SAPA Profiles UK Ltd fined for putting workers in danger

Share

A Derbyshire company has been fined for putting employees in danger by allowing them to work in confined spaces without any relevant training or safety measures.

Derby Crown Court heard today (22 November) that SAPA Profiles UK Ltd, which makes aluminium profiles, regularly sent workers into a 5.5 metre deep pit to retrieve waste aluminium that had collected at the bottom.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the company’s Sawpit Lane premises in Tibshelf in May 2008 and served an Improvement Notice after discovering that work in the pit was not carried out in accordance with a safe system of work, which should have included the provision of adequate training. The company complied with the Notice and developed a safe system of work, including providing training to some of their workers, but in August 2011 a member of staff contacted HSE to raise concerns about the way in which confined spaces work was carried out.

During a follow-up visit on 31 August 2011, HSE inspectors found the company had a written safe system of work, but it was not being adhered to. The policy stated staff should be trained when either working in the pit or observing from the top, however that training was never provided to a number of the workers involved.

In addition, some of the harnesses intended to be worn by workers when accessing the pit had not been thoroughly examined to ensure that they were safe to use despite being reminded by their insurer of this requirement. It was also found that a gas analyser, used to ensure that the atmosphere in the pit was safe, had not been calibrated to ensure its accuracy.

SAPA Profiles UK Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to protect its workforce. Derby Crown Court fined the company £30,000 and ordered it to pay full costs of £12,348.

via Derbyshire firm fined for putting workers in danger.

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

London boss, Ian Goldstein prosecuted after worker’s finger amputated

Share

A company boss from north west London has appeared in court after a worker had to have a finger amputated when his hand was caught in machinery and severely crushed.

Ernest Henderson, 43, of Enfield, was working as a maintenance manager for Ian Goldstein, who runs a smoked salmon business at premises in Lowther Road, Stanmore, Harrow.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard today that Mr Henderson was attempting to repair a fish skinning machine that was making a loud screeching noise when in use, when the incident occurred on 17 December 2010.

He removed the safety guards around the machine and then switched it on, but a rag he was holding for cleaning got caught and his right hand was dragged into the moving parts.

His hand was severely crushed and his index finger was so badly damaged it had to be amputated at hospital. The injury means he still finds it difficult to do everyday tasks, although he has now returned to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Henderson had not been trained in how to repair machinery at the site, despite being the maintenance manager. His competence to repair machinery had never been adequately assessed and he was left unsupervised when completing maintenance work.

He had also not been given a safe system of work to follow to ensure he carried out the task safely, by not running the machine once the safety guards were removed. It was also found that the emergency stop buttons on the fish skinning machine were not operational.

Ian Goldstein, 61, of Lowther Road, Stanmore, Harrow, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was given a two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £1,609 costs.

via London boss prosecuted after worker’s finger amputated.

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

1st Surface Ltd fined after air raid shelter explosion injures workers

Share

Two men sustained serious burns after attempting to use an old air shelter as a makeshift furnace to burn garden waste, a court has heard.

The pair, who do not want to be named, were working for Surrey-based 1st Surface Ltd to extend and resurface a tennis court at a private address in Bromley when the incident occurred on 25 January last year.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (21 November) that as part of the initial preparation work they needed to clear an area of overgrown garden where the new court would go.

They accumulated sufficient waste to fill approximately five skips. However, no such method of disposal was available to them and they had not been given any clear instruction on how to safely dispose of the waste.

They decided to use an air raid shelter in the garden as a furnace to burn some of it away. The shelter, part-buried and also overgrown, was in the area of ground to be cleared and was to be demolished anyway.

One of the workers entered the shelter via a chimney at the top, placed some kindling inside to get the fire started and poured on petrol to act as an accelerant. He then left the shelter and his colleague threw a lit taper into the shelter to get the fire going.

The petrol vapour that had accumulated within the shelter exploded. Both men, who were standing on top of the shelter, received burns to their faces and were forcibly thrown off their feet.

They were hospitalised for several days. One successfully returned to work after a few weeks, however the second is still unable to return to active employment.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the explosion and found 1st Surface Ltd had failed to properly assess and plan the waste disposal aspect of the work.

Had the company provided skips prior to the clearance starting, the two workers would have had no need to burn the waste. The system they chose was extremely high risk and they were unaware of the significant risk posed by petrol vapour, especially when allowed to expand in a confined space.

