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Derbyshire company fined after death of worker using fork lift truck

06-09-2017

stock photo shows a forklift truckA Derbyshire-based company has been fined after the death of a 19-year-old worker, when a fork lift truck (FLT) overturned at the company’s site in Chinley.

Manchester Crown Court (Minshull Street) heard how, on 10 February 2015, Ben Pallier-Singleton was driving a FLT during night time hours d…

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Dos and don’ts for working at height

23-03-2016

Photo shows a painter standing on a stepladderWorkplace injuries can pose very real dangers in our daily jobs, particularly when the task involves working high up on a building or other structure. Safety statistics make for grim reading, with accidents on building sites responsible for more than their proportionate share of all fatal injuries a…

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How to ensure your balustrade installation is up to code according to UK regulations

11-03-2016

Photo shows a woman leaning on a balustradeWhen installing balustrades in either a commercial, public or domestic building, there are a few regulations that must be recognised for the health and safety of the people in the building. We have taken information from the UK Government’s Protection from falling, collision and impact document to…

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Worker fell through pig shed roof after firm ignored safety warnings

10-05-2013

Photo shows the fragile part of the pig shed roof that collapsed

A York firm that fits solar panels has been prosecuted after an employee fell four metres through the fragile roof of a pig shed at an East Yorkshire farm.

The worker had been employed for just two weeks by Solar Fit PV Ltd. and had no experience in solar panel installation. He was on all fours c…

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Construction firm fined for dangerous site

13-02-2013

The Stoneforce Ltd site in Northumberland StreetA construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risks of falling from height and other safety failings at a site in Newcastle city centre.

Stoneforce Limited, of Hertfordshire, was the main contractor hired to carry out work on the refurbishment of a new retail store in Northumberland St…

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Refurbishment firm fined for exposing workers to fall risk

30-01-2013

Unsafe work on the roof of a large furniture store in Bridgtown, CannockA Willenhall refurbishment and shop fitting company has been fined for safety failings after instructing two employees to work at height without any protective measures or relevant roofwork training.

The men were working on the roof of a large furniture store in Bridgtown, Cannock, on 26 September …

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Newquay building contractor fined for ignoring safety risks

30-11-2012

A Newquay building contractor has been fined for allowing multiple safety failings at a new-build construction site, exposing workers to serious risk of injury.

On 28 November, Bodmin Magistrates' Court heard that Paul David Brannan was the principal contractor at the four-storey apartment block in…

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Lancashire builder risked lives on scaffolding

23-11-2012
Jack Sanderson (right) and another worker at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower in BacupA Lancashire builder has appeared in court after he ignored a formal warning to stop working at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower.

Jack Sanderson and another builder were spotted carrying out work to the roof of a two-storey building on Burnley Road in Bacup by a passing inspector from the H…

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Merseyside firm in court over life-threatening fall

01-10-2012

A Merseyside firm has been sentenced after a worker received life-threatening injuries when he fell from scaffolding at a Croxteth sports centre.

The 43-year-old man from West Derby suffered a brain haemorrhage, fractured skull and collapsed lung in the incident at Croxteth Sports and Wellbei…

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Demolition firm fined for safety failings

16-07-2012

A demolition firm and its director have been fined for endangering workers at a site in Lancing, West Sussex.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Rabbit Demolition and Excavation Ltd. and its director, Colin Bell, for not providing a safe means for working on a roof during the demo…

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Warehouse workers could have been killed

12-07-2012

Workers on a sloping warehouse roof in Birkenhead without safety measures in placeThree Wirral employees could have been killed if they had fallen while carrying out work to a warehouse roof in Birkenhead, a court has heard.

The men were seen repairing the leaking roof, up to 16 metres above the ground, without harnesses or any suitable safety measures to stop them falling…

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Aberdeenshire roofing boss fined after worker seriously injured in fall

22-05-2012

An Aberdeenshire roofing boss has been fined after one of his workers was seriously injured when he fell five metres from the edge of a flat roof.

Alister McNeilly, 26, worked for Brian George Mackie, who traded as Donside Slating which specialises in roofing work.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard…

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Poor construction site management lands firm and director in court

13-03-2012

An Edgware-based construction company and its director have been fined after carrying out unsafe demolition and construction work at a house in Surrey.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Laxmi Developments Ltd and its director, Vijay Madhaparia, of Tavistock Road, Edgware, for fail…

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Film company fined after cameraman hurt on set

02-03-2012

A production company has been fined after a cameraman fell more than three metres from the set of a forthcoming major film.

The 62-year-old was working on the set of 47 Ronin at Shepperton Studios, Middlesex, when he fell through an opening in the floor. The opening was for access to a raised area…

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Shropshire poultry farm prosecuted for worker's fall

14-11-2011

Llynclys Farm Ltd. has been fined after a worker fractured his pelvis falling nearly three metres from an unguarded platform.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the company following the incident outside a poultry house at their Stoke Heath Farm site in Market Drayton, on 20 July 20…

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Two firms prosecuted for dangerous building site

31-08-2011

Two construction companies have been fined for "appalling" standards at a building site in the London Borough of Merton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted principal contractor, Kubik Homes Ltd, and the subcontractor, Bellway Developments Ltd after visiting the site in Wimbledon on sev…

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Birmingham firm fined for unsafe work at height

18-02-2011

Spanclad Construction Ltd has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for putting its staff at risk when working at height. Three employees were seen replacing skylights at a height of over 5m, with no protection from falls as they walked to their place of work across a fragile roof…

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Health and Safety News - 30 September 2010

30-09-2010

£30k fines after Salford worker killed by digger bucket

Fines totalling £30,000 have been issued following the death of a Salford worker, who was struck by the excavator bucket on a digger. John Cain, 36, was working on a project to demolish the Albert Park Inn on Great Clowes Street in Salford on…

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