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    Man drowns at water treatment works


    A lone-worker drowned at a water treatment works in Falmouth, a court has heard. South West Water has now been fined £1.8 million following the death of 54-year-old Robert Geach. Hadn’t been seen for hours Mr Geach, a catchment operator, was working on a sand filtration unit of the Falmouth Waste Water Treatment Works on December….

    Waste site owner fined for exposing workers to asbestos


    A Cornish waste disposal firm has been fined after putting workers and the public at risk over its storage of asbestos. Leslie Allen, the owner of the waste disposal business, has now been told to pay nearly £80,000 for illegally storing and treating waste including asbestos. Poor records and storage practices The site manager at….

    ‘Poor planning’ led to fatal crush


    A company has been fined after a worker was crushed to death on one of its construction sites. CMF Ltd was charged and found guilty after sub-contractor Richard Laco, 31, died. Crushed by concrete stairs He was working on a large construction project in London when the accident at work happened, Southwark Crown Court heard. Mr Laco….

    Man killed after concrete drainage cover falls on head


    A construction worker’s death could have been avoided if the work had been planned properly, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector. HSE Inspector Andrew Cousins was speaking after a hearing in which Hague Construction Limited was sentenced following the death of Daniel Clifford Yeowell. Struck by drainage cover Mr Yeowell had been….

    Balcony collapse deaths ‘preventable’, court hears


    The collapse of a balcony in London causing the death of two workers was “foreseeable and preventable”, the Old Bailey has heard. The two men fell to their deaths after trying to lift a sofa over a first floor balcony during the renovation of a multi-million pound luxury flat in November 2014. Balcony collapse Tomasz Procko,….

    Man suffers life-changing injuries at noodle factory


    A food production worker has suffered life-changing injuries after an accident at work. Noodle manufacturer SCLA Limited has now been fined after the worker received severe hand injuries while operating machinery. Man lost two fingers In December 2015, the worker was attempting to clear a blockage on one of the noodle production lines. During this work,….

    Disabled man struck by council tractor in public park


    A county council has been fined £1 million after a disabled person was hit by one of its vehicles in a public park. A Nottinghamshire County Council vehicle was collecting branches at the time of the accident, Nottingham Crown Court heard. Disabled man not spotted by driver A team of workers were in the country park….

    Man has hand crushed at food factory


    A food worker has had his hand crushed in a meat separating machine, Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard. Beckett’s Foods Limited has now been fined following the accident at the company’s Moat House base in Coventry. Man fell into machine On May 11, 2016 a 22-year-old worker was loading meat into the machine. The man fell and….

    Teachers concerned over high asbestos levels in schools


    Teachers are concerned about the high levels of asbestos in the country’s schools and want it removed, according to a new survey. The National Union of Teachers (NUT) found that teachers and other school staff were often not being told whether their school contains asbestos. This could mean that staff and pupils are at risk of….

    Two firms fined after putting roof workers at risk


    Prohibition Notices were put in place on a roof renovation project when it was spotted that workers were being put at risk. Following the notices, two roofing contractors were charged and fined. Two companies at fault Principal contractor MKM Fabrications Ltd was carrying out a roof replacement at Valley Mills in Oldham. It had subcontracted work….

    West Midlands ‘most dangerous place to drive’


    Roads in the West Midlands are the most dangerous in the country, according to a report by a local newspaper. Research by the Burton Mail found that over 35,000 motorists and pedestrians died or were hurt in the West Midlands in the past 4 years, with more than half of these incidents occurring in Staffordshire. Cutting….

    Construction worker dies on Scottish site


    A construction worker has been killed after being seriously injured on a building site near a Scottish farm. The 45-year-old man, who is yet to be named, was pronounced dead at the scene at around 9.45am on Wednesday. Investigation launched Emergency services were called to the accident at work near Shott Farm on Hamilton Road, High Blantyre,….

    Worker suffers deep cuts on hand at leading food company


    A man has suffered deep cuts in his hand after a cutting machine started unexpectedly, a court has heard. Food manufacturer Moy Park Ltd – one of the UK’s top 10 food companies – has now been fined after the accident at work at their site in Anwick near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Machine restarted An engineer….

    Woman suffers permanent knee injury at trampoline park


    A woman has suffered permanent injuries to her leg and knees after an accident at a trampoline park. Katie Mamone, 27, an employee at Kidzplay, was attending the Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, in Southampton, on her birthday. Leg buckled at busy park She claims the park was busy with “people everywhere” and “little order to….

    Accidents ‘remain biggest killer of children’


    Accidents remain the biggest killer of people aged under 19 years old, according to figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). At least one child under the age of 5 is killed every week by an accident. Families are now being encouraged to help prevent such unnecessary accidents as part of the….

