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Construction firm fined for unsafe basement conditions

04 Jul 2015
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London construction company Darma Limited has been fined over £13,000 after an unannounced inspection from HSE found dangerous conditions on a basement excavation site. The inspection of the site on Filmer Road in Fulham was carried out during a clampdown on poor safety conditions on basement projects in November 2013. The inspection found workers were […]

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Insufficient guarding leads to serious injuries, court hears

04 Jul 2015
Insufficient guarding leads to serious injuries, court hears

A Rotherham recycling firm has been sentenced over serious safety dangers on a conveyor after a 25-year-old worker had his arm broken in three places when it was drawn into unguarded machinery. HSE said that the incident had a profound psychological impact on the worker at a crucial time, as his daughter was born just […]

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Companies sentenced after worker sustains permanent spinal injuries

04 Jul 2015
Companies sentenced after worker sustains permanent spinal injuries

A school operator and a cleaning contractor have been sentenced following an incident in April 2013 in which a worker who was felling a tree was knocked off his ladder. After landing on his back, the 59-year-old worker sustained permanent spinal injuries, meaning that he is unable to walk and will be confined to a […]

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Gas servicing firm showed a “reckless disregard for safety

04 Jul 2015
Gas servicing firm showed a “reckless disregard for safety

Marshall Gas Services Ltd, a gas servicing firm in Halifax has been prosecuted for safety failings after an explosion in the boiler room of a local primary school. HSE has reminded other companies in the industry that it will continue to undertake effective regulation and enforcement where negligence and safety failings are found. It was […]

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Company to pay £172k after worker is crushed under forklift truck

04 Jul 2015
Company to pay £172k after worker is crushed under forklift truck

A Leicestershire aluminium fabricator has been sentenced after a worker was crushed under a lifting truck which tipped over while lifting extruder dies from storage racks. On sentencing the judge said that there was a prolonged and very substantial failure on the part of the company in relation to its monitoring, supervision and enforcement of […]

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£60,000 compensation for paralysed worker in “exceptional case”

04 Jul 2015
£60,000 compensation for paralysed worker in “exceptional case”

A construction company has been sentenced for safety failings after a 55-year-old Armenian national fell through a skylight roof suffering life changing injuries and a fractured back, while working on a London industrial estate in January 2013. Petros Pogosyan fell four and half meters on to a concrete floor at Unit 1, Roseberry Industrial Estate, […]

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Bar admits failings over liquid nitrogen cocktail

04 Jul 2015
Bar admits failings over liquid nitrogen cocktail

A wine bar where an 18-year-old girl was seriously injured drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen has admitted health and safety failings. Gaby Scanlon, of Heysham, Lancashire, was celebrating her 18th birthday at Oscar’s Wine Bar in Lancaster in 2012 when she drank the Nitro-Jagermeister shot. She said her stomach began to expand and a […]

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Marden Homes fined £50,000 for asbestos failings

04 Jul 2015
Marden Homes fined £50,000 for asbestos failings

A construction firm has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres during the conversion of an office block into residential flats in Witham, Essex. Marden Homes Ltd had not arranged for a Refurbishment and Demolition Asbestos Survey to be available to site workers, and one worker had not received any training to enable […]

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Hospital trust fined for legionella control failings

04 Jul 2015
Hospital trust fined for legionella control failings

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, has been fined £50,000 for failing to control legionella. The Trust was sentenced on 11 June at Lewis Crown Court after a joint investigation by HSE and Sussex Police. It follows the death of vulnerable cancer patient Joan […]

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Total fined after worker falls into molten sulphur

04 Jul 2015
Total fined after worker falls into molten sulphur

One of Britain’s largest oil refineries, Total Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Lincolnshire, has been fined after a worker suffered serious burns when he stepped into an open manway lid and hit 140 degree molten sulphur below, seriously burning his right leg. Grimsby Magistrates heard on 12 June that tanker driver Jack Vickers, 51, from […]

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