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Timber company fined £75,000 for corporate manslaughter

A. Diamond and Son (Timber) Ltd was sentenced at Antrim Crown Court on 28 January for criminal safety failings that led to the death of 54 year old employee Peter Lennon. The company pleaded guilty to a breach of corporate manslaughter and was fined £75,000 plus £15,832 costs at Antrim Crown Court. The judgement follows […]
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Contractor fined after roof is blown off in high winds

A Gateshead firm has been prosecuted for safety failings after the roof of a temporary extension at Lynemouth Power Station was blown off in high winds – putting workers and others delivering coal to the site at risk. A 25-metre span of the roof, that was around six metres long and weighed two tonnes, was […]
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Firm in court after worker is left paralysed in roof fall

A court has heard how a 69-year-old worker has been confined to a wheelchair after suffering irreparable damage to his spinal cord after he fell almost four metres through a fragile rooflight in March 2013. Neil Knox of Pencaitland, East Lothian was replacing plastic rooflights on a farm shed in Lauder, in the Scottish Border […]
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Welsh firm in court after woodworker loses arm

A Powys firm has been fined for serious safety failings after a woodworker had his right arm severed while clearing sawdust from underneath a circular saw. The worker was taken to hospital, where he remained for a month, but doctors were unable to successfully reattach his arm and he underwent an amputation below the elbow. […]
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Tyrrells fined after worker loses fingertip in fryer

Herefordshire crisp producer Tyrrells has been fined for safety failings after a worker lost part of a finger in the moving parts of a fryer, in November 2012. On 19 January Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard how the 35-year-old employee of Tyrrells Potato Crisps Ltd in Leominster was cleaning part of the machine when his finger […]
Chemical Hazards

Royal Mail fined for safety breaches

The Royal Mail has been prosecuted following an incident in January 2014 in which a worker suffered severe chemical burns to his leg while involved in a cleaning task at the company’s Hemel Hempstead site. It was heard at Watford Magistrates’ Court on 9 January that some cleaning liquid had leaked, causing a concentrated cleaning […]
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DHL sentenced after HGV driver is seriously injured at work

Domestic freight operation firm DHL has been sentenced at the Old Bailey for safety failings after an HGV driver was run over by his own vehicle at a depot in Bedfordshire. The prosecution followed an HSE investigation into the incident which showed that the company had failed to assess the risks associated with parking on uneven […]
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Asperlink fined £13,500 after ignoring safety advice

HSE has prosecuted a Hertfordshire-based paper company after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a 3.2 tonne reel of paper at its premises in Essex in September 2013. The subsequent investigation found that the company had failed to act on advice from its own safety consultants for three consecutive years. Chelmsford […]
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