Alton Towers fine £5million over Smiler crash
Sep
27

Today the Alton Towers related to the Smiler crash from 02 June 2015 was announced.

The Alton Towers fine was £5,000,000 (£5 Million), along with nearly £70,000 of court costs.

Investigators found the root cause to be a lack of detailed, robust arrangements for making safety-critical decisions.

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Lone worker death – £1 Million fine
Sep
22

Recently, I have been asked to put together a range of training courses for some overseas clients. One was to deal with Lone Working, and another was to deal (partly) with Lifting Operations involving awkwardly sized and shaped objects. While thinking about these courses, along comes the following news article. In this article, both of these issues are raised and the company falls short of doing the right thing.

Lone worker death – A manufacturing company based in Hemel Hampstead has been fined £1,000,000 (one million pounds) after a worker (who was on his own) was crushed to death by falling machinery.

CR (aged 48) from Lincolnshire, was involved in moving a large CNC milling machine within the company’s Grantham factory on 30 April 2015. During this operation the CNC machine overturned, crushing him fatally. The machine had been lifted using jacks and placed onto skates to give CR access to use an angle grinder to cut and remove the bolts that had secured it to the floor. CR was working alone at the time of the incident.

Lincoln Magistrates Court heard how Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd had not ensured that workers who were tasked with lifting and moving the machine were sufficiently trained and had the right experience and training for carrying out such a potentially dangerous activity. During its investigation, the HSE found that the work was not properly planned. The centre of gravity of the machine had not been properly assessed and taken into account before the move took place. This resulted in an unsafe system of work being used for the job, with fatal consequences.

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Worker dies from a fall – another work at height tragedy
Sep
22

Two scaffolders from St Austell, Cornwall have received suspended prison sentences following a death of a worker who fell seven metres to his death. RS (aged 47) was dismantling scaffolding when he fell from a flat roof of a building in St Mawes. He was taken to Derriford Hospital but died three weeks later due to the severity of his injuries.

Truro Crown Court heard how RS was stacking 3m roofing sheets on the flat roof of the property without any edge protection. The safety railing had been removed to allow access to the flat roof so the sheets could be stacked. The court also heard how one of the defendants replaced the safety rail following the incident to cover up the cause of the incident.

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Construction Site Manager Jailed for Manslaughter due to Negligence
Sep
19

A construction site manager has been jailed for 30 months (two and a half years) following the death of a worker. The court ruled that the death as manslaughter by gross negligence.

Site Manager Jailed for 30 months following a week-long manslaughter trial at Birmingham Crown Court. The judge, Mr. Justice John Saunders, said:

“It seems the defendant had no idea of the responsibilities he had for maintaining the safety of the site. The defendant paid no regard to health and safety requirements whatsoever.”

What finding led to this statement?

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HSE Fee for Intervention increase in charges
Sep
19

The HSE has increased the charges for the Fee for Intervention Scheme (FFI). The HSE FFI increase means that the HSE now charge £129 per hour. This is likely to lead to an increase in the average invoice that businesses pay tho the HSE from £650 up to £675.

From the HSE website: The fee payable by duty holders found to be in material breach of the law is £129 per hour. The total amount to be recovered will be based on the amount of time it takes HSE to identify and conclude its regulatory action, in relation to the material breach (including associated office work), multiplied by the relevant hourly rate. This will include part hours.

What is a material breach?

A material breach is when, in the opinion of the HSE inspector, there is or has been a contravention of health and safety law that requires them to issue a notice in writing of that opinion to the duty holder.

Not sure what FFI is? Take a look at these pages:

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Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Safe Storage
Sep
15

LPG Safe Storage is not a matter to be taken lightly. LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is used as a fuel in a range of applications including in heating and cooking appliances, industrial applications, in vehicles and as a propellant and refrigerant. LPG can be obtained primarily as propane, butane or a mixture of the two. A powerful odorant is added so that it is easily detected.

It is well known that LPG is flammable, but it is also heavier than air. This means that it can settle and may accumulate in low spots, such as drains and basements. Here it could present a fire or explosion or suffocation hazard.

LPG is supplied in a variety of ways including in canisters, cylinders and in bulk storage tanks.

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LRB Consulting Limited give good quality advice
Sep
14

LRB Consulting Limited has been providing specialist health and safety support to DHL Air for the past 12 months. LRB Consulting Limited has always given good quality, practical advice when and where it is needed as well as good quality health and safety training. LRB Consulting Limited has always gone the extra mile to meet the needs of the business whilst giving a professional service.

Shayne Broad, Safety Manager, DHL Air Limited

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