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Packaging printer sentenced after worker’s fingers crushed

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Bristol-based printer of healthcare packaging was today (28 May) fined for safety failings after an employee had two fingers crushed when they became trapped in unguarded machinery at its Cambridgeshire plant.

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Macclesfield firm in court over teenage apprentice’s injuries

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A fabric company in Macclesfield has been fined after a teenage apprentice suffered severe injuries when his left arm was dragged around a machine roller.

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Asbestos firm’s errors exposed workers to hidden killer

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A specialist asbestos removal company has been fined after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building.

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Rochester food firm in court again for serious danger to workers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Kent-based food manufacturer has been prosecuted for a second time for safety failings after a worker was injured using a machine with a guard that had been intentionally disabled.

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Fines imposed for reckless ladder work

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A foolhardy roofer has appeared in court after footing a double extension ladder on a transit van in order to access a third floor façade.

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Fair ride collapse lands owner in court

Friday, May 23, 2014

The owner and operator of a poorly-maintained fairground ride has been fined after it collapsed sending two teenage boys hurtling from the car.
Sixteen-year-olds Conor Baker and Danny Keogh were seriously injured when riding the Mega Bounce Frog at Abbey Park in Leicester on 28 July 2012.
Friends and scores of local visitors were horrified as the car tipped up throwing Danny out and bringing Conor’s head and body in line with the protective barrier around the ride, which hit and injured him as the ride continued to turn.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that a clip and pin securing the car to its operating arm had fallen out and identified the ride, owned by William Norman Roberts, of Bag Lane, Atherton, Manchester, had been badly-maintained.
Danny Keogh was treated in intensive care following extensive surgery for a collapsed lung, broken arm and deep wounds to his side. A total of 88 staples were used during surgery and he needed stitches in his tongue and chin. He also damaged a number of teeth.
Conor Baker was treated for a broken nose, broken teeth, lacerations to his face and a significant blow to the head.
Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (23 May) heard the ride had 14 cars, each attached to a radial arm at two locations by retaining pins secured in position by a clip pushed into a drilled hole at the end of the pin.
A fairground attendant operating the ride on behalf of Mr Roberts that day had checked the presence of the clips at 10.30am and 1pm but did not consider their condition or performance.
Following the incident one of the retaining pins and clips for the car the boys were in was found on the deck of the ride. HSE discovered the clip was damaged and had little grip on the pin, which had been tapered. The clip itself was pushed into a whole that had been drilled off centre meaning it did not grip the side of the pin.
HSE’s investigation found a second tapered pin on the ride which also had an off-centre hole, as well as two defective seatbelts. A prohibition notice was served preventing further use of the ride until it was made safe.
William Norman Roberts, 36, admitted breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Ward said:
“The unsafe condition of the ride resulted in very serious injuries to two young men who had gone out to celebrate finishing their GCSE exams. The outcome could have been much worse. It was a horrifying and painful experience for Conor and Danny and extremely distressing for their families, friends and members of the public who witnessed the incident.
“The public rightly expects rides to be safe. The safety-critical defects identified on this machine were very troubling. The inconsistencies in the pin ends were obvious and the pins and clips were safety-critical components that should have been thoroughly checked on a daily basis.”

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Norwich firm fined after worker’s finger severed

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Norwich building company has been fined after an employee lost a finger on a poorly guarded machine.

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Construction firm sentenced after basement fall paralyses worker

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Southwark construction company has been ordered to pay more than £126,000 in fines and costs after a worker was left paralysed from the waist down when he fell eight metres from an unguarded window space into a basement.

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Print firm in court after worker loses finger

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Gosport printing company has been fined after a worker lost a finger and seriously injured another during unsafe maintenance work on a book binding machine.

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Engineering firm in court over worker’s injuries

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Radcliffe company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was dragged into dangerous parts of a moving machine.

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Suffolk firm in court after homeowners exposed to asbestos

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Suffolk building contractor has been fined after it exposed workers and homeowners to potentially fatal asbestos material during work on a garage extension at a home in Ipswich.

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Safety failings land Jarrow firm in court

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An engineering company has been fined for safety failings which exposed workers to serious risks of injury from a fall.

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Worker in court after asbestos exposure

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a Canterbury school boiler house has been prosecuted after he recklessly exposed himself to the potentially-dangerous material.

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Northampton firms in court after worker’s life-changing injuries

Monday, May 19, 2014

A scaffolding firm and the owner of a roofing company have been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when he plunged nine metres through a fragile warehouse roof in Northampton.

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Developer fined after gas leak leads to railway closure

Monday, May 19, 2014

Commuters endured two hours of rail misery through a forced line closure because a leading housing developer failed to advise ground workers on the presence of an underground gas main, a court has heard.

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Company prosecuted after young engineer dies at juice factory

Friday, May 16, 2014

An international smoothie and fruit juice company has been sentenced for safety failings after an engineer was killed by falling pipework during work to decommission a former factory in South Wales.

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Food giant Heinz sentenced after engineer’s life-changing injury

Friday, May 16, 2014

Global food producer Heinz was today (16 May) fined for serious safety failings after an engineer had his hand severed when it became trapped in live, unguarded machinery at its Norfolk plant.

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Newspaper group fined for guarding failure

Friday, May 16, 2014

Regional newspaper group Newsquest Media has been prosecuted after a Southampton worker was injured when his hand was caught in a rotating printer roller.

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Video footage lands skip firm owner in court

Friday, May 16, 2014

The owner of a skip hire firm in Bacup has been fined after he was filmed putting an employee’s life in danger by lifting him in a digger bucket.

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Health and Safety Newsletter – Spring issue out now

Friday, May 16, 2014

This edition: How do your health and safety skills measure up? Dangerous industries – working together to find solutions, health and safety myths – telling porkies about the dangers of crackling, plus accident case studies, court cases and much more.

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