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.”
A national provider of utilities has been fined £2.6 million after an employee was killed when the, unsupported 2.4 metre deep, trench in which he laying ducting in collapsed on him. The Court heard that the company failed to adequately risk assess the works or control the way in which the excavation took place.
Yorkshire Water has been fined £1.1million for illegally discharging sewage that polluted the River Ouse near York. The sewage had overflowed into the river because of a pump failure at the treatment works.
At the time of the incident, when one of the pumps failed, the backup was not operational. It has been out of use for five months – a breach of the firm’s environmental permit.
With only two pumps working, sewage flowed into emergency storage tanks, filled them up, and approximately 6,000 cubic metres of sewage overflowed through an old outfall into the river, at a location where discharges are not permitted.