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Company fined after worker severely injured following fall from height

A family-owned and run farming business has today been fined after an employee sustained severe injuries following a fall from height.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how, on 29 November 2017, Alan Twatt (Potatoes) Limited asked an employee to install an electric cable through four barns at a height of approximately 4 metres. A potato box lifted by a forklift was used as a working platform. The worker fell approximately 2.5-3.5 metres and suffered a head injury as well as multiple fractures.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the potato box was inherently unsafe and should not have been used with the forklift truck in any circumstances. Further, the company had failed to follow their own procedures in relation to safe working at height.

Alan Twatt (Potatoes) Limited of Commerce House, South Street, Elgin, Moray pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 Banff and has been fined £40,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector, Norman Schouten said: “This incident could so easily have been avoided by using the correct equipment, such as a scissor lift. A potato box or other makeshift equipment is never a suitable platform for working at height.”

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2018/december/company-fined-after-worker-severely-injured.htm

HSE releases Great Britain’s annual injury and ill health statistics

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work a new report shows.

Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18.

The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, cover work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to Britain and enforcement action taken.

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Plastic manufacturing company fined after employee killed

A company which manufactures plastic products has been fined for safety breaches after the death of an employee.

Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 15 April 2016, a 52-year-old employee of Nylacast Limited was in the process of removing a cast plastic rod from a casting machine. The rod was secured in the machine by a pressurised piston, which should have been depressurised before the rod was removed. As the employee went to remove the rod from the machine, the metal retaining end cap and plastic rod were forcibly ejected, with the rod travelling at an estimated 81 mph and hitting him in the chest. He died the following day in hospital due to his injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to undertake a suitable and sufficient assessment of the long length rod machine in order to ensure that all foreseeable hazards had been identified.

Nylacast Limited of Thurmaston Boulevard, Leicester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Regulation 12 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company has been fined £293,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,205.61, as well as a victim surcharge of £170.

After the hearing HSE inspector Alex Nayar said “Those in control of work equipment have a responsibility to undertake a suitably robust assessment in order to ensure that all foreseeable hazards have been identified.

“Had this hazard been identified, suitable engineering controls could have been devised and implemented to minimise the risk, therefore this death could have been prevented.”

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2018/december/plastic-manufacturing-company-fined-after-employee-killed.htm

Dairy company fined after worker seriously-injured

A dairy company has been fined after a worker's toe was crushed by unguarded part of a machine.

Chelmsford Magistrates' Court heard how, on 30 December 2016, a fixed guard on the front of a yoghurt filling machine had been removed. An employee stepped on the frame of machine at the same time as a moving part descended, crushing the employee’s right foot.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found a few days before the incident, a cable had been replaced on the machine but it was the wrong size and protruded out of the machine so the guard could not be fully fixed into position. In addition, due to setting up problems, the guard was regularly being removed whilst the machine was in operation. Marybelle Pur Natur Limited was found to have failed to ensure that access to dangerous parts of the machine was prevented.

Marybelle Pur Natur Limited of Old Hall Farm, Walpole, near Halesworth pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and has been fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,767.09.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Saffron Turnell said: “Employers should ensure that effective control measures are taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery in all aspects of the use of that machine.

“In this case particular attention was required following maintenance of the machine. Marybelle Pur Natur Limited failed to effectively maintain the guarding of the machine, despite being aware of the risks it presented, and as a result their employee has suffered a serious injury.”

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2018/november/dairy-company-fined.htm

Healthcare company sentenced after patient fatally injured

A healthcare company has been fined after a vulnerable patient suffered fatal injuries during a minibus journey.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how, on 16 March 2014, a vulnerable patient was fatally injured when returning from an out of hours GP appointment at Nottingham Emergency Medical Centre in a minibus. Samantha Barton died after opening a door and leaping from a minibus which was travelling at speed on the A52, just outside of Nottingham.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Elysium Healthcare (Farndon) Limited failed to have systems and procedures in place, including risk assessments, information, instruction and training which would have made sure the minibus doors were appropriately secured by the (fitted) child locks, so that passengers could not leave the vehicle until staff opened the doors from the outside.

Elysium Healthcare (Farndon) Limited, of Imperial Place, Maxwell Road, Borehamwood, previously pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and has today been fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £67,500.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Smith said: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of this healthcare company to uphold its responsibilities to vulnerable patients by implementing simple control measures and associated safe working practices.”

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2018/december/healthcare-company-sentenced-after-patient-fatally-injured.htm