A Wrexham-based dairy firm has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,267 after a worker was covered in hot caustic and steam resulting in serious injuries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to ensure the safe isolation of plant and pipework before work commenced. The company had relied on informal risk control systems and arrangements which were no longer sufficient for a business of its size.
A Leytonstone security fencing manufacturer has been fined £260,000 and ordered to pay £ 5,177 costs after an employee was seriously injured when a stack of fencing panels, which he had been manually loading into a shipping container, fell on him. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), found that there had been two previous incidents of fencing falling on workers, which should have acted as a warning to the company that the loading procedure was dangerous. The company now loads fencing using specially designed stillages, eliminating the need for workers to be inside the containers.
A national utilities company was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £195,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011 which put them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). An investigation carried out by HSE found that the company failed in its legal duty to ensure the risks to workers who used these tools was kept to as low a level as reasonably practicable. The company also failed to report to the enforcing authorities a significant number of cases of employees diagnosed with HAVS as was legally required