June 2019_ The Latest Health and Safety Prosecutions-1

July 2019: The Latest Health and Safety Prosecutions

Eliza Bonecka

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On 27 July 2016, an employee of Camgrain Stores Ltd suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a lorry at the site. Mr Edward Orlopp had left the control room to walk across the site and on leaving the building he walked in front of a moving lorry. The driver had checked his mirrors but he did not see the employee and moved forward, fatally injuring the employee...

Screenshot 2019-06-28 at 12.01.35SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This is another unfortunate case of poor workplace transport management with the devastating consequence of loss of life. Moving vehicles colliding with pedestrians remains one of the main causes of death in the workplace. Simple measures to segregate vehicles and pedestrians, such as designated walkways, barriers, one-way systems or designated reversing areas, all help to reduce this risk. 

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Dr Craig McEwan was working as a unit manager at Tesla Engineering when he died on 23 March 2018. He had been heading up a team of researchers that was developing a new superconducting magnet coil for use in hospital magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners, The Argus reported.

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Being crushed to death at work by a moving crane is truly horrifying. A needless loss of life due to a failure to assess the risk and implement simple control measures, such as locking off the crane or preventing access into the danger area. Tesla Engineering’s £400,000 fine seems low for the severity of the outcome but does send an important message to business operators. 

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The employee of Nene Milling Company Limited in Wisbech was cleaning wood dust from a four-sided planer/moulder using an extraction pipe. His hand came into contact with the cutter block. Access to the working parts is usually prevented by hood enclosures but these were damaged, meaning the interlocks were not working…

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After years of advising woodworking companies on the importance of machinery safety, I am shocked to see that there are still companies out there cutting corners by operating machinery with damaged guarding or removing guarding and failing to train operators. Consequences are life-changing. Woodworking companies need to ensure moving parts are adequately guarded, as far as reasonably practicable, and risk assess the use of the machinery, including times of cleaning and maintenance. Training staff in safe operation, cleaning and maintenance then needs to follow.

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An American owned Co Tyrone based machine quarrying company was fined £150,000 today for breaches in health and safety arising out of the death of one employee and the injuring of another.

Terex GB UK Ltd, with a £300million turnover in the past two years, had been charged with the corporate manslaughter of 51-year-old father of two Stevie McTeague at their 'stock yard' at Killyclogher outside Omagh in July 2016.

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This is the second prosecution this month resulting from an employee being crushed to death at work. The company had an unblemished track record for health and safety, yet were still subject to a £150,000 fine for failing in their duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and failing to adequately assess the risk associated with maneuvering mobile plant within their stock yard. 

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