Health and safety horror stories

MESH Consultants specialise in helping companies to have healthy and safe businesses but unfortunately there are companies who have horror stories when health and safety issues haven’t been fully taken into consideration.

Here we show you a selection of the immense numbers of horror stories that exist so that you can see the mistakes other companies have made and so ensure that the same doesn’t happen to you.

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  1. Food manufacturer fined after cleaner's fingers severed at Telford factory.

    A food manufacturer has been fined after a cleaner lost two fingers in a potato processing machine at its Telford site.

    The 38-year-old man was reaching inside an outlet pipe to remove a piece of raw potato at Swancote Foods' Horton Wood premises when he touched a rotating screw, which severed the first two fingers on his left hand.

    The employee has returned to work at the factory, but to a different job and suffers restricted movement and reduced grip in his hand, which means that everyday tasks are difficult for him.
    A HSE investigation into the incident found the guard on the machine had not been maintained properly.

    Swancote Foods pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £5,614 costs.

    Commenting the HSE inspector identified this very serious incident was entirely preventable. Companies must ensure that they have robust procedures in place to provide and maintain suitable, effective guarding.

    Clearly this case shows that it is not enough just to have a guard in place but companies must also keep the guard in effective working order and train staff in the risks of by passing any guarding system.

    Failure to implement effective controls over this work has left a man with life changing injuries and the company with a significant fine and damaged reputation. We would urge all businesses to look at machinery and equipment in use and ensure a suitable risk assessment has been completed (and check compliance with the PUWER requirements).
    If you are unsure then why not take the time to check using either the HSE website or a suitably qualified and experienced health & safety professional?
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  2. RWE npower and contractor AMEC Group Ltd must pay a total of £510,000 after fatal fall

    The energy giant, RWE npower and contractor AMEC Group Ltd must pay a total of £510,000 after a maintenance worker fell to his death at a South Wales power station. The firms were sentenced over the incident that an saw agency worker fall around 12 metres through an unprotected opening in a platform at Aberthaw Power Station in the Vale of Glamorgan.
    Cardiff Crown Court heard that work was being carried out to insert equipment into a large deep pit in the water cooling system to hold back the seawater when the tide rose. Sections of the floor gratings at the top of the pit had been removed to allow the work to proceed.
    The man was working with eight other workers who had been called in to carry out urgent modification work on the equipment in order to ensure an effective seal of the pit.
    As the natural light faded, electric lights were turned to face those doing the grinding work which left the top of the pit in near darkness. The man fell through the opening in the walkway to the floor below. He died of multiple injuries to his chest and pelvis.
    An investigation by the HSE showed that a large opening in the walkway was left unprotected after the floor gratings had been removed, and inadequate precautions had been taken to protect people working near it.
    The investigation also identified that there was confusion and misunderstanding between RWE npower and principal contractor AMEC Group Ltd as to who was responsible for controlling the work at the time of his death.
    RWE npower Plc, of Swindon, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Today at Cardiff Crown Court, they were fined £250,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 costs.
     
    The principal contractors, AMEC Group Ltd, of Knutsford, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 11(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. They were fined £200,000 with costs of £30,000.
    The HSE Inspector prosecuting the case commented that this tragic case highlights the consequences of failing to do something as simple as adding protection to an opening in a walkway. This awful incident could so easily have been prevented had the correct safety measures been taken.
    It is vitally important that all tasks involving such risks are properly planned and that suitable controls are put into place. Clearly where two parties are involved it is critical that suitable risk assessment is undertaken and that all parties understand who is responsible for controlling the risks.

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  3. Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd fined after failure to manage work at height properly.

    This followed after one of their employees, fell more than three metres during the construction of concrete stairs inside one of the main apartment blocks on a major project in Liverpool.  He sustained multiple serious head and other injuries and narrowly escaped falling three floors to the base of the building.  Two other workers also escaped injury while working in the same unprotected area.

    Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs at Liverpool Crown Court. The company pleaded guilty to a charge brought under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 Section 2(1) in that they failed to ensure the health and safety of their employees during the construction work. The accident occurred because the company failed to make adequate risk assessments and plan a safe system of work.

    The HSE have commented that this prosecution should act as a warning to all those involved in the management of construction work.  It was down to chance alone that this incident did not result in a fatality.  The risk would have been avoided had the planning and management of the work being carried out not been so deficient.
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  4. Failure to conduct suitable risk assessments and adopt safe working practices when moving heavy industrial oven, resulted in a serious injury to worker.

