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Two IKO Design employees were re-siting a heater and installing a new chimney flue on 31 October 2014 when one of them fell through a skylight.
He died from his injuries six months later, Leicester Crown Court was told.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served an immediate prohibition notice after it found there was no safe access to a tower scaffold and no safe working platform. IKO had also failed to provide workers with personal protective equipment.
The company pleaded guilty to breaching regs 4 and 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations; and to take precautions to protect employees working on fragile surfaces.
It was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £35,000.
Hull Crown Court was told that Tata Steel employee Thomas Standerline, 26, was standing inside a cage while inspecting a crane in April 2010. An overhead crane travelled over the edge of his cage and trapped him, leading to instant death. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that, even after the occurrence of two incidents prior to Standerline’s death, Tata Steel had failed to enforce its own safety procedures. It also found that the overhead crane in question should not have been in operation.
“Relentless and largely unnoticed” is how Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) chief executive Errol Taylor recently characterised the rise in serious accidents at home and in leisure time. He went on to point out that this increase had happened in parallel with huge strides in road and workplace safety based on “scientific, evidence-based approaches to accident prevention”, and appealed for greater effort to address home and leisure risks.
The infrastructure provider behind the Thames Tideway scheme in London is racking up a first in occupational health (OH) provision. Tideway, the company appointed by Thames Water to build, maintain and operate the 25 km tunnel below the River Thames to relieve the capital of its sewage and rainwater, has mandated an OH service for the entire seven-year project – an arrangement unknown until now in large-scale infrastructure projects.
The 4.5 m tall concrete structure at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling’s plant gave way on 7 July 2016 crushing the workers, before tonnes of scrap metal behind fell on top. The five men were pronounced dead at the scene, while a sixth escaped from the debris with only a broken leg. The HSE has taken over from the West Midlands Police and will investigate whether any safety regulations were breached.
Barrister Dominic Adamson, who represented the company, said the sentencing judge His Honour Judge Patrick had “erred” in his application of the sentencing guidelines and that the original sentence was “manifestly excessive”.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the C & R Construction (SW) employee was installing roof sheets on a new agricultural building when the incident occurred on 11 May 2016.C & R Construction (SW) did not provide suitable edge protection. It also failed to ensure there was a sufficient risk assessment and did not ensure that those installing the edge protection and supervising the work had received adequate training.