Category Archives: Accident Report Form News

Scaffold Inspectors prosecuted after worker falls from height

Two scaffold Inspectors have been prosecuted after a worker fell through a gap between the scaffolding and the building, resulting in serious injuries.

Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 26th March 2014, the 49-year old worker was working on a re-roofing project. As he stepped down from the untiled roof onto a fixed scaffold, he fell through a gap between the working platform of the scaffolding and the building. He suffered fracture injuries to his spine and had to wear a back brace for -eight weeks.

The scaffolding had been signed off as safe for use by Mr Stephen Harper and Mr Garry Arnold. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that they had not carried out the relevant inspections and had falsified the certificates to show that all was safe for use.

Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said: “Scaffold Inspectors are relied upon by workers and must be trusted. Falsely completing reports without carrying out a thorough inspection can lead to serious risks being missed and life changing accidents occurring.”

Mr. Stephen Harper of Alkrington, Middleton and Mr. Garry Arnold of Crookes, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and were each sentenced to 170 hours community service and ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Notes to Editors:
1.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
2.More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/ link to external website
3.HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/scaffold-inspectors-prosecuted-after-worker-falls-from-height/

Waste removal contractor fined after asbestos concerns

A waste removal contractor from Bridgend has been sentenced after undertaking asbestos removal work at two locations without being licensed to do so.

Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how, on two occasions 1 September and 7 November 2016 Mark John Gibson, who advertised as an asbestos removal service, was contracted to remove asbestos containing materials from properties in Pont Y Clun and Dyffryn Chapel, Caerau.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Gibson (trading as All-Gone Waste) worked with asbestos containing materials that required him to have a licence from the HSE. He did not and has never had a licence issued to him for this purpose.

Mark John Gibson of High View, Bridgend pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 8 (1) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, and Regulations 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He has been fined £1500.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2657.00

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Phil Nicolle said: “Mr Gibson undertook asbestos removal work which he was not licensed to do.

“Asbestos removal must be done by HSE licensed contractors to ensure the highest standards are met to prevent health risks to employees and members of public.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

 

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/waste-removal-contractor-fined-after-asbestos-concerns/

Waste and recycling industry being told to clean up by regulator

Companies and people working in the waste and recycling industry are being told they must pay closer attention to how they manage workplace risk or face serious penalties.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) programme of proactive inspections will review health and safety standards in waste and recycling businesses across the country, and the industry is being warned that unannounced inspections will begin next week.

The visits come as HSE releases its sector plans which pinpoint the waste and recycling industry as a priority sector.

The waste and recycling sector, which is made up of around 120,000 workers, has a statistically higher rate of workplace injury and work-related ill health than other sectors and workers in this industry are more likely to suffer work-related illness than any other sector.

Within the waste and recycling sector the main causes of fatal injuries to workers are being struck by moving vehicles, coming into contact with moving machinery and being injured by something collapsing or overturning.

HSE insists these incidents can be prevented when organisations have proper risk management in place. In the five years to 2016/17 there were 39 fatalities to workers and 11 members of the public were killed as a result of work activity in the sector.

The inspections will ensure measures are being taken by those responsible to protect workers and employers against risk and injury and HSE will not hesitate to use enforcement to bring about improvements.

HSE’s head of waste and recycling Rick Brunt, said: “The waste and recycling industry continues to have one of the poorest health and safety records.

This inspection initiative will look at certain activities to ensure effective management and control of risk.

“HSE is calling on anyone working in the industry to take the time to refresh their knowledge of our advice and guidance, available for free on our website. Every worker has the right to return from work safe in the knowledge that their employer takes their health and safety seriously.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/waste-and-recycling-industry-being-told-to-clean-up-by-regulator/

Construction company and project manager fined after multiple safety failings

A London-based construction company and project manager have been fined for repeatedly failing to manage and control multiple risks.

Reading Magistrates’ Court heard how, after concerns were raised by both workers and members of the public, HSE inspectors made a number of visits during 2015 to two project sites where In House Design Build Ltd was the principal contractor and identified a number of serious health and safety failings.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that over a four-month period at the first site, and despite several enforcement notices being served, the company still failed to adequately address the risks. The notices served were for breaches including unsafe work at height, working in unstable deep excavations and inadequate arrangements for planning, managing and monitoring construction work. Further similar concerns were found later in the year at the second site where very poor welfare arrangements were also noted.

