Forklift Truck Accident Leads To Prosecution | Health & Safety
Aug
18

Forklift Truck Accident Leads to Prosecution

Key Facts:

  • An HSE investigation was launched after an employee was dragged under a forklift truck’s rear wheel.
  • The employee sustained serious injuries as a result of the accident. Several key safety failings were identified in the ensuing HSE investigation.
  • The firm and its director were prosecuted, being ordered to pay over £16,000.

The Case:

An HSE investigation was launched into a Liverpool skip hire firm, and it’s director, after an employee was dragged under a forklift truck’s wheel.

The incident, which took place in April 2013, saw an employee struck by a forklift truck as it was reversing before being pulled under the rear wheel of the truck. He sustained serious, life changing injuries which included broken ribs, a fractured pelvis, a punctured lung, and severe crush injuries to his chest and leg. His spleen was also removed as a result of the accident.

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Housing Association Fined For Unsafe Gas Work | Health & Safety
Aug
12

Housing Association Fined For Unsafe Gas Work

Key Facts:

  • Unsafe gas work was undertaken at a property occupied by a pregnant mother and her two children.
  • A handyman who was not Gas Safe registered was contracted to cut a gas pipe at the property as it posed a trip hazard. However, this resulted in the property being flooded with gas causing a serious risk of fire or explosion.
  • The housing association responsible were fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

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Spotlight On – Hand-Arm Vibration
Aug
05

Spotlight On: Hand-Arm Vibration

In June, national bus and coach builder Alexander Dennis Ltd. was fined after they ignored numerous warnings about the dangers that the overuse of hand-held power tools posed to their workers’ health.

In this article, we’re going to put the spotlight on hand-arm vibration in the workplace, and the risks associated with it.  Continue reading