prosecutions

30th June 2021

Leicestershire firm fined £360,000

A Leicestershire car distributor was fined £360,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,622 after two apprentices suffered chemical burns.  The two were cleaning vehicle ramps in a workshop using a chemical from an unlabeled barrel. The chemical caused burns to their hands and arms, which resulted in both of them being taken to hospital for treatment.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that the exposure of this hazardous substance was either prevented or adequately controlled.

16th June 2021

Textiles firm fined £100,000

A textiles manufacturer was fined £100,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he was covered by hot dye and steam during a maintenance job. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company did not have effective procedures in place for fault-finding when employees encountered a problem with machinery. There were no instructions to employees on what constituted fault-finding or at what stage, isolation of the plant was required. Neither was there any requirement for a permit system for undertaking maintenance on pressure systems. There was also an insufficient level of monitoring in place to review maintenance operations to ensure employees were working safely.

16th June 2021

Construction company fined £700,000

A construction company fined £700,000 after an employee died after being run over by a dumper truck whilst changing over a blade on a piece of work equipment at the side of a roadway.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to adequately assess the risks to their employees whilst they were repairing and replacing equipment. They failed to provide a system of work in relation to this task which defined a place or places where such work could be carried out safely and which segregated people from vehicles.