EDF Energy Nuclear Generation (EDF-NGL) and engineering firm Doosan Babcock have been fined a total of £350,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall at Hinkley Point B power station in Bridgwater, Somerset.
John Thompson, trading as Thompson Roofing and Guttering, told the couple that the structure of their roof was to blame for the labourer’s fall. He claimed the battens and timbers were rotten and spaced too far apart and charged them £7,200 to carry out repair work. Neighbours alerted Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards, whose officers notified the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and this led to a joint prosecution.
The Formation Construction employee was using a concrete breaker at Tech West House in Acton to make an opening for the stairwell when he fell on 4 November 2015. He sustained fatal head injuries. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company had not planned or supervised the work and had failed to ensure it was being carried out safely. It served an enforcement notice, stopping the work activity until there were guardrails or barriers to prevent workers falling.
Canterbury Crown Court was told that John Head, 60, was struck by the reversing vehicle at the company's household waste recycling depot in Ross Way, Folkestone, on 18 October 2013. He sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The waste and recycling firm was found guilty of breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and must pay £130,000 costs. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed refuse collection vehicle and articulated lorry drivers often manoeuvred around the yard without specific controls in place.
Logistics firm PCL Transport, which distributes chilled goods, has been fined £150,000 over the incident at a dairy in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 15 December 2015. Reading Crown Court was told lorry drivers ignored controls set out in PCL Transport's safe system of work, principally the use of an allocated pre-use vehicle check area.The victim was "seriously hurt", the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.
Andrew Hill, a trained Royal Air Force instructor, was attempting a bent loop manoeuvre in his 1950s Hawker Hunter at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex when he lost control on 22 August 2015. Jurors were told that he was flying too low and with not enough power when he began the aerobatic stunt. The jet plunged into traffic on the A27 dual carriageway, causing a fireball.
Chelmsford Magistrates' Court was told that the Slug and Lettuce employee was preparing to unload a drinks delivery on 18 October 2017. The internal cellar hatch door, which was open and unsecured, fell shut and he sustained several broken fingers. The prosecution was brought against Stonegate Pub Company by Colchester Borough Council after an investigation by one of its safety and health officers found the cellar door's gas struts had not been replaced after they were removed in July 2016.
Darlington Borough Council was fined £28,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found it had not properly monitored work activities at the building site on Allington Way.The council's failure to ensure the safe storage of trusses was a contributing factor to the accident, the HSE said, along with its failure to manage the volume of materials on site. Vehicle operations had not been planned or managed, and housekeeping was poor.
Inspectors will focus on issues including machinery, falls from height, child safety and risk posed by livestock. In October and November 2018, the HSE ran a series of agriculture compliance events in South West and Eastern England, Wales and Scotland, which focused on the practical steps that farms can take to ensure compliance ahead of the inspection visits. The events were developed as a result of research into farmers' attitudes to risk and were aimed at changing industry behaviours.
Fourteen projects have been awarded £19.6m from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), to develop machines for maintenance and inspection work in environments such as pressure vessels, offshore wind farms and end-of-life nuclear facilities. The projects will develop a mixture of ground-based, airborne and underwater devices.