direct 2 lawyers-blog-newsIn the latest of our series on health and safety cases in the news this week, we take a look at seven health and safety cases that have made the news between 25 November 2013 and 1 December 2013:

  1. Roofer fined for scalding grandmother and grandson with bitumen – A roofer based in High Wycombe has been fined £1,335 and ordered to pay costs after a grandmother and her 21-month-old grandson were splashed and scalded by hot bitumen when a roofer’s ladder slipped because it wasn’t properly secured (HSE)
  2. Firm admits corporate manslaughter over banana boat death – A water sports centre has pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter after an 11-year-old girl was killed when she was hit by a boat towing the inflatable she was riding. The Prince’s Sporting Club in Bedfont, west London, pleaded guilty to the charge at Southwark Crown Court and was fined £135,000 after it accepted culpability for the death (Workplace Law)
  3. Svitzer Marine fined £1.7m over Flying Phantom tug deaths in River Clyde – The owner of a tug boat which sank in the River Clyde killing three crew members has been fined £1.7m. Stephen Humphreys, 33, Eric Blackley, 57, and Robert Cameron, 65, died when the Flying Phantom capsized in thick fog opposite Clydebank College in West Dunbartonshire on 19 December 2007 (BBC)
  4. Engineering firm sentenced following Preston worker’s death – A major engineering firm has been sentenced for safety failings following the death of an electrician who was crushed by an overhead crane at a Preston factory. Assystem UK Ltd was fined £170,000 after Mr Liam O’Neill was crushed to death in March 2011 (HSE)
  5. Firm fined for guarding failings after scraper bar crushes worker – A Dumfries wood machining company has been fined for serious safety failings that left a worker fighting for his life in hospital. Steven Cairns, then aged 28, of Ecclefechan, was crushed by an automated scraper bar as he cleared