A South Yorkshire food processing company has fined £1.4 million with £38,000 in costs after a worker was crushed and sustained multiple injuries while unblocking a machine on the poultry slaughter line. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to identify deficiencies in the guarding on the machine, and the clearing of blockages was usually carried out while the machine was still in operation.
A North Yorkshire food manufacturing company has been fined £1,866,000 and ordered to pay £8,019 in costs after two workers suffered serious injuries when they fell over four metres through a rooflight. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the roof was made of asbestos cement and had several rooflights situated along it but they were not visible due to the build-up of moss and dirt which had accumulated over the years. Employees had also not been made aware of them.
A civil engineering contractor has been fined £600,000 after an employee of a sub-contractor was fatally injured when he was struck on the body by a wheeled excavator. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that refuelling of plant and equipment was identified as a high risk activity by the principal contractor, who had created a task briefing document detailing a safe system of work and had risk assessed the said activity. However, it is evident that although these procedures existed in documentary format the safe system of work and its control measures had not been fully implemented at the construction site.