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Companies plead guilty to failings in health and safety after several killed in oil refinery

 An explosion at a Pembrokeshire oil refinery has resulted in the death of four people and left another severely injured.

Valero Energy UK Ltd and B&A contracts Ltd have been found guilty in breach of health and safety laws. 

Robert Broom, Dennis Riley, Julie Schmitz and Andrew Jenkins died in the explosion.

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During maintenance work in 2011, an oil storage tank exploded and changed the lives of those involved and their loved ones forever.
 
The refinery was then operated by Chevron Limited, but was taken over by Valero Energy UK Ltd and B&A Contracts Ltd in August that year.
 
These companies were found guilty today at Haverfordwest Magistrates court under the Health and Safety at work act.

The charges were related to the duty of care to both non-employees and those employed.

Valero Energy UK Ltd and B&A Contracts Ltd are due to be sentenced on the 2nd of November at Swansea Crown Court.

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The global giant's warehouse injuries in the UK have doubled in the past few years, according to union research. 

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Hundreds of life-threatening warehouse accidents have been reported at Amazon UK for three years.

Head injuries, fractures and collisions with flattening equipment at Amazon UK warehouses have doubled in the past few years, according to union research.

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In Hemel Hempstead, the floor collapsed due to a forklift driver colliding with a column as a "lapse in concentration possibly due to long working hours".

However the injured party remained anonymous in fear of losing his job.

The GMB union uncovered these disturbing statistics by free request.

Tim Roach, the General Secretary believes they "give a horrifying insight into their [Amazon's] warehouses".

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Welsh dairy company fined after worker injured

A Wrexham-based dairy firm has been fined after a worker was covered in hot caustic and steam resulting in serious injuries.

Wrexham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 3 May 2017, a Tomlinson’s Dairies Limited employee was modifying the pipework at the back of one of the plants when a pneumatic valve opened covering him in hot caustic and steam. The worker suffered serious burns to 27% of his resulting in a four week stay to recover in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to ensure the safe isolation of plant and pipework before work commenced. The company had relied on informal risk control systems and arrangements which were no longer sufficient for a business of its size.

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North West trailer manufacturing company sentenced after worker injured

A Cheshire-based trailer manufacturing company has been fined after a worker was struck by a load on a fork lift truck and left with multiple injuries.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 10 March 2017, an employee of Meredith and Eyre Limited was in the process of lifting a stack of three trailer chassis using a fork lift truck, when a load shifted on the forks and struck another employee. The injured employee suffered from four spinal fractures, a broken left scapula, a broken rib and wounds to his head, shoulder, and ankle.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work had not been properly planned and there was no safe system of work in place. The company should have made sure the stack of chassis was secure and stable on the forks and would not shift when the load was raised.

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North West property developer sentenced after building collapse

A Manchester-based property developer has today been sentenced after the roof and part of the rear wall collapsed at one of his properties during demolition works.

Manchester Crown Court heard how Riaz Ahmad appointed a group of workers, who had no experience in construction, to carry out demolition work at a property in Oldham. On 11 August 2017, after receiving a call from Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council’s building control department, a HSE inspector visited the site and found almost all the internal walls and supports of the roof had been taken out. A Prohibition Notice was served preventing any further work and a major road running past the building was closed.

A day later, it was agreed that there was no safe way of accessing the building and Oldham MBC obtained an order to demolish the building. It was soon after this that the roof and wall collapsed. This triggered an emergency response involving Greater Manchester Police and the Fire Service, during which properties were evacuated and the area cordoned off. Oldham Borough Council arranged for an emergency demolition of the remainder of building to take place later that day. Local businesses faced significant disruption as the site was made safe.

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North West construction firm fined after multiple safety failings

A Stockport construction firm has been fined after putting employees at risk due to widespread safety failings at two construction sites.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how Sherwood Homes Limited had appointed several principal contractors to build numerous domestic properties at two sites; in Preston and Tarporley. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out proactive inspections at both sites and found those working on site were exposed to risks that included falls from height, electrocution, inhalation of silica dust and being struck by construction plant.  As a result of the inspections, various enforcement action was taken against the principal contractors involved and the client, Sherwood Homes Limited.

