prosecutions

8th August 2016

South Wales construction company fined £100,000

A South Wales company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4633.76 for running an unsafe timber-frame construction site. HSE found that measures to prevent a fire starting and getting out of control on the fifty-four house site had not been properly taken. There was a lack of site management control, insufficient means to detect a fire and raise the alarm, poor control of ignition sources and a general lack of emergency planning. Workers were also at risk of being struck or crushed by construction vehicles on site

5th August 2016

Bradford skip hire firm prosecuted

A Bradford-based skip firm has been ordered to pay £27,420 after repeatedly breaking environmental laws. The Environment Agency brought the prosecution because the firm repeatedly stored too much waste on its Becks Road site, and was also found to be running an illegal waste site on Rosse Street in Bradford.

26th July 2016

Tata Steel fined £1.98million

Tata Steel has been fined total of £1.98million (£185,000 was for the first offence and £1.8m for the second offence) and ordered to pay costs of £22,500 after two workers suffered injuries to their hands in two separate incidents involving machinery.

Northampton Crown Court heard how an employee lost two thirds of his left hand and his middle and ring fingers whilst trying to clear a blockage on a steel tube manufacturing line which had unsuitable guarding, and in a separate incident, a team leader lost part of his little finger when his left hand was caught, again in an inadequately guarded machine, whilst he was receiving refresher training.