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Scottish care home fined £30,000 after pensioner is scalded

Campsie View care home in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire has been fined £30,000 after an elderly resident suffered burns when she was placed in a bath that was too hot. Elizabeth Warrington, who was 80 at the time of the incident in September 2009, scalded her hands and feet. She was treated for three weeks at […]
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Somerset firm fined £80,000 after worker killed in explosion

A horticultural company has been fined after a worker died and three others were seriously injured in an explosion while emptying a pressurised tank used to heat greenhouses. HSE said that simple, sensible and proportionate steps should have been taken to do the work safely. Peter James, aged 67 of Southmead Terrace, Crewkerne, died of […]
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Firm to pay £125k following crane collision fatality

An Oldham manufacturer has been ordered to pay £125,000 in fines and costs after an employee died when he was struck by a three-tonne piece of steel being lifted by an overhead crane in July 2011. Michael Wickstead, 63, from Radcliffe, was working for Refinery Supplies Ltd on the Greengate Industrial Estate in Chadderton when […]
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Drinks firm sentenced after two workers injured

Drinks company Diageo Scotland Ltd has been fined £18,000 for safety failings after two workers were injured in falls at separate plants in Moray. Robert Edward, then 51, fell nearly four metres from a portable ladder while clearing a blockage inside a chute in a grain silo at Burghead Maltings in King Street, Burghead, on […]

Enforcement notices: Court of Appeal guidance?

By Michael Appleby HSE is appealing to the Court of Appeal over the High Court’s ruling in the recent case of Hague v Rotary Yorkshire Limited [2014] EWHC 2126 (Admin) where a prohibition notice was cancelled (see SHP on-line blog: Challenging a Prohibition Notice). At one time it was thought that the only challenge to […]
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Dublin Zoo pleads guilty after toddler is attacked by exotic animal

Dublin Zoo has been ordered to pay €5000 to charity for breaching health and safety regulations after a two-year-old girl was mauled by a Brazilian tapir, leaving her with stomach and arm injuries. Her mother also required medical attention. The incident happened during a supervised “close encounter” experience in the tapir enclosure on 8 August […]

Community service order after bar worker’s death

A director and a company shareholder were ordered to carry out 200 hours community service each, instead of a six-month jail sentence, following a breach of health and safety legislation in the Irish Republic. Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed the community service at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 22 October in relation to a case […]
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Care home sentenced after resident’s tragic death

The owners of Thameside Residential Care Home in West Molesey have been fined after an elderly resident tragically died following a food related incident at the home in 2011. Anchor Trust was fined £130,000 and awarded costs to the Council of £60,000 at a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, 1 October 2014, after pleading guilty on […]
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No criminal charges over nightclub crush deaths

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said that there is no evidence of gross negligence in the case of two women, who died after being crushed at Lava & Ignite nightclub, Northampton in October 2011. Nabila Nanfuka, 22, died at the time of the crush and Laurene-Danielle Jackson, 19, died 18 days later in Leicester […]
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Morrisons to pay £80k after worker slips on wet floor

Supermarket giant Morrisons has been prosecuted after a worker slipped on a spillage in a food preparation area of the company’s Sproughton Road store in 2012. The worker was not seriously injured. It was heard at Ipswich Crown Court on October 7 how Morrisons provided anti-slip footware to workers in food preparation areas but had […]
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