Firm in court after employee’s hand trapped in metalworking lathe Key Facts: A worker’s gloved hand was drawn into a metalworking lathe in what the HSE called ‘an entirely avoidable incident’. The company had been prosecuted twice before for issues of health and safety. The firm were fined £8,000 for breaching health and safety regulations.

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Risk assessment failings lead to prosecution Key Facts:  An ecology consultancy firm have been prosecuted after a worker broke her back falling through a loft hatch. The HSE said that “A ‘one size fits all’ approach is obviously not suitable and the company’s tick-box approach to risk assessment failed to protect this worker.” The company

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Westfield shopping centre prosecuted over work at height failings  Key Facts: A construction worker fell through unguarded gap in roof deck at Westfield shopping centre. The worker dislocated and fractured his shoulder and was unable to work for six months. The owners of the shopping centre were fined £10,000 and costs of £1,247.

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Overlooked machinery safety leads to injury and prosecution Key Facts: Machinery safety was overlooked and inadequate at a vegetable nursery company. As a result, a worker was drawn into a machine, and required his arm to be surgically reattached. The company was fined £18,000, a victim surcharge of £120 and ordered to pay £862.25 in

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Fatal fragile roof incident results in fine Key Facts: A worker fell to his death whilst undertaking work on a fragile roof. The HSE described it as being a tragic and preventable accident. Many safety controls were missing from the site, and the project had not been adequately planned. The roofing firm was fined £10,000

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Lift Malfunction at London’s Tower Bridge leads to prosecution Key Facts:  A lift carrying 9 tourists and 1 agency worker plummeted 3 metres following a lift malfunction. The ‘catastrophic failing’ could have been avoided through proper review of earlier failings. The lift maintenance firm was fined £50,000 and costs of £50,000.

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Work at Height breaches lead to serious injuries and a £60,000 fine.  Key facts:  A cleaning firm employee suffered life changing injuries after falling six metres through a fragile roof-light. The HSE said that ‘the limited safety measures taken to protect the workforce were grossly inadequate’. The company was fined £60,000 and £5,471 for multiple

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