Care Home Guilty of Fire Safety Offences

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The owner of a care home has been sentenced after admitting fire safety failures following a devastating fire. The cause of the fire was found to be from an electrical fault, which quickly spread to the roof. At the time, 35 elderly residents were in the home; 30 were not independently mobile and five were […]

Worker Changing Flat Tyre Crushed to Death

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A family run business has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after a worker changing a flat tyre was fatally crushed. The sub-contractor was under a static caravan when the four-tonne home collapsed on top of him. Inadequate Safety Procedures In what was described as an ‘accident waiting to happen’, the court heard the […]

Hillsborough safety officer fined over dangerous turnstile arrangements

30 years following the Hillsborough disaster, Graham Mackrell, the then-secretary of Sheffield Wednesday football club, has been fined £6,500 for safety breaches. On 3 April 2019, Mackrell was found guilty of failing in his official duties as the stadium’s safety officer. The court found that he neglected to ensure there were adequate turnstiles for the […]

Top 5 Health and Safety Fines – March 2019

No company wants to face a health and safety fine. As we’ve shown, bigger companies are facing bigger fines since the introduction of tougher sentencing guidelines. This trend continues. March 2019 saw the following five high health and safety fines for breaking health and safety law: Freight firm fined £2.7m after boy electrocuted A rail freight operator was fined […]

Survey Shows Over 100 Retail Workers Attacked Every Day

An annual survey of retail crime has shown on average 115 retail employees were attacked at work every day last year. The latest British Retail Consortium (BRC) Retail Crime Survey covers the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. The retailers surveyed collectively control 11,000 stores and £103 billion of turnover – equivalent to just under […]

H&S NEWS | Scaffolding Company Fined

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A company has been fined after a 12-year-old slipped and fell off a scaffolding structure the business had erected. The scaffold could be accessed from the ground by ladder. A ladder guard was the only measure preventing unauthorised access. However, it was plainly lacking as it only partly covered the ladder’s rungs. The court heard […]

H&S NEWS | Topshop Fined £450k after Barrier Fall

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A retail chain has been fined after a girl suffered a fractured skull when shop furniture hit her head. The ten-year-old had been on a shopping trip with her mother. As the mother returned a display item, she heard a scream and turned to see her daughter lying on the floor with a queue barrier […]

Pub Firm Fined £100,000 after Employee Injury

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A pub chain has been prosecuted for health and safety breaches after an employee suffered a hand injury. The court heard the employee was preparing to unload a drinks delivery when an open but unsecured internal cellar hatch door fell back onto his hand. An accident report filed after the incident at the Slug and Lettuce […]

H&S NEWS | Manufacturer Fined

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A metal manufacturer has been fined after a worker was injured unblocking jammed machinery. The employee was operating an electromagnet to sort scrap casting from a vibro-charger machine. The magnet itself became stuck to the vibro-charger. In trying to free the machines, the vibro-charger was lifted off its running rails – it swung and struck […]

H&S NEWS | Engineering Company Fined after Apprentice Injury

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An engineering company has been fined after an apprentice was injured by a lathe. Health & Safety Executive investigators found the company had failed to carry out correct control measures and implement a safe system of work. Exposed Moving Parts The court heard “safeguarding” interlocks in a CNC lathe were overridden to allow operation while doors […]