    People prone to fainting ‘more likely to have accidents at work’


    People who suffer from regular fainting spells are more likely to have accidents at work, according to a new study. Working-age people who have a condition known as syncope are at higher risk of occupational accidents and job loss, compared to those without the condition, says research in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Higher….

    Man paralysed after gas pipe falls on him


    An engineer suffered a fractured spine after a gas pipe fell into a trench he was working in, Maidstone Crown Court heard. Essex-based Forefront Utilities Limited has now been found guilty of health and safety failings that led to the accident at work. Man paralysed after accident The employee of the specialist gas infrastructure company was….

    Baker fined following two finger injuries


    A lack of correct guarding on dough cutting machinery led two workers to suffer finger injuries, an investigation found. Two separate incidents One employee of Penrith-based bakery Bells of Lazonby Limited lost the top part of his right hand middle finger in the accident at work. The second suffered a cut to his left index….

    Guide highlights gender differences in health and safety


    A new guide urges people to consider gender differences when planning health and safety guidelines. The TUC has published the new guide for trade union representatives when identifying health and safety concerns at work. Historic assumptions out of date Historically, the health and safety needs of men have been prioritised over women as risk prevention….

    Stronger corporate governance ‘could boost health and safety’


    New corporate governance reforms could help boost health and safety in the workplace, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). A report has been produced by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee looking at corporate governance failings. It follows the public and major failings of large organisations like BHS. Room for….

    Warning over rugby head injuries issued


    A charity is warning rugby players about the dangers of continuing to play after receiving a blow to the head. Brain injury charity Headway issued the warning after Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar said he felt “a little bit dazed” during the closing stages of his team’s PRO12 match against Leinster. Suffered bang to head Biggar suffered….

    Surprise site visit finds no asbestos survey in place


    An unannounced inspection of a basement conversion found that two family-run firms working on site had failed to carry out an asbestos survey. The companies have now been fined after both admitted health and safety failings on the Manchester site. Basement conversion project Hatters Taverns Limited and sister company Hatters Hostel Limited were working to convert….

    New guide aims to clear up language around health and safety


    A new guide has been launched aimed at making health and safety discussions more accessible. RoSPA has launched the 22-page booklet called Little Book of Big Ideas. Clearing up complex language Many people see occupational health and safety as too complex to understand. The guide aims to provide a clear version of discussions and ideas around the….

    Safety fears over telescopic ladders as 32,000 withdrawn


    Over 32,000 telescopic ladders have been withdrawn from sale over safety fears. Trading Standards is now warning DIY enthusiasts, tradesmen and gardeners to check their ladders and be vigilant when using them. Government investigation launched Enquiries by Trading Standards found major safety concerns. It has led to a government-funded investigation working alongside Derby City Council, Leicestershire….

    Warehouse in ‘appalling’ state led to man losing fingers


    The manager of a pallet company faces jail time after “one of the worst management failures” ever seen by a court. Alexander Mackay is manager of the G&D Pallets sawroom in Dundee. His lack of consideration for the health and safety of his workers was the potential cause of an accident that resulted in a….

    Plumber fined for unregistered gas work


    A man has been found guilty of conducting unregistered gas work. Stephen Barton was sentenced by Torquay magistrates after conducting gas work and leaving it in a dangerous state. Unregistered work was dangerous Unregistered plumber Mr Barton had been working on both a gas cooker and boiler at two separate properties in Dawlish and Exeter….

    Support grows for health and safety apprenticeships


    A new health and safety apprenticeship could be a real asset, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) claims. The Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) apprenticeship is being developed as part of the UK Government’s ‘Trailblazer’ programme. Construction focus At a recent London Health and Safety Directors Forum, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)….

    Tram supervisor mistake ‘led to death of man’


    A man was killed on a tram track after a supervisor for the network wrongly believed he had moved off the rails. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found that Peter Rothwell, 51, was killed by a tram after network staff mistakenly told drivers he had moved off the tracks. Man struck by tram travelling 30mph Mr….

    Dangers faced by road workers highlighted in new figures


    Highways England is highlighting the dangers faced by road workers as new figures reveal the number of deaths and injuries suffered by such workers. Dozens of injuries New figures show that 12 road workers- including two traffic officers – have been killed while working on the network in the past decade. Three of these were killed….

    Survey reveals dangers in the food and drink industry


    A new study has been conducted into health and safety levels in the UK’s food and drink industry. A third of the industry took part The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) study found that half of the injuries in this sector come from slips, trips or falls, while 1 in 5 involve a….

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