Worker suffers life changing injury after pressure test failure
Date: 13 October 2017
Three companies, Sembcorp
Utilities (UK) Limited, Central Industrial Services (Northern) Ltd and R &
A Kay Inspection Services Ltd, were sentenced today after an employee suffered
serious fractures to his leg.
Teesside Crown Court heard that
on 3 December 2013, the injured person, Mr Dennis Chadwick, an employee of R
& A Kay Inspection Services Ltd, was taking part in a pressure test of a
boiler at Sembcorp’s Biomass power station at Wilton, Cleveland. CIS Industrial
Services was assisting in the pressure test undertaken by Sembcorp. Mr Chadwick
was there to verify the test.
The Health and Safety Executive
(HSE) prosecuting told the court, a valve on a pressure test rig was
pressurised above the safe working limit and failed, causing the hose and metal
fitting assembly to whip round, striking Mr Chadwick on the right leg, causing
serious compound fractures.
Sembcorp Utilities (UK) Limited
of Wilton International, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to breaching Section
2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company
was fined £1,350,000 and ordered to pay costs of £33,000.
Central Industrial Services
(Northern) Ltd of Skippers Lane Industrial Estate, Middlesbrough, pleaded
guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at
Work Act 1974 and was fined £125,000 with £2,000 costs.
R & A Kay Inspection Services
Ltd of Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1)
of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £37,500 with £33,000
The injured person, Mr Dennis
Chadwick said “It has been nearly four years since I was injured. My life
changed that day and the impact on my family and me has been immense. In July I
had my leg amputated from the knee down and I will now have to learn to walk
with a prosthetic but I am determined to get my life back.”
After the hearing, HSE principal
inspector Victoria Wise said: “All three companies failed Mr Chadwick. If
appropriate pressure relief had been fitted and the companies had put in place
a system of work that was safe then Dennis would not have exposed to the harm
“After three years of repeated
surgery, unfortunately his leg had to be amputated below the knee. Dennis did
not leave home that day to become a casualty of work.”
Construction firm fined after worker fell from height
Date: 9 October 2017
West Hill Projects Ltd has been
fined more than £95,000 after a worker fell from height.
Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court
heard that on 5 December 2016 the individual was working next to a large
opening in a flat roof on Wandle Road in London. He fell about 3.3m through the
opening to the ground below and suffered four fractured vertebrae, a fractured
rib and a scalp wound. He was unable to work for several months following the
An investigation by the Health
and Safety Executive (HSE) found that West Hill Projects Ltd had failed to take
any measures to prevent people on site falling through the opening in the flat
roof. People had been working in the area in the days beforehand and the
company had not properly planned the project.
West Hill Projects Ltd of Seymour
Road, London pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height
Regulations 2005. The company was fined £95,604.80 and ordered to pay costs of
Speaking after the incident HSE
Inspector Owen Rowley said: “The risks associated with work at height are well
known throughout the construction industry. West Hill Projects Ltd failed to
control the risk on site and one of its workers suffered serious injuries as a
“It is vitally important that
those in control of work at height implement suitable and sufficient measures
to prevent falls. The simple step of installing edge protection around the
opening could have prevented this incident from occurring.’
Company and director sentenced after work left seriously
Date: 6 October 2017
A Swindon-based scaffolding
company and its director have been sentenced after a worker was left with
Swindon Magistrates’ Court heard
how the worker was erecting scaffolding on 19 December 2016 when the structure
came into contact with 33KV overhead power lines. The father of five received
an electric shock which led to the amputation of his left arm above the elbow,
right arm below the elbow and both of his feet. The 32-year-old also suffered
severe burns to his legs and back, damage to his vocal chords, and was in an
induced coma for six weeks.
An investigation by the Health
and Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding should not have been built to
that height so close to overhead power lines. The company and its director
failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place for erecting a scaffold
under overhead power lines.
Boundary Scaffolding Limited, of
Unit 10 Kendrick Industrial Estate Swindon SN2 2DU, pleaded guilty to breaching
Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was
fined £80,000 and has been ordered to pay full costs of £1415.10.
