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Chessington fined £150,000 for four-year-old girl's injuries

13-01-2015

Photo shows the gap in a fence where the four-year-old girl fellChessington World of Adventures has been sentenced for safety failings that led to a four-year-old girl suffering life-changing head injuries when she fell from a raised walkway while queuing for a ride.

The youngster, from Kent, fell nearly four metres while waiting in line for the Tomb Blaster ri…

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Missing safety catch leads to fine for company

22-04-2013

Excavator at the collapsed culvert at Rother Valley Country Park

A York civil engineering firm was responsible for safety failings that led to one of its workers suffering multiple and life-changing injuries, a court was told on 18 April.

The 58 year-old man, from Rothwell, near Leeds, was felled by a seven-metre sheet pile as he worked at a site in Rother Val…

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Leeds City Council sentenced after toddler's injury

15-04-2013

Flagpole after falling and injuring toddler showing signs of decay

Leeds City Council has been fined for safety failings after it ignored warnings from its own staff about a rotting flagpole, which later collapsed and fractured the skull of a two-year-old girl.

The toddler had been playing in the park at Otley Memorial Garden with her mother on 31 March 2012 whe…

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Worker's tree fall lands farmer in court

08-04-2013

The worker dropped onto a barn below before rolling off the roof and ending up on some of the felled branches on the ground

An east Hampshire farm owner has been prosecuted after an untrained worker plunged over four metres from a tree as he was using a chainsaw to prune branches.

The worker climbed up into a large sycamore tree and used a rope supplied by farm owner Hamish Janson to tie the chainsaw to a branch. He s…

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Worker suffers severe head injury in barn roof fall

21-03-2013

The barn in Edale where the worker fell through the roof

A worker suffered multiple head injuries and was left blind in one eye after he plunged nearly five metres through a fragile barn roof in Edale, a court has heard.

The 31-year-old from Wirksworth, who has asked not to be named, was helping to carry out repairs to the roof when one of the corrugat…

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Surrey firm fined for worker fall

21-02-2013

The rooflight opening through which the worker fell - subsequently boarded to prevent further falls

A Surrey carpentry firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker fractured his skull when he fell through a roof light at a construction site in Cobham.

The 21-year-old, who does not wish to be named, also suffered soft tissue damage to his right hamstring in the fall on 7 June 2012 at a…

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Serious head injuries in the North East highlight the need for protection at work

20-12-2012

forkliftThe need for effective health and safety measures has always been an important one at the top of many company agendas but just how crucial it is has been highlighted by an incident in the north west of the UK. Two north east firms have been fined heavily after an employee suffered serious injuries t…

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Death of Bradford worker 'avoidable'

11-09-2012

The collapsed racking system at George Barker & Co, where Jim Murphy diedA Bradford firm has been ordered to pay £140,000 in fines and costs after admitting safety failures that led to the death of a 61 year-old worker who was crushed beneath an unsecured racking system.

Jim Murphy died from head injuries when the 'A' frame metal racking unit, weighing more than …

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Milking firm in court after worker injured at Derbyshire farm

02-09-2012

A Shropshire milking company has been fined after a worker suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a steel beam at a Derbyshire farm just a day after he started his job.

The employee, 49, from Preston, was asked to help an experienced engineer install a milking parlour at Brookley Meado…

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Two firms fined after South Shields worker injured

28-07-2012

Two firms have been prosecuted after a worker suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a pipe and fell from a stepladder.

The 37-year-old from South Shields was working for MB Air Systems Ltd. as a pipework installation engineer when the incident happened on 13 December 2010.

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Transport firm fined over worker's head injuries

28-06-2012

The excavator Mr Collins was helping to move when the incident occurredA Suffolk haulage operator has been prosecuted after one of its workers suffered a fractured skull as he tried to recover a 17-tonne abandoned excavator.

Experienced fitter Paul Collins, 51, had worked for Tannington Transport for only three months when he was struck on the head by a heavy-…

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Bristol machining company fined after employee suffers serious injuries

12-06-2012

A Brislington-based machining company has been prosecuted for failing to adequately guard dangerous parts of machinery resulting in a worker suffering serious head and chest injuries.

On 11 June 2012, Bristol Magistrates Court heard that 34 year old Ian Spicer, from Hartcliffe in Bristol, was…

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Devon firm fined for worker's fall from forklift

03-05-2012

A North Devon farming business has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker fractured his skull falling from the prong of a forklift truck at an animal feed mill.

Richard Robinson, 64, from Pyworthy, near Holsworthy, was attempting to crush recycled material when the fall occurred at Cr…

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Dorset contractor sentenced over worker death

01-05-2012

A building contractor has been fined over serious safety breaches after a worker was killed by a piece of falling cob wall being demolished by his son.

Alaister Copland, trading as Do it Al, was fined a total of £10,000 and ordered to pay compensation to the family of £2,390 at Dorchester C…

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Window and door manufacturer fined after worker killed

19-03-2012

A firm specialising in the manufacture of wooden doors and windows has been fined for safety failings after a worker died at its Leyton premises.

Andrzej Rokita, a 55-year-old Polish national, had been with M M Contracting Ltd for only 10 days when he attempted to help his son, also an employee,…

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Construction firm fined over worker's injuries

24-01-2012

An engineering contractor has been fined after a worker suffered severe injuries when his excavator struck a bridge on the M1 motorway in the East Midlands.

A maintenance fitter employed by Nottinghamshire firm Van Elle Ltd was driving a wheeled excavator during widening work on the motorway between…

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Worker killed at Cemex plant

18-01-2012

A 36-year-old contractor has been killed at the Lawford Road Cemex plant this morning (Wednesday).

Another man was taken to hospital with a broken arm.

Emergency services attended the scene; police officers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating.

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Manchester worker paralysed in crane crush

10-01-2012

A scaffolder from Manchester will never walk again after being crushed by metal tubes which fell from a crane.

David Collins, a 31-year-old father of two who worked for Bury firm Spectra Scaffolding, suffered severe injuries to his head, back and leg and is now paraplegic.

The Health and Sa…

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Kent factory fined after worker suffers severe head injuries

29-09-2011

A cardboard box manufacturer in Kent has been fined after an incident in which a delivery driver suffered severe head injuries after a fall.

As a result, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against W.E. Roberts (Corrugated) Ltd which is based at Thames Works, Grove Road, Nort…

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Barnet bread company fined after man dies from fall

26-08-2011

Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd. has been fined after a man died of injuries sustained when he fell from a stepladder.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd. and manager Amjad Mahmood for failing to provide a safe system of work which, led to the death of handyman Rocco Ca…

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