A south-eastern construction company has been fined £833,333, plus costs of £5,478 after a worker suffered three fractured vertebrae when he was hit on the head by a large expanded polystyrene block when it slipped from an excavator bucket. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the lifting operation had not used appropriate lifting accessories to transport the load and had simply trapped the load with the bucket against the dipping arm of the excavator.
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.