    On 18 January 2008, a 22-year-old employee of Caltherm (UK) Ltd, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, was helping to move an industrial steam-heated DMT liquid oven weighing 800kg (over three-quarters of a ton).

    As the oven was being moved, it fell from the two pallet trucks that were being used for the move, and the employee sustained three breakages to his left foot and five dislocated toes. His injuries were sufficiently serious to cause some long-term discomfort and adversely affect his work capabilities.

    The HSE investigation found that insufficient safeguards existed for the protection of employees because no risk assessment had been conducted for the movement of ovens in the premises.

    Lack of information, instruction, training and planning for the movement of such heavy equipment, coupled with an unsuitable means of transport, all contributed to an unsafe system of work which led to the accident.

    Caltherm (UK) Ltd was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £3,377 by Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates\' Court after pleading guilty to breaching s.2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.
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  5. Death at Maidstone construction site sees two companies fined.

    The fines came after a worker fell 23 metres to his death at a new facility for converting waste to energy. The court heard that in 2005 the worker had been fitting floor gratings around 3 boilers when the incident occurred.

    It was found that many of the floor gratings were not correctly secured, whilst others had been displaced by pipe fitting. One of the displaced gratings gave way, causing the fall.

    The principle contractor Lentjes UK Ltd pleaded guilty and was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000. Rafako S.A. who were sub-contracted to install the boilers pleaded guilty to work at height charges and were fined £85,000 and ordered to pay costs of £35,000.

    The court heard that on the day of the accident a health and safety manager from another sub-contractor had visited the facility earlier that morning and had expressed concerns about the gratings not being secured properly and other health and safety issues. He was in the process of taking these issues up with Rafako`s management when the accident occurred.
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  6. Halifax Company prosecuted after an employee fell from the raised forks of a forklift truck.

    The incident occurred on 14 January 2008 when an employee was transferring waste from a metal cage into a skip whilst standing on the raised forks alongside the cage. He fell over two metres to the ground and the cage landed on top of him, causing fractures to both of his shoulders.

    The HSE’s investigation found that the company had allowed a practice to develop of employees standing on the raised forks of the forklift truck to transfer materials into skips, and had failed to consider the potential problems by carrying out a risk assessment.

    Lynwood Products Ltd of Halifax was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £2,089.50 at Halifax Magistrates Court on 30 October 2008.

    The HSE inspector identified that this incident caused serious injuries and could have been much worse. Moreover, it need never have happened if some basic thought and planning had taken place.
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  7. Mitie Engineering fined following death of electrical contractor

    A qualified electrician was fatally electrocuted when he came into contact with a live conductor in a cable on which he was working. He was installing cables, fixtures and fittings when the accident happened. The cable he was working on had not been safely and securely isolated from the electricity supply — despite being labelled “not in use”.

    Mitie Engineering Services (Edinburgh) Ltd was fined £300,000 after being found guilty of charges under s.2 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

    The principle HSE inspector on the case identified that the death could have been prevented had Mitie ensured that safe working practices were being carried out in accordance with the company’s own written procedures.

    According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures, about 2000 incidents involving electrical injury occur in the workplace every year, with about 20 of these resulting in a fatality. The HSE has reported “widespread violation of safe working practices” across the electrical contracting industry.
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  8. GlaxoSmithKline fined £50,000 after explosion at a chemical plant

    In the explosion at the plant in Aryshire two workers suffered serious burns and needed considerable time off of work; whilst other workers needed to be treated for shock.

    The accident occurred during testing of modifications to a drug production process. A runaway reaction occurred after two substances – Ammonium Persulphate (an extremely powerful oxidising agent) and Toluene (a solvent) were mixed. A release of the solution ensued from the explosion; as well as a fire. Sections of the cladding on the building and doors were blown off and a scaffold on the south side of the building was badly damaged.

    The HSE investigation pointed out that had the safety data sheets been reviewed then the risk of an explosion if the two substances were mixed should have been identified.

     It was fortunate that the accident did not happen a couple of hours later than the 6.50am, as there could have been fatalities if other staff had been on the scaffold.

    The company pleaded guilty of not conducting a suitable assessment of the risk.
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  9. The family of a Gloucestershire man who was tragically killed at work has been awarded £335,000 compensation at the High Court in London.