The HSE investigation found the company failed to make suitable arrangements for managing the projects. There was no F10 notice of construction work displayed, and there were insufficient welfare facilities at the Tarporley site. The company also failed to give notice in writing to HSE before the construction phase began at the Preston site.

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North West company fined after two workers fall from height

A Manchester-based principal contractor has today been sentenced for safety breaches after two workers both fell when working from height.

Leeds Crown Court heard how, on 3 October 2014, the two subcontracted joiners were working on the refurbishment and construction of new build dwellings at the former Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, West Yorkshire. They were working in the bell tower at the site on a temporary access platform when it collapsed. The men fell approximately 3.4 metres onto a lower platform which also collapsed. They then fell a further 3.4m onto the ground floor of the building. The platforms were installed by PJ Livesey Living Space (North) Ltd to allow other contractors to access the roof structure. One of the workers injured their ankle while the other has suffered permanent nerve damage to the face.

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Worker injured after being struck by fencing panels

A security fencing manufacturing company has been fined after a worker sustained significant injuries on site.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 February 2017, an employee of Blok N Mesh Limited had been helping to manually load fencing panels into shipping containers when approximately 34 panels fell on him. The employee suffered significant injuries as a result including; a broken left shoulder, fractured vertebrae in his neck, two broken ribs, contusions to his lungs, and soft tissue damage to his face.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), found that workers were put at risk by the company not having suitable control measures in place to load the panels safely to prevent them from falling. There had been two previous incidents of fencing falling on workers, which should have acted as a warning to the company that the loading procedure was dangerous.

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North West roofer sentenced after failing to manage health and safety on site

A Manchester-based roofer has today been sentenced after breaching health and safety laws.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 7 November 2017, Michael Anthony Roden (who also trades as M&R Roofing and Onyx Roofing) and his employee were contracted to carry out roof replacement work at Wheildons Butchers, Manchester. Mr Roden failed to implement any form of edge protection or scaffolding whilst the roofing work was carried out and did not have employers’ liability compulsory insurance.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), found that Mr Roden had previously been served with two prohibition notices on two separate occasions with regards to working from a height with no suitable edge protection. Despite this, Mr Roden continued to work without appropriate scaffolding and, in doing so, put himself and his employee at risk of a fall from height, as well as members of the public who were at risk from any falling materials.

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Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd fined half a million pounds after exposing workers to debilitating condition

Contractor Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd. has been sentenced today after exposing workers to a debilitating health condition over a nine-year period.

 

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd was fined £500,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011 which put them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

 

HAVS is a permanent condition affecting the nerves and blood vessels of the hand. It can cause pain, tingling and numbness, making it difficult to carry out everyday tasks such as gripping and lifting objects, fastening buttons and zips, using a knife and fork or using a tooth brush. In some cases, the hands can have a continuous feeling of wearing mittens and hobbies such as fishing or gardening become impossible to do. Symptoms are often worse in winter when it’s cold. The condition can render a worker disabled, affecting their chances of employment.

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Property management consultancy and asbestos surveying company fined after inadequate refurbishment

A property management consultancy and an asbestos surveying company have been fined after an inadequate refurbishment and demolition survey was provided for a major refurbishment project including partial demolition.

 Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how the survey undertaken by Home Inspectors Southern Limited failed to identify asbestos cement and asbestos insulating board (AIB) containing Chrysotile and Amosite asbestos.

 An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the surveyor had no training in asbestos surveying or previous work experience with a suitably qualified person or accredited organisation. The survey also incorrectly advised that a non-licensed contractor could be engaged to remove the large quantity of AIB identified. Home Inspectors Southern Limited were not asked for any information by Vital Property Solutions Limited to demonstrate their skills, knowledge, experience and training relating to asbestos surveying.

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Company fined after worker suffers spinal injuries

A roofing company has been fined after roof work at height was undertaken unsafely.

Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how people were working on the roof with no safety measures in place to prevent them from falling.

