13th July 2020

Incompetent H&S consultant fined

A self-employed consultant was fined £1,400 for providing health and safety advice on technical and complex matters while not being qualified to advise his clients.  He provided inadequate and flawed advice to small and medium sized enterprises on the management and control of risk in relation to hand arm vibration, work place noise and the control of substances hazardous to health.  HSE investigation found that the consultant incorrectly identified risk from exposure to hand arm vibration as ‘low’ and advised to use ‘anti vibration gloves’ as an appropriate control measure. He also failed to identify that paints containing isocyanates can cause asthma.

9th June 2020

West Yorkshire firm fines £366,850

A West Yorkshire fibre manufacture has been fined £366,850 and ordered to pay costs of £23,993 following sentencing for an incident which occurred in March 2017. An operative suffered fatal crush injuries whilst removing a “lap” of fibres which had stuck to the rollers of the machine. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the machine was not adequately guarded. It had become custom and practice for employees to reach around the inadequate guarding in place to deal with problems of this nature.

3rd June 2020

Two firms fined for H&S offences

A Lincolnshire oil refinery company was fined £1.2 million and ordered to pay £20,450 following sentencing for an incident which occurred in October 2013. Two workers, who were re-assembling pipework following maintenance of a turbine driven pump, suffered life-changing injuries from an uncontrolled release of high pressure and high temperature steam.

A London-based relocation and refurbishment company has been fined £1.1 million and ordered to pay costs of £68,116 following sentencing for an incident which occurred in September 2016. An engineer, who was testing a sprinkler system for leaks,  was seriously injured when he fell from height.