    The claim was brought against the man’s employer by his widow and his two children, with support from the trade union, UNITE.

    JR Crompton was successfully prosecuted by the HSE after the engineer was crushed by a hydraulic lowering device while working inside the enclosure of a paper slitter-rewinder machine when a workmate pressed the wrong button.

    In a statement, Thompsons Solicitors said an allegation that this man had in some way contributed to the accident by his own “negligence" was dismissed by Mr Justice Griffiths-Williams who heard the case at the High Court. The family has, understandably, suffered deeply as a result of their loss, a suffering made worse by the company’s allegations that he contributed to his own death and which ultimately led to the case proceeding to a trial.

    He found that he would not have appreciated that his workmate was about to start the machine while he was inside the enclosure and concluded that the accident was the consequence of a misunderstanding and a very tragic mistake on the part of the deceased\'s workmate. The death was a tragic accident which could have been avoided.
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  10. Prosecution at Essex Laundry Company after failure to properly manage health and safety risks in the workplace.

    An employee climbed into a conveyor feeding into the washing system to dislodge a blocked item of laundry. As he dislodged it, the conveyor activated, trapping the employee\'s neck and hands. He sustained serious injuries, including external bruising and burns, and internal burns to his throat.

    The HSE's investigation found that blockages in the washing system occurred several times a day, yet there was no formal procedure for unblocking the machine, nor any training designed for such incidents. Workers were regularly climbing into the conveyors, placing them at significant risk of injury. The system for stopping the conveyors in an emergency, which the employee in this incident activated, was also faulty.

    Eastern Counties Laundries Ltd was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £15,000 in court costs, at Colchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to breaching s.2 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

    The HSE inspector commenting identified that this serious incident could, and should have, been prevented by the company ensuring that proper risk assessments and training for using this type of machinery were carried out.
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  11. Ladder fall at Lakeside Container Services Ltd resulted in a broken neck.

    Lakeside Container Services Ltd, of London Road, Grays, Essex was fined £13,400 with £3,380 costs, at Chelmsford Magistrates Court. The company pleaded guilty to breaching section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and regulation 6(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

    HSE prosecuted the company over an incident on 21 September 2007.  An employee from Grays fell 7.5m off a ladder when it slipped while balanced on shipping containers, breaking his neck in two places, his skull and his leg in two places.  As a result of the incident the worker needed six months off work and had to change his role at the company on his return. 

    The employee had used a ladder to climb the shipping containers after two containers were lifted at once, and the top container needed to be secured as it moved during the lift.  An investigation by the HSE revealed that the process of moving two containers at once was unsafe and there was a lack of planning and risk assessment for securing the containers once they had moved in transit.
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  12. Accident involving a moving vehicle causes worker to lose a leg at NYK Logistics (UK) Limited.

    The HSE has warned employers they must have systems in place for ensuring pedestrians and vehicles can move safely in the workplace, after a woman lost her leg when she was hit by a reversing forklift while working for a Derby company.

    Northampton-based international distributors NYK Logistics (UK) Limited, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £5,941 costs at Derby Crown Court today after pleading guilty to contravening regulations 4(1) and 17 (1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

    On 24 March 2006, at NYK's premises on Burton Road in Findern, Derby, the 32-year-old administrative worker was carrying paperwork across a warehouse when she was struck by a 2.5 tonne forklift truck reversing out of a loading bay. The injuries sustained were so severe that she had to have her left leg amputated below the knee.

    Although the company had identified that pedestrians were at risk from moving vehicles and taken some steps to try to minimise this risk; it had become commonplace for pedestrians to walk through areas where forklift trucks manoeuvred and reversed. This accident could have been avoided if NYK had taken a few simple measures such as ensuring that her duties didn\'t involve her having to walk across a vehicle loading area or putting barriers in place to prevent pedestrian access.

    Workplace transport is one of the biggest causes of fatal and major injuries at work.
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  13. Failure to properly isolate machinery before cleaning results in the deaths of two workers at Galloway and MacLeod Ltd.

    The two employees of Galloway and MacLeod Ltd, Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, were killed when they were cleaning inside an animal feed mixer which started up unexpectedly and without warning. The two men were cleaning the inside of the feed mixer when the mixing paddles inside it started to rotate, resulting in their fatal injuries. Although the men had switched the machine off and pressed the emergency stop button prior to entering it, a wiring error in the machine\'s control system allowed it to start up under the control of a computer system. Both workers were found fatally injured inside the mixer.

