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The worker sustained multiple fractures, a dislocated ankle and knee, and back injuries when a flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bag of ammonium nitrate toppled over, Ipswich Magistrates' Court was told. He was off work for 13 weeks.
The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) investigation into the accident, which happened on 16 May 2016, found the company had not followed its own risk assessment covering pallet stacking. The FIBC bags had been stacked directly on top of one another rather than in a pyramid fashion, which the HSE said is the "recognised industry standard".
It also found ABP had failed to review its stacking procedure despite previous bag spills and stack collapses at its Ipswich and King's Lynn docks.
ABP, which owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland and Wales, managing around 25% of the UK's sea-borne trade, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £666,000 and ordered to pay almost £8,690 in costs.
After the hearing HSE inspector Tania van Rixtel said: "The incident could have been avoided if the company had followed their own risk assessments and reviewed their systems following previous bag collapses."
Kier’s subcontractor Sean Hegarty was also fined £75,000 for its role in the accident, which took place on a stretch of the B1063 north of Lidgate. The principal contractor, Kier Integrated Services, had employed Sean Hegarty to repair the road surface under a contract it had with Suffolk County Council.A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that on 13 May 2014, Hegarty workers were using a road planer to remove the tar from the southbound side of the road, while the northbound side had traffic lights to control the direction of the traffic.
The accident happened in the south-east London borough of Lewisham at the Wearside Service Centre, which provides local businesses with commercial waste and recycling services. Southwark Crown Court was told the woman fell and struck her head while work was being carried out on the premises. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Lewisham council had disregarded recommendations from an independent safety and health consultant to put guards around or over the inspection pits.
The accident happened at Mac Skip Hire’s site in Hinckley, Leicestershire, on 4 November 2015. Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told that the employee was trying to remove overhanging waste from a moving shovel loader when she was crushed between it and her lorry. The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to implement systems and site rules for loading operations. It was served an improvement notice to ensure pedestrians and vehicles could circulate safely. This was complied with in February 2016.
The near-miss happened on 22 June 2017 on a steam locomotive from Totnes (Riverside) to Buckfastleigh. The railway is owned and operated by the South Devon Railway Trust, trading as South Devon Railway (SDR). The train was travelling at about 32 km/h when the three-year-old and his mother were in a toilet cubicle at the end of carriage 4805.
The accidents happened during the construction of a concrete disabled ramp over three days in January 2016. The Health and Safety Executive said it would have been reasonably practicable to close the store during the construction of the ramp and install barriers and signs to prevent access by the public. However, the shop remained open while the work was being undertaken and customers had to walk through the building site to access it.
The proactive inspections will review safety and health standards in food manufacturing businesses across the country, focusing on two of the main causes of ill-health in the sector. These are occupational asthma from exposure to flour dust in bakeries, cake and biscuit factories, and grain mills; and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as lower back pain and upper limb disorders from manual handling activities and repetitive tasks.