Woodhull Roofing Ltd was contracted to carry out work for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council. The work was to coat over roofing bolts in an asbestos cement roof, to seal leaks. Whilst working on the corrugated roof a worker misplaced his footing while moving a board into another position, causing him to step on a roof light. He fell through the roof onto a concrete floor approximately four metres below. He broke several ribs and suffered spinal injuries.

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Pembrokeshire man sentenced after worker seriously injured

A man has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after a worker received serious injuries from an electric shock.

Swansea Crown Court heard that, on 12 March 2014, a worker, under instruction from George Jones, sustained serious injuries whilst plugging a tyre stripping machine into a wall socket. The incident, which took place at Carew Cars, Carew Airfield, Pembrokeshire, could easily have led to a fatality.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the electrical installation at the unit in Carew Airfield operated by George Jones as part of his scrap metal business was unsafe and was more suited to a domestic premise. The socket in use was in poor condition with exposed wires. The roof of the building had holes in it and there was evidence of water ingress on the wall behind the socket which contributed to the incident.

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Building companies fined after disregarding health and safety regulations

Coast & Country Construction Limited and Paul Humphries Architects Ltd have both been sentenced today after serious breaches of their health and safety duties.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard that, in early 2016, a concern was raised about the lack of health and safety controls at a large timber frame extension being built onto Manor Lodge Residential Home in Exmouth. On 1 March 2016, inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the site and found numerous health and safety breaches.

During the site inspection, uncontrolled high-risk activities were witnessed that put workers at risk of death, serious injuries or ill health. The risks included falls from height, fire, slips and trips and poorly controlled wood dust. The inspection found there was a total disregard for health and safety and site management.

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Double-investigation leads to fine for North East car parts manufacturer Faltec Europe Limited

A South Tyneside car parts manufacturer has been fined £1.6million after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and an explosion occurred at the same plant within a year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and have prosecuted Faltec Europe Limited in relation to both incidents.

Five people fell seriously ill following the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and one worker suffered serious burns from the explosion incident.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that between October 2014 and June 2015, two employees, two agency workers and a local resident fell seriously ill with Legionnaires Disease. HSE found the illness was caused by Faltec’s failure to effectively manage its water cooling systems within the factory, causing the legionella bacteria within the water supply to grow to potentially lethal levels.

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£9.5k fine for duo following fatal incident

The partners of a Suffolk based farm have been sentenced after a haulage contractor was killed by an overhead power line strike.

 Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard how on 30 August 2016, a haulage driver, was killed when his tipping trailer was raised and made contact with overhead power lines that ran across part of the yard hard standing at the Airfield Grain store, Parham near Framlingham, Suffolk. The site was managed by Nicholas and Roger Watts, partners of F S Watts & Sons. Mr Wilson was electrocuted and died at the scene.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that F S Watts and Sons had failed to take suitable precautions for work near to the overhead electric power lines despite the recommendations given to them previously by NFU Mutual Risk Management Services (NFU RMS).

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Demolition company fined after worker struck by concrete panel

A Demolition company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a concrete spandrel panel.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Vale Park Demolition Services Limited was contracted to demolish a link bridge structure at Littleborough Primary School, Rochdale. On 29 October 2015, an employee of GT Scaffolding North West Limited was struck by a concrete panel weighing approximately 500kg when he was removing scaffolding that was placed in front of the final part of the link bridge that was due to be demolished. He suffered from a broken right shoulder, five broken ribs, three fractures to the spine, a punctured lung and a broken left foot.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the work was not suitably planned and the stability of the panel was not appropriately considered when removing the scaffolding.

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Contractors fined for carrying out unsafe asbestos removal work without a licence

Two contractors were sentenced today after removing asbestos pipe lagging without taking the necessary precautions to reduce exposure to asbestos.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how the two contractors were carrying out refurbishment work at a residential property in Hamsterley, County Durham.  Having removed the ceiling in back room on the first floor of the property, the contractors discovered pipework running along the length of the roof space, wrapped in lagging. Samples taken of the lagging confirmed it contained asbestos.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that, between 10 June 2016 and 12 July 2016, the two contractors removed the lagging, despite knowing it contained asbestos.  Neither contractor held a licence to undertake this type of work nor did they have the necessary training.

