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It is paramount to ensure your Health and Safety procedures in place are robust enough to protect you, your business and your workforce from accidents occurring, particularly in the current harsh economic climate. CQMS Ltd urges all employers to review their arrangements and procedures, supervision and competency of employees to ensure they are doing all they reasonably can to prevent workplace injuries and dangerous occurrences.

The cases outlined below have been taken from the press and are provided as a stark reminder of what can happen when those arrangements are inadequate.

Automotive company fined after worker loses finger

Manufacturing company Hanson Packed Products Ltd has been prosecuted after a 26 year old worker was fatally crushed when his arm was caught in a powered roller.

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Solar panel specialists in court for roof light fall failings

A solar panel firm has been £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent.

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National crane company fined £750,000 for two deaths after collapse

A national crane hire company has been sentenced for failings that led to the death of two men as a crane collapsed in London.

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Contractor fined after worker injured in cable strike

A Helensburgh-based contracting company has been fined after a worker hit an underground cable and suffered burns to his hands and face whilst working on a primary school refurbishment project.

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Barnstaple gas engineer prosecuted following unsafe asbestos removal at a tenants’ home

A gas engineer removed potentially dangerous asbestos material during a gas boiler replacement putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres.

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Contractor fined for health and safety failings on roof work

A Bedford based contractor has been fined for failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice, which was served after the contractor was witnessed carrying out roof work in an unsafe manner at Premier Motor Company, Manton Lane, Bedford.

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Waste Management firm in court after young man crushed to death

Derbyshire waste firm Rainbow Waste Management Limited has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker was crushed by the bucket of a motorised loading shovel.

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Manufacturing firm fined after worker crushed to death

Manufacturing company Hanson Packed Products Ltd has been prosecuted after a 26 year old worker was fatally crushed when his arm was caught in a powered roller.

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Company fined after worker injured by conveyor

A manufacturing company was fined after a worker slipped into a conveyor suffering multiple fractures to his left leg and injuries to both thighs.

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Two companies fined after death of wind turbine technician

Siemens Public Limited Company (plc) and RWE Innogy UK Limited (RWE) were fined after 27-year-old Colin Sinclair was killed when he came into contact with the unguarded rotating shaft of a gearbox within a turbine at Causeymire windfarm.

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Concrete company find after worker crushed by stairs

A company which produces precast concrete products has been fined for safety failings that led to the death of a worker and to another being injured in separate incidents just 20 minutes apart.

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Metal company prosecuted after employee falls from height

Manchester Galvanizing Ltd, a manufacturer of coated metals, was fined after an employee suffered a fractured foot and shoulder after falling three metres from a ladder into a drying pit.

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Company fined and two directors get suspended prison sentence after 27 year old killed by telehandler

A landscaping company and its two directors were sentenced after Russell Meech, a 27 year old landscape gardener was killed when he fell under the wheels of a telehandler.

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Worker injured falling from roof

A roofing company has been fined after a worker fell three metres from a roof.

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Man fined for unlicensed removal of asbestos

A Surrey man was fined for exposing the residents of a house in Putney, himself and his assistant to asbestos.

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Worker injures hand in cropping machine

A company producing lights for trucks has been fined after a workers’ hand was injured in a cropping machine.

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Worker loses part of finger in pie machine

A company who produces cakes and pastries has been fined after a worker lost part of her finger in a pie and tart machine.

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LPG supplier fined following tanker gas leak

An LPG supplier has been fined £25,000 after a large leakage from a tanker caused the emergency services to evacuate 15 people from nearby houses. The HSE said the serious occurrence could have endangered lives had the LPG liquid and gas ignited.

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Piling contractor fined for neglecting safety

A specialist piling contractor has been fined £16,000 after it was found to be operating a powerful rig without a safety guard around the rotating auger. Although no one was injured, an HSE inspector said the he dreaded to think what could have happened had someone come into contact with the auger.

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Firm fined after worker injures hand at saw mill

A company that manufactures garden timber products has been fined for safety failings that led to a worker sustaining serious injury to his left hand. 

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Suspended prison sentences for Torbay brothers’ poor gaswork

An unregistered gas fitter and his brother illegally installed a gas boiler and left it in a dangerous condition.

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Construction Company fined for unsecure site

A construction company has been fined for safety failings which led to a two-year-old boy wandering onto a building site.

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Two companies fined for serious breaches in the removal of asbestos

A construction management company and a director of a construction company were fined for serious safety failings whilst working on a construction site at Kensington Church Street, London.

