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Safety alert – Devices used to reduce operator entrapment and crushing on mobile elevating work platforms

Friday, May 30, 2014

This alert advises that covers/shrouds on machine controls do not protect against entrapment of operators between the machine and nearby obstructions.

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Ageing and life extension of offshore installations – The KP4 report

Thursday, May 29, 2014

HSE has published its report into the findings of the KP4 programme. It has identified areas of industry strengths, and areas for additional focus, which will deliver improvements for the long-term management and assurance of workforce safety on offshore installations on the UKCS through to cessation of production and into decommissioning.

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Case 285 – Café refused to top up tea in same cup due to health and safety

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A café customer was told he could not have a second cup poured into the same cup – instead it would have to be supplied in a new clean one.

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Stonyhurst College prosecuted after stonemason develops lung disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A historic private school in Clitheroe has been fined £100,000 over health and safety failings after one of its stonemasons developed a potentially fatal lung disease.

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Healthy workplaces manage stress – enter the European Good Practice Awards

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Do you know of a good practice example of a workplace that manages stress effectively? Enter the European Good Practice Awards – deadline for submissions is 6 October 2014.

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Cumbrian oil firm fined after worker’s fall

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Cumbrian oil distributor has appeared in court for safety breaches after an employee fell from the top of a tanker.

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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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