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The root of manufacturing safety concerns

11-11-2014

YPhoto shows a worker welding and not using visorour manufacturing plant has all the right safety equipment and training procedures in place. Why do you keep having accidents? The answer is simple: you have humans involved. Human error can negate even the most stringent safety measures. However, there are steps you can take to reduce this vast ar…

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How to avoid a worker's compensation claim on your construction zone

28-04-2014

Photo shows a worker on a construction siteThe number of work related injuries, both in the UK and Australia, is quite high. In fact, 2012-2013 saw an estimated 646,000 work related accidents with 1/3 of those leading to three or more missed work days and another 1/3, seven or more missed days. While self-reported non-fatal injuries have fal…

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How to avoid injury at work

10-02-2014

Photo shows a woman with one arm in a slingNo matter what environment you work in, from construction to the office, there are accidents just waiting to trip us up! Many people think that accidents only happen in dangerous working environments, but in fact, they can happen anywhere. Some of the most common workplace accidents are slips, trips…

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Farm fined for young worker's death in tractor tragedy

24-06-2013

Kim Webb - young farm worker killed in tractor tragedy

A young Somerset farm worker was killed when the tractor she was driving overturned in a field.

Kim Webb, 26, from North Cadbury, was driving a tractor that had no seat belt, cab or roll over bar on a sloping field near North Cadbury when the incident happened on 26 June 2009.

On 18 June, Bristo…

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Recycling firm fined after worker crushed

21-05-2013

Photo shows the conveyor support beam Linas Mataitis was crushed against

A worker at one of the world’s largest metal recycling firms was killed because of a failing to properly segregate people and moving vehicles, a court has heard.

European Metal Recycling Limited, which operates across Europe, Asia and the Americas, was (on 20 May) ordered to pay more than £370,…

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Environment agency sentenced after worker drowning

18-12-2012

The Environment Agency (EA) has been ordered to pay more than £220,000 in fines and costs after a catalogue of errors caused one of its employees to drown while dredging an icy Cambridgeshire watercourse.

Simon Wenn, 43, from Main Road, Threeholes, Near Wisbech, died on 8 December 2010 while worki…

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Leading UK snack food manufacturer in court

25-09-2012

The block of compacted waste that injured a Walkers Snack Foods employeeWalkers Snack Foods Ltd. has been fined after a 400 kilogramme block of compacted snack waste fell on a worker, breaking his leg.

The employee was working as a forklift truck driver at the company's site in Newark Road, Lincoln, when the incident happened on 17 December 2010. He was trying to p…

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Shropshire firm fined for worker's fall from height

13-09-2012

A Shropshire firm, which hires out equipment for working safely at height, has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he fell from a cherry picker.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted UK Platforms Ltd. following the incident at the company's depot in Halesfield…

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Firm fined after worker breaks neck and back in roof fall

31-08-2012

A housing repair and maintenance company has been fined after a Nottingham worker suffered serious neck and back fractures falling 2.4 metres through a fragile roof.

The 49-year-old employee needed to wear a body and neck brace for three months after falling head first through an outhouse r…

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Construction company fined over multiple safety failings

17-08-2012

An Ammanford construction company has been fined after a routine inspection at one of its sites revealed a number of dangerous failings.

T Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd. was operating a site at St Michael's Church, Manselton, Swansea on 10 August 2011 when Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspec…

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Firm fined after worker hurt in fall

05-08-2012

A beef supplier has been fined after a worker fractured his spine and heel bone after falling during dangerous work at height at a Lincoln abattoir.

The maintenance engineer has been told he may never fully recover from the injuries he sustained in the incident at Dovecote Park Ltd., Skelli…

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Northumberland firm and two directors fined after death of worker

16-07-2012

A Northumberland firm and two of its directors have been sentenced for safety failings after a teenage worker died following a fall from a barn roof.

Jamie Lee Duddin, 18, of Corbridge, and another Scotts of Whittington Ltd. employee were carrying out repairs to the roof lights of the barn …

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Company boss fined after worker left paralysed

04-07-2012

A demolition boss has been prosecuted after a worker was left paralysed following a fall from the roof of a Sunderland pub.

The 67-year-old injured man from Sunderland was working for David Brian Riseborough, trading as The North Eastern Demolition Company, when the incident happened on 29 June 2…

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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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Veolia fined after agency worker sustained serious burns

30-04-2012

Waste management provider Veolia Environmental Services has been fined after an agency worker was seriously burned by hot ash at an incineration depot in Deptford.

The employee sustained 17 per cent burns to his body whilst cleaning ash from a filtration hopper at a Veolia plant on Landman …

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Man's fingertip sliced off at Stoke factory

08-02-2012

An air conditioning manufacturer has been fined after a man's fingertip was cut off by a circular saw at the company's factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Eaton Williams Group Ltd - which trades under the name of Colman Moducel - following the incident at its …

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Death at Hampstead site leads to prosecution

02-02-2012

A construction company and director have been fined following the death of a worker at a site in Hampstead.

Father-of-one, Craig Page, of Islington, was working on a building site in Denning Road, when a mini-crawler crane was in the process of lifting a skip onto the site.

The skip, containing li…

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Worker killed by falling steel beem

16-01-2012

J H Carruthers Ltd. (formerly Konecranes (UK) Ltd.) has been fined £180,000 after a worker was killed when a large steel beam fell on him at an incinerator in Slough, Berkshire.

Colin Dickson, 38, of Motherwell, Lanarkshire, died when the temporary suspension points on a suspended beam he was und…

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Employee loses three fingers at Heywood factory

28-11-2011

A Rochdale engineering firm has been prosecuted after a 21-year-old employee had three fingers cut off by an industrial saw at its factory.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the case against Adelaide Engineering Company Ltd. after the worker, from Bury, lost parts of three fingers…

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Car firm fined after fatal head injury to worker

29-04-2011

A worker suffered fatal head injuries when he was struck by a steel barrier while carrying out maintenance on a machine.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that Cannon Automotive Limited of Tottenham, London, did not supervise, manage, monitor, audit or review its arrangements…

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