The worker was unloading empty food trays when the accident happened on 22 March 2016. Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that a forklift driver hit a stack of empty trays, which toppled on to the worker. He hit his head as he fell over and died from his injuries two weeks later. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Bakkavor Foods had failed to provide enough clearance between pedestrians and workplace vehicles. The company pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £176,000.
The crane operator, who was employed by HJ Enthoven & Sons, was using an overhead crane to lift a bin of scrap lead when the bin slipped. Its contents emptied on to the worker, trapping and injuring him. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to properly plan the work and ensure it was supervised by a competent person. HJ Enthoven pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined at Luton Magistrates’ Court, where it was also ordered to pay £6,510 costs.
The employee was trying to clear a blockage on a plastic injection moulding machine when the incident happened on 20 December 2016. The severity of his injuries caused him to miss three months off work.The Health and Safety Executive found that Brother Industries (UK) had no safe system of work for clearing a blockage on its machines.
William and Shelby Thurston were overseeing several rides at Thurston’s Funfair in Harlow Town Park in Essex in March 2016 when Summer Grant died. The inflatable dome she was playing on blew into the air, was carried 300 m across the park and struck a tree. Summer died in hospital after sustaining multiple injuries to her head, neck and chest.Justice Garnham sentenced the couple each to three years in prison today at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC), which brought the prosecution, found Tyke Leisure (trading as Tyke Racing) ignored its own risk assessments that it had carried out the previous year after another six year old was seriously hurt. A court was told that in October 2016 the child was attending a “Cadet Drivers Club” training session at Tyke Racing. He crashed into a barrier on a hairpin bend towards the end of the 500 m circuit, hitting his head on the steering wheel and fracturing his wrist.
The Palmer Timber employees were walking across the firm’s yard at Cradley Heath, in the West Midlands, on 23 February 2015 when a Combilift multi-directional forklift hit them as it turned a corner.The company pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4, by virtue of reg 17, of the Workplace (Health and Safety and Welfare) Regulations, which covers the organisation of traffic routes.