    Galloway and MacLeod Ltd were fined £18,750 after pleading guilty to a charge under Regulation 16 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. In addition, Barr Electrical Contractors Ltd were fined £45,000 after pleading guilty to a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Both fines were reduced by 25 per cent following guilty pleas being tendered.

    The HSE inspector investigation identified that the incident could have been easily prevented if the power supply to the machine they were working on had been properly isolated. The HSE found that the power supply to the mixer was not properly isolated and that a wiring error inside the mixer control system meant the switches the men had used to turn the machine off were bypassed, allowing the machine to start up under computer control.

    The process of isolation means establishing a break in the power supply, normally by using a lockable switch, and then securing the switch in the \'off\' position using a padlock to prevent it being switched back on until the work is finished. This tragic case has highlighted the critical importance of employers meticulously adhering to their legal requirements in terms of health and safety legislation. If the electrical power supply to the machine had been isolated, it would not have been possible for it to have started while the men were working inside it, even with the wiring error in the control system.
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  14. Saint Gobain Building Distribution fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £51,000 following fatality.

    The timber pole manufacturer owned by French construction materials company were found guilty of failing to recognise the risks of HGV drivers falling during the loading and unloading process and therefore failed to ensure their safety.

    In 2005 the business had decided to expand its business to included supplying metal telegraph poles but had not conducted any risk assessments. The lorry driver had been on the back of his vehicle as he was concerned with the height of the load and about clearance under bridges. When he cut the bands around one of the packs of poles the load shifted causing him to fall 4.5 metres to the ground causing fatal head injuries.

    The HSE investigation had found that workers were left to their own devices to work out a method to load the poles and that the height of the load exceeded the height of the pins fitted to the trailer to hold the load in place.
    In defence the company had said that it had set down an absolute prohibition on working at height in its health and safety manual and no one should doing so. It did not think the incident was foreseeable.

    The HSE commented that just telling someone not to do something is the lowest form of control and not effective.
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  15. Procter and Gamble Product Supply failure to maintain lift results in 3 workers injured.

    The HSE has warned of the importance of proper maintenance regimes in ensuring worker safety following a case in which three maintenance workers were injured when the brakes on a warehouse lift failed and they fell 25m. The incident happened on 6 July 2006, when the three maintenance workers entered a lift, which then descended in an uncontrolled way. One of the workers broke a leg, a second suffered ankle injuries and the third compression injuries.

    In the case, brought by the HSE, Procter and Gamble Product Supply (UK) Ltd, of Trafford Park Road, Manchester pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law at Trafford Magistrates\' Court and was fined a total of £40,000, as well as being ordered to pay full costs of £2738.

    The company was fined £20,000 under both ss.2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 in failing to ensure the safety, respectively, of employees, and non-employees, by not adequately maintaining the lift brakes.

    Following the case, HSE Inspector Richard Clarke said, "Failure by the company to ensure that this lift was properly maintained resulted in these three workers suffering injury. Their injuries could have been far worse. This incident should serve as a lesson to all companies to ensure that they have proper maintenance regimes to avoid similar incidents in the future. This was a wholly avoidable accident had a proper maintenance regime been in place."
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  16. Welder losses an eye from grinding wheel accident at fabricating company Weldex.

    The welder lost his eye after being hit by a grinding disc at the metal components fabricating company, Weldex. The court heard that although the welder was wearing a face guard that this was no protection against the bullet force of the flying disc.

    The worker had been repairing a weld by grinding out imperfections before re-welding it. In doing so he was using a grinder that should have had a maximum sized cutting disc of one inch; but no discs of the correct size had been available. Instead the company gave him a home made adaptor that enabled him to use a four and a half inch disc with the grinder. The grinder was also operated way above its safe speed, making it more likely to rupture.

    The investigation by the HSE identified that as soon as the work was started the disc shattered and flew up into his helmet, penetrating the visor and entered his left eye, leaving him blind in the eye. The company was fined a total of £10,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,832.
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  17. City of Bristol College lecturer burnt in acid explosion due to COSHH failures.

    A college welding tutor received serious burns and cuts to his face, arms and legs when a bottle of concentrated Nitric Acid exploded on his desk, covering him with acid and glass.