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Company fined after worker suffers life-changing injury

A grain milling company has today been fined after a worker lost his right leg after being struck by a fork lift truck.

Chester Crown Court heard how, on 1 September 2015, two employees of Morning Foods Limited, were emptying a warehouse which contained old electrical equipment. One forklift truck was in operation to remove the redundant equipment by loading it onto pallets and taking it across the yard to be sorted into skips. A second was working separately to stack pallets of ingredients onto a trailer.

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Contractor fined after worker suffers life changing injuries in a van fire

Greenseal Insulation Ltd, a company specialising in spray foam insulation services, have today been fined after an inexperienced worker suffered severe burns while attempting to refuel petrol powered equipment.

Southwark Crown Court heard how, on 11 January 2015, workers were spraying insulation into a ceiling cavity of a retail outlet. The foam spraying equipment was installed in a van parked outside the premises. When foam ceased from the spray gun, one of the operatives entered the van to refuel the equipment. A jerry can was fixed with straps within the compartment containing a compressor and generator (both petrol operated).

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Company fined after worker injured by dumper

Chalmers and Co (Sussex) Limited has today been sentenced after an untrained operator was injured when a six-tonne dumper fell on top of him.

Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 16 June 2017, the operator was using a dumper at Great Bainden Farm, tipping material from excavation work alongside a barn at the top of an embankment.

As he came around the corner of the barn to tip a load, the dumper became stuck. When he backed up slightly to gain traction, the dumper tipped over the edge of the embankment. the operator tried to jump clear, but the dumper landed upside down on top of him at the bottom of the embankment, trapping him and causing fractures to his right thigh, hip socket and vertebrae.

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A home improvements company has today been fined after a worker fell from a garage roof sustaining significant injuries.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 11 May 2015, an employee of Rock Home Improvements Limited was working on a garage roof when he fell 3.4 metres onto the driveway of an adjacent property. The employee suffered a fractured cheek bone, eye socket, ribs, left arm and a collapsed lung as a result.

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A Manchester adhesive manufacturer has appeared in court after two employees were injured in a major fire which stopped production at the site for five months.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard enforcement action had been taken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prior to the incident at Bankfield Mills in Radcliffe amid concerns with poor conditions in the handling, storage and management of risks from flammable liquids at Itac Ltd.

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An asbestos removal company, and two of its managers, have today been prosecuted after forging documents in order to obtain an asbestos licence from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 16 March 2012 and 10 March 2016, Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd used both forged medical certificates and forged asbestos training certificates for their asbestos removal operatives.

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A Nottinghamshire foundry has been sentenced after two employees suffered serious burns from an electrical flashover.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 2 September 2016, at BAS Castings Ltd two employees were working to reinstate the power supply to one of the furnaces after repair work had been completed by contractors. After replacing the fuses, they shut the door to the fuse panel which engaged the interlock and tried to close the main switch.

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A community housing association has today been sentenced after it failed to effectively manage its employees’ exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time.

Newport Magistrates’ Court heard how, between July 2010 and May 2015, employees of Tai Calon Community Housing Limited were routinely exposed to vibration in their day to day work. Following the company’s introduction of health surveillance in May 2015, a number of employees were diagnosed with HAVS which has side effects such as pain and loss of strength in the hands and has been known to cause distress and sleep disturbance.

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A Preston egg production company and a joinery sub-contractor were today fined after a worker fell through a roof.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of T& J Leigh had been helping the joinery contractor Harry Jackson to re-roof an old feed mill building when he fell five metres through a gap, to the concrete floor below causing serious head and arm injuries.

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Quainton Logistics & Storage Ltd has today been fined after both putting workers at risk and allowing conditions on site to fall well below the expected standard.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 4 May 2016, operatives were smashing asbestos roof sheets with crow bars to remove them from a derelict warehouse in Bootle, Merseyside. In addition to the risk of asbestos exposure, workers were at risk of falling into open service pits as no edge protection or fall restraint equipment was in place. Workers were not provided with PPE and there were no toilet or washing provisions on site.

