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Two female passengers underwent leg amputations after 'Smiler' ride carriages crashed on 2 June. Three others were badly hurt.
The HSE informed Merlin Attractions Operations of its prosecution today. The company will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme on 22 April to face a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Neil Craig, head of operations for the HSE in the Midlands, said: "We have conducted a very thorough investigation and consider that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution."
Natural Insulation (formerly Black Mountain Insulation) did not conduct an adequate assessment for processing hemp and failed to adequately guard machinery. The investigation was carried out following concerns raised anonymously.
Merthyr Tydfil-based Advanced Gate manufactured and installed a gate system for Personal Hygiene Services (PHS) in Caerphilly. It featured two leaves – the first was driven by a motor and it powered the second via a chain and sprocket.On 30 September 2014 a PHS employee went to close the gate manually after the mechanism failed. As he pulled one of the leaves, it detached from the runners and fell on him. A vertical rail struck his leg, resulting in severe trauma tearing muscle and nerves. He was hospitalised for ten days and off work for 12 months.
The storage silo, which was used during harvest time, had an exit hole at the bottom where grain could pour out of and onto a chain conveyor belt. On 1 August 2014 this exit hole became blocked, as it frequently did. Fox entered the vessel in an attempt to clear the build-up from inside while it still contained a large amount of grain. Fox managed to unclog the exit hole but, as the grain started to flow again, he became submerged in it and was asphyxiated.
As we reported last month, three National Grid Gas workers and two employees from RS Services were deployed to Ashby Road, Scunthorpe to stop a gas leak. The fault was in the location of a previous repair on the pipe that first needed to be removed.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced it will issue the MoD with a Crown Censure – the equivalent of a criminal prosecution. There is no financial penalty associated with a Crown Censure, but it is an official record of a failing to comply with the law. On 13 July, Corporal James Dunsby and Lance Corporals Edward Maher and Craig Roberts were on a training march trying out for places in the SAS reserve. The temperature reached 27°C and, with few opportunities for the part-time reservists for refill their water bottles, they fell ill and collapsed.
The pressurised gas cylinder arrived at Walter Heselwood’s site in Sheffield hidden inside a water tank. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Kirsty Storer explained that orphaned pressurised gas cylinders often turn up in waste streams destined for recycling sites. Orphaned cylinders do not belong to major companies such as Calor Gas, BP Gas, Flogas and BOC Industrial Gases, which have retrieval arrangements.
A Belfast-based Risk & Compliance software provider has been collaborating with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and construction giant Costain as part of an ongoing project to unlock artificial intelligence’s (AI) potential in improving the management of risks on worksites.
The owners and operators of the Holiday Inn Hotel in Hemel Hempstead have been ordered to pay almost £160,000 after the wooden staircase that a wedding party was standing on for a group photograph collapsed beneath them.
A SCUBA equipment supply company has been fined £9,300 and ordered to pay £11,000 costs after providing a diving school with contaminated air that led to children being taken so ill during a training session that one ended up in an induced coma.
The US Department of Labor has presented an Ohio-based vehicle parts manufacturer on its ‘severe violator enforcement programme’ with a fine of $480,240 (approx. £373,000) after inspectors found it had continually exposed workers to multiple machine hazards