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Health & Safety Christmas Decorations

13th December 2018

A Christmas Warning…..!

What’s Happened? A Staffordshire social club has recently been fined £20,000 after a volunteer fell from a ladder while putting away some Christmas decorations. A member of The Lea Hall Social Club in Rugeley, was putting extra decorations back in the club’s loft when the loft ladder gave way dropping him two metres on to […]

Concrete Manufacturing Firm Fined - Lighthouse Risk Services

15th May 2018

Six Figure Fine for Manufacturing Firm after Fatal Accident

What’s happened? A Somerset pre-cast concrete products manufacturing company has recently been fined after a 43-year-old man was fatally injured when trapped by machinery he was undertaking maintenance on. A maintenance fitter was carrying out maintenance work on site while a machine was not isolated. As a result, a conveyor started moving and the employee […]

24th April 2018

Huge Fine after fall from Ladder

What’s Happened? Bradford based double glazing company Safestyle UK has recently been fined a whopping £850,000 after a worker fell from a ladder during an installation at a customer’s home resulting in a fracture to his lower leg. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how a window installer working for Safestyle UK, was attempting to install a […]

20th March 2018

£20k fine for CDM safety and welfare failings

What’s Happened? A construction firm has recently been fined £20,000 after failing to safeguard the public and workers on site, and rather uniquely…. for not providing adequate welfare facilities for workers on site. Toft Construction Limited were carrying out the refurbishment of a domestic property in Salford. A HSE inspector visited the site and discovered […]

6th March 2018

Employee Receives Prison Sentence for Work at Height Breach

In a fairly rare case, a 28-year ­old scaffolder has been individually prosecuted after he was found to be working at height without suitable and sufficient safety measures in place. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Mr Terrance Murray was spotted by a member of the public erecting scaffold in an unsafe manner. The concerned […]

6th March 2018

Firm Fined £20K After Worker’s Injury

A manufacturing company has recently been fined £20,000 with costs of £1,750 after a worker lost his finger after it got caught whilst operating a metalwork fabrication machine. The court heard how an employee of A J Metal Products Limited was injured after his glove caught in the rollers of a machine, pulling his index […]

23rd June 2017

One third reduced sentences in return for early guilty pleas

The Sentencing Council’s early guilty plea guideline, which came into effect on 1 June 2017, sets out the principles courts should apply to reduce a sentence in the event of a guilty plea. The courts have always encouraged early guilty pleas by awarding a credit ‘discount’ of up to one third where a defendant – […]

23rd January 2017

Property management company receives fine for elevator death

In December, a property management company was fined £120,000 after a 29 year old man passed away tragically after falling down a lift shaft. Upon investigation by the HSE, it was found that the man had been trapped inside the lift and struggled to escape, having been unable to raise the alarm. Bolton Crown Court […]

3rd January 2017

Stepladder fall costs Volvo £900,000 Fine

Car Giant Volvo has recently been prosecuted £900,000, ordered it to pay costs of £5,820 after an employee was seriously injured following a fall from stepladders at their Truck and Bus Depot in Enfield, North London. The technician was servicing a lorry owned by delivery firm DHL when he identified that the access rope to […]