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M&W Tarmacadam Contractors employee Darren Mundell was standing on the bonnet of a paver to cut overhanging branches at the Arkleton Estate in Langholm on 7 November 2016. He lost his balance and fell into a tar hopper, Dumfries Sheriff Court was told.
Mundell sustained a spinal fracture and a damaged spinal cord which caused permanent paralysis from the waist down.
The Health and Safety Executive said the bonnet was not a safe place to work.
Inspector Kirstin Lynchahon said: "Planning the branch cutting activity would have included an assessment of the risks and either avoidance of working at height using long reach tools or measures being put in place to prevent a fall."
M&W was fined £10,000 after it pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4 of the Work at Height Regulations.
The accident happened on 29 January 2013 because the company had not identified the risks associated with the road repair work and moving traffic, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said. As a result the appropriate control measures, including temporary speed limits, signage and road closures, had not been implemented. SWH pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £17,925 costs at Exeter Crown Court on Friday (1 December).
Eric Ihoeghinlan, an employee of Gabem Management, fell through a lighting grid hatch on 18 November 2014 while he was recovering electrical cables for BBC Studioworks during a derigging job.He sustained a blood clot to the brain, fractured pelvis and ankles, and a ruptured spleen. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was no edge protection around the hatches of the lighting grids. BBC Studioworks pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It must pay £6,000 in costs.
Principal inspector Clare Owen told IOSH Magazine that Befesa Salt Slags (Befesa) had contracted Spanish firm Porvi Construcciones y Contratas (Porvi) to demolish redundant machinery at its plant in Fenns Bank, near Whitchurch on the Welsh border.“There was a crane on-site and Befesa understood that this was going to be used to provide the support for a large [metal] hopper, so it could be cut away from the structural steelwork holding it and lifted to a place of safety,” Owen said.
Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, is undergoing a major redevelopment, part of a wider £260m scheme to regenerate one of the city’s most deprived areas.Founded by John Houlding after he broke away from the board of Everton FC to form a new club in 1892, Liverpool FC has become one of the most successful clubs in Europe.In 2012, current owners Fenway Sports Group announced that Liverpool FC would remain at its historic home rather than build a new stadium and decided to redevelop the Main Stand to meet growing spectator demand, adding 4,500 seats.
A routine inspection of the premises, carried out by two Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors in September 2015, found a catalogue of safety failures.Luton Magistrates’ Court was told that Plasterboard Recycling Solutions had failed to control exposure to plasterboard dust, which had coated floors, walls, ledges and machinery at the site. A follow-up occupational hygiene survey found the concentration of dust exceeded workplace exposure limits.
The two companies were sentenced on 17 November at Guildford Crown Court. The court was told that Wetton Cleaning Services employee Roger Lower, 46, was working a night shift at the West Marina Depot in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings. He had been washing the exterior of a train before his colleagues found him lying on the live rail on 24 May 2014. Emergency services were called but they were unable to save his life.