prosecutions

11th July 2018

Fencing manufacturer fined £260,000

A Leytonstone security fencing manufacturer has been fined £260,000 and ordered to pay £ 5,177 costs after an employee was seriously injured when a stack of fencing panels, which he had been manually loading into a shipping container, fell on him.   An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), found that there had been two previous incidents of fencing falling on workers, which should have acted as a warning to the company that the loading procedure was dangerous.  The company now loads fencing using specially designed stillages, eliminating the need for workers to be inside the containers.

20th June 2018

Utilities company fined £500,000

A national utilities company was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £195,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011 which put them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). An investigation carried out by HSE found that the company failed in its legal duty to ensure the risks to workers who used these tools was kept to as low a level as reasonably practicable. The company also failed to report to the enforcing authorities a significant number of cases of employees diagnosed with HAVS as was legally required

4th June 2018

Waste paper company fined £250,000

A London waste paper company has been sentenced fined £250,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,639.77 and a victim surcharge of £170 after an employee was found dead, having suffered fatal crush injuries, inside the compaction chamber of a baling machine. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 27 March 2017, found the worker had fallen down the loading hopper into the compaction chamber of a baling machine. It is thought that he had been attempting to clear a blockage and that his fall into the chamber initiated the compaction sequence. Climbing up a baler to clear machine blockages exposes workers to the risk of falling a significant distance either into the compaction chamber or the surrounding concrete floor.