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A construction firm has been fined after failing to safeguard the public and workers from an unsafe excavation and lifting operation, and not providing adequate welfare facilities for workers on site.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 June 2016, Toft Construction Limited were undertaking the refurbishment of a domestic property in Salford. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector issued two prohibition notices (PNs) to the company when he found an unsupported, deep excavation in the front garden with insufficient controls to prevent members of the public accessing the hazard. The inspector also found that a steel beam was being lifted unsafely.

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A construction company has been fined after it carried out unsafe and unlicensed asbestos removal during the refurbishment works in a junior school in Dursley.

Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard how, in October 2016, R F Gardiner Limited removed asbestos in an unsafe manner and did not have the appropriate licence to carry out the work. Operatives working for the company were exposed to high levels of airborne asbestos fibres during the removal work as no water suppression was used and they had not been face-fit tested for the face mask they were wearing.

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A scaffolding company has been sentenced today for safety breaches after a 16-year-old apprentice joiner fell approximately four metres from a scaffold platform.

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 6 September 2016, the apprentice was passing roof tiles from the loading bay to a colleague on the scaffold when he caught his foot in a gap between the scaffold platform and the loading bay. The apprentice fell backwards under a single guard rail to the ground below, sustaining injuries including a fractured cheekbone, broken wrist and injuries to his ribs. The apprentice also required 13 stitches for a deep cut above his left eye.

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A 28-year­-old scaffolder has been sentenced after working at height without suitable and sufficient safety measures in place.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 30 June 2017, Mr Terrance Murray was witnessed erecting scaffold in an unsafe manner by a concerned member of the public. Photographs were taken of Mr Murray standing on top of the scaffold in Quay Street, Manchester, with no edge protection and no harness attached to any part of the scaffold or building.

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A meat production company has today been fined for safety breaches after a worker was injured whilst adjusting storage racking.

Luton Crown Court heard how a York House (Meat Products) Limited employee was instructed to adjust the height of shelves on storage racking with the assistance of co-workers. To enable them to reposition the top shelves of the racking the workers climbed up onto one of the lower crossbars which gave way underneath them.

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A Rochdale recycling company has today been fined after an employee’s arm was dragged into unguarded machinery.

 Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23 March 2016, the Anglo Recycling Ltd worker suffered a compound fracture whilst working on a carpet recycling line, when his arm was drawn into machinery and trapped between a conveyor and roller.

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A sole trader who repaired cars in a residential area of Bedford has been sentenced after failing to comply with an HSE enforcement notice.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Franklin Joseph had been spraying  flammable liquids at a premises in Cromwell Road.  Electrical equipment used within the area posed a risk of fire and explosion.

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A structural steelwork installation company has been fined after an employee was injured when he was struck by a steel plate which fell from a crane.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how the injured person suffered a back injury while carrying out work on a new metal staircase under construction. The task involved using a crane to lift a steel sheet attached to a magnet, but the sheet became detached from the magnet, and fell striking the injured person on the back. The worker fractured his spine and has been unable to continue working as a steel fixer.

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A contractor has been fined after a gas explosion at a domestic property in Lesmahagow.

Lanark Sheriff Court heard that, on 22 March 2007, Turriff Contractors Limited had been contracted to construct and install a gas main on a street in Lesmahagow.

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The driver of a contractor has been sentenced after the death of a road worker on M8 motorway in 2014.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that on 3 March 2014, the HGV driver employed by J C Bell Newhouse Limited, was driving along the M8 when he knocked over and killed Ryan McNally a roadworker who was carrying out road resurfacing work on the M8 near Glasgow Airport.

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The principal contractor and site manager of a construction site in Derby city centre have been sentenced after workers were exposed to asbestos during refurbishment work.

Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how, on or before 5 January 2017, at the St Peters Churchyard site, labourers removed asbestos insulating board (AIB) ceiling panels from a store room, work which should have been completed by a licensed asbestos removal contractor under fully controlled conditions.

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A Stockton-based waste recycling company has today been fined after a worker was injured following a workplace transport accident in September 2016.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 30 September 2016, the employee of Skippy Waste Services Ltd was walking along the roadway between the warehouse and sorting shed when he was run over by a reversing telehandler. This resulted in the employee sustaining multiple fractures including four breaks to his left leg.

