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January 2019: The Latest Health And Safety Prosecutions

Eliza Bonecka

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A Manchester-based businessman has been given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after failing to survey a property for asbestos before starting major refurbishment work. A routine Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspection found that property owner Whaid Ahmed did not check whether asbestos was present at 1-3 Stephenson Square in Manchester before carrying out renovations to the building between 1 April 2012 and 12 October 2017.


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This is the dramatic moment a forklift operator caused an entire warehouse of goods to fall like dominoes when he bumped into a shelving unit. The clip, filmed inside an unnamed distribution warehouse, captured the driver as he made his way down an aisle between two tall pallet racks. Two workers stood at the foot of the aisle checking boxes as he slowly travelled between the shelves, but disaster struck as he reached them.     



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A worker had to have two toes partially amputated when an automated storage retrieval system (ASRS) lift dropped and trapped his foot. On 28 April 2017, employees of Logistex Limited were replacing sensors on the lift at the Shop Direct Distribution Centre in Shaw, Oldham. The work involved replacing sensors on the lift part of the equipment, which weighed approximately 800kg. The workers had activated the emergency stop circuit and presumed this would prevent the machine operating while the work was carried out.



The worker was injured when loading metal components into a robotic cell. To carry out the task the worker was required to stand in front of an automatic rise and fall safety door holding a component ready to load into the cell.The incident occurred when the component he was holding was struck by the rising door and it stabbed into his neck. As a result of his injuries, the worker needed a throat operation. It happened on 26 July 2017.


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