Manufacturing Company Fined After Employee Lost Multiple Fingers
A decorative panel manufacturing company has been fined £45,225 and ordered to pay costs of £1,612 after a worker suffered an injury when using an industrial saw. When the employee reached inside what he believed was a viewing hole to clear waste offcuts from sawing a medium density fibreboard, a drive and chain sprocket trapped his fingers. As he pulled his hand away, three fingers were severed. Further investigation revealed that the company failed to identify the hazard posed by the hole.
Council Fined Following Asbestos Exposure at Local Primary School
Kent County Council has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £21,500 after an investigation revealed asbestos exposure in a local primary school. An environmental health officer noticed during a routine food inspection that asbestos flue and rope were hanging from the ceiling. Further investigation revealed the flue and rope had been disturbed, as they were originally attached to a steriliser unit that was removed. In addition, the council failed to provide asbestos management training to both the caretaker and head teacher. For HSE guidance on managing asbestos, click here.
Cheese Company Fined After Employee Falls Through Fragile Roof
A company has been fined £8,000 following an employee suffering a serious injury from falling through a fragile roof. The employee was asked to remove a dead mouse from an unfloored area, and did so by crawling along ceiling battens. After placing his foot on a fragile board, the material gave way and he fell 2.5 metres to the ground. Further investigation found that the company lacked control measures for safely crossing the unfloored area.
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