1st Surface Ltd, of Dashwood Close, West Byfleet, Surrey, was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £2,571 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

via Company fined after air raid shelter explosion injures workers.

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

Blast on N.Korean Cargo Ship Injures 5 – The Chosun Ilbo

Share

An explosion on a North Korean cargo ship at anchor in Hong Kong waters has left two sailors badly burned and three others hurt, Chinese media reported Wednesday.

They said the ship’s engine room suddenly caught fire around 9 a.m. on Tuesday when the vessel was sitting south of Tsing Yi Island. The accident injured five crewmen, with two in critical conditions.

Blast on N.Korean Cargo Ship Injures 5 – The Chosun Ilbo

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

Man dies in power plant work accident – The Sun

Share

A WIDOWED dad was killed in a freak accident at a power station yesterday.

Fitter John O’Donnell, from Lanesboro, Co Longford, died at the ESB Lough Ree facility in his hometown.

The Bord na Mona worker, in his late 50s, is believed to have been trapped in machinery he was repairing around 1am.

Man dies in power plant work accident – The Sun

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

Driver Charged After 18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Mower In Martin County – WITN

Share

After their co-worker was killed in a mowing accident on Monday, members of one local lawn care company are speaking out to ensure safety for their workers in the future.

Henry Kornegay, 59-years-old from Ayden, died after an 18-wheeler collided with his tractor Monday afternoon on Highway 64 in Martin County.

David Rogerson is the owner of the Precision Lawn Care and Landscaping company where Kornegay worked for the last 14 years. He says whether it’s a two-lane street or a four-lane highway, drivers need to be aware when workers are nearby. Rogerson says, “Anytime you see a tractor or any type of, somebody working on the road or something, whether they’re mowing grass or putting utilities in, to slow down and remember that person has a family.”
Driver Charged After 18-Wheeler Rear-Ends Mower In Martin County – WITN

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

Disneyland employee injured in Space Mountain accident – Southwest Riverside News Network

Share

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Firefighters say a Disneyland worker was badly injured while he was cleaning the roof of the Space Mountain ride.

The Orange County Register reports ( http://bit.ly/10fa2xq) the 37-year-old man suffered a broken leg, a broken clavicle and may have broken ribs in the Wednesday morning accident.Anaheim Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz says his department responded to a call at 7:05 a.m. that a contract worker had slid along the sloped roof of Space Mountain after one of the ropes in his harness apparently came loose.

He apparently slid 20 feet before crashing into a barricade at the bottom of the 45 degree-angled roof.

Disneyland employee injured in Space Mountain accident – Southwest Riverside News Network

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

High level talks for council staff stuck in lift – Echo

Share

COUNCIL staff found themselves having high level talks when they got stuck in the lift of a troubled tower block.
The drop-in session, organised by the Basildon Community Safety Partnership (CSP) at Brooke House in Basildon’s Town Square had been held for residents to raise concerns about anti-social behaviour at the flats.

High level talks for council staff stuck in lift – Echo

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

Giant 279-metre-long container ship runs aground in Prince Rupert Harbour – Regina Leader-Post

Share

PRINCE RUPERT – A container ship loaded with freight ran aground in the Prince Rupert Harbour on Tuesday evening.

At around 10:30 p.m., the Hanjin Geneva swerved to avoid a small fishing boat and hit a sandbar about six nautical miles from Prince Rupert, said Michael Gurney, a spokesman with the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Giant 279-metre-long container ship runs aground in Prince Rupert Harbour – Regina Leader-Post

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web

Crewman seriously injured – Manawatu Standard

Share

A Chinese man on board a logging ship in Picton was taken to hospital with serious head injuries early yesterday after being hit on the head with a large crane hook.

The 28-year-old man was flown to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, and then to Hutt Hospital for surgery.

Ship’s agent Southern Maritime Services director Bryce Fleming said the crewman was hit by the heavy hook when he was securing cranes on the Hope Star before starting work so the cranes would not swing around at sea.

Four cranes are fixed on the deck of the ship, with each crane capable of lifting about 30 tonnes, Mr Fleming said.

“It must have just swung and hit him.”

The ship was docked at Waimahara Wharf in Shakespeare Bay, next to Picton Harbour, when the accident happened about 12.30am.

Crewman seriously injured – Manawatu Standard

Visit safetyphotoFor The Best Free Safety Photos On The Web