A Sheffield steel company has been fined £450,000 with £32,099 costs following an incident when a worker fell into an open pit, injuring his kidney and ribs. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a risk assessment had been completed by Tata Steel UK Limited in October 2012, sixteen months before the incident, which had identified the need to provide a barrier round the pit when the floor plates had been removed to empty the skip. A barrier was not provided round the pit until after the incident occurred.
A Cardiff based company which maintains and repairs aircraft components has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £39,620 after some one hundred around employees were exposed to Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a period of twenty-two years. At least thirty of these were exposed to risk of significant harm.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that employees used a range of hand-held vibrating tools including orbital sanders, rivet guns, grinders and drills. The HSE found that the company failed in their duty to implement a safe system of work in order to control exposure to vibration. In addition, employees failed to organise suitable health surveillance which would have identified early stage symptoms of the disease.
A Norwich manufacturing firm has been fined £145,000 and ordered to pay costs of £65,900 after two employees, working with flammable substances in a spray booth, were killed by an explosion. The two had sprayed several welded steel buckets that morning and were preparing for their next batch.
Whilst cleaning or flushing a paint spray gun the flammable vapour generated was ignited by one of the various sources of ignition which were present at the scene. An explosion occurred, killing both workers.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the immediate cause of the explosion to be the inconsistent and incomplete approach to health and safety by the company and its employees.