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A Welsh landfill company have been fined after a worker had to have both legs amputated after being run over.

Mold Crown Court heard how the worker was walking across the yard at the Bryn Posteg Landfll site in Llanidloes, when they were hit by a large shovel loader on 6 November 2015. The worker suffered severe injuries and needed both legs amputated at the mid-thigh and was hospitalised for six-months.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company did not have and controls in place to protect workers from the high volume of vehicles and traffic on site. Although they had previously identified the risk and how they could prevent workers being hit by vehicles they did not put the measures in places.

Sundorne Products (Llanidloes) Limited, part of the Potter Group, in Henfaes lane, Welshpool, Powys pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work (1974) Act and were fined £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,657.10.

HSE inspector Mhairi Duffy said, “It is extremely important to identify how to protect your workers but you must back this up with action. This worker’s and his families lives have been changed forever because Sundorne Products Ltd failed to take action and protect their workers from being run over by vehicles on the site.

“All businesses that have high volumes of vehicles on their site can learn from this case.”
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Wilko fined £2.2m after student worker left paralysed when metal cage full of paint tins fell on her

Wilko has been fined £2.2 million after a student working part-time at one of its stores was left paralysed when a metal cage full of paint tins fell on top of her.
Corisande Collins, who was a first year student at the time, suffered severe spinal injuries in the incident and now uses a wheelchair.
She was left paralysed from the hips down after the accident at the store in Beaumont Shopping Centre, in Beaumont Leys, Leicester in August 2013.
Judge Ebraham Mooncey said there were "significant failings" by the retailer, and highlighted nine errors that were made.
Wilko Retail Ltd appeared at Leicester Crown Court following its previous guilty pleas to four offences under the Health and Safety Act.
Miss Collins, now 23, has attended the hearing with her mother, Suzanne Collins, 56, and sister, Siobhan Aspley, 34, Leicester Mercury reported.
The court heard that Miss Collins was a 20-year-old first year student at Northampton University and had been working at Wilko for nearly two years when the incident took place on August 22 2013.
The "overloaded" cage fell on top of Ms Collins as she and a colleague took it out of a lift, fracturing the middle part of her spine and causing her to immediately lose control of the lower part of her body, the court heard.
Judge Mooncey said: "The practical realities were essentially that heavily and unevenly laden cages were being manoeuvred around, sometimes unnecessarily, with items not even required on the shop floor.
"The risks were clear."
The judge highlighted nine "failings" of Wilko, adding that the cage in this incident was top- heavy, with 87.5 litres of paint stored on the top level, 87 litres on the middle level and 55 litres on the lower level, making it more likely to topple over.

Addressing Ms Collins, now 23, and her mother Suzanne, the judge said: "I recognise that clearly the impact on your lives and that of your family is truly huge.
"One can only hope that the suffering is reduced to as much as it can be and your courage in coping with your everyday lives remains steadfast."
Wilkos was fined £2.2m and ordered to pay £70,835 in legal costs.
Speaking after the hearing, family solicitor Linda Millband said: "The family are extremely grateful for the way in which the judge has dealt with this matter.
"They believe the fine is a suitable one and takes into account the gravity of this incident.
"They hope to move forward and feel this is the first step towards her rehabilitation."
Govind Mandora, public safety team manager at Leicester City Council, said: "The injuries suffered by Corisande have been devastating and life-changing and the fine that has been placed on Wilko today reflects that."
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:
Please be advised that all employees planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety of open sleighs. This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are multiple passengers. Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.
Benches, stools and orthopedic chairs are now available for collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks at night.
While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation hut, all facility users are reminded that an emergency response plan must be submitted to account for known risks to the flocks. The angel of the Lord is additionally reminded that prior to shining his/her glory all around s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.
Following last year’s well publicised case, everyone is advised that EC legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr. R Reindeer from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence.
While it is acknowledged that gift-bearing is commonly practised in various parts of the world, everyone is reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded under provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Further, caution is advised regarding other common gifts, such as aromatic resins that may initiate allergic reactions.
Finally, in the recent case of the infant found tucked up in a manger without any crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will be arriving shortly.
Compliance of these guidelines is advised in order for you to fully participate with the festive spirit.
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Volvo fined £900,000 after worker suffers “life-changing injuries”
By Roz Sanderson
Posted December 7, 2016 In In Court, Working At Height
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Volvo has been fined £900,000 after a worker suffered head injuries and had to placed into an induced coma.