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A North East based foundry has been fined after a serious incident at its site resulted in an employee having his leg amputated above the knee.

Durham Crown Court heard that, in November 2014, an employee of Bonds Foundry Company Ltd was working on a large metal casting, when one of the supports buckled, leading to a section weighing over two tonnes falling onto his leg.

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A structural steelwork installation company has been fined after an employee was injured when he was struck by a steel plate which fell from a crane.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how the injured person suffered a back injury while carrying out work on a new metal staircase under construction. The task involved using a crane to lift a steel sheet attached to a magnet, but the sheet became detached from the magnet, and fell striking the injured person on the back. The worker fractured his spine and has been unable to continue working as a steel fixer.

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A specialist scaffolding contractor has been fined after an employee suffered serious injuries.

Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 February 2016 at a site in Chaddesden, a 24-year-old employee was injured during the loading of bins of scaffold fittings onto a lorry using a Hi-Ab lorry mounted crane. The Hi-Ab arm knocked him from the bed of the lorry to the ground and he suffered significant injuries to his arms.

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SSE Hornsea Ltd, operators of a natural gas storage facility near Atwick on the East Yorkshire coast, has been sentenced today after 13 employees and contractors were exposed to asbestos fibres.

 Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that a team of three mechanical maintenance personnel were tasked with the removal of a non-return valve from a compressed air distribution system. Some of the sealing gasket material was difficult to remove so they used a wire brush mounted on an electric drill to remove the gasket material which spread fibres from the gasket around the maintenance workshop onto floors, work benches and clothing.

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A civil engineering company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a father of three suffered fatal crush injuries.

Sheffield Crown Court heard in December 2014 RMB Contractors Ltd were working on laying a new concrete slab at Ballast Phoenix Ltd, Claywheels Lane, Sheffield. During ground preparation an old cable duct had to be dug out before the concrete could be laid. A 21-tonne tracked excavator was being used to dig out the duct, parked behind it was a stationary dumper truck.

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An engineering company has been fined after a worker lost his leg from the knee down when he was hit by a forklift truck.

West Hampshire Magistrates’ Court heard how a Puma Engineering and Construction Limited employee was seriously injured whilst carrying out a lifting operation involving the transporting and loading of pipe spools onto a flatbed truck. A forklift truck he was acting as banksman for, drove into the back of his left heel. His left leg had to be amputated.

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A Maidstone based recycling company has been fined after a 34-year old worker suffered life threatening head injuries.

Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 30 September 2015, the 34-year old employee of Countrystyle Recycling Ltd instructed another colleague to use a telehandler to move paper at the company’s site in Maidstone, Kent. The telehandler was left running while the employee left the cab unattended, the boom of the telehandler was elevated and was lowered by another employee who entered the cab of this vehicle. The boom struck the head of the injured person as he was standing below this raised boom.

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A builder and a plumber, both from Cornwall, have been sentenced after arranging, undertaking and then commissioning illegal gas work and leaving it in a dangerous condition.

Truro Crown Court heard how plumber Michael Astin, who runs the Rock Inn, Roche, had been contracted by builder Johnathan Allen to undertake the installation of a Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) boiler at a hotel in Perrenporth in September 2016. After Michael Astin had installed the boiler, he completed a commissioning document and used a false Gas Safe Register number to deceive the hotel owners. The installation was later inspected by an engineer from Gas Safe Register who found it to be dangerous.

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The driver of a contractor has been sentenced after the death of a road worker on M8 motorway in 2014.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that on 3 March 2014, a HGV driver employed by J C Bell Newhouse Limited, was driving along the M8 when he knocked over and killed a roadworker who was carrying out road resurfacing work on the M8 near Glasgow Airport.

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Martin McColl Limited and JMS Retail Concepts Limited have both been sentenced today after two members of the public tripped and fell over construction work outside a convenience store in Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan.

Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard that during the three-day construction of a concrete disabled ramp in January 2016, two members of the public were injured whilst attempting to enter the store.

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