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We are a small company – Health and safety doesn’t apply to us…
False. Health and Safety applies to all businesses from sole traders to multi-nationals in all work sectors. But it is all relative; if you and your neighbour run a home based bookkeeping service, you will need far less than a 10 man construction firm.

Of course it’s safe, we’ve been working this way for years…
False. Doesn’t matter how long you have been doing it, every day people are injured doing jobs they have done all their lives. People become blasé once they know what they are doing and take shortcuts…

Times are hard, money is tight. Health and safety is just an expense we can’t afford at the moment…False. Just one ‘small’ accident to one of your staff or to someone else can easily cost you £000’s. Add to that the potential damage to your reputation, an increase in your insurance costs, loss of production, replacement labour etc …

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School fined after worker fell from height

A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how in January 2014 a maintenance team at the school was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the school grounds. A 63-year-old employee was working on the roof of the bay window when his foot got caught and he fell approximately 2.6metres to the ground below. He was taken to hospital and was found to have suffered injuries including a broken collarbone and chipped vertebrae.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that there were no effective guardrails or any other means of protection to prevent workers from falling from the roof. There were no supervisory arrangements and the work was not carried out in a safe manner.

Brentwood School Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Brentwood, Essex, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, and was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £1,477 in costs.
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Timber-frame firm fined for fire safety and traffic offences

J G Hale Construction Ltd based in South Wales has been fined £100,000 for running an unsafe timber-frame construction site.

Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation after making an unannounced visit to inspect Hale’s site in the centre of Blaenavon.

Fifty-four timber-frame houses were under construction, which carry a serious fire risk if not planned or managed properly, as the structures are made from wood. If a fire starts, the speed and intensity of fire spread can be extreme – putting workers and even members of the public at risk of harm.

HSE found that measures to prevent a fire starting and getting out of control had not been properly taken. All the houses were under construction at broadly the same stage with little fire protection, a lack of site management control, insufficient means to detect a fire and raise the alarm, poor control of ignition sources and a general lack of emergency planning. Workers were also at risk of being struck or crushed by construction vehicles on site.

Improvement Notices were served regarding fire and vehicle safety issues and these were complied with after two further inspection visits.

J G Hale Construction Limited, of Milland Road, Neath, South Wales, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 27 and 29 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, and was fined £40,000 and £60,000 respectively. They were ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £4633.76 and a statutory surcharge of £120.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Liam Osborne said: “Hale Construction had been given plenty of warnings about fire-safety and traffic risks in the recent past, including from HSE.

“Timber-frame houses are perfectly safe once they’re finished and protected, but when under construction they can be very dangerous. Stringent fire-safety standards need to be in place well before the build starts, and then maintained and monitored”.
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Cleaning company fined for putting workers lives at risk

A Sheffield property and cleaning company has been fined for breaching Work at Height regulations.
Turbo Property and Cleaning Services Ltd of Wade Street, Sheffield was issued with a Prohibition Notice on 13 November 2014 after an employee was found to be working on a fragile roof with no protection measures in place to prevent them from falling.

The company was then found to have breached the conditions of the notice and had failed to take sufficient measures to prevent workers from falling a distance liable to cause injury.

On Monday 20 July, Sheffield Magistrates Court heard that the company had breached Section 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(c) and 33(2) of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for contravening the Prohibition Notice.

Turbo Property and Cleaning Services were found guilty in their absence and were fined £2000 for the breach of the work at height regulations, £4000 for the breach of prohibition notice with £853.70 costs.
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Worker loses hand while cleaning machine.

An Ellesmere Port based home brewing kit manufacturer has been fined after an employee’s right hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine.
SPL International Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an incident at Poole Hall Industrial Estate, Ellesmere Port on the 21 October 2014.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard the workers injuries led to his right hand below the thumb and fingers being severed. He has been unable to return to work since.

On the day of the incident the employee was asked by his supervisor to clean the ‘Ritchie blender’, a Kek Gardner horizontal cantilever mixer, a job which he has done before.

After turning the blender off at the mains he cleaned and dried the inside of the blender and turned the power back on. Sometime later water was seen dripping from the rim of the outlet hole underneath. While attempting to dry the rim he put his right hand into the access hole and his hand made contact with the blades. The machine was still running and there was nothing in place within the machine to stop his hand making contact with the blades.

SPL International Ltd, of Poole Hall Industrial Estate, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 after failing to carry out a risk assessment in relation to the risks arising while undertaking cleaning of the blender.

The company was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £7004.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jane Carroll said: “This case is a stark reminder of the consequences of a failure to adequately guard machinery and implement safe systems of work for cleaning and maintenance activities.”
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A company which manufactures signage and displays for high street retailers has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker fell to his death through a roof light.
Richard Perry, 43, was working with a colleague covering roof lights with blackout vinyl in June 2014 at Whiteghyll Plastics Ltd. This was in an attempt to block out the sunlight to reduce the heat within the factory. Mr Perry fell 5.5 metres through a fragile roof light to the fabrications department below.

The company failed to adequately supervise Mr Perry and another employee. There were several missed opportunities by a number of managers to stop them from working on the roof. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the firm over the incident.

Whiteghyll Plastics Ltd of City Road Bradford pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £120,000 with £37,655 costs by Bradford Crown Court.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Andrea Jones commented: “Two employees were on the roof for some time with no precautions in place to prevent falling through fragile roof material or off the open edge of the roof. This accident would not have happened if these two employees had been appropriately supervised by management.

“Falls from height, particularly from roofs is the highest cause of fatal accidents.”

Mr Perry’s wife Samantha, who was pregnant with their second son when he died, said: “Richard was so looking forward to meeting his second son. Sadly he never got the chance to do that. Every time I look into his eyes I feel an immense sadness that he never got to meet his amazing Daddy.

“Not only did my boys lose their Daddy but I lost my husband, my best friend and my soul mate. I feel as if my heart was ripped out and died with him. I kissed him goodbye on Friday 13 June 2014 and he never came home.

“I never expected this to happen. Nobody should die at work and leave behind a young family and wife. He had his whole life ahead of him.”
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An exhibitions and displays company has been fined for safety breaches after a labourer was crushed by a road roller.

The incident occurred in November 2015 at Quantum Exhibitions & Displays Ltd in Hipperholme.

The 26-year-old injured worker sustained several breaks to his right leg tibia and fibula bones along with burns to his right hand and an open fracture of the index finger on the same hand when the three tonne vibrating road roller he was using slid down a steep incline and pinned him beneath it.

Quantum Exhibitions & Displays Ltd of Brow Mills Industrial estate, Hipperholme pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £70,000 with £4,139.50 costs by Calderdale Magistrates Court.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Jacqueline Ferguson commented: “There was no vehicle restraint or edge protection system in place to prevent vehicles from approaching the unstable edge of the embankment with the foreseeable risk of the vehicle overturning. This was a serious accident that could have proved fatal.

“Companies should be aware that the HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate action against those that fall below the required standards.”
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