This HSE Safety Notice is aimed at: companies providing maintenance of platform lifts (vertical lifting platforms) and owners/operators of such platform lifts used by people with impaired mobility, installed at their premises. Information is provided for maintenance companies on: the risks from tampering with safety critical components (safety devices) and inappropriate or poor maintenance of

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The £40,000 fine handed down to a scaffolding contractor serves as a reminder that even the simple act of Lorry Loading must be planned. Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22nd February 2016 at a site in Chaddesden, 24-year-old [LG] was injured while scaffold fittings were being loaded into bins on the back of a

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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

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Lifting equipment leads to £90,000 fine Key Facts A Wrexham based coach firm have been prosecuted for failing to comply with LOLER regulations. The subsequent HSE investigation found that the company had at least 14 items with outstanding LOLER examinations. They were fined £90,000 plus costs of £3,068.

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Cold Weather Forklift truck safety – For many businesses, forklifts are an essential piece of material handling equipment that they cannot do without. Whether you work in warehousing, construction, many areas of production, transportation or a myriad of other fields, forklifts trucks can make life safer and easier for both you and your employees. Winter

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Lifting equipment incident leads to prosecution  Key Facts: An incident involving inappropriate lifting equipment left a worker with life changing injuries. A four-tonne piling hammer struck him, whilst it was being moved into position. Both his employer and the principal contractor on the project were prosecuted, each receiving a £19,000 fine, plus costs.

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Fine issued for multiple health and safety failings Key Facts: The site was in such a dangerous condition that 8 notices were immediately issued by the visiting health and safety inspector Dangers included unguarded dangerous machinery, exposure to risk of electrocution, and asbestos contamination. HSE inspector said that the standards were “totally inadequate” and that

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LOLER breach leads to worker losing leg Key Facts: 49-year-old factory worker struck by 850kg frame Frame fell two metres before landing on worker’s leg following LOLER breach Due to resulting injuries, worker’s left leg needed to be amputated Two firms fined nearly £50,000 and costs following HSE investigation

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Gross Negligence Manslaughter is a personal offence and can be punished by imprisonment and/or by fine. This is different from Corporate Killing (Corporate Manslaughter), which is a Corporate Offence and is punishable by a fine. In this recent case, the director of a London metalworks firm has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter after a

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