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Hampshire aircraft maintenance company fined after workers injured in falls

11-12-2014

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ATC (Lasham) Ltd. (a Hampshire-based aircraft maintenance company) has been sentenced for safety failures after three workers were injured in separate falls at its airfield in Lasham – two in the same month.

The company was fined a total of £35,000 and ordered to pay £32,430 in costs after admi…

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Hidden dangers in a manufacturing plant

16-05-2014

Photo shows an employee using equipmentIt takes a keen eye to spot all of the dangers associated with manufacturing. After all, not every hazard is obvious to the casual observer.

Because complacency in manufacturing can be deadly, workers should be well-trained and always on the lookout for hidden dangers. They should also be well equi…

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Eight tips for safely setting up and running a warehouse

28-03-2014

Photo shows the inside of a warehouseWhen it comes to setting up a warehouse, your staff safety should be top priority, closely followed by arranging the space to fit the most in. This can take a lot of planning and often needs to be laid out to exact specifications. There are many things you need to consider but to help you out, here …

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Dorset firm fined after Christmas crane collapse

09-12-2013

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A Dorset-based property developer has been told to pay a total of £97,681 after residents living near one of its construction sites in Essex were evacuated when a 45 metre crane jib collapsed.

The incident was one of two that happened in December 2011 at a site in South Road, Saffron Walden. Bot…

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Van road safety

01-11-2013

picture shows a man with a check list in front of a commercial vanVan drivers, along with other drivers of commercial vehicles, need to ward off complacency when driving. This is because they are often driving along the same routes day after day, whether travelling between sites or simply driving back and forth from work. When you drive the same route regularly it…

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Tips for improving electrical safety in the workplace

24-06-2013

Photo shows a high voltage warning signElectricity is such an integral part of everyday life that it is easy to forget how dangerous it can be. At home or at work, we use lights, computers and other appliances without a second thought – only questioning their safety when something goes wrong.

In the UK, more than 1,000 electrical inj…

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Company fined after worker suffers horrific head injuries

03-10-2012

A West Midlands company has been fined after a worker suffered severe head injuries in a pneumatic metal press.

Wayne Hill, a maintenance engineer at H&E Knowles (Lye) Limited, was repairing the press when it unexpectedly started working and crushed his head. He was trapped for around ten minut…

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Norfolk manufacturer prosecuted for guarding failure

13-09-2012

A manufacturer of steel building materials has been fined for safety failings after an employee sustained a serious hand injury on a poorly guarded machine in Norfolk.

Antonio Pires, aged 63, from Watton, was operating a power press to form sheet metal at Worldwide Steels Limited, trading as …

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Concrete pumping company fined for poor plant maintenance

13-09-2012

A Hertfordshire concrete pumping company has been fined after members of the public and a police car were sprayed with concrete when a delivery pipe ruptured.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted London Concrete Pumping Limited over poorly maintained equipment leading to the incid…

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Preston steel firm in court over employee's drilling injuries

12-09-2012

A Preston steel firm has been sentenced after one of its employees suffered serious internal injuries when he became trapped in an industrial drilling machine.

Joseph Spencer narrowly avoided being paralysed when a rotating drill passed through his overalls and jeans, and became lodged close …

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Nursing home owners sentenced after death of elderly resident

03-09-2012

Two nursing home owners have been fined after an elderly resident died following a fall from a hoist.

Annie Bradley, 78, who was known as Vera, was being transported in a sling from her bed to a specialist chair at Harley House Nursing Home on Elms Road in Leicester on 19 July 2008. During the …

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Outdoor advertising giant prosecuted for safety failings following serious injury in Bristol

28-08-2012

Outdoor advertising company Clear Channel UK Ltd. has been fined after an employee's hand was caught in a petrol-powered lawn mower in Bristol.

In a prosecution brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Bristol Magistrates Court heard that the maintenance worker was working at a bil…

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Essential tips for site safety

02-08-2012

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. The nature of the work, and the tools used to carry it out, means the potential for accidents is always high.

Some of the tips on this list are required by law, but they're well worth reminding yourself of every now and again. There is…

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Multinational recycling firm prosecuted for worker's death

04-06-2012

Recycling company SITA UK Ltd. has been fined £200,000 after a 21-year-old employee died from head injuries at its paper baling site in Tipton.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm after Mark Bate, of Tipton, West Midlands, was killed instantly when the arm of a J…

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Church Broughton man fined after worker seriously injured

02-05-2012

A Church Broughton man has been fined after an employee suffered life-changing injuries when his quad bike overturned at a farm in Derbyshire.

The 42-year-old employee, also from Church Broughton, was driving the all terrain vehicle (ATV) along a track at Lodge Hill Farm, Barton Blount, on …

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Company prosecuted after worker suffers electric shock

30-04-2012

A coating and treatment company with premises in Swavesey, Cambridgeshire has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered an electric shock.

He received an electric shock whilst checking new cables on a hardening machine that had recently been maintained, sustaining open wound…

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Dorset dairy company fined after worker's arm crushed

31-03-2012

A Dorset dairy has been prosecuted after an employee was injured when his arm was pulled into a slurry separator.

Andrew James Ray, 47, was cleaning the equipment at the dairy owned by M Hooper and Sons Ltd. in Winterborne Tomson on 2 January 2009.

Weymouth Magistrates' Court heard an unsafe sys…

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Widnes firm fined over employee's fall injuries

29-03-2012

A Cheshire worker could have been killed when he fell from the top of a chemical storage tank, a court has heard.

The 44-year-old from Bala, North Wales, had been carrying out maintenance work on the tank at a plant in Widnes when the chemical vapour inside set alight, causing an explosion. The wo…

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Warwickshire company fined after worker loses fingers

27-03-2012

A Warwickshire components manufacturer has been fined after a man's hand was badly crushed in a power press.

The 23-year-old agency worker lost two fingers following the incident at Studley firm Ricor Ltd. on 21 July 2011.

Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court heard how the man was removing a complet…

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Contracting firm and director fined after worker receives electric shock

12-03-2012

Fras Contractors Limited and its managing director have been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker received an electric shock from a live junction box during poorly planned maintenance work in London. In addition, the juction box was accessed by placing a ladder on storage boxes beneath i…

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