Lancashire builder risked his own and others lives on scaffolding despite warning

A Lancashire builder has appeared in court after he ignored a formal warning to stop working at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower.

Jack Sanderson and another builder were spotted carrying out work to the roof of a two-storey building on Burnley Road in Bacup by a passing inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 26 January last year.

The inspector could see there were no handrails or toe boards around the platform at the top of the tower to protect the workers from falling some seven metres to the ground. He immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the unsafe scaffolding.

However, just three hours later, the inspector returned and found both men back at the top of the tower but still with no safety precautions in place.

Accrington Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr Sanderson had put his own life and the life of the worker he employed at risk by failing to put measures in place to prevent them falling.

An investigation by HSE found Mr Sanderson had been working on a renovation project on a terraced property, next to a row of shops and bus stop. This meant that passers-by were also put at risk of being struck by falling building materials.

Jack Sanderson, of Bear Street, Burnley, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and one of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The charges related to failing to take suitable measures to prevent workers being injured in a fall, failing to prevent injuries being caused by falling building materials, and failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice.

Mr Sanderson, who is currently in prison for another unrelated offence, was fined £2,000 with no costs on 22 November 2012.

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A lift installed by the Otis Elevator Company fell eight floors, seriously injuring Parliament restaurant worker Jessica Katusuva.
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Work stopped at Flintshire factory over explosives fears – North Wales News

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Sunderland fridge engineer accused of false £900,000 accident claim – Sunderland Echo

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Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd in a spin after workers arm burned

A commercial laundry firm in Southend has been fined for safety failings after an employee crushed and burned his arm when it was pulled into an industrial ironing machine.

A commercial laundry firm in Southend has been fined for safety failings after an employee crushed and burned his arm when it was pulled into an industrial ironing machine.

Badrul Islam, aged 23, from Southend, lost two fingers on his right hand as a result of the incident at Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd, in Southchurch Road, on 25 August last year.

Southend Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (21 November) that he was cleaning a heated steel roller on the machine with a cloth when his arm was pulled inside and was pinned against the roller, causing him serious crush and burn injuries.

His injuries were so severe that two fingers later required amputation. Mr Islam spent more than two months in hospital and underwent numerous skin graft operations. He is still unable to work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Exclusive Cleaners after it was made aware of the incident through a civil claim

Magistrates were told that a company director was supervising Mr. Islam at the time, and that the incident was entirely preventable.

A HSE investigation found that a fixed guard had been removed from the ironing machine, which was fully operational with the roller heating to around 80 degrees Celsius, Warning labels were in place advising that the machine must be switched off before any servicing, including cleaning, took place, and that it should not be operated without guards. However, this guidance was ignored.

Furthermore, the ‘major injury’ incident was never reported to HSE, despite this being a legal requirement.

Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd, of Southchurch Road, Southend, pleaded guilty breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

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Witnesses said the ground sunk and the crane toppled over, burying five people working nearby.

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Landlord is prosecuted (From York Press)

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David Alexander, 52, appeared before Selby Magistrates’ Court to face five counts of failing to comply with improvement notices.

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