Company director Jonathon Lee
Griffiths-Clack, of 12 Grosmont Drive, Swindon, pleaded guilty to breaching
Regulation 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 as well as
Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was sentenced to
six months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He has been ordered to repay
costs of £1545.30.
In a statement the injured man
Jamie Mines said: “I can’t quite put into words how it feels to wake up with no
hands. I had five-month-old twin girls at the time of the accident, all I could
think of when I woke up was the things I wouldn’t be able to do, for example I
wouldn’t be able to hold my babies’ hands again, I wouldn’t be able to draw,
play catch or teach my girls any of the things that I had learned with my
“There’s so many things I can’t
do it’s hard to imagine, but to never feel anything with my hands again is what
I struggle with the most.
“Sitting here now in my
wheelchair nine months after the accident and I still don’t walk, for a man who
was very active before the accident it has been extremely difficult! I was a
keen a sportsman as well as someone who enjoyed his job and was really hands on
with my babies. How my life has changed is almost indescribable.”
Speaking after the hearing, HSE
inspector Ian Whittles said: “This incident could have been prevented had the
company and its director properly planned a safe system of work and ensured the
scaffolding was erected in line with HSE regulations. Due to their failings, a
young father of five has been left with life-changing injuries and the lives of
an entire family have been changed forever.”
Road haulage company fined after worker killed
Date: 5 October 2017
An Essex-based road haulage firm
has been fined after an employee was crushed between two articulated vehicles
and subsequently died from his injuries.
Southend Magistrates Court heard
how an HGV driver employed by YCT Limited suffered fatal injuries when his
vehicle rolled forward out of control whilst he was coupling the HGV tractor
unit to a trailer.
An investigation by the Health
and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 20 October
2015, found that YCT Limited failed to implement safe systems of work or
monitoring arrangements to ensure that its drivers were consistently
undertaking coupling and uncoupling operations safely, in line with widely
available industry guidance. As a result of this, a culture developed whereby
its drivers were not always applying trailer parking brakes.
YCT Limited, previously of Port
Centric House, Thurrock Park Way, Tilbury, pleaded guilty to breaching Section
2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company has been fined
£170,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,268.80.
Speaking after the case, HSE
inspector Jessica Churchyard said “This tragic incident led to the avoidable
death of a young man, and was caused in part by the failure of his employer to
implement and monitor safe systems of work to prevent vehicle runaways.
“This death could have easily
been prevented if his employer had acted to identify and manage the risks
involved, and followed the industry guidance.”
Kitchen-fitting company fined after worker injured
Date: 5 October 2017
A kitchen-fitting firm has been
fined after an employee’s fingers were severed whilst using an unguarded
Liverpool Magistrates’ Court
heard how, on the 27 June 2016, an apprentice
of Kitchencraft (Wirral) Limited was working unsupervised on an unguarded table
saw when his left hand came into contact with the blade. The apprentice
suffered injuries including a laceration to this thumb while two of his fingers
were completely severed. Despite his fingers later being reattached, the
apprentice has been left with a lasting injury to his hand resulting in him
having to reassess his future career.
The Health and Safety Executive
(HSE) investigation found training had not been provided to the apprentice on
the safe use of the saw and he had not been appropriately supervised. The
company failed to ensure a suitable guard was provided and used, or that the
employee was supplied with an adequate push stick or holder to use in
conjunction with the saw.
The HSE investigation also found
that Kitchencraft (Wirral) Limited did not have Employers Liability Compulsory
insurance in place at the time of the incident.
Kitchencraft (Wirral) Limited of
Edith Road, Wallasey, Wirral, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Section 1(1) of the Employers’
Liability Compulsory Insurance Act 1969.
The company was fined £2,000 and
ordered to pay £1,000 in costs, the company was also ordered to pay a £17,000
HSE inspector Catherine Lyon said
after the hearing: “Had the company in this case simply provided the
appropriate guarding on the saw, this incident could have been prevented.
