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Alan Campbell, 47, was fitting a loading platform on 19 June 2012 when he fell. He suffered two bleeds to the brain and was kept in an induced coma for more than three weeks. A metal plate also had to be inserted into his forehead to reshape his face.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Scotland's prosecution service the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service found Anglian Windows had not provided sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to employees who loaded and unloaded equipment from van roofs.
The company pleaded guilty and was fined £10,000 for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
HSE inspector Ritchie McCrae said: "On this occasion, Anglian Windows failed to control the risk of falls from van roofs as the company was entirely reliant on an instruction which was not properly communicated and was not monitored to check compliance."
John Sisk and Son (Sisk) was the principal contractor responsible for fitting-out a new distribution warehouse in Motherwell, Scotland, while Hemsec Installations was subcontracted to design and construct the warehouse’s cold store.Twenty-year-old Nayan Patel and Guy Davies, 27, were working on the roof lids of the partially built cold store when they collapsed on 12 October 2010. Patel sustained fractures to his right arm and foot, while Davies’ thigh and right kneecap were fractured.Both workers were employed by Sitewatch, a subcontractor of Sisk.
The worker was stood on a platform with unguarded rails, preparing to take down the top level of a unit at a construction site in Westferry Road, London. He slipped and fell over the side of the platform, hitting the concrete floor 5.9 m down. He is no longer able to work having sustained internal bleeding, a collapsed lung and fractures to his pelvis and right arm.
The worker had two fingers on his right hand amputated following the incident on 31 October 2014. Bespoke in Oak was sentenced at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, when it was revealed there was no functioning limited cutter projection tooling on the cutting block and dangerous moving parts were exposed.
Employees routinely used heavy vibrating air-powered tools including drills, grinders and ratchets in assembling large forklift trucks such as those used for moving shipping containers.Until a new health and safety manager was appointed in 2011, Linde had no health surveillance regime to check workers were not developing HAVS, though it had received previous personal insurance claims from employees suffering the condition.
George Hancock was working at Wilko’s Worksop distribution centre when the incident happened in December 2011. After an inquest at Nottingham Coroner’s Court in December 2013, when the jury recorded a verdict of accidental death, Bassetlaw District Council prosecuted Wilko following an investigation into what happened.
The gas distributor was overseeing work to fix a gas leak on Ashby Road, Scunthorpe when pressure build-up burst one of the pipelines. One worker from the team of subcontractors was trapped between two gas pipes and sustained a broken thighbone. The fire and rescue service worked for an hour in zero visibility to free the engineer, who was wearing breathing apparatus to protect him from escaping gas and the cloud of dust and debris it created.
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IOSH magazine spoke to HSE inspector Bill Gilroy about a serious accident at a Nestlé factory in Newcastle – an almost carbon copy of a previous incident at another of the confectionary firm’s factories.