A Kent-based waste and recycling company has been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £38,374 after an employee died when wasted material collapsed on top of him. The judge indicated that if the company had not been in administration the fine would have been between £600,000 and £1.3 million.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, which occurred on 9 August 2014, found that the company failed to undertake and prepare risk assessments or safe systems of work for the creation and management of the stockpiles or provide adequate training.
The Principal Contractor, of a Putney, London, development was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,935. following the death of a worker died and two others being badly injured when a temporary platform collapsed. The platform, which were part of ‘temporary works’ was neither built to an agreed safe design, nor was the quality of the build checked by those in control of the site, even though they were crucial to the safety of workers on upper floors.
Two Norfolk-based companies have been fined a total of £214,000 with combined costs of £13,081 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following an overhead power line strike. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found that neither company had taken effective precautions to prevent work equipment, including the mast of the drilling rig, which was capable of extending to a height greater than that of the powerlines, from coming into contact them.