    The court heard how the lecturer had been mixing the acid with 96% Ethanol regularly over a period of 3 years in order to make Nital Acid etching solution; used to test the durability of welds made by the students.

    The college did not have safety data sheets for the chemicals, nor had the staff received any training on mixing the chemicals; which should have been undertaken in a fume cupboard or with some extraction system in place. It was said that senior management had not realised that the chemicals were ordered and mixed in this way.

    The court found the City of Bristol College guilty of failing to ensure the safe use of hazardous substances, or providing adequate training and supervision. It was fined £14,000 and ordered to pay costs of £18,000. The College has since appointed a new health and safety manager, conducted risk assessment training for all staff and changed its procedures for ordering chemicals.
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  18. Pedestrians must be protected against exposure to moving vehicles in the workplace, as failure to provide adequate protection can often result in fatal consequences. This is illustrated in the case of British Sugar plc and VM Plant Ltd who were fined £650,000 following the death of a woman at a British Sugar plc factory. A dispatch clerk was killed on 5 February 2003 when she was run-over by a shovelling vehicle at British Sugar\'s factory in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. British Sugar admitted that they failed to ensure the safety of their workers. Cambridge-based contractor VM Plant Ltd, which owned and operated the shovelling vehicle involved in the accident was also found guilty and fined £250,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of employees and people not in its employment. The court heard that VM Plant failed to carry out a sufficient risk assessment covering the operation of shovel vehicles at the site. VM Plant also failed to provide drivers of shovel vehicles with adequate training to ensure they operated the vehicles safely. The firm was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £13,739.
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  19. Sofedit UK admitted to breaching health and safety legislation which led to the death of an employee, who was crushed after four steel bins were accidentally knocked over onto him. The Crown Court judge criticised the company for not adequately protecting its 350 employees, and stated that if the company had installed a barrier, costing just £3,815, the incident would never have happened. The company was fined £70,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of its employees and £35,000 for failing to regulate the management of health and safety at work.
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  20. A company has been fined £10,000 after an employee was electrocuted whilst servicing a CCTV camera. Optyma Security Systems pleaded guilty to breaching s.2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for the accident in which an employee suffered a fractured skull after falling from a ladder when he received an electric shock. The HSE inspector commented: "This case highlights the importance of choosing the right method of access for work that has to be done at height. Every year about 80 people are killed and more than 5,500 seriously injured as a result of falling from a height. Ladders are not always suitable. In particular, when workers need to use both hands to do the job, mobile elevating work platforms are the best choice."
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  21. Heavy files of papers were stacked on top of a 6ft tall cabinet in the Swansea office of electricity and gas company Swalec. This hazard had previously been recorded during an inspection but no action had been taken to make it safe as this would have involved paying someone overtime. Mrs Richard was near the cabinet when the files toppled over and she was struck on the neck. She needed two titanium plates in her neck and remained in intensive care for 3 days - the company tried to dissuade her from recording the accident in the accident book. This happened in 1995 and five years later, in December 2000, Ms Richards was awarded £150,000 in an out-of-court settlement (unreported, December 2000).
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  22. A student who lost part of his fingers after a school activity went wrong has agreed damages of £300,000 in an out-of-court settlement. He launched action against Western Isles Council on the grounds it had failed to exercise proper care after he suffered burns to his hands during a class project, which he claims created a material risk he would suffer burns. As part of his craft and design work he was told to make a plaster cast of his arm. This involved him placing his arm in a bag of plaster of Paris powder and water which was secured in a wooden box. When he put his arm in, his hand became hot and then painful but he could not remove it because the plaster had solidified. It took ten minutes to remove the plaster, by which time his fingers were black, swollen and bleeding. He required skin grafts and part of his fingers amputating. It was discovered after the incident that the plaster used had a storage life of months yet the council had kept it for more than six years. Western Isles Council insisted that the labelling did not have adequate warnings.
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  23. An east London company failed to protect the edge of a ten-foot high mezzanine floor at its factory, leading to an employee sustaining injuries from which he may never fully recover. Although there was a gate in place to protect the edge it could not be closed as a pallet of goods obstructed it. The employee fell, suffering severe injuries that necessitated a 15-week stay in hospital. The company were ordered to pay £17,000.  It was commented, “managers need to be aware of any dangerous practices that may develop at their workplaces and how to prevent them”.
