18th May 2016

Newport firm fined for cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

A Newport based pipe manufacturing company has been fined a total of £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £27,724 for safety failings after seven cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) were reported between April 2014 and July 2015. Employees used vibrating tools without proper training or practical controls to reduce vibration risk. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no sufficient risk assessment or health surveillance had been carried out.

12th May 2016

Cambridgeshire food firm fined £800,000

A Cambridgeshire based frozen food manufacturer has been fined £800,000 and ordered to pay £12,831 costs after an employee became entangled in the machinery and his arm was almost severed whilst attempting to check the condition of the head roller on a bypass conveyor. In an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, it was found that the conveyor did not have the correct guards fitted. A risk assessment of the machine by the company failed to recognise the danger

11th May 2016

Dorset businessman ran an illegal waste transfer station

A Dorset businessman has been found guilty of operating an illegal waste transfer station, at which untreated sewage waste was stored and “bulked up”. Checks by the Environment Agency  showed the company failed to keep proper waste transfer notes, out of over three thousand such notes less than one hundred contained appropriate information, that procedures were inadequate and that staff working for the company hadn’t been properly trained. The company is now facing fines and costs of more than £40,000.