Motor vehicle repair company fined after work experience student crushed by vehicle

Date: 9 June 2016 A motor vehicle repair company was fined after a 27 year old man gaining work experience at the garage, was crushed to death by a vehicle. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard on 20 December 2014, Muhammed Zohaib Yasin, had been working at, Just Mercedes Limited, watching another employee carry out repair work on… read more

Company fined after agency worker seriously injured

Date: 6 May 2016 A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him. Ipswich Crown Court heard how an employee of Extreme Handling Limited was working at GMA Warehousing and Transport Limited’s Felixstowe site. He was assisting a fork… read more

New health and safety sentencing guidelines

On the 1st February, new guidelines were brought into force to ensure sentences for health and safety breaches are fairly and proportionately applied. The new sentencing guidelines, which are described as the most dramatic change to health and safety legislation since the introduction of the Health, Safety Welfare at Work Act 1974 apply to: > health and… read more

Seven Catering questions to make you workplace safer for your employees

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) – High Levels of Manual Handling Issues in the Catering Industry HSE’s 2014-15 statistics show that MSD injuries remain prevalent in the UK Food and Drink Sector. Of all the RIDDOR reports received by HSE for the Sector, 19% related to injuries from lifting and handling. Accordingly, HSE encourages employers to review… read more

NHS Trust fined after 87 year old suffers fatal injuries – OJAST Ltd

Date: 21 January 2016 Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust has been fined for safety failings after an 87 year old man suffered fatal injuries. Maidstone Crown Court heard how the man, who was suffering from dementia, was being cared for at the Frank Lloyd Unit, Sittingbourne, by the Kent and Medway NHS Social… read more

HSE Prosecutions from OJAST Ltd – Firm fined after worker suffered cement burns on first day of work

Date: – 14 January 2016 A building products manufacturer was fined after a worker suffered serious cement burns on his first day of work. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how a 21-year-old inexperienced agency worker – on his first day of full time employment – was exposed to alkaline cement slurry by standing in a drainage pit… read more

HSE Prosecutions -School in court over science experiment injury

Date: 11 January 2016 A chemistry laboratory technician lost parts of three fingers and sustained a serious internal injury while preparing a highly sensitive explosive for use in a ‘fireworks’ demonstration to a class of children. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard the now retired staff member lost the top joints of his left hand index, middle and… read more

HSE Prosecutions -Firm fined after worker’s hand was caught in machinery

Date: 12 January 2016 A Northampton luxury kitchen manufacturer, Bespoke in Oak Limited, was sentenced on 12 January 2016 after a worker had two fingers amputated following an industrial accident.  The incident occurred on 31st October 2014 when the worker caught his dominant right hand on a revolving cutting block. Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that the… read more

New GB health and safety strategy

The HSE has just published six themes that the new five-year GB strategy will cover. The six themes for the strategy are: Promoting broader ownership of workplace health and safety Highlighting and tackling the burden of work-related ill-health Supporting small firms Enabling productivity through proportionate risk management Anticipating and tackling the challenges of new technology… read more