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.
A Teesside chemical manufacturing company has been fined £224,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,098 after failing to manage the risk of exposure to chemicals harmful to health. Workers regularly exposed to the chemicals, which can cause sensitisation of the skin, from October 2013 to December 2016. They suffered rashes and in some cases were unable to continue working at the site. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, failed to prevent the release of hazardous substances, failed to prevent spread of contamination, failed to properly decontaminate and failed to have in place an effective system of health surveillance.