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Tile manufacturer fined £10k after employee suffered serious injuries

A tile manufacturing company in Colchester has been fined after a worker was drawn into the in-running nip of a conveyor tail drum and suffered three breaks to his left arm and crush injuries to his forearm. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how, an employee was removing sand from the inside of a conveyor belt in […]

Staying safe while working in a ceiling void

False ceilings create a handy space to conceal structural elements of the building and pipes and cables. But when these installations require maintenance or alteration, what hazards should you take into account? When work takes place in a ceiling void the overriding difficulty is in gaining safe access. Traditionally you might choose a stepladder for this work, […]

Illegal gas work left a Devon home in dangerous state

A self-employed property maintenance contractor has been sentenced after arranging and being in control of gas work that his contractors were not registered or competent to do, leaving it in a dangerous condition. Exeter Crown Court heard how Nigel Borrough, the sole director of Collier Property Management Ltd, quoted for a kitchen re-fit which included […]

Annual figures for the number of work-related fatalities in 2019/20

The HES’s provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 111 workers were fatally injured at work between April 2019 and March 2020 (a rate of 0.34 deaths per 100,000 workers), the lowest year on record.  This represents a fall of 38 deaths from the previous year, though it is likely that this fall […]

Propert company fined £1.1 million after a worker fell 3 metres

An engineer was testing a sprinkler system at a site in Hemel Hempstead.  In the course of his investigations he climbed onto an internal roof using an extension ladder. The ladder slipped and he fell 3 metres into the gap between the internal roof and the external wall.  Once safely extracted he received treatment for […]