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Health and Safety News - 1 November 2010

01-11-2010

Burnley firm fined £16k after workers' hearing put at risk

A Burnley manufacturing company has been fined £16,000 after it ignored a formal warning about noise levels at its factory. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Equestrian Surfaces Ltd for putting its employees' hearing at risk, despite being given two extensions to an Improvement Notice requiring a reduction in their daily noise exposure levels.

Company fined for endangering workers

A pizza manufacturer in Hounslow has been prosecuted for endangering workers after ignoring calls to make safe an unprotected and dangerous first floor doorway.

Capri Foods Ltd, of Worton Hall Industrial Estate, Worton Road, Isleworth, failed to act on an Improvement Notice served by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) despite a continuous risk of a serious fall from height.

Construction firms fined over Lancashire worker's death

Two Lancashire companies have been sentenced following the death of a construction worker in Altham near Accrington.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Ltd and Howorth Scaffolding Services Ltd and Glenmill Group (Developments) Ltd after Peter Walton fell five metres from scaffolding on Altham Industrial Estate, on 10 May 2006.

North Yorkshire farmer prosecuted after worker loses limb

A farm worker's leg had to be amputated after he attempted to clear a blockage on a harvesting machine while the blades were still rotating.

The man, from Whitby, was employed to help cut forage maize at Skipsters Hagg Farm at Appleton-le-Moors, near Pickering, on 9 November 2009.

Roofer sentenced after workers' lives put at risk

A roofer has appeared in court after four of his employees were spotted balancing dangerously on a barn roof in Cheshire.

Joseph Jones, 61, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an inspector visited Norley Bank Farm, on Cow Lane in Norley, on 23 February 2009. He found Mr Jones giving instructions to the men, who were working approximately four metres above the ground, while they refurbished the roof.

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