In House Design and Build Limited, of Royalty House, Dean Street, London, pleaded guilty to two breaches under Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015. The company was fined £100,000.

Project manager, Neil Crow, of Woodgrange Avenue, London, who had been in charge of operations at both sites, pleaded guilty to two breaches under Regulation 13 (1) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015, by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £15,000.

Full costs of £15,000 were also awarded.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Dominic Goacher said: “Principal contractors and their managers have a duty to ensure risks to workers are managed throughout the construction phase of projects. This case serves as a reminder to those responsible of the importance of ensuring construction work is properly planned, managed and monitored so that serious risks are identified and eliminated or controlled. It was only by good fortune that someone was not seriously injured or killed in this instance.”

Further safety in construction guidance for principal contractors can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/2015/principal-contractors.htm

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill-health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

 

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/construction-company-and-project-manager-fined-after-multiple-safety-failings/

Company fined after chemical explosion

An oil storage company has been fined after contractors cut into a sealed pipe causing an explosion inside a tank.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that on 19 January 2015, contractors of ESL Fuels Ltd cut into a sealed pipe using a grinder. The pipe, which was attached to a tank, was being used as part of a waste oil recovery process at their North Blend Tank Farm. Flammable gases within the pipe ignited, resulting in an explosion within the tank and the tank lid and vent pipe being partially detached and projected over a raised walkway.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company was having difficulty with the waste oil recovery process which was foaming out of the vessel and filling its bund. The company’s tests were inadequate and failed to identify the cause of the problem which was generating flammable carbon monoxide gas. A decision was taken to connect the vessel by pipework to an emergency relief dump tank to prevent a potential catastrophic overpressure in the tank but the safety implications of this modification and its design were not risk assessed. HSE also found systemic failings with the company’s management of contractors and an inadequate Permit to Work system, with the contractors being unaware that the tank and pipework were in use and may contain flammable gas, when carrying out hot work that was a source of ignition.

ESL Fuels Ltd, based at the Stanlow Oil Terminal near Ellesmere Port, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Matthew Lea said: “Even though nobody was injured this incident could have been prevented if the problems with the process and the subsequent design modification had been properly investigated, risk assessed and dealt with, and if the work of the contractors had been adequately controlled.

“The contractors were unaware that they were working on live plant in the North Blend Tank Farm nor how it could impact on their safety.

“HSE has brought this prosecution because failures took place that could have resulted in death or serious injury and we believe every person should be healthy and safe at work.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk[1]
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/ [2]
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/company-fined-after-chemical-explosion/

Bridgend businesses benefit from BEEP

Local businesses enjoyed a free business forum to help them understand and manage workplace health, safety and wellbeing for workers.

The Bridgend Employers’ Engagement Project (BEEP) event followed information gathering visits to more than 370 businesses on Bridgend’s industrial estates by officers from Shared Regulatory Services, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Healthy Working Wales.

Local companies were invited to the Heronston Hotel, on Wednesday (27 Sep) to discuss what help they needed for them to manage workplace risks. They were then directed to sources of business support for health, safety and wellbeing.

The topics covered by workshop sessions at Wednesday’s forum were tailored to reflect the specific needs identified by delegates.

Neil Craig, HSE’s head of operations, said after the event: “In terms of the broad scope and range of businesses invited, and the advice available to attendees BEEP is unique in Wales.

“Today’s forum is just the beginning. The aim is to promote collective ownership of health, safety and wellbeing in Bridgend that best reflects local circumstances, to reduce the cost to business of injury and ill health.”

HSE and IOSH worked with employers, regulators, insurers, specialists and consultants to deliver the event. By sharing experience and examples, presenters at the forum stimulated discussion of good practice and proportionate health and safety.

This was supported by targeted, relevant advice, information and useful materials from exhibitors for delegates to take away.

One of the attendees, Gareth Davies of Inscapes and Bridgend Patio Centre said: ‘It was good to rub shoulders with HSE inspectors and officers in a relaxed environment as opposed to under a different circumstance in the workplace.

“We also had access to free specialised help and advice from consultants, which was hugely informative and helpful.”

More events such as this are planned for the future and HSE is keen for people to make full use of the resource to ensure Bridgend businesses Help GB work well.

The health and safety system strategy for Great Britain, ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ brings together employers, workers, regulators, government representatives, professional bodies, trade associations and unions to continue to improve on our already excellent health and safety record. The collective aim is to continue to boost productivity, support innovation and encourage business growth. http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/index.htm #HGBWW

Notes to editors 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. More information about assessing and controlling the risks in the work place can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/index.htm
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
  4. IOSH is the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the Chartered body for health and safety professionals (www.iosh.co.uk)

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/bridgend-businesses-benefit-from-beep/

Waste processing company and director fined after worker’s death

A North West based waste processing company, and its managing director, have been fined after a worker was crushed to death.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how, on 1 March 2016, Fresco Environmental Limited employee, Kevin Wright, was processing waste carpet to be re-baled when one of the bales fell from a stack onto him, causing injuries from which he later died.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to ensure proper controls were in place to reduce the risk of bales falling and injuring workers. There were no exclusion zones around the stacks of bales, bales were poorly stacked and in close proximity to vibrating machinery. It also found that the company’s managing director, Lee Heaps, failed to ensure that a safe system of work was in place for the processing of carpet bales thereby exposing his employees to avoidable risks.

Fresco Environmental Ltd, of Everite Road, Widnes, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health Safety at Work Act 1974, and was fined £70,000 and ordered to pay £3,500 towards costs.

Company director, Lee Heaps, Brockvale Close, Burtonwood, Warrington pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was given a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months, and is to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £400 towards costs.

HSE inspector Helen Jones said after the hearing “This tragic incident could easily have been prevented had Fresco Environmental acted to identify and manage the risks involved. As managing director involved in the day to day running of the company, Lee Heaps had a responsibility to ensure that his company provided a safe working environment for its employees. In failing to do so he exposed employees, including Mr Wright, to significant risk.”

More information on bale handling can be found here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/textiles/bale-handling.htm

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill-health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

 

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/waste-processing-company-and-director-fined-after-workers-death/

Company and directors fined after multiple safety failings

A recycling company and its two directors have been prosecuted after multiple safety failings.

Northampton Crown Court heard how Monoworld Recycling had failed to manage risks when its staff worked at height, failed to suitably maintain work equipment and failed to control risks from electrical systems.

After several visits from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) a total of 15 enforcement notices were served on the company and three served on each of the two company directors, in less than two years. The notices covered a range of topics including work at height, work equipment and electrical matters. An investigation by HSE found employees were instructed to carry out work at height even after a Prohibition Notice was served and staff felt pressurised to complete their work even when they had raised concerns about their safety.

The investigation also found fork lift trucks were left with broken lights and windscreen wipers, marring drivers’ visibility. Emergency stop buttons on machinery were marked as broken but not repaired over a long period of time.

Monoworld Recycling Ltd of Irchester Road, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 5(1) of the Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 4(1) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and has been fined £83,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7000.

Mr Dhanesh Ruparelia of Irchester Road, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1) (a) of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, he has also been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7000.

Mr Nimaye Ruparelia of Irchester Road, Northamptonshire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(a) by virtue of Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and has been ordered to complete 150 hours community order as well as being fined £7500 and ordered to pay £7000 in costs.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Neil Ward said: “The Company’s failings in this case have put their workers at risk from serious personal injury. It was clear the overall approach to business risk was haphazard at best, with a culture of negligence, for which the two directors were ultimately responsible.

“The HSE took proactive action, throughout its dealings with Monoworld, and tried to work with the company when concerns were first raised.”

Notes to Editors:

    1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk

%

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/company-and-directors-fined-after-multiple-safety-failings/

Pembrokeshire businesses benefit from PEEP

Pembrokeshire healthcare businesses enjoyed a free training session to help them understand and manage workplace health, safety and wellbeing for workers.

Now in its third year, The Pembrokeshire Employers’ Engagement Project (PEEP) this year focused on the care sector in Pembrokeshire with a training day and inspection intervention programme.

Local healthcare businesses were invited to the Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembroke Dock on Wednesday (27 Sep) to discuss what help they needed for them to manage workplace risks. They were then directed to sources of business support for health, safety and wellbeing.

The day was hosted by the West Wales Branch of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in partnership with Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Pembrokeshire County Council and Healthy Working Wales.

Safe care is a fundamental part of an ageing population being well looked after. By promoting and raising awareness of health and safety standards the project enables owners, managers and others to better manage the health, safety and wellbeing of employees, residents and others, taking a collective ownership.

Other partners included Pembrokeshire Housing, Pembrokeshire College, Elliots Hill Care and Forest Care Homes and the event provided targeted, relevant advice, information and useful materials from exhibitors for delegates to take away.

Neil Craig HSE’s head of operations said: “For small and medium sized enterprises managing workplace risks shouldn’t be complicated or costly.

“Through sensible and proportionate risk management businesses can see the many benefits a good health and safety culture can bring. Everyone has a vital role in managing risk and preventing harm to individuals, businesses and the economy.’

Mike Davies, Chair of the Pembrokeshire Care Home Forum said: “There has been very positive feedback from those who attended the event regarding the level of expertise they have been able to access as well as the signposting given to other support avenues available.

“This event has provided practical support to those within the industry here in Pembroke so that we can move forward together to improve the health, safety and wellbeing standards for our business, staff and residents.’

The health and safety system strategy for Great Britain, ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ brings together employers, workers, regulators, government representatives, professional bodies, trade associations and unions to continue to improve on our already excellent health and safety record. The collective aim is to continue to boost productivity, support innovation and encourage business growth. http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/index.htm #HGBWW

Notes to editors 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
  2. More information about assessing and controlling the risks in the work place can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/index.htm
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
  4. The Pembrokeshire Employers Engagement Project” (PEEP) was established in 2014 to ensure SME’s in the area received support to ensure they managed health safety risks as part of the “Helping Great Britain Work Well” strategy. To date PEEP has reached over 4,000 employees in Pembrokeshire.
  5. IOSH is the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the Chartered body for health and safety professionals (iosh.co.uk)

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/pembrokeshire-businesses-benefit-from-peep-2/

HSE launches second phase of construction inspection campaign

Construction projects across Britain are being urged to act now to ensure the health and safety of their workers is protected as the second phase of a targeted inspection initiative gets underway today.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says 43 workers were fatally injured in 2015/16, and an estimated ten times that number died from construction related ill-health, with a further 65,000 self-reported non-fatal injuries.

HSE is now asking every construction contractor, client and designer to ensure they are not adding to this unacceptable toll of harm by failing to manage well-known risks.

In addition to things such as falls from height, the campaign will focus on control of harmful dusts including respirable silica from concrete, brick and stone, asbestos and wood dust, as well as work at height, structural safety, materials handling, good order and welfare provision.

HSE points to the mis-conception that health issues cannot be controlled in construction. It says harmful dust, whether silica or wood, is a serious issue and can be managed effectively with the right design, equipment and training. Health effects may not be immediate, but the ultimate impact on workers and their families can be devastating.

HSE carried out over 2000 inspections during the first phase of the initiative earlier this year with action being taken to address these issues in almost half of visits.

HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction and Director of Construction Division Peter Baker commented: “In phase 1 of this campaign HSE’s inspectors found lots of good examples of small sites working safely and protecting workers health from exposure to harmful dusts, proving it can be done. My message to smaller businesses is don’t wait for an accident or a visit from an HSE inspector – learn from the success of others and act now.

“Nearly half of construction fatal accidents and injuries reported to HSE involved refurbishment work.

“Some small refurbishment sites continue to cut corners and not properly protect their workers resulting in an unacceptable number of deaths and injuries each year.”

Notes to Editors:

 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More information about harm in the construction industry can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/construction/ HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
  3. Free HSE guidance is available for construction employers and workers at www.hse.gov.uk about how to manage risks and prevent harm, as well as maintain productivity and business viability.
  4. Join the conversation online at @H_S_E on twitter and SaferSites on Facebook.
  5. For more information on HSE’s campaigns visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/index.htm for Helping Great Britain Work Well and http://www.hse.gov.uk/gohomehealthy/index.htm for Go Home Healthy.

 

Heal

Article source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/hse-launches-second-phase-of-construction-inspection-campaign/