Tata Chemicals fined following young father’s death

Tata Chemicals Europe Limited has been fined after a young father died following an incident while erecting a scaffold tower in a chemical plant in Northwich. Michael Densmore, from Halewood in Merseyside, died following complications to the wound he sustained after his right foot slipped into a trough containing a liquid chemical calcium hydroxide – […]

Openreach fined following death of engineer

Openreach Limited has been fined £1.34 million after an engineer died whilst trying to repair a telephone line. Alun Owen, from Bethesda, died after he slipped and fell into the River Aber in Abergwyngregyn and was swept away on 6 October 2020. The 32-year-old has been described by his family as a ‘loving and selfless […]

INEOS fined after employee seriously injured

INEOS has been fined £400,000 after an employee was seriously injured while carrying out a routine task at its chemicals site in Grangemouth, Scotland. The worker, 47, was attempting to clear a sump that contained a caustic solution on 25 November 2019. However, he fell into the sump due to inadequate grating and sustained severe […]

Manufacturing company fined after worker fatally crushed

A manufacturing company has been fined £120,000 after a worker was killed after becoming trapped between two heavy steel beams. In May 2019, Steve Rooke, 55, was working in the workshop at Mifflin Construction Ltd in Leominster, Herefordshire. The company manufacture and install steel components for the construction industry. Steve, who had worked at the […]

2 Companies fined after labourer fractures skull

Two companies have been fined £46,000 in total after a labourer from Runcorn fractured his skull. The man had been working on a new build house when he fell through a stairwell on 3 March 2021. He was working for Total Brickwork (UK) Ltd at a construction site run by Challenger Building Services Ltd on […]

Woodworking company fined for dust exposure

A Norfolk woodworking company has been fined £25,000 for failing to control its employees’ exposure to wood dust. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection of The Joinery Yard Limited at Sweet Briar Road industrial estate, Norwich in November 2019 identified failings in the company’s control measures to prevent exposure of their employees to wood […]

Manchester company director fined after obstructing HSE investigation

A Manchester-based construction company and its director have been fined after a catalogue of health and safety failings following an inspection. On 13 January 2022, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors visited a timber-frame housing development under construction off Brookwood Drive in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent by a company called Amro Construction Ltd. At hearing at North […]

It’s time for farmers to ‘think differently about safety’ says regulator

International Farm & Estate Health and Safety (thinkific.com) A three-year-old child was among 27 people killed in agriculture-related activities in the last 12 months, as Britain’s workplace regulator calls for farmers to ‘think differently about safety’. The call for a cultural shift away from poor behaviours comes as the rate of fatal injuries in the […]

Consultancy Failures……

Hampshire hygiene consultancy firm fined after admitting failures A Hampshire-based hygiene consultancy firm has been fined £2,000 after its failures put workers at risk of exposure to hazardous substances. Envirochem Analytical Laboratories Limited provided an occupational hygiene consultancy service to customers across the South of England. The reports provided by Envirochem are used by their […]

Birmingham wall collapse deaths: Directors jailed after five men lost their lives…

Two company directors have been jailed after a wall collapsed killing five men – with both firms having to pay combined fines of £1.6million. Wayne Anthony Hawkeswood and Graham John Woodhouse ran a Birmingham metal recycling business where a wall toppled over and killed five workers. The pair were found guilty on multiple counts after a five-week […]