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Health and Safety News - 24 November 2010

24-11-2010

Food firm fined after worker injured

An international frozen food company has been fined after a worker was injured by the moving blades of an industrial freezer.

Safety drive across West Yorkshire businesses bring dangers to light

More than 70 firms across West Yorkshire have been told to make safety improvements following an intensive two-week inspection initiative by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authority officers who visited nearly 450 companies.

Worker falls from scaffolding in Boston

A worker fell from a five-story scaffold in Boston on Monday. Despite the fall, it is reported that the worker does not have life-threatening injuries.

Crackdown launched on dangerous scaffolding in Manchester

HSE Inspectors will be out in force in Manchester on Thursday 25 November in a bid to tackle dangerous scaffolding. They will spend a day making unannounced visits to construction sites across the city.

London waste company fined after worker's legs crushed

McGrath Bros (Waste Control) Ltd has been fined after an employee's legs were crushed between two steel frames while unloading a truck.

Boy's eye injury risk 'foreseeable'

A judge has ruled that the family of a boy who suffered brain damage, after he fell on to the end of paintbrush during a school art class, can proceed with a case for compensation.

Worker killed by swinging crane hook

A Cardiff-based recycling company has been ordered to pay over £230,000 after an employee died after being struck by a crane hook weighing 3.7 tonnes.

Business fined £10,000 for employee's electrical burns

Waldersley Farms has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,223 after an October 2009 incident in which a worker suffered electrical burns. The Cambridgeshire firm admitted breaching Regulation 4(3) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

Fork lift truck operator training - HSE target

Peter Lennon, the HSE's Head of Workplace Transport, told the annual National Fork Lift Safety Conference that fork lift truck operator training is an area of particular concern for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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