“Good management of health and
safety applies to all duty-holders, including small companies, and every
employer must ensure they have Employers Liability (Compulsory) Insurance in
place. Where employers are found to be in breach of this requirement, they will
be held to account by HSE.”
after worker diagnosed with HAVS
Date: 3 October 2017
Wrexham County Borough Council has been fined after
a 57-year old man was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
Mold Magistrates’ Court heard how the employee
of the council’s StreetScene department had been diagnosed with HAVS in
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive
(HSE) found the council failed to address the issue of HAVS following an audit
in February 2011 which identified a failure to assess the risk to employees
from vibration. The council had developed a number of policies dating back to
2004 to tackle the risk of HAVS, however it was found these policies were not
Following the introduction of HAVS occupational
health surveillance for users of vibrating tools a further eleven diagnoses of
HAVS or Carpal tunnel syndrome have been reported.
Wrexham County Borough Council of the Guildhall,
Wrexham pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at
Work Act 1974.
The council has been fined £150,000 and ordered to
pay costs of £10,901.35
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Mhairi
Duffy said: “This employee now suffers from a long term, life changing illness.
The council should have implemented the policy they
devised following the audit in 2011.
“Workers’ health should not be made worse by the
work they do; all employees have the right to go home healthy at the end of the
company and director fined after worker’s death
Date: 29 September 2017
A North West based waste processing company, and its
managing director, have been fined after a worker was crushed to death.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how, on 1 March 2016,
Fresco Environmental Limited employee, Kevin Wright, was processing waste
carpet to be re-baled when one of the bales fell from a stack onto him, causing
injuries from which he later died.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive
(HSE) found the company failed to ensure proper controls were in place to
reduce the risk of bales falling and injuring workers. There were no exclusion
zones around the stacks of bales, bales were poorly stacked and in close
proximity to vibrating machinery. It also found that the company’s managing
director, Lee Heaps, failed to ensure that a safe system of work was in place
for the processing of carpet bales thereby exposing his employees to avoidable
Fresco Environmental Ltd, of Everite Road, Widnes,
pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work
Act 1974, and was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay £3,500 towards costs.
Company director, Lee Heaps, Brockvale Close,
Burtonwood, Warrington pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and
Safety at Work Act 1974 and was given a six-month custodial sentence, suspended
for 12 months, and is to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also
ordered to pay £400 towards costs.
HSE inspector Helen Jones said after the hearing
“This tragic incident could easily have been prevented had Fresco Environmental
acted to identify and manage the risks involved. As managing director involved
in the day to day running of the company, Lee Heaps had a responsibility to
ensure that his company provided a safe working environment for its employees.
In failing to do so he exposed employees, including Mr Wright, to significant
directors fined after multiple safety failings
Date: 28 September 2017
A recycling company and its two directors have been
prosecuted after multiple safety failings.
Northampton Crown Court heard how Monoworld
Recycling had failed to manage risks when its staff worked at height, failed to
suitably maintain work equipment and failed to control risks from electrical
After several visits from the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) a total of 15 enforcement notices were served on the company
and three served on each of the two company directors, in less than two years.
The notices covered a range of topics including work at height, work equipment
and electrical matters. An investigation by HSE found employees were instructed
to carry out work at height even after a Prohibition Notice was served and
staff felt pressurised to complete their work even when they had raised
concerns about their safety.
The investigation also found fork lift trucks were
left with broken lights and windscreen wipers, marring drivers’ visibility.
Emergency stop buttons on machinery were marked as broken but not repaired over
a long period of time.
Monoworld Recycling Ltd of Irchester Road, Northamptonshire
pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations
2005, Regulation 5(1) of the Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and
Regulation 4(1) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and has been fined
£83,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7000.
Mr Dhanesh Ruparelia of Irchester Road,
Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at
Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1) (a) of Section 37(1) of the Health
and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment
suspended for 12 months, he has also been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay
costs of £7000.
