An Exeter based airline was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £9,963 after an employee fell into the lift shaft to the bottom floor and suffered injuries. An investigation by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that the lift doors had a fault which meant that they defaulted to locked. As a result, the emergency door release key was being routinely used by employees to bypass the fault and therefore the lift’s safety devices.
A Middlesex construction company was fined was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £66,236 costs following the death of a Lithuanian labourer. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found evidence that demolition work had been carried out unsafely and that the deceased was not adequately trained nor was he using safety equipment correctly.
A Derbyshire steel fabrication was fined £700,000 and ordered to pay £169,498 costs, having been found guilty of causing the death of an employee, in June 2015, whilst pressure testing cylinders. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that prior to installing the test fittings a mineral oil-based corrosion inhibitor had been placed into each of the cylinders. The incident occurred because the inhibitor contaminated the leak test manifold during venting of cylinders which caused an ignition and the failure of the test equipment.