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Marine demolition firm fined £42,000 after worker loses legs

A marine demolition company has been fined £42,000 after an incident that resulted in a worker subsequently having his legs amputated.

Lee Pownall was trapped by his legs when a section of an old metal barge that he was assisting to dismantle in a dry dock beside the River Thames, in Erith, Kent, fell onto him.

He has since had both legs amputated above the knee. Read more

Tree specialists fined £3,000 after worker’s back broken by dumper truck

An Essex-based tree specialist company has been fined £3,000 after a skip loading dumper truck overturned and broke an employee’s back.

Basildon Magistrates’ Court was told the 19-year-old man had been working at the rear of a house in Benfleet, Essex on 26 September 2014 when the incident occurred.

The 19-year-old employee had only been given a few minutes training on the use of the dumper truck. Read more

Manufacturer fined £18,000 after apprentice suffers severe hand injuries

A timber mouldings manufacturer in Rochdale has been fined £18,000 after a young apprentice lost two fingers of his right hand while working on machinery.

The 16-year-old apprentice, from Dresser Mouldings (Rochdale) Limited, was working alongside an experienced colleague on a moulding machine when the incident happened on 23rd July last year.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told on 29th May that the teenager had been working on the machine at the company’s Station Yard Sawmill, when a piece of wood jammed and would not feed through properly. Read more

Construction firm fined £5,000 after falling roof sheets narrowly miss karting party

A construction company has been fined £5,000 after metal sheets crashed through a karting track roof narrowly missing members of the public.

The incident happened at The Raceway on the Park Lane Trading Estate, Oldbury, on 16th April last year, where Barnsley-based KSMT Ltd had been employed to overclad the roof.

Sandwell Magistrates’ Court was told that a sub-contractor had lifted new metal roof sheets, which weighed three quarters of a tonne, on to the roof using the forks of a telehandler. Read more

Eight-year-old girl awarded more than £13m in damages after hospital blunders

An eight-year-old girl has been awarded more than £13m in damages after being left disabled by medical blunders at a Lancashire hospital.

The girl, referred to only as “HS” in court, was born in 2006 at Royal Preston Hospital suffering from a streptococcal infection.

The court was told that medics negligently failed to diagnose or treat her until it was too late, leading to meningitis, the BBC reports. Read more

Roofing company fined £7,000 after employee’s five-metre fall

A Lewisham roofing company has been fined £7,000 for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured in a five metre fall from a property in Bromley.

Daniel Dennis, 22, from Lewisham, fractured his pelvis, back and broke his arm, in the incident at Dorset Road on 30th January 2013.

His employer Element Roofing Co. Ltd was prosecuted on 28th April after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that more should have been done to prevent the fall. Read more

Personal Injury: Teenager’s horrific arm injuries lead to court for Nottinghamshire firm

A Nottinghamshire company has been fined £40,000 after a 19-year-old employee severed most of his forearm in an unguarded machine.

Mark Marshall, of Retford, was working on an assembly line at Kybotech Ltd’s site in Ollerton Road, Tuxford, when the incident happened on 11th July 2013.

His hand and much of his forearm was severed and it was later reduced further during surgery. Read more

Personal Injury: Company fined £20,000 after worker severs two fingers

A leading international aluminium fabricator has been fined £20,000 after a worker severed two fingers when his left hand was trapped in the loading clamps of an aluminium metal extrusion machine.

The 41-year-old from Tibshelf, Derbyshire, who does not want to be named, lost the end of his little finger and his ring finger to his second joint, as well as suffering burns, following the incident at Sapa Profiles UK on 18th March 2014. Read more

Personal Injury: Firm and director fined £15,000 each after excavation collapse

The director of a building firm, who was partially buried when the high sides of an excavation he was working on collapsed on him, has been fined £15,000.

Paul Connolly, director of Bushey-based PNT Contractors Ltd, had to be rescued by workers digging him out by hand after the excavation collapse at a site in Essex in July 2014. He was taken to hospital and suffered a broken leg and ankle. Read more