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Engineering firm fined over safety breach

A north east engineering firm has been fined for deliberately compromising the safety guards on machinery for production reasons.

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North Devon housing company prosecuted again for safety failings

A South-West housing firm have been sentenced after capping off a chimney at one of their occupied properties despite the chimney being in use. 

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Firm prosecuted following the avoidable death of a roof worker

 

A Darwen firm have appeared in court after one of their employees, Graham Readfern (56 yrs old from Bacup), died after falling from the roof of a partly completed loft conversion project in January 2012.

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Construction firms sentenced after worker death

 

A national construction firm and a glazing contractor have been sentenced after pleading guilty to safety breaches after a worker fell to his death from a store front in Exeter.

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Two companies fined for safety failings

 

Two companies have been fined for dangerously installing and operating gas fired tumble driers at a student hall of residence, while not Gas Safe Registered.

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Buckinghamshire tape firm fined after worker lost finger

 

An adhesive tape manufacturing company has been fined after a worker lost a finger in an unguarded machine.

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Cleaning company fined for putting workers lives at risk

 

A Sheffield property and cleaning company was fined for breaching Work at Height regulations. 

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Company fined after worker entangled in machinery

 

A shellfish processing company has been fined for safety failings that led to a worker’s hand and arm being entangled in machinery

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Businessman in court after worker loses forearm

 

A Kent businessman has been sentenced after a worker lost his right forearm when it got caught and mangled in an unguarded tyre-shredding machine.

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Director sentenced after worker dies on second day of job

 

A company director was sentenced today after a trench collapse which killed a young father on only his second day at work for his company. 

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Roofing contractor and director fined over brick-layer death

 

A Yorkshire roofing firm and its Director have been prosecuted after a worker fell to his death though a fragile roof-light.

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Lack of training caused life changing injuries

 

Essex tree specialist company, Oak View Tree Specialists Limited, has been fined after a skip loading dumper overturned severely injuring a worker.

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Firm fined after a man fell through fragile roof onto concrete

 

A construction company was fined after a worker fell through a roof three metres onto a concrete floor below.

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Wood firm in court over worker injury

 

A timber company has been sentenced after a worker sustained significant hand injuries after it came into contact with the moving blade of a cross cut saw in November 2013.

Brookridge Timber Limited, Fourways Cross, Hemyock, Cullompton, Devon, was found guilty of breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £5,000 with £4500 costs at Exeter Magistrates Court

 

Bristol City Council prosecuted after worker thrown from tractor

 

Bristol City Council has been ordered to pay almost £25,000 for safety failings after a park keeper suffered serious injuries when she was thrown from a tractor as it overturned.

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Window firm fined after worker’s severe hand injury

 

A window manufacturing firm was fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured while using a chop saw without adequate training. 

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Fine for unsafe gas work

 

Terence Moulton, trading as Terry Moulton Building Services, was fined £800 with £924.32 costs at Birmingham and Solihull Magistrates’ Court after he undertook gas work when not registered.

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Animal feed firm fined £600,000 over lorry driver’s death

 

An animal feed company has been fined following the death of a lorry driver who was buried under a mound of soya meal.

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Fatality at construction site leads to fine

 

Mark Hammond was fined £12,500 after a 21 year old worker was electrocuted whilst carrying out works in the communication room in a basement on a construction site.

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Essex builders sentenced over scaffold fall

 

A building firm was fined £11,000 with costs of £7729 after a site manager dismantled scaffolding and later fell from it.

At Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Abridge Developments Limited of Epping Upland, Essex, failed to plan, manage and monitor the construction work.

The company was found guilty of breaching Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) 2007 Regulation 22.

 

Steel firm sentenced over North Yorkshire worker’s death

 

A Sheffield steel company has been sentenced after a catalogue of safety failings led to a 42-year-old worker being killed when he was knocked off his lorry and then crushed by a three-tonnes load of steel tubes. 

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Two firms fined over “life changing” burns to electricity workers

 

A specialist technology company and an electrical services firm were fined after two workers suffered serious burns when working on a live electricity distribution board. 

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Narrow escape for victims of “incompetent” brothers

 

Two Sheffield brothers were jailed for safety failures after a building collapse left three injured, up to 20 people temporarily homeless, and nearby properties evacuated. 

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Farm fined after serious ATV injury

 

A farming company was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £483 after the fiancée of one of the company directors sustained life-changing head injuries when she lost control of an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at one of GNB Farm Ltd’s mid-Devon Farms. 

