Two Derbyshire-based manufacturing firms were fined a total of £290,000 and ordered to pay £16,000 costs for safety breaches resulting in cases of carpel tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome to their employees. It was reported at Derby Crown Court that the employees were regularly exposed to hand arm vibration through the use of a range of vibratory tools in the assembly and servicing of crushers and screeners.
Thames Water has been fined £380,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,092 for discharges of untreated sewage between February and July 2013 from their Princess Risborough works into the Horsenden Stream in Buckinghamshire
A Derbyshire waste management firm has been fined £136,000 and ordered to pay £64,770 in costs following the death, in June 2013, of an employee, who was crushed by the bucket of a loading shovel which he was operating. Derby Crown Court heard that in the 10 days leading up to the incident, CCTV cameras at site captured over two hundred examples of unsafe working practices. These practices included dangerous operations with the shovel such as workers being lifted in the bucket and workers having to take evasive action to avoid contact with moving vehicles