Category - Health and Safety

16
Aug

Industry update: Accidents involving equipment at work

 The Health and Safety Executive have recently issued an update on the accidents involving equipment at work. It is evident to note that the most common accidents involve fingers and arms being severed due to entrapment with machinery. The reasons for these accidents appears to be a reoccurring theme which includes businesses not carrying out …

11
Aug

Company fined £20K after worker nearly dies due to crush injury

Essential Supply Products Limited, were fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £2,714.10 in costs after a work place accident almost resulted in a fatality. Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 5 May 2015, two maintenance workers were replacing the bottom of a heavy sectional door at the factory. While removing the hinges and brackets the door …

9
Aug

6 month prison term: Indian restaurant ignores prohibition notices, breaches fire safety law

Recently we have seen a rise in prosecutions for fire safety breaches with prison sentences being issued on a more frequent basis. Here, we focus on a recent prosecution involving a curry house. Bristol based, Bengal Raj restaurant had been found guilty of breaking numerous fire safety laws. Zamshed Alam, restaurant owner had been jailed for 6 …

4
Aug

Company fined £100K after employee losses arm in a conveyor belt

Bristol Crown Court fined Concrete Fabrications Ltd, Bristol £100,000 with costs after an employee lost his arm whilst conducting planned maintenance to a misaligned conveyor belt on 18 May 2015. The unnamed employee had to adjust tensioning rods which were located inside the machine’s guards, in close proximity to the conveyor belt and rotating tail …

4
Aug

Legionella Death: Hospice in Sydenham fined

St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety law after a man died and a worker suffered life changing effects after contracting legionnaire’s disease at the premises in 2012. Exposure to the legionnaire’s disease resulted in the member of staff being in a coma for 18 days before making a recovery. The …

4
Aug

In the spotlight: Bouncy castle safety

When we think of bouncy castles, we think of children laughing and having fun. These seemingly harmless inflated structures do not make us worry about possible health and safety issues, after all what harm can a colourful piece of rubber filled with air cause? However, in recent news, incidents involving bouncy castles have resulted in the death …

26
Jul

Where there is smoke, there is fire – barbecue safety

Summertime brings the warm weather, and with that comes an increase in taking the kitchen outdoors by way of barbecues. Although fun, and tasty, barbeques present a very real fire risk and caution should be taken both whilst cooking and during the disposal after the event. Kent fire service has recently reported, an increase in …

26
Jul

Blatant disregard for health and safety law lands manager in jail

In what can only be described as a flagrant breach of law, a site manager was sentenced to over 3 year’s jail time. On 24 January 2015 Tasadaq Ur-Rehman was working on a site in Leicester, when he fell through a skylight aperture in a first floor roof and sustained serious head injuries, which ultimately …

18
Jul

Prosecution News: Company prosecuted after worker severs hand in blending machine

SPL International Ltd, a home brewing kit manufacturer has been fined after an employee’s right hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine. The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an incident on 21 October 2014. On the day of the incident the employee was asked by his supervisor to …

14
Jul

Care Homes – two recent deaths due to health and safety failings

Care homes have been in the news recently with two preventable fatalities occuring. The first case involves a care home based in Middlesex. The premise was fined £100,000 plus £50,000 costs for an incident occurring in 2011. An elderly resident of a Surrey home was receiving care from two employees of European Healthcare Group Plc. The resident died …

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