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Firm in court after worker paralysed in roof fall

 

An East Lothian firm has been fined for serious safety failings after a worker was left paralysed when he fell almost four metres through a fragile rooflight.

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Care home owner in court over death of vulnerable resident

 

The owner of a Leicester care home has been fined £100,000 after a vulnerable 85-year-old resident died from serious burns.

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Firm in court after worker loses arm

 

A Powys firm has been fined for serious safety failings after a woodworker had his right arm severed while clearing sawdust from underneath a circular saw.

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Businessman fined for asbestos failure in Colwyn Bay

 

A businessman allowed the spread of asbestos in an industrial building by not employing licensed contractors to remove the potentially deadly material, a court has heard.

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Firm in court after routine inspection reveals unsafe work at height

 

A construction company with a record of endangering the lives of its workers has been fined after the Health and Safety Executive found once again it was putting workers at serious risk of falling from height.

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North Devon housing company and contractor put workers’ at risk

 

Workers carrying out extensive boiler renovations on houses in Ilfracombe were exposed to potentially-deadly asbestos because of failures by a two local companies.

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Paper company in court after worker crushed by reel of paper

 

A Hertfordshire-based company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a 3.2 tonne reel of paper at its premises in Essex.

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Roofing firm in court after teenager breaks back in fall

 

A building firm has been fined £10,000 after a 17-year-old mental health patient broke her back and pelvis when she fell over six metres from the roof of the Royal Preston Hospital in Fullwood.

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Architects fined for safety failings in care home construction

 

A firm of architects has been fined for safety failings in the construction of a new timber frame care home in Hemlington.

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Property developer and builder in court over death at construction site

 

A Middlesex property development firm and a Buckinghamshire contractor have been ordered to pay a total of over £180,000 for safety failings after a worker was killed whilst driving a dumper truck during construction works at a former military base in Buckinghamshire.

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Contractor fined for worker’s 60ft tree fall

A tree surgeon dislocated his hip after falling more than 18 metres to the ground when the limb of a diseased tree he was working on gave way, a court heard today.

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Derbyshire school fined after grandmother falls from stairs

Derbyshire school has been prosecuted for safety failings after a pupil’s grandmother fell off the side of an unguarded staircase.

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Moray firm in court over worker’s fractured skull

An Aberlour-based haulage firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when an unsecured barrel fell from a lorry onto his head.

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Company prosecuted after worker suffers back injury in fork lift fall

A fork lift truck company has been fined after a worker at its West Bromwich factory fractured a vertebra in his back when one of its vehicles fell from a lorry.

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National clampdown targets construction industry’s poor health record

Health as well as safety’ will be the message as poor standards and unsafe work on Britain’s building sites are targeted as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing ill health, death and injury in the industry.

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Derbyshire employer prosecuted after worker severs thumb

The owner of a Derbyshire firm that specialises in refurbishing precision machining tools, has been fined for safety breaches after a worker severed a thumb while lifting a heavy component.

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Contractors in court after leisure centre roof fall

Two building contractors have been fined after a worker broke his back when he fell four metres from a roof.

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Scaffolding boss jailed for worker death failings

The Eltham-based owner of a Kent scaffolding business has been jailed for 15 months for safety failings after a worker plunged 14 metres to his death at a site in North West London.

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Enfield firm in court after faking safety record

A North London meat wholesalers has been sentenced for operating a fault-ridden forklift truck and trying to deceive safety inspectors by forging a positive examination report on the vehicle.

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Plymouth roofing firm fined for worker’s life threatening injuries

A roofer nearly died after falling whilst working on the ridge of part of a roof where there was no protection to prevent a fall.

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Disqualified director jailed over worker death and company deception

A Hampshire businessman, who was disqualified from being a company director, was jailed for serious fraud and safety offences. A second businessman was given a suspended prison sentence for similar offences.

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Hove firm prosecuted after flouting asbestos laws

A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work.

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Worker badly burned after firm ignores safety risks

A West Yorkshire company has been fined after a worker was severely burned in a flashover during hot-cutting work at the Fox’s Biscuits factory in Batley.

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Exploding vessel leads to court for carpet company and engineering inspection firm

A Kidderminster carpet company and a Surrey-based firm have been fined after a large pressure vessel, in which carpet fibres are dyed and processed, exploded, propelling the vessel’s quarter-tonne lid six metres into the air.

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Construction firm and roofing director prosecuted following worker fall

A London construction company and the director of a Hertfordshire roofing firm have been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when he plunged almost six metres through a void for a roof light.