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  24. A garage manager was jailed for 9 months after an apprentice mechanic was engulfed in flames at the garage he was working at. The teenager died four days later from horrific burns. The garage owner was fined £25,000. The HSE inspector commented, “minimal attempts had been made to overcome the hazards associated with fuel handling”. The main defence used was that, when it came to health and safety, they relied on common sense.
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  25. A 25-foot fall from a mobile elevated work platform led to an untrained worker breaking his back. A facilities company and sub-contractor were both found guilty and ordered to pay a total of £125,000. Although a risk assessment and method statement had identified that only trained operatives should use the equipment, the employees sent to carry out the task had not received proper training.
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  26. A lack of protective clothing and bad practices led to a broken bottle containing corrosive chemicals severely burning an employee of a chemical manufacturer. The employee was working alone with the chemical when a bottle broke releasing thick fumes on contact with the air. The employee lost consciousness briefly, slipped and sat down into the spill, causing severe burns requiring skin grafts. The company pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay £11,750. The HSE inspector handling the case commented, “its imperative that when working with hazardous chemicals that adequate risk assessments are carried out and suitable control measures are put in place”.
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  27. An incident involving badly stacked timber pallets that left a worker badly injured and unable to work has cost Conway Packaging Services Ltd £12,000. The two central issues were unsafe systems of work and manual handling practices. A risk assessment carried out after the incident virtually eliminated the unsafe system of working. On the manual handling issue, 80kg loads were routinely handled by two people, this could have been overcome using the overhead travelling crane on the premises. The HSE inspector concluded, “what they were doing was high-risk and the solution was easy when properly risk assessed”.
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  28. BHS was ordered to pay £36,000 after one of its employees fractured her skull when she slipped in the dishwasher area of the stores kitchen. The prosecution gave evidence that four similar accidents had occurred in the same kitchen during the previous year. The company had done little to correct an obvious slip hazard. The HSE investigation concluded that the risk of slipping under even relatively low levels of wet contamination were unacceptably high. The employee’s injuries were so severe that she spent 11 days in hospital and has been unable to work since the incident and may never work again.
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  29. A pub chain that failed to report an accident was fined £25,000 by Reading magistrate’s court. A customer suffered injuries when he fell through an unsupervised trap-door into the pub cellar, sustaining lacerations and bruising. The pub did not report the incident until the customer contacted the council. When the Environmental Health Officer visited she found the trap-door open for a delivery without any precautions in place to prevent further serious accidents.
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  30. A 12-year old boy received third degree burns in a school experiment leading to a Norwich school being ordered to pay £30,000. During an experiment the boy’s shirt caught fire, the class teacher tried to beat the flames out, then removed the boy’s shirt before using a fire extinguisher instead of a fire blanket. The boy’s injuries required skin grafts and he has been left badly scarred. The school was fined for having inadequate fire risk assessment and for having inadequate refresher training in the use of fire precautions.
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  31. Smurfit News Press Ltd was fined a record 1 million euros following two almost identical accidents in two weeks. The first accident occurred during a paper break on a print machine, when a workers right leg became trapped between two free flowing rollers which were still spinning. The accident resulted in the employee having to have his right leg amputated below the knee. There were no safety guards in place and no written risk assessment. Two weeks later on another press, another break occurred. A worker was clearing paper from the two free flowing rollers, which were still spinning, when his left hand became trapped between the rollers, resulting in the skin being pulled off his hand. Again the machine he was working on had no safety guards and no written risk assessments. The judge criticized the company for placing the pursuit of profit over the safety of its workers.
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  • QTS Analytical
  • R&R Ice Cream
  • Ravensbourne College
  • Saga
  • Service GFX
  • Sign 2000
  • SIMS Claims Services
  • SIRS Navigation
  • South African Airways
  • Sterling
  • Stevens & Carlotti
  • Stirling Lloyd
  • Sulzer
  • Tecan
  • Techniglass
  • Thales
  • The Discovery Channel
  • The Football Pools
  • The Royal British Legion
  • The Welsh Assembly
  • UCM Magnesia
  • Unipart Eberspachers
  • ValeFresh
  • Vantia
  • Victoria Foods
  • Voith Turbo
  • Walkers
  • Warburtons
  • Wonga
  • Woollens
  • xstrata
  • Youngman

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