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Two companies fined nearly £2m after death of 5 year old in damaged lift

Two companies have been sentenced following the death of a five-year-old girl who became trapped while using a lift at her home in Weymouth. Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Alexys Brown’s family moved into the property in 2009 of which Synergy Housing Limited, as part of the Aster Group, became the owner. The property had […]

£300k fine for NHS Trust after two employees stabbed

NHS Oxleas Foundation Trust has today been fined £300,000 after two nurses suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a service user. The Old Bailey heard how a health care assistant, Francis Barrett was preparing toasted sandwiches for the staff and some of the patients in the kitchen on the Burgess Ward of […]

£134,000 fine for demolition company after two workers fall from excavator

A demolition contractor has been fined after two workers fell from an attachment on an excavator, resulting in serious injuries. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how Cheshire Demolition and Excavation Contractors Limited was demolishing a derelict nightclub in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The two workers climbed into a pick bin and were lifted by an excavator. […]

£100,000 fine for construction firm after worker loses hand

A major construction and infrastructure firm, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd, has been fined after a worker’s hand was severed. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker was investigating whether a blockage had caused a hydraulic ram to stop working when the ram activated unexpectedly, severing the 27-year-old’s right hand at King’s Troop Artillery […]

Engineering company fined after apprentice left seriously-injured

An engineering company has been fined after an apprentice was seriously-injured by a lathe. Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard how in Stewarton, Ayrshire, the safety interlocks of a CNC lathe were overridden to allow an apprentice to operate a machine with the doors open meaning he was exposed to dangerous moving parts. The apprentice was left […]