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13/12/2017 05:24 AM
North West farmer fined after man electrocuted
A North West Farmer has been fined after a man was electrocuted when the arm of a loader crane (HIAB) hit overhead power lines. Liverpool Crown Court heard today that Edward Evans and his friend had been collecting scrap metal from the farm by prior arrangement when the incident took place. An investigation by the […]

13/12/2017 05:08 AM
NHS Trust pleads guilty to breaching Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Royal United Hospitals (Bath) NHS Foundation Trust has today pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, at Bath Magistrates’ Court. This follows a HSE investigation into how Royal United Hospitals Bath managed the risks to patients from legionella bacteria in its hot and cold […]

12/12/2017 04:09 AM
Recycling company fined after worker suffers head injuries
A Maidstone based recycling company has been fined after a 34-year old worker suffered life threatening head injuries. Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 30 September 2015, the 34-year old employee of Countrystyle Recycling Ltd instructed another colleague to use a telehandler to move paper at the company’s site in Maidstone, Kent. The telehandler was […]

12/12/2017 03:38 AM
Partner of family run farm fined after worker fell from height
A partner in a family farming business has been fined after a worker fell 14 feet through a fragile roof light. Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard how a 23-year old employee was painting on a barn roof when he suffered a fractured pelvis after falling 14 feet through a fragile skylight. An investigation by the Health […]

12/12/2017 03:12 AM
NHS Trust and Imperial College London fined after death of worker
Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust and Imperial College London have been fined after the death of a lone worker. Southwark Crown Court heard how Damian Bowen was asphyxiated whilst working with liquid nitrogen at St Stephens Centre Laboratory, Fulham Road, London owned by Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust. He lost his life whilst decanting liquid […]

10/12/2017 11:37 PM
Partner of poultry and farm shop fined after schoolboy injured
A partner of a poultry and farm shop has been fined after a schoolboy lost his finger as a result of crush injuries to his right hand. Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 17 September 2016, the schoolboy, who was doing casual weekend work at Denmead Poultry and Farm Shop, was seriously injured when collecting […]

08/12/2017 04:39 AM
Company and contractor fined after worker left seriously injured
The Lundy Company Limited and Justin Courtney Ford have both been fined today after a self-employed worker fell more than three metres through a fragile roof. Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 11 August 2015, the self-employed worker was working to remove a roof when he fell over three metres onto concrete flooring. The worker […]

08/12/2017 02:34 AM
Airport fined after young child injured
Birmingham Airport Limited has been fined after a six-year-old boy became trapped in a baggage conveyor. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard how the boy was trapped by machinery when he found his way into the mesh cage of the ‘out of gauge’ conveyor, which was used for delivering oversized baggage to the public baggage reclaim area.  […]

07/12/2017 09:55 PM
Company fined after work suffers serious injuries
A concrete product supplier has been fined after a worker suffered head injuries and a fractured arm after falling down an uncovered concrete chute. Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard how a Litecast Limited employee was injured when he lost his footing and fell approximately five metres to the floor through an uncovered concrete chute in the […]

07/12/2017 02:58 AM
Company fined after eighty-foot tree falls onto cars
An arboriculture company has been fined after an eighty-two foot tree they were felling crashed down onto two cars and narrowly missed two members of the public. Southend Magistrates Court heard how The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company Limited were carrying out the work at Torrington Drive, Debden last summer when the tree was felled […]

06/12/2017 10:21 PM
Packaging company fined after worker loses fingers in machinery
A Blackburn packaging company was today fined after a worker’s hand became trapped in machinery. Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee of Europlast (Blackburn) Ltd had been trying to clean a bubble wrap machine when his left hand became trapped between rollers, causing four of his fingers to be severed. The company failed to […]

05/12/2017 04:30 AM
HSE issued with Crown Censure over worker injury
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has accepted a Crown Censure after a worker at its laboratory was injured when conducting an experiment at a testing facility. On 4 October 2016 a worker at HSE’s Laboratory in Buxton suffered serious burns while setting up an experimental hydrogen test rig. He has since returned to work. […]

04/12/2017 09:24 PM
BBC Studioworks and two others fined after contractor seriously injured
Three companies have been fined after a contractor to BBC Studioworks Ltd fell more than 10 metres at Elstree Film Studios. Harrow Crown Court heard how Eric Ihoeghinlan, an employee of Gabem Management Ltd, fell through a lighting grid hatch while recovering electrical cables for BBC Studioworks Ltd during a de-rigging operation. He sustained multiple injuries […]

04/12/2017 03:00 AM
Company fined after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
HSE is reminding companies of the necessity of monitoring workers’ health after a South Wales Housing Association was fined for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard how Charter Housing Association Ltd. reported six cases of HAVS following a health surveillance programme launched in June 2015. The affected employees were […]

01/12/2017 02:35 AM
Company fined after the death of employee
South West Highways Limited (SWHL) has today been fined after the death of a 48-year old worker who was struck by a vehicle. Exeter Crown Court heard how the 48-year old employee was working with colleagues to repair roads in Tiverton, Devon on 29 January 2013 when he sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a […]

30/11/2017 07:03 PM
Inaugural HSE Energy Conference to explore ‘The Future of Gas’
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), supported by the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM), will host the Safety Excellence in Energy conference on Thursday, 15 February 2018 in Leeds. The energy system in the UK is changing as it pushes to decarbonise and achieve its emission reduction targets to 2050. New innovative technologies are […]

30/11/2017 01:56 AM
Company fined £3m following death at recycling site
A principal contractor has been fined a total of £3m following the death of a worker at a site in Wales. Porvi Construcciones y Contratas was sentenced alongside Befesa Salt Slags following the incident on 14 July 2015, at the plant in Fenns Bank, just inside the Welsh border. Befesa was also sentenced £75,000 for […]

29/11/2017 10:27 PM
Helping Great Britain Work Well’s call to employers to do more pays dividends
Employers publicly committing to making positive changes to their firms’ health and safety culture has resulted in an estimated 300,000 workers reaping the benefits of improved health and safety practices. Earlier this year, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), along with Unions and Industry leaders called for broader ownership of workplace health and safety by […]

29/11/2017 04:13 AM
New Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the University of Manchester (UoM) have today committed to launching an Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research. The new Thomas Ashton Institute will capitalise on the existing strong international credibility of both the University of Manchester and HSE. It will act as a hub for Risk and Regulatory […]

29/11/2017 02:25 AM
Recycling company fined after worker loses arm
A plastic recycling company director has received a 10 week prison sentence after a worker’s arm was amputated. Wrexham Magistrates’ Court heard how a Clark Technologies Wales Ltd employee was injured whilst he was cleaning out the plastic washing plant at their recycling facility on Deva Industrial Park, Deeside. An investigation by the Health and […]