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Firm and roofer fined total of £9,600 after workers spotted working unsafely at height

A West Midlands engineering firm and a Shropshire roofer have been fined a total of £9,600 after a member of the public spotted men working unsafely at height.

The concerned passer-by spotted two workers, both sons of roofer Alan Lane, standing on the pitched roof of Nathan Engineering (Wednesfield) Ltd, on the Neachells Lane Industrial Estate, without any safety measures to prevent or protect them from a fall. Read more

Personal injury: Firm fined £10,000 after worker loses arm

A Welsh company has been fined £10,000 for serious safety failings after a woodworker had his right arm severed while clearing sawdust from underneath a circular saw.

Brian Morris, 59, from Llanbadarn Fynnyd, was working at Stagecraft Display Ltd’s factory just outside Llandrindod Wells in Powys and was coming towards the end of his 11-hour shift when the incident happened on 23rd February 2012. Read more

Jaguar fined £40,000 after electrician dragged into machinery

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd has been fined £40,000 for safety breaches after an employee was crushed after being dragged into inadequately guarded machinery.

The 57-year-old maintenance electrician, from Northfield, Birmingham, punctured both lungs and broke ten ribs, his breastbone, two bones in his spine and two in his right hand.

He had blood clots on his heart and kidneys and was in an induced coma in intensive care for 12 days. Read more

Fuel firm fined £25,000 after tanker explosion causes horrific burns

A national oil and environmental services company has been fined £25,000 after two workers were badly burned in a tanker explosion.

One of the men suffered life-changing injuries that left him in a critical condition and means he is now unable to expose his skin to direct sunlight.

The 32-year-old from Eccles, who has asked not to be named, spent three and a half months in hospital and is unlikely ever to be able to return to work. Read more

Personal injury: Firm fined £10,000 after plasterer breaks back

A building firm has been fined £10,000 after a plasterer broke his back when he fell three metres during the construction of a six-bedroom house.

CB Homes Ltd, the main contractor for the development at Little Budworth in Cheshire, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the company failed to ensure adequate guard rails were in place on the first floor landing to prevent falls. Read more

House builder fined £10,000 for ignoring safety warnings

A house building firm has been fined £10,000 after it ignored repeated warnings about safety at a building site for a row of terraced houses in Manchester.

Waterloo Construction (Manchester) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it continued to stack bricks on scaffolding without measures in place to stop them falling and injuring people below.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told that an HSE inspector had identified the issue on a visit to the building site for ten new terraced houses on Elizabeth Street in Cheetham Hill on 14th November last year. Read more

Aerospace company fined £50,000 after workers struck down by nerve condition

compensation-calculator-03An international aerospace company has been fined £50,000 after 13 employees were found to be suffering varying degrees of a debilitating nerve condition.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Vector Aerospace International Limited, of Gosport, Hampshire, after investigating reports that workers were being diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

In total, 13 cases emerged of employees who had worked at the same site for between five and 45 years. Read more

Mental health services provider fined £10,000 after patient’s first floor fall

A mental health services provider has been fined £10,000 for safety failings after a resident service user with a history of trying to abscond fell from the first floor window of a secure unit in Harlow.

The 18-year-old, who does not wish to be named, suffered two fractures to her back and a dislocated right knee after falling a distance of three-and-a-half metres from her dormitory bedroom window at the Derwent Centre on Hamstel Road on 27th July 2013. Read more