We have put together a round up of “In The Courts Lately” as a reminder that there can be no complacency when it comes to the health and safety of your staff, contractors or visitors. In this article you will see the real impact upon people and their businesses when Company’s are found to be lacking in their management of health and safety risks. Safety compliance does not have to be difficult, we can help you to navigate your way through the sometimes complex and confusing requirements. We can help you with policies and procedures, risk assessments and record keeping and, importantly, we can train your staff, either live over TEAMS or via our extensive range of online accredited training courses.

SAWMILL INJURY – £60,000 fine and £20,000 awarded in costs.

A sawmill company were found guilty of health and safety offences after a worker was injured when attempting to clear a blockage in a machine that was still moving. There were no safety measures in place to stop the machine as the worker put his hand into the area where a rotating blade was housed. He made contact with the blade and suffered severe injuries to his hand as the tendons were severed. He had to undergo surgery and is now unable to bend his fingers or grip objects. The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. This injury was entirely preventable. The Company had failed to properly assess risks and to ensure that suitable control measures were implemented and maintained. Read more……… 

DIRECTOR FOUND GUILTY – 12 months suspended prison sentence, £3,400 fine and £600 costs.

A construction worker was badly injured when a stack of plasterboards fell on him on a site in Thames Ditton Surrey in 2019. The task involved sliding plasterboards up an unsecured ladder from the ground to the first floor level. During the task the plasterboards fell on the worker and fractured his pelvis. The HSE investigation found that there was a total disregard for health and safety. There was no worker supervision, a lack of safe systems of work, inadequate guarding of stairwells and a significant risk of people falling from height.

The Director of the company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, fined £3,400 and had to pay costs of £600. Read more……

Top Offences in 2019.

Oakland Furniture fined nearly £400,000.

Vehicle crushes worker – £400,000 for recycling company.

£2M fine after fatal accident when a worker was struck by flexi-hose using high-pressure water jetting equipment. Read more….

Major Superstore fined £733,333.33 after a pensioner suffers fractured hips during a slip in the store. Read more….

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