prosecutions

1st October 2018

Waste company fined £100,000

A Bedfordshire waste company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603 after two of its employees suffered burns whilst using an industrial plastic shredder to process flammable aerosol containers. While using a gas operated forklift to lift the canisters into a shredder, a spark from the forklift ignited a cloud of gas created by the shredded aerosols, leading to an explosion. While both workers were injured, one suffered serious third degree burns which left him in an induced coma for 10 days, on a life support machine. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work was not suitably planned, not supervised by a competent person nor was it carried out in a safe manner.

25th September 2018

Charity fined £30,000

A Cambridgeshire charity has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,654 after a member of the public lost her leg when she became trapped under a lorry carrying a fairground ride.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the charity failed to organise safe workplace transport whilst setting up for the event, which meant that appropriate controls such as such as temporary barriers were not put in place to segregate vehicles and pedestrians

12th September 2018

Sheffield steel company has been fined £450,000

A Sheffield steel company has been fined £450,000 with £32,099 costs following an incident when a  worker fell into an open pit, injuring his kidney and ribs.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a risk assessment had been completed by Tata Steel UK Limited in October 2012, sixteen months before the incident, which had identified the need to provide a barrier round the pit when the floor plates had been removed to empty the skip. A barrier was not provided round the pit until after the incident occurred.