prosecutions

21st September 2016

Lincolnshire manufacturing company fined £1,000,000

A Lincolnshire manufacturing company has been fined £1million with costs £6,311 following the death of a worker. The deceased was moving a large CNC milling machine, which overturned and killed him.

The Health and Safety Executive found during its investigation that the work was not properly planned. The centre of gravity of the machine had not been properly assessed and taken into account before the move took place. This resulted in an unsafe system of work being used for the job, with fatal consequences.

The firm had not ensured that workers who were tasked with lifting and moving the machine were sufficiently trained and had the right experience and training for carrying out such a potentially dangerous activity

21st September 2016

Surrey construction company fined £800,000

A Surrey construction company has been fined £800,000 plus £10,984 cost, after a contractor was run over on a large site in Wokingham. The injured party walked along the nearside of the vehicle as it pulled forward and turned towards the nearside. He was hit by the vehicle and pulled under it.  Reading Crown Court heard the site’s Principal Contractor had failed to plan and manage the workplace transport effectively

13th September 2016

Pembrokeshire refinery fined £400,000

The operator of a major Pembrokeshire refinery has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £60,614 following the failure of an access walkway which resulted in an operator suffering fractures and lacerations to both legs and a dislocated knee.  The court heard that the company had:

failed to carry out a sufficient risk assessment of the use and operation of the access tower, failed to provide adequate information, instruction and training to employees as to the safe use and operation of the access tower failed to carry out adequate investigations into three previous and related incidents failed to review the check-list risk assessment in light of those incidents failed to act on the recommendations of their inspection contractor failed to install any means of detection or prevention of slack cable in the mechanism failed to detect that the access tower was neither CE marked, nor subject to a Declaration of Conformity, as required.