prosecutions

25th September 2018

Charity fined £30,000

A Cambridgeshire charity has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,654 after a member of the public lost her leg when she became trapped under a lorry carrying a fairground ride.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the charity failed to organise safe workplace transport whilst setting up for the event, which meant that appropriate controls such as such as temporary barriers were not put in place to segregate vehicles and pedestrians

12th September 2018

Sheffield steel company has been fined £450,000

A Sheffield steel company has been fined £450,000 with £32,099 costs following an incident when a  worker fell into an open pit, injuring his kidney and ribs.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a risk assessment had been completed by Tata Steel UK Limited in October 2012, sixteen months before the incident, which had identified the need to provide a barrier round the pit when the floor plates had been removed to empty the skip. A barrier was not provided round the pit until after the incident occurred.

14th August 2018

Cardiff based aeronautical firm fined £400,000

A Cardiff based company which maintains and repairs aircraft components has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £39,620 after some one hundred around employees were exposed to Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a period of twenty-two years. At least thirty of these were exposed to risk of significant harm.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that employees used a range of hand-held vibrating tools including orbital sanders, rivet guns, grinders and drills.  The HSE found that the company failed in their duty to implement a safe system of work in order to control exposure to vibration. In addition, employees failed to organise suitable health surveillance which would have identified early stage symptoms of the disease.