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Firm fined after worker is seriously injured by crane

04 Jul 2015
Firm fined after worker is seriously injured by crane

Leeds Galvanising & Powder Coating Hire Ltd, a metal finishing company, has been fined after a worker broke two ribs, fractured his pelvis and punctured a lung while undertaking lifting works at, Albion Business Park, in March 2014. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, he was off work for nine months and had to undergo six […]

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Demolition firm fined after fatality

04 Jul 2015
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Building contractor, Euro Dismantling Solutions Limited was fined for safety failings after a man lost his life during demolition works. Bristol Crown Court heard how demolition work was taking place at former Cadburys Somerdale factory, near Bristol on 9 November 2011 when 31-year-old James Stacey drove a mini digger out of a fourth floor opening. […]

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Suffolk company in court for unsafe asbestos removal

14 Mar 2015
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A Suffolk building company has been fined after removing asbestos insulation board without a licence and failing to protect its workers from falls of up to four metres at a farm building in Waltham, Essex. Workers were potentially exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres and only provided with baby wipes or access to a hose for decontamination. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court […]

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Firms sentenced after airport worker breaks leg

14 Mar 2015
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Two firms have been prosecuted after a worker suffered a broken leg when he deliberately steered his ride-on cleaning machine into a balustrade when the brakes failed in order to avoid hitting pedestrians in Stansted airport. Carl Marshall, 28, of Little Dunmow, Essex, was forced to veer into the central dividing balustrade after brakes on […]

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HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

14 Mar 2015
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has appointed its new chief inspector of construction. Peter Baker, who is currently Head of HSE’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, will replace Philip White on 1st April 2015. Philip, who has been acting interim chief since Heather Bryant left HSE in September 2014, will continue in his […]

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Firms prosecuted after worker loses left leg

14 Mar 2015
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A Tameside factory worker had to have part of his left leg amputated after he was struck by an 850kg metal frame being delivered to a plant in Glossop, a court has heard. Two firms have been ordered to pay nearly £50,000 in fines and costs following an investigation into the incident on 5 January […]

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Basement building in London faces safety scrutiny

14 Mar 2015
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A two-day inspection initiative of basement projects in high-value London boroughs is to be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive next week. (w/c 9 March). Construction inspectors will be focusing on sites in two boroughs – Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham – in a bid to improve safety in the increasingly […]

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Hertfordshire firm and director fined after excavation collapse

14 Mar 2015
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The director of a building firm was partially buried when the high sides of an excavation he was working on collapsed on him, a court has heard. Paul Connolly, director of Bushey-based PNT Contractors Ltd, had to be rescued by workers digging him out by hand after the excavation collapse at a site in Essex […]

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Company sentenced for Tower Bridge lift fall

14 Mar 2015
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A lift company has been ordered to pay £100,000 in fines and costs after terrified tourists were left with broken legs and ankles when a Tower Bridge lift fell several metres into a service pit because a vital mechanism failed. Four people sustained bone fractures in the incident at the popular London landmark on 11 […]

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Kent contractors fined for safety dangers

14 Mar 2015
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A Kent-based company has been prosecuted for serious safety breaches after exposing workers to unnecessary dangers. Images of the risks facing agency workers at the Chatham Docks’ berth of European Active Projects Ltd were captured on camera on 19 February 2014 by a member of the public and sent to the Health and Safety Executive […]

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