The worker was using a step ladder to service a large delivery truck, repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, hitting his head and falling unconscious.

He was placed in a medically-induced coma for two weeks and still suffers from ongoing complications. He has been unable to return to work.

An investigation by the HSE found that the step ladder he had been using was damaged, and the anti-slip feet were worn.

The ladder was not Volvo property and had not been maintained or checked to ensure it was suitable for use.

At the time of the incident, 17 September 2015, Volvo UK had not trained their staff to select, inspect and use access equipment for work at height.

Volvo Group UK Limited of Warwick, pleaded guilty to a safety breach and was fined £900,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5820.28, with a £150 victim surcharge.

HSE inspector Nick Wright said, “This worker suffered life changing injuries that could have been prevented by simple health and safety precautions.

“For two weeks his family was told to prepare for the worst as he was placed in an induced coma to help manage the swelling on his brain.

“This case is not about banning ladders, on many occasions they are the right equipment to use when working at height, it is about companies ensuring they properly maintain their work at height equipment and train their workers on how to inspect them and select the correct tools for the job.

“As this case shows, even a fall from a relatively small height can have devastating consequences.”
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HSE warning after company fined for back injuries
By Lauren Applebey
Posted November 25, 2016 In Common Workplace Hazards, In Court, Lifting And Handling, Prosecutions
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A car component manufacturer has been sentenced after six workers experienced back injuries from repeatedly lifting heavy car engine parts by hand.

MAHLE Powertrain Limited (MAHLE) manufactures engine parts for Audi and Jaguar Landrover cars which are no longer in large scale production.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that between 1 November 2013 and 7 January 2015, the HSE received six reports of workers who had injured their backs and been off work for more than seven days. One worker was in hospital for seven days and off work for more than nine weeks. More workers suffered back problems but were not off work for the seven days required for the incidents to be reportable.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers who were based on two of the company’s production lines were expected to manually lift engine components weighing between 14 and 21kgs, hundreds of times during a shift. Mechanical lifting aids were either not provided, not suitable, or no training had been received by workers in how to operate them. There were no suitable or sufficient manual handling assessments in place for the tasks involved.

MAHLE Powertrain Limited of Costin House, St James Mill Road, Northampton, admitted breaching Regulation 4(1)(b) of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. It was fined £183,340 and ordered to pay £21,277.10 costs.

HSE Inspector Elizabeth Hornsby said: “Companies need to recognise that manual handling as a high risk activity. It is equally important to get health issues right, as well as safety. An Office of National Statistics report on Sickness Absence in the Labour Market stated that 30.6 million days were lost in 2013 due to musculoskeletal problems. This itself should highlight the need for employers to get health issues right.”
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Suspended jail sentences for health and safety ‘ticking time bomb’
By Roz Sanderson
Posted November 18, 2016 In Common Workplace Hazards, In Court, Noise And Vibration, Prosecutions
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hse-prosecution-photoA judge in Swansea has told a company’s director and three managers that their company was “a ticking time bomb in relation to the health and safety employees”.

The defendants were handed down suspended jail sentences for ongoing health and safety failings at their furniture factory in Port Talbot.

Swansea Crown Court heard that the factory at Margam Hall Upholstery Limited was visited by the Health and Safety Executive in early 2015 in a planned programme of visits to woodworking premises.

Dangerous machines and hazardous substances, like wood dust and glue make woodworking a high risk industry.

A number of health and safety concerns were highlighted during the HSE’s visit including:

poor control of wood dust;
no maintenance of work equipment including fume and dust extraction;
noisy conditions
inadequate toilet and washing facilities

Ten improvement notices were served to the company in February 2015, but despite ongoing intervention by the HSE, there was little progress and condition remained poor – seven of the improvement notices were not complied with.

