HSE News and Prosecutions
Warburtons Fined £1.9m After Injury to Agency Worker
After a worker got his arm trapped in a conveyor belt, Warburtons Ltd was fined £1.9 million and ordered to pay full costs of £21,459.71. The worker was cleaning parts of the bread line whilst it was running, when his arm was caught. In its investigation, the HSE found that the company failed to install protective guarding on the machine, which would have prevented this incident.
Company Fined After Failing to Comply With Enforcement Action
Devon residents were put at risk from unsafe work practices from Hatchmere Park Ltd, who was fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £25,000. The buildings that were under construction lacked any safety guards, which left both workers and residents exposed to potential falling debris. In its investigation, the HSE noted that the company failed to comply with safety standards, which required it to install fencing around the perimeter of the buildings and signs that alerted any passer-by of the construction.
Company, Contractor Fined After Member of Public Hit by Fencing Wire
After a Redditch woman was struck by fencing wire that had gotten entangled in a mechanical flail, RM Contractors Limited was fined £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £22,000, and a Complete Tree Services contractor was sentenced to a 120 hours community order and ordered to pay costs of £3,600. In its investigation, the HSE found that both the company and the contractor failed to properly assess the potential risks and implement safety precautions.