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.
A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £9,938 costs after an employee suffered serious injury when a one tonne sheet of marble fell on him as he assisting a fork lift truck operator to move it from a container.
A Birmingham maintenance company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £25,000 costs after a worker died as a result of falling from the roof of a five-storey building. The HSE Inspector commented: “This incident was obviously foreseeable. The employees working at the site were effectively left to their own devices with equipment and a system that was not wholly suited for the task at hand. A suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk, suitable planning, implementation of suitable control measures and adequate and effective site supervision would have prevented this incident from occurring.”