A waste management company has been fined £350,000, ordered to pay £240,000 costs and given a £9,912 confiscation order having been found guilty on two counts of breaching waste transportation laws in 2015. Waste being shipped to China, described as paper fit for recycling, was found to contain household rubbish. The company is to appeal.
A Cumbrian specialty chemical producer has been fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £5,155 costs following an incident where a ladder being used for the inspection of a steam leak at height failed and the employee standing on it fell to the ground. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to ensure that work at height was properly planned and managed. The company also failed to ensure that equipment provided for use at height was inspected at regular intervals and was fit for use
A Merseyside port operating company has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,593 after a worker was struck by a load falling from two fork lift truck (FLT). An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no suitable risk assessment relating to the hazards arising from loading bundles of rebar onto reversing flatbed trailers had been carried out. The tandem FLT lifting operation carried out was also not properly planned, supervised or carried out in a safe manner.