Mr Nimaye Ruparelia of Irchester Road,
Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at
Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(a) by virtue of Section 37(1) of the
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has been ordered to complete 150
hours community order as well as being fined £7500 and ordered to pay £7000 in
Speaking after the case HSE inspector Neil Ward
said: “The Company’s failings in this case have put their workers at risk from
serious personal injury. It was clear the overall approach to business risk was
haphazard at best, with a culture of negligence, for which the two directors
were ultimately responsible.
“The HSE took proactive action, throughout its
dealings with Monoworld, and tried to work with the company when concerns were
after chemical incident
Date: 26 September 2017
An oil storage company has been fined after
contractors cut into a sealed pipe causing an explosion inside a tank.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that on 19 January 2015,
contractors of ESL Fuels Ltd cut into a sealed pipe using a grinder. The pipe,
which was attached to a tank, was being used as part of a waste oil recovery
process at their North Blend Tank Farm. Flammable gases within the pipe
ignited, resulting in an explosion within the tank and the tank lid and vent
pipe being partially detached and projected over a raised walkway.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive
(HSE) found that the company was having difficulty with the waste oil recovery
process which was foaming out of the vessel and filling its bund. The company’s
tests were inadequate and failed to identify the cause of the problem which was
generating flammable carbon monoxide gas. A decision was taken to connect the
vessel by pipework to an emergency relief dump tank to prevent a potential
catastrophic overpressure in the tank but the safety implications of this
modification and its design were not risk assessed. HSE also found systemic
failings with the company’s management of contractors and an inadequate Permit
to Work system, with the contractors being unaware that the tank and pipework
were in use and may contain flammable gas, when carrying out hot work that was
a source of ignition.
ESL Fuels Ltd, based at the Stanlow Oil Terminal
near Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) and Section 2(1)
of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £100,000 and
ordered to pay costs of £17,000.
Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Matthew Lea
said: “Even though nobody was injured this incident could have been prevented
if the problems with the process and the subsequent design modification had
been properly investigated, risk assessed and dealt with, and if the work of
the contractors had been adequately controlled.
“The contractors were unaware that they were
working on live plant in the North Blend Tank Farm nor how it could impact
on their safety.
“HSE has brought this prosecution because failures
took place that could have resulted in death or serious injury and we believe
every person should be healthy and safe at work.”
Jail for 3 bosses covering up details of a fatal fall to 25 yr. old worker
Benjamin Edge (Ben) fell from a roof he was working on, without safety equipment and in windy conditions.
The Police and HSE found that MA Excavations Ltd, contracted out the work to brothers Christopher and Robert Brown, directors at SR and RJ Brown Limited. Mark Aspin, director at MA Excavations Ltd said he believed the Browns were ‘competent’ but he did not check their qualifications.
Robert Brown wrote a ‘grossly inadequate’ risk assessment before the job but did not show anyone. After Ben was rushed to hospital he then typed up another risk assessment.
Peter Heap, who had been working alongside Ben was asked by Christopher Brown to go home and collect harnesses to make it look like the accident was Ben’s fault. “Foolishly, weakly and criminally” he went along with what he was told to do the court heard.
The Browns maintained that the harnesses had been there before the incident, although they did admit falsifying the risk assessment. SR and RJ Brown Limited was fined £300,000 at Crown Court for corporate manslaughter.
Directors Christopher and Robert Brown were jailed for 20 months for perverting the course of justice and H&S offences. Mark Aspin, 37, was sentenced to a year in jail for H&S offences.
MA Excavations Ltd was fined £75,000 after pleading guilty to two H&S breaches.
Employee Peter Heap, 34, was sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence for fetching the safety harness to try and conceal the truth.
Shabbir says: In one of the most tragic stories I have read in 28 years of health and safety, Ben leaves behind a 3 year-old daughter, a mother & father, twin brother, partner and friends.
Electric shock leads to £600,000 fine
Gloucester Crown Court heard that the 61-year-old man, while trying to replace a traffic light pole, came into contact with a live underground cable. The electric shock set him on fire causing burns to his hands, arms, stomach, face, legs and chest.
