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Prison sentence for company director after worker impaled on a spike

Hafeez Ghafoor, formerly a director of the now-dissolved landscaping company R K United Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered life changing injuries. Leeds Crown Court heard that, an employee of R K United Ltd was using a lorry loader crane to deliver a load of soil to a new house […]

Council fined £100,000 for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS)

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how Dacorum Borough Council reported seven cases of HAVS between May 2015 and June 2016, due to the excessive use of power tools. The affected employees were all part of its grounds maintenance and street care team, looking after the public spaces in Hertfordshire. The HSE’s investigation found that the council had neither […]

Engineering company fined after wooden bearer causes fatal injury to employee

An engineering company has been fined following the death of an employee who was struck on the head by a wooden bearer in the yard of a fabrication workshop. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how, James Longair, 62 was helping a colleague who was operating a side loader at IODS Pipe Clad Limited in East Kilbride, […]

£10k fine for company after security guard not in their employment loses fingers

A groundworks company has been fined after a security guard suffered serious hand injuries. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how at the site on Ableton Lane in Avonmouth, a plant driver employed by APK Earthmoving Limited requested the assistance of a security guard working for a separate company to remove a trailer from a bulldozer whilst […]

Over £9,000 fine after employee seriously injured in fall from lorry

A manufacturer of steel water storage tanks and supporting towers has been fined after a worker suffered multiple fractures following a fall from height. Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard how, a Braithwaite Engineers Limited employee was injured when he fell from a lorry bed whilst unloading the lorry at their site in Risca, resulting in multiple […]