A Devon textile manufacturer that shelved plans to repair a machine’s “light curtain” guarding device has appeared in the dock after a 21 year old worker’s hand was drawn between two rotating rollers.

Heathcoat Fabrics, which makes engineered textiles used in PPE, was fined £300,000 after employee Anthony Seward sustained severe crush injuries as he prepared a stenter – a machine that dries cloth – for the next shift. He did not realise that the rollers were on and his left hand was pulled into the machine. As [...]

By |2017-08-30T12:35:43+01:00August 30th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Airbnb ‘deathtrap’ lands woman with £6000 fine & suspended sentence

A woman who advertised a ‘deathtrap’ holiday home on Airbnb has been handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months and told to pay nearly £6,000 in fines. The property, belonging to a Jean Hendy, breached fire regulations with: toxic tiles no emergency lighting the wrong locks a fire extinguisher that hadn’t been tested [...]

By |2017-08-30T12:34:53+01:00August 30th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Bolton resident dies in lift shaft fall

A property management company has been fined after a resident of Marsden House in Bolton died after falling down a lift shaft. Bolton Crown Court heard how 29 year old Craig Jones and a friend were trapped in a lift and unable to raise the alarm. They attempted a self-rescue by forcing the doors open and sliding out onto the floor below. [...]

By |2017-08-30T12:39:35+01:00January 23rd, 2017|Uncategorised|

Director caught out by HSE return visit fined £25,000

The Managing Director of a Derbyshire firm was caught using a "dangerous" machine which "could have exploded" just two hours after it had been condemned by the Health and Safety Inspectorate. Matthew Holmes "put his life and the lives of his employees at risk of death or serious injury" by using the compressed air receiver [...]

By |2017-08-30T12:40:04+01:00January 23rd, 2017|Uncategorised|