10th October 2016

Cheeki Rafiki yacht death charges to be brought

The director of the firm that managed the Cheeki Rafiki yacht has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter after it capsized in 2014, killing its crew. The 40ft yacht had been missing in the North Atlantic when it was found with no sign of its crew in May 2014.

The company is also charged with breaking merchant shipping laws.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it had carried out an investigation lasting more than two years into the circumstances surrounding the loss of the Cheeki Rafiki.


26th September 2016

“Scappers” fined for health and safety offences

A Bolton based scrapyard that featured in a recent BBC documentary series has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £26,687 after an employee suffered facial injuries at work.

The HSE investigation found there was no record of formal training, and a tool specifically designed for the job was not generally used. There did not appear to be any formal supervision arrangements at the time, and there was no safe system of work in place for operating the petrol saw at the time of the incident.

22nd September 2016

Composting site operator fined £50,000 after breaching its permit

A Cambridgeshire waste composting operator has been fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £13,336 after smells from a their operation made workers on an adjacent prestige research park feel sick.

The company failed to implement appropriate measures after the incident in July 2014 and the serving of three enforcement notices. The company had also failed to submit an adequate odour management plan to the Environment Agency before the July offence.