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February 2019: The Latest Health And Safety Prosecutions

Eliza Bonecka


southalls tata steel uk health and safety accident

Tata Steel UK has been fined £450,000 after a worker fell into an unguarded pit, despite a risk assessment 16 months earlier identifying the need for barriers. Steven Ayres was injured working as a scaler on the scarfing line, in which metal is torched to remove imperfections, at the steelmaker’s billet mill in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. A billet is a cast or hot-rolled length of steel that can be further processed to make bars or rods.


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Tyre maker Pirelli Tyres has been fined more than £500,000 after two employees were injured in separate incidents at its factory in Carlisle, Cumbria. Both accidents happened on the let-off machine, a unit at the start of the production line comprising a reel wrapped with rubber ply, and a bobbin. During operation, the rubber ply was fed on to the conveyor belt while the protective liner wound around the bobbin.


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IKEA must pay a £100,000 after a maintenance engineer lost part of two fingers while checking a fault to a fan on the roof of the furniture retailer’s Bristol branch. A Bristol City Council investigation into the incident, which took place on 21 November 2016, found that there were no guards on the fan nor on eight others on the roof. The designer and seller of ready-to-assemble furniture had failed also to risk assess maintenance or fault-finding work. IKEA also failed to provide the engineer with safety training to carry out the checks.



A dairy company has been fined after a worker’s toe was crushed by an unguarded part of a yoghurt filling machine. On 30 December 2016, a fixed guard on the front of the machine had been removed. An employee stepped on the frame of machine at the same time as a moving part descended, crushing the employee’s right foot.


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