The man was sub-contracted by Amey to carry out the works.
HSE found that Amey did not provide adequate information on the location of underground services in the area, nor adequate supervision or management of work.
Amey LG Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 25 (4) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The company was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,498.
The case highlights the extreme risks of working underground, and very real danger of severe electric shocks from hidden services.
Care home fined after boy drowned in disused quarry
The Old Bailey heard how two 16-year-old boys - residents at Castle Lodge Care Home - were taken on a day trip to Bawsey Country Park - a disused sand quarry containing parkland and flooded pits.
The boys went into the pit water despite the no swimming signs. One became trapped in weed on the pit bottom and drowned.
The HSE investigation found the two support workers with the boys had very little experience and did not try to stop the children entering the water.
No risk assessment was carried out and Castle Homes’ procedures were ineffective in ensuring the safety of the children while on trips outside the home.
Castle Homes Limited was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £20,000.
As ever, risk assessments (or lack thereof) played a big part in this case - I can never overestimate their importance.
Coffee experiment nearly kills two students
Date: 25 January 2017
The University of Northumbria at
Newcastle has been fined after two students fell seriously ill following a
Newcastle Crown Court heard how
students were learning about the effects of caffeine as part of a sports
experiment. Part of the course included a practical exercise where volunteer
students would take quantities of caffeine to demonstrate the impact.
Two of the volunteer students drank a
solution with 100 times the amount that should have been taken as part of the
experiment. They immediately suffered from dizziness, blurred vision, vomiting,
shaking and rapid heartbeat. They were rushed to hospital intensive care unit where their conditions
were considered life threatening. Dialysis was required to rid their bodies of
the excessive levels of caffeine.
An investigation by the Health and
Safety Executive (HSE) found that the protocols set out for the experiment were
not followed. The instructions were to use 200mg tablets but as they were not
available the students were provided with caffeine in a powered form and miscalculated
the amount of powder to use and overdosed the two volunteers.
University of Northumbria pleaded
guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act
1974 and were fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £26,468.22.
Caffeine is most popularly known as a
constituent of coffee but it can be very dangerous and life threatening where
pure caffeine powder is consumed.
British Airways PLC has been prosecuted for not protecting their workers’ from hand arm vibrations.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard how employees working within the composite workshop at the Glasgow base, who in the course of their work used hand held power tools to carry out repairs on various components, were exposed to the risk of Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs) a condition that can cause symptoms such as tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the affected persons hands.
The condition can affect sleep when it occurs at night and cause difficulties in gripping and holding things, particularly small items such as screws, doing up buttons, writing and driving.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) highlighted the company’s failure to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to control the effect of exposure by workers to the vibrations from hand held tools.
Potentially this exposed the work force to the risk of injury whilst working within the workshops.
British Airways PLC, Waterside, Harmondsworth, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (2005) and was fined £6,500.
garage mechanic was fined today after a member of the public was injured when
picking up his vehicle from the premises.
Magistrates’ Court heard the injured man’s car was parked in front of a vehicle
inspection pit. The garage owner was showing the customer a part fitted under
the bonnet when the man attempted to walk around the garage
owner and fell into the inspection pit.
company has been fined after a 58 year old worker suffered serious injuries
when the fork lift truck and attached man-riding cage that he was working from
overturned and he fell to the floor.
Limited trading as Egan Projects, had been employed by Edmundson Electrical to
carry out refurbishment work on a new unit that they had leased. This included
installing new IT cabling between the new unit and the existing building.
