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Furnace re-liner ignored vibration and silicosis risks

A manufacturer of monolithic refractory products that put workers at risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and silicosis has been fined. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation after Calderys UK reported in early 2017 that two employees had contracted HAVS at its Leeds production plant. It found that since 2006 there […]

£159k fine for bakery after persistently exposing workers to harmful flour dust

A bakery company was fined for safety breaches after employees suffered long term exposure to flour dust, a respiratory sensitiser. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that between April 2002 and April 2016 employees were consistently exposed to risks to their health, with some being medically diagnosed as suffering from occupational asthma. An investigation by the Health […]

Stonework company fined £14k for ignoring enforcement notice

A stonework company has been fined for failing to comply with an enforcement notice served by a health and safety inspector, requiring it to guard a stone-cutting saw. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that employees of Tiles & Tops Limited of Croydon had been exposed to the risk of amputation because the blade of an Elenis […]

Twatt’s fined £40k after worker seriously injured in fall from height

A family-owned and run farming business has been fined £40,000 after an employee sustained severe injuries following a fall from height. Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how Alan Twatt (Potatoes) Limited asked an employee to install an electric cable through four barns at a height of approximately 4 metres. A potato box lifted by a forklift […]

£27k fine for LA after swimmer contracts Legionnaire’s Disease from showers

Tendring District Council has been fined after a member of public contracted Legionnaires’ Disease having been a regular user of its leisure centre facilities. Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard how the member of public frequently used the showers at Walton Lifestyles when he fell seriously ill and was taken to hospital where he remained for 18 […]