Helen Turner, inspector for the HSE, said: “We always try to work with dutyholders to help them understand their responsibilities and improve conditions, but there is no excuse for people running a business not to know what health and safety standards apply to their work.

“When directors or managers who have the power to make the improvements blatantly disregard their workers’ health and safety we have no option but to prosecute.”

Judge Geraint Walters said: “The operation the four you were engaged in was nothing short of a ticking time bomb in relation to the health and safety of employees.”

The defendants were previously in charge of a factory at the same premises called Celtic-Leather and Fabric Upholstery Ltd.

The company was prosecuted by the HSE in 2015 for similar health and safety breaches.

Director Brian Baggs, Port Talbot, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was given a 10 month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay costs of £2,500. He was disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.

David Lewis, his brother Matthew Lewis and Michael Ball, all shareholders and managers, pleaded guilty to the same breach of the HSWA. They were each given a 10 month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay costs of £2,500. Although not current directors, they were also disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.
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£9,000 fine issued

08 November 2016

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A pub and its owner in Banbury has been fined £9,200 after putting members of the public at risk due to lax fire safety provisions.

Director Mr Alan O’Donovan provided accommodation at the pub, despite knowing that the conditions were unsafe, reports the Banbury Guardian.

Fire safety inspectors from Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service issued a Prohibition Notice restricting use of the premises after an inspection found the dangerous practices and inadequate fire safety measures.

The three offences were;

Failure to take general fire precautions as were reasonably required to ensure the first floor bedrooms were safe for public use.
Failure to ensure it was possible for persons using these rooms to evacuate the premises as quickly and safely as possible.
Failure to equip the premises with an appropriate fire alarm and detection system, all of which meant those sleeping on the first floor were placed at risk of death or serious injury if there were a fire.

Councillor Rodney Rose, the Deputy Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, who also has Cabinet responsibility for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The vast majority of businesses in the county take fire safety seriously and Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service will continue to support them to comply with legal requirements and to help keep business owners and customers safe.

“However, it is just not acceptable to put people’s lives at risk. Hopefully this prosecution will act as a deterrent to others who think they can ignore what are essential safety measures.”

Stuart Garner, fire protection and business safety manager for Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which is enforced by the Fire Authority, places a requirement upon the responsible person, usually the building occupier, operator or owner, to firstly undertake a fire risk assessment and secondly, which in this particular case was most relevant, act upon the outcomes of their significant findings.

“To help us create a safer Oxfordshire, it is important that businesses not only understand why such an assessment must be initially undertaken, but also the importance of acting upon the findings as part of a constant review process and management of their premises.

“In this particular case, Mr O’Donovan was aware of the fire risk assessment findings, together with the recommendations, but as the Court agreed, he failed to act upon the outcomes in a timely manner, thus placing the public at unnecessary and unjustified risk of fire.

“By correctly managing their premises and not committing fire safety offences, business operators can avoid placing the public at risk of possible death or serious injury in the event of fire.

“Thus, when the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service do undertake a routine fire safety audit of the premises, it is unlikely that such offences will be discovered and any need for legal proceedings being instigated against the responsible person is eliminated.”

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A landlord from South Woodford has been handed a whopping fine of £42,000 for failing to comply with a prohibition order related to a number of fire safety failings.

Mr Javid Akhtar Mughal was prosecuted by Redbridge Council following an investigation and prohibition order were issued, arising from a complaint made by one of the 11 tenants.

Inspectors found the property had been poorly converted and had had no planning permission or building control approval.

Other findings included:

no fire precautions or fire escapes
defective electrical system
no fire risk assessment had been carried out
high levels of dampness, condensation and mould.

The landlord failed to comply with the order and continued to let the properties, putting the health and safety of the four families living there at risk.

Councillor Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing said, “We are working hard to make sure irresponsible landlords that blatantly disregard the law are brought to justice.

“It’s important that when faced with landlords who do not follow regulations and licensing conditions, we take all necessary action to make sure residents are protected and properties they live in are safe.

“Anyone failing to meet their responsibilities and putting residents in danger will be prosecuted.”

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