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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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East Kilbride firm sentenced after worker hit by chainsaw

Enviroclean (Scotland) Ltd has been fined £7,000 for safety failings after a worker was injured when a chainsaw hit him on the leg as he slipped while felling trees. The HSE investigation which followed showed that the worker was not wearing adequate PPE nor was he competent to operate the chainsaw. Hugh Dorricot, then aged […]
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Slug and Lettuce fined after toddler falls into basement

A national pub chain has been sentenced after a two-year-old girl fell six feet through a staircase balustrade and into a basement below at the Slug and Lettuce in Hanover Street, London, in October 2012. The company appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court following an investigation by Westminster Council which found that the gap in the […]
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Boss cleared of manslaughter 12 years after fatality

Simon Bromley, 45, the boss of a worker who was crushed to death in a concrete mixer has been cleared of manslaughter, but found guilty of breaching health and safety regulations. Sentencing relating to those breaches has been adjourned, however Mr Bromley was jailed for three years for drugs charges. Mr Bromley claimed that he […]
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