Magistrates’ Court heard that on 23 June 2015, the new cabling was being
attached to existing cabling approximately 7 metres above road surface, with
plastic cable ties. The work was nearly complete when the fork lift truck and
man-riding cage overturned in an area where the road was sloped. The employee
grabbed the existing cabling as the overturn occurred but then fell to the
floor and suffered serious injuries to his pelvis, vertebrae and right hand.
investigation found Worsley Projects Limited trading as Egan Projects had
produced a risk assessment and method statement and decided that the work be
carried out using a fork lift truck and attached man-riding cage.
builder electrocuted at work
A worker died and two others were
badly injured at a construction site in Putney, when a temporary platform
Southwark Crown Court heard how, on
29 October 2012, a carpenter and a steel-fixer had been standing on a temporary
wooden platform above a stairwell opening on the 9 floor
of a construction site when the platform suddenly gave way beneath them.
fell around sixteen metres down the opening. Both men landed on the
partly-constructed concrete staircase below, where the carpenter sadly
sustained fatal injuries. The steel-fixer survived the fall but was so
seriously injured that it took almost 3 years for him to recover sufficiently
to be able to return to work.
An engineer’s assistant who was
working in the stairwell on a lower level was hit by falling debris and also
sustained serious injuries.
An investigation by the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) found that similar platforms had been constructed on other
floors throughout the construction site, by using timber joists supported by
unsuitable joist hangers with plywood fixed on top. The platforms, which were
part of ‘temporary works’ were neither built to an agreed safe design, nor was
the quality of the build checked by those in control of the site, even though
they were crucial to the safety of workers on upper floors.
Karen Morris, HM Inspector of Health
& Safety, said “The risks of falling from height are well-known, and the
risk of joist hanger failure is well-documented. This tragic incident
illustrates what can happen if temporary works are not properly organised. All
those who have a role in planning and managing work on site must take
responsibility for ensuring that serious risks are properly controlled.”
St James Group Limited, of Berkeley
House, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, the Principal Contractor, pleaded
guilty to breaching Regulation 22(1)(a), Construction (Design and Management)
[CDM] Regulations 2007, and was fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs of
Mitchellson Formwork and Civil
Engineering Limited, of Mitchellson House, Horton Trading Estate, Horton,
Slough, Berkshire, the contractors responsible for constructing the platforms,
pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 13(2), of the Construction (Design and
Management) [CDM] Regulations 2007, and was fined £400,000 and ordered to pay
costs of £14,935.54.
RGF Construction Limited, of Howard
Road, Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, a site agent who assisted with
managing the work, was found guilty at an earlier hearing on 4 July 2016 of
breaching Regulations 13(2), and 28(2) of the Construction (Design and
Management) Regulations 2007. The company was fined £20,000.
The owners of
Alton Towers have been fined £5million with costs of £69,955.40 following a
rollercoaster collision which left 16 people injured, a number of them
Two young women on
the Smiler ride suffered leg amputations and others suffered severe injuries
when their carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track on 2
Court heard that on the day of the incident engineers overrode the Smiler’s
control system without the knowledge and understanding to ensure it was safe to
A Health and
Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found no fault with the track, the cars,
or the control system that keeps the cars apart from each other when the ride
found the root cause to be a lack of detailed, robust arrangements for making
safety critical decisions. The whole system, from training through to fixing
faults, was not strong enough to stop a series of errors by staff when working
with people on the ride.
incident Alton Towers made technical improvements to the ride and changed their
Operation Ltd of 3 Market Close, Poole, Dorset pleaded guilty to breaching
section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc, 1974 and were fined
£5million with costs of £69,955.40.
An engineering company in Knowsley has been fined after an employee was badly injured when he was struck by a metal structure during a lifting process.
The 46 year old worker from Skelmersdale sustained serious flesh wounds and a fractured arm in the incident on the 30 June 2014. Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the company had failed to ensure that the lifting operation was suitably planned, supervised or carried out safely.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that the worker and a colleague were attempting to manoeuver the structure out of the premises using a fork lift truck. Whilst trying to raise the structure from its supporting trestles it twisted, and swung towards the worker, entering the cab of the fork lift truck and striking him.
The company had not carried out a risk assessment and no formal training had been provided for the employees. Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,670.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Imran Siddiqui said: “Had the company taken basic steps such as providing suitable training so those undertaking the lift were in a more informed position to assess and then adequately manage the risks, this incident would have been avoided.