for an hour while orthopaedic surgeons and other emergency services battled to free him. Once freed, he was flown by air [...]

2017-02-22T18:19:58+00:00October 5th, 2015|

Chemical firm in court after explosion blows hole in factory

A chemical firm has been fined after a hydrogen explosion blew a vessel lid through a factory roof, leaving a worker with minor injuries. Catalloy Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at its plant on Moss Bank Road in Widnes on 25 November 2011. Warrington Crown Court heard that the company, which produces metal catalysts used by the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, had made a modification to one of its reactors. The explosion occurred on the first day of production following the modification and blew the lid and other equipment through the corrugated panels on the roof of the factory and into a neighbouring car park. A worker [...]

2015-10-05T10:27:58+00:00October 5th, 2015|

Roofing firm and senior manager fined for safety failings

A roofing firm and a senior manager of the company have been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered life changing injuries when he fell through a fragile roof. Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard how on January 2015 Practical Cladding Solutions Limited of Southampton was appointed by Styropack UK Limited to cut a hole in an industrial roof and clad an extension when a 25-year-old employee fell through an unprotected fragile roof light next to the work area. The worker sustained numerous injuries. He broke four ribs and cut both lungs. His pelvis, hip and groin bone were fractured and his back was broken in several places. He spent 10 days in intensive care and [...]

2015-10-05T10:27:06+00:00October 5th, 2015|

Brothers sentenced over unsafe work at height

Two brothers have been fined for allowing employees to work at height unsafely after workers were spotted while building an agricultural farm building in Lewes. The brothers who are directors of building firm G E White and Sons Ltd had workers constructing a steel frame building at a property on Blakeney Avenue, Lewes on 17 March 2015. An inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court he saw roof sheets being fitted at approximately four to five meters from the floor with no safety netting or scaffold, and workers standing on roof sheets. They were immediately served with a Prohibition Notice preventing them from continuing work until the safety issues were remedied. [...]

2015-09-15T09:39:19+00:00September 15th, 2015|

Recycling firm sentenced over safety failing after death of father of six

A waste recycling firm has been sentenced after admitting safety failings related to a worker being killed at its premises in Batley. Bradford Crown Court heard that on 17 August 2012, Simon Brook, an employee of Gwynn Davies-McTiffin Ltd was found lying seriously injured at the bottom of a horizontal baling machine. His legs had been partially severed inside the machine and had to be amputated by a doctor at the scene. The 50-year-old father of six died two days later. The court heard though there were no witnesses to the incident, it seems likely the deceased was fatally injured when he fell into the baling machine’s hopper while clearing a blockage. A steel pole [...]

2015-09-15T09:33:38+00:00September 15th, 2015|

Automotive components company find after worker injured

An automotive components company from West Midlands has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered crush injuries after entering a guarded area of a machine. Nuneaton Magistrates’ Court heard how on 30 September 2014 an employee of International Automotive Components Limited of Coleshill was maintaining a carpet forming machine. The employee had only been in the job for two weeks after being promoted from operator to tool changer. While under supervision, the employee became trapped when the top hood of the carpet heating press descended on him while he was working. International Automotive Components Company Limited, of Gorsey Lane, Coleshill, West Midlands was fined a total of £7,000, and ordered to pay £2,190 [...]

2015-09-15T09:30:31+00:00September 15th, 2015|