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Lack of training in working at height causes yet more serious injuries

Manufacturing company, Acrivarn Ltd, was sentenced today for safety breaches after an employee using a 9-inch angle grinder suffered significant facial injuries when the cutting disc came into contact with his face. Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court heard how, the injured person had been assigned the task of dismantling a mezzanine spray booth steel structure in the […]

Cornish builder fined after extremely dangerous demolition

Bodmin builder Thomas Sturgess, has been sentenced after concerns over an unsafe demolition site were raised. Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard that during December 2017, concerns were raised by members of the public about potentially dangerous demolition taking place in Webber Street, Falmouth. HSE received a number of photographs from concerned members of the public showing […]

Passerby shopped window cleaner for unsafe work

A window cleaner has been ordered to pay £20,000 for unsafe work at height after a member of the public photographed his team balancing on a 45cm ledge with no safety protection. Men employed by Henry Robertson Ronald Brown, trading as Ronnie Brown Window Cleaning, were cleaning the windows of a hair dressing salon in St Helier, […]

£54k fine after modified podium steps led to serious injury

A two metre fall has left a worker with fractured vertebrae after podium steps toppled over. How did a recognised safe method of working at height result in life-changing injuries? A worker was welding components on a site in Peterborough. In order to access the job he was required to work at height, and did so […]

Multiple safety failures lead to £260k fine after worker falls from height

Construction company, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd was sentenced for safety breaches after worker, Mark Smith, fell 4.8 metres through an unprotected opening. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how, Mr Smith, aged 36, was working at Stone Gappe Hall, Lothersdale, Keighley, owned by Richard McAlpine, a director of the McAlpine group of companies. Mr Smith was attaching […]