prosecutions

4th March 2021

Chemical firm fined £560,000

A Scottish chemical manufacturing company was fined £560,000 after employee was scalded, in March 2016, with boiling water. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a relatively safe cleaning process of washing down with cold water had evolved and changed over time. The process had developed into the practice of overnight boiling of water, while simultaneously pressurising the reaction vessel as part of a cleaning cycle. The incremental changes to the cleaning process were not subject to a review of the company’s risk assessment and the danger of pressurising a vessel was not recognised, consequently no control measures were put in place to remove this danger.

4th February 2021

Sawmill fined £200,000

A Herefordshire sawmill company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £ 22,016 after worker was fatally injured, whilst removing wood debris, when a lift conveyor collapsed on top of him. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to assess the risks associated with the cleaning operation or to provide a suitable system of work for removing debris from beneath the raised lift conveyor.

18th January 2021

Food manufacturer fined £k660.

A West Yorkshire food manufacturer was fined £640,000 for a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and ordered to pay £26,234 costs. The injured party, who suffered a double compound fracture to his arm, placed his right hand close to a gap in the machine housing. An emery cloth held in his right hand was dragged into the machine taking his arm with it.  The employee was unable to reach any of the emergency stop buttons located around the machine from the position in which he was trapped and had to be released from the machine by paramedics.