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Concrete firm in court after worker hit by forklift

A Shropshire concrete firm has been prosecuted after a worker suffered serious leg injuries when he was hit by a forklift truck. Tomasz Kosmacz, 38, of Hadley, was responsible for removing excess concrete from moulds at Elite Precast Concrete Ltd’s Telford factory. Mr Kosmacz was putting the excess concrete in a bucket and then onto…

Company fined after failing to provide safety measures for workers

The fatality of a worker who fell while carrying out work on a roof has resulted in Satellite TV installation firm Foxtel Ltd being prosecuted. Engineer Noel Corbin, 29, from New Addington, Croydon, suffered fatal head injuries after falling 13.5 metres from a four-storey house onto a side patio in Belsize Park, London on 3…

Social services director wins unfair dismissal appeal

Sharon Shoesmith, could win over £1 million compensation after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against her unfair dismissal claim. The social services boss was sacked in the wake of the Baby P scandal. The Department for Education and Shoesmith’s former employer, Haringey Council, had challenged a landmark ruling made by the Court of Appeal…

Lancashire businessman fined after worker breaks back

A businessman based in Lancashire has been sentenced after one of his employees sustained serious injury to his back when he fell off a ladder. South Ribble Magistrates’ Court in Leyland heard that the employee who has asked not to be named, had climbed up a ladder at the commercial vehicle garage to reach the…

The owner of a window and conservatory installation company has been fined for failing to protect its workers from exposure to asbestos. Four employees were exposed to the poisonous material while removing soffits from a property between 16 and 17 June 2009. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Philip Leslie…

Companies and organisations face the prospect of random spot checks and more compensation claims after Europe called for the UK’s data protection watchdog to be given greater powers. As of April this year, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has been able to impose fines of up to £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection. However,…

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers must account for output tax on the supply of salary sacrifice retail vouchers to employees. It is believed that, although many employers recover VAT charged to them when they buy retail vouchers, there are likely to be a number of those that do not account for…

Leslie Seldon a partner who sued his own firm of Kent solicitors when he was compulsorily retired at 65, has lost his age discrimination case at the Court of Appeal. Audrey Williams, partner and head of discrimination at international law firm Eversheds comments: “Although the Court of Appeal’s judgment provides welcome clarification of some aspects…

The companies responsible for the explosion and fire at the Buncefield oil deport in Hertfordshire in December 2005 have been sentenced at St Albans Crown Court.The fire, which was the largest in peacetime Europe, injured 43 people and caused up to an estimated £1bn to homes and businesses. With costs included, French energy company Total…

A Cornwall development company has been fined £4,500 for failing to undertake a survey for the presence of dangerous asbestos fibres at a demolition site in Perranporth. Norwegian Homes Limited was responsible for demolishing the former Cellar Cover Hotel at Droskyn Point, in Perranporth in July 2006, which was being converted into guesthouses and holiday…

A Birmingham automotive firm has been fined after one of its employees was struck by a manufacturing robot, leaving his voice box damaged and almost paralysing him down one side of his body. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Castle Bromwich-based Dura Automotive Body and Glass Systems UK yesterday (Wednesday) and the company was…

A radical overhaul of employment tribunal procedure and administration is being proposed as HR professionals contend with a rising tide of claims from disgruntled employees. There has been a massive hike in the number of claims accepted by employment tribunals in the past year. The 56% rise reported this month (July) by the Tribunal Services…

An international frozen food supplier has been been shown the thumbs down in court with a £10,000 fine following an employee loosing a finger when his hand was crushed at work. The incident occurred at Pinguin Food Ltd’s site in Boston on 10 February 2009 when the worker tried to straighten some boxes on an…