Tags: Industrial accidents

Industrial accident resulted in severe head injury

A cardboard box manufacturer has been fined £20,000 plus costs of £12,190 at Dartford Magistrates’ Court in connection with an industrial accident in which an employee, who was trying to pull a pallet of cardboard boxes across his trailer from the driver’s side to the curb side, fell 1.5 metres to the ground. He fell…

Firm fined after man is crushed by truck

An accident in Nottingham which left a worker with long-term impaired vision when a truck fell on him has seen his employer fined £8,000. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought a prosecution against Revelholme Marketing Ltd (trading as Unic International) over the incident near the firm’s premises in Colwick Road, Nottingham, on 23 January…

Businesses should consider safety of expectant mothers

Employers should be more alert to the health and safety needs of pregnant employees following reports that the number of births in the UK is now at its highest since 1991, according to evacuation experts at Evac+Chair International. Recently published figures from the National Office of Statistics revealed that the UK population increased more last…

Richard Evens: Is it time you celebrate your achievements in first aid?

Is your workplace leading the way in first aid? First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved but often those businesses that go the extra mile and train more than they are legally required don’t get the credit they deserve. Making sure your business has the correct first aid…

Teresa Budworth: Why safety inductions are so important

I came across a worrying new statistic the other day from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). According to the HSE, people are just as likely to have an accident within 6 months of starting at a new place of work as they are during the whole of the rest of their working lives. This…

Firm fined for failing to control wood dust risk

A decking company based in Southampton has been sentenced for continuously failing to control the risks of exposure to wood dust and adhesives at its Totton plant. Millbrook Furnishing Industries Limited was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to control or assess the substances which are known to cause ill health…

Firm fined for workers injury caused by paper machine

A paper firm has been fined after a Derbyshire worker suffered severe and permanent hand injuries. David Millband, 46, a maintenance fitter was seriously injured when his right hand was caught in a reel-fed machine at The Crimped Paper Works Limited, Bowden Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, on 16 February 2010, which makes paper baking cases. He lost…

IOSH call for changes to injury reporting

A change in the type of work-related accidents plant managers ought to report has been backed by members of the UK’s leading independent health and safety body. Around 65% of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) members supported a move from a ‘three-day injury’ reporting to seven days. At present, employers must contact the…

Call for a more radical approach to accident reporting

In its response to a consultation on the future of RIDDOR, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has called for a more radical approach to how accidents in Britain’s workplaces are recorded. Rather than merely changing the threshold at which RIDDOR reports must be made to the HSE, RoSPA suggests that a…

Petcare company fined after workers were scolded by steam

Petcare company, Nestle Purina has been fined after five workers suffered severe burns when a steam pressure system malfunctioned. The five men were all working on the maintenance of a hydrostat, a high-pressure food-processing machine, when they were hit by an uncontrolled release of steam and boiling water. Due to the incident all five men…