A Fall from height leaves worker paralysed from waist down Recently, Southwark Crown Court  fined a construction company £110,000 and ordered to pay £16,620 in costs following a worker who suffered spinal injuries after falling eight metres through an unguarded window space, leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

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Construction Industry HSE Site Visits – The HSE will be carrying out targeted site inspections from 22 September for a month. The HSE have announced: “Health as well as safety” and this is the message for this year’s Construction Initiative, as poor standards and unsafe practices on Britain’s building sites will be targeted during a nationwide

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A workplace fire broke out at a glove factory in Samut Prakan’s Phra Pradaeng district in Thailand on a Monday morning at the start of September 2014. There were no reports of injuries, though damage was estimated to be about 3 million bart. The fire spread quickly as gloves and socks in the factory fuelled

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In June 2014, the HSE published the report of the Independent FFI (Fee for Intervention) Review Panel. The Conclusions of the Independent Fee for Intervention (FFI) Review Panel Fee for Intervention (FFI) has satisfied the requirement that the cost burden of enforcement is shifted away from taxpayers and towards non-compliant duty-holders. The approximately £10m net figure

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Crane operator swung site cabin into colleague, leading to injury and prosecution. The driver of a crane was prosecuted after he failed to plan a simple lift which led to his colleague being hit by a moving portable cabin. A lifting plan need not be complicated, but it must deal with the risks associated with

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A crane operator trapped by load (eight tonne block) in gap centimetres wide. A company which makes commercial vans has been prosecuted after a crane operator was crushed in a lifting operation at their Luton factory. The operator was working in the press plant in 2011 where he was lowering an eight tonne die block.

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A fork lift truck death costs cash and carry nearly £200,000. A cash and carry wholesaler was fined £175,000 plus costs of £18,455 after a member of staff was killed at their site in Avonmouth. The victim was fatally wounded after she walked through the “Goods In” area of the site. The fork lift truck

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A flower company, based in Norfolk, is one of the first to successfully defend itself against prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. A tractor driver was towing a trailer to fill an uneven path with soil when the he tipped the hydraulic lift trailer; it hit a 11kv overhead cable. An

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