Tags: Fined

Council fined £250k following recycle bin data breach

A Scottish council has been fined £250,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog after a firm it hired to process its employees’ pension records failed to dispose of that information properly. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) deemed that Scottish Borders Council had been guilty of a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. The watchdog…

House builder fined after two falls from scaffolding

A Leicestershire house builder has been fined after two self-employed bricklayers fell more than two metres from a scaffold, reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Darren Bird and James Allies were contracted to help build houses at a small development in Normanton, near Bottesford, by Cairns Heritage Homes No2 Limited. On 8 December 2011…

Nursing home owners fined after death of elderly resident

Two nursing home owners have been fined after an elderly resident died following a fall from a hoist. Annie Bradley was being transported in a sling from her bed to a specialist chair at Harley House Nursing Home on 19 July 2008. During the manoeuvre Miss Bradley fell to the floor, hitting her head. The…

Firms prosecuted over asbestos danger at Bolton mill

Two companies have been prosecuted after workers were exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres at a mill in Bolton. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) took legal action against Hazelwise Ltd and RH Property Management Ltd after finding dozens of damaged asbestos boards stacked up at Brownlow Mill during a visit on 20 October 2010.…

Company fined after employee injured from fall

A company which makes modular timber buildings has been fined after an employee suffered multiple injuries falling from a canopy at a Shropshire school. RG Stones (Buildings) Ltd had been contracted to replace the canopy between two temporary buildings at Lakelands School on Oswestry Road in Ellesmere when the incident happened on 8 August 2011.…

£160,000 fine for construction company following fall

A Surrey construction company has been ordered to pay £160,000 in fines and costs after a worker narrowly escaped death when he was caught in a collapse of nine tonnes of steel and concrete. The company was fined £110,000 and ordered to pay £50,000 in costs after being found guilty of breaching Section 3 of…

Firm fined after worker suffers serious burns

A Nottinghamshire die-casting firm has been fined after an employee suffered severe burns when he fell into a furnace. Keith Buckley, 59, from Mansfield, was removing equipment from the top of a magnesium furnace at Meridian Lightweight Technologies (UK) Ltd in readiness for the removal of the inner lining when the incident occurred on 16…

Builder fined for dangerous construction site

A Lincolnshire builder has been fined after a spot check by the Health and Safety Executive revealed his construction site was unsafe. The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln The unsafe construction site at Danesgate in Lincoln Andre Wilkin, trading as Hillen Projects, was the main contractor on a refurbishment scheme at Danesgate in…

Failure to follow CDM revealed in fatal fall investigation

A landlord pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 9(1)(a) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,129 after a self-employed builder died while replacing a roof on a property in Middlesex. Mr Jagdev Singh Bal, the landlord of a property in Hounslow, was contacted by his…

Employer fined after electrician injures back in fall

An apprentice electrician sustained serious back injuries after falling through a ceiling while working in the loft space of a Swindon youth centre. Richard O’Connor’s employer Roberts and Prowse (Swindon) Ltd failed to carry out a specific risk assessment for the work, and failed to ensure adequate measures were put in place to reduce the…