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.
A Kent based recycling company has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £8,903 after a worker was injured whilst repairing a shredder. A plant mechanic was kneeling on a conveyor belt inside the shredder when it restarted and he was thrown from the machine. He suffered a fractured right leg and left arm.
A Lancashire based environmental services company has been fined £30,000 with £4,500 in costs after a worker suffered serious injuries when his arm was crushed in a conveyor. HSE’s investigation found that no suitable and sufficient risk assessment had been carried out to identify the risks from the rollers. There was no suitable isolation process or guarding in place, and no safe system of work for cleaning the rollers