25th May 2016

Glastonbury Festival prosecuted for pollution offence

The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have been ordered to pay £31,000 in fines and costs for pollution offences involving human sewage. More than 4km of the Whitelake River was polluted after approximately 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage escaped from a temporary storage tank on a farm at Pilton, near Shepton Mallet, on June 29, 2014. The pollution effectively wiped out the local trout population.

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