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The machine was fitted with an interlock bowl guard to prevent access to its rotating mixing arm but it had been deliberately overridden, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found.
The worker's injuries included broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a large blood clot under the armpit.
Kamkee Food, of Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea near Southend, was found guilty of breaching s 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and reg 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
HSE inspector Nicholas Wright said that the injuries, which had been sustained at the food manufacturer's factory premises at Kingside Business Park in London on 13 February 2017, could have been avoided had Kamkee Food properly assessed the risk and applied effective control measures.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act at Luton Crown Court on 13 March.A Central Bedfordshire Council investigation into the incident at Woburn Forest Village on 22 October 2015 found that a Center Parcs employee was supervising seven children in an organised tree climb.The employee had been tasked with providing a safety talk, fitting a harness on each child, and clipping each child to the fall-arrest system before the activity started.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, 35, was carrying out pre-flight checks on his Hawk TMk1 XX177 jet at around 11am on 8 November 2011, preparing for routine flight training. The aircraft’s engine was running but it was stationary on the Royal Air Force Scampton airbase in Lincolnshire. Cunningham’s Mk10 ejection seat inadvertently fired and sent the pilot into the air. The main parachute on the seat failed to open and he fell to the ground, sustaining multiple injuries. He later died in hospital.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the worker, who was employed as a driver by WK West, was asked to work in the firm’s factory on 3 October 2016 after he had finished his driving duties for the day. The superviser had set up a circular saw and demonstrated the task of pushing stacked cardboard sheets through it. No push stick or jig was used to push the cardboard through the blade. Once the demonstration was complete, the driver was left unsupervised to continue the work.
The Volvo XC90 SUV was in autonomous mode and there was a safety driver behind the steering wheel when it hit Elaine Herzberg, 49, on Sunday evening (18 March). She later died in hospital. Video footage of the crash shows Herzberg walking with her bicycle when she suddenly stepped into the road, outside of a zebra crossing. The car was travelling at about 65 kph and did not appear to slow down as it approached her. The incident is believed to be the first fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US.
Andrew Hill will be charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of 11 people who were killed when the Hawker Hunter jet he was flying smashed into a section of the busy A27 road after a loop-the-loop stunt went wrong on 22 August 2015. Hill, 53, will also be charged with endangering an aircraft under Art 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009, which states “a person must not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in an aircraft”.
Road signs for the restaurant’s drive-through and car park entrances were unclear and Danny Osborne had been asked by his shift manager to go outside and direct customers.While he was doing so a motorist became “aggressive” and drove into Osborne, who was 17 at the time, fracturing his knee. Thurrock Council brought the prosecution after its investigation into the incident on 18 April 2014 found McDonald’s had not trained its staff how to direct and control traffic.
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.
We spoke to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Andrew Johnson about a case where a one-tonne pallet of glass fell on a United Pallet Network (UK) Limited’s employee, causing life-changing injuries.
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.
Chipboard manufacturer Norbord Europe Limited has been fined £2.15m after a four-week trial held at Perth Sheriff Court in Scotland found that a series of failings at its Cowie site in Stirlingshire in July 2016 had led to an employee’s death.