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Engineering firm in court after workers suffer nerve damage

A Nottinghamshire aerospace engineering company has been ordered to pay more than £190,000 in fines and costs for failing to protect its employees from the effects of vibration, after 24 workers were diagnosed with debilitating nerve conditions.

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Developer goes to prison after repeatedly flouting safety laws

A developer has been sent to prison for 30 months after repeatedly breaching prohibition notices which were put in place to ensure the safety of workers while redeveloping a former office block in Parkeston, Essex.

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Company and director prosecuted for stone dust failings

The director of a London masonry company has been handed a suspended prison sentence for exposing workers to harmful stone dust and ignoring notices to improve extraction ventilation.

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Herefordshire company fined after employee injured by falling sheet of metal

A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a Canterbury school boiler house has been prosecuted after he recklessly exposed himself to the potentially-dangerous material.

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Derbyshire firm in court after worker's finger severed

A Dronfield company which produces packaging for the food processing industry has been fined after a worker suffered serious hand injuries unblocking an incorrectly-guarded machine.

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Construction company in court after employee crushed by excavator

A Worcestershire construction company has been fined for neglecting safety after a 27-year-old worker sustained life-changing injuries when he was struck by a reversing excavator.

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Plumber in court over dangerous gas boiler

An Essex plumber has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid community work for carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Tiptree.

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Recycling firm in court after contractors hurt in fall

A Leicestershire recycling company has been fined after two contractors fell more than two metres while fixing a roller-shutter door.

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Logistics firm fails to spot gap in safety

A Northampton logistics firm has been prosecuted after an agency worker fell from a loading ramp at their site on the Isle of Grain in Kent.

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Worker in court after asbestos exposure

A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a Canterbury school boiler house has been prosecuted after he recklessly exposed himself to the potentially-dangerous material.

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Northampton firms in court after worker's life-changing injuries

A scaffolding firm and the owner of a roofing company have been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when he plunged nine metres through a fragile warehouse roof in Northampton.

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Video footage lands skip firm owner in court

The owner of a skip hire firm in Bacup has been fined after he was filmed putting an employee's life in danger by lifting him in a digger bucket.

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Construction firm fined after worker's roof light fall

A Sunderland construction firm has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell three metres through a fragile roof light landing on the floor below.

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Construction firm prosecuted after apprentice's fall

A Dutch building firm has been fined after an apprentice fractured his skull falling more than six metres from a scaffold during construction of the new West Bromwich Leisure Centre.

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Forklift operator in court after dangerous lift causes serious injury

A forklift truck operator has been prosecuted for safety failings after a teenager was seriously injured by a falling heater unit weighing almost half-a-tonne during a dangerous lifting operation in Kent.

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Scaffolding firm fined after worker fell from ladder

A Birmingham firm has been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a two-metre fall from a ladder while constructing scaffolding for the set of a television programme.

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Firm in court for failing to communicate known asbestos risk

A Battersea building firm has been fined for failing to highlight the known presence of asbestos insulating board (AIB) at a Berkshire warehouse – exposing a foreman and others to potential harm when it was ripped out during refurbishment work.

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County Durham firm in court after worker's hand severely injured

A County Durham firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand when it was caught in the rollers of a glue machine with a broken safety guard.

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Unregistered gas fitter prosecuted for dangerous work

A gas fitter has been fined after he illegally carried out work to install a gas boiler in a Newquay home.

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Housing trust and two firms fined for potential asbestos risk

A trust providing housing and care for the elderly and two firms hired to carry out refurbishment work at its premises in Alnwick have been fined after staff and residents were put at risk of exposure to asbestos.

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Firm fined after decorator is seriously injured in stairwell fall

An Essex construction company has been fined after a self-employed decorator was severely injured in a stairwell fall at a building site in Cambridgeshire.

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Worker died after fall through roof light

A scaffolder died when he fell eight metres through a fragile roof light while working on top of a chemical store at a creamery in Cornwall.

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Fitting firm fined over severe head injury

A Bedfordshire fitting company has been fined for safety failings after a worker sustained a serious head injury in a preventable fall from a temporary scaffolding platform in Kensington.

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Contractor in court for ignoring safety risks

A self-employed building contractor from Chippenham has been fined for exposing workers to serious risk of injury after they were seen working on a barn roof with nothing to guard against a fall.

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More news from the Health and Safety Executive can be found at: www.hse.gov.uk/press

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