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Whose fault is this? London’s largest bus operator has been fined £600,000 after a worker died when he fell 2.5m from a ladder. Go-Ahead London appointed a sub-contractor maintenance company to refurbish a fuel tank. A lone employee arrived to start the job and as he tied off his ladder…
I have long had a ‘bee in my bonnet’ about section 7 of the Health & Safety at Work Act. Briefly, it states that an employee is personally responsible for his own health & safety and for those that may be affected by his work. It also states that an…
Some 30.4 million working days were lost to injury or ill health in 2015-16: 25.9 million days due to work-related illness and 4.5 million days due to workplace injury. This is up from 27.3 million in the previous 12 months is the highest since 2007-08.  These figures are drawn from…
Firm fined £1million after young worker killed by exploding tyre A Kent tyre company has been sentenced for safety failings after a 21-year-old employee from Canterbury was killed when a tyre exploded. Canterbury Crown Court heard how an employee was repairing a puncture to the tyre of a ‘dresser loading…
A Commercial Vehicle Bodyshop in Staffordshire was fined after two workers were crushed between two vehicles. North Staffordshire Magistrates Court heard how an employee attempted to move an 18 tonne vehicle in the workshop when two other employees were pinned and crushed between the moving vehicle and other stationary vehicles.…
A motor vehicle repair company was fined after a 27-year old man gaining work experience at the garage, was crushed to death by a vehicle. Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard that the man had been watching another employee carry out repair work. He was at the front of the vehicle as…
BODYSHOP FINED FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH COSHH REGULATIONS A bodyshop in South Wales has been fined a total of £20,000 with costs of £4,666 after it failed to carry out LEV inspections on its spraybooth (LEV – Local Exhaust Ventilation). COSHH regulations state that where extraction is used to…
TRUCK PAINTER SERIOUSLY INJURED A painter at a commercial bodyshop suffered life-changing injuries when he fell from stepladders while spraying a truck. One of the ladder’s feet dropped into the filter grid on the booth floor and the painter fell about six feet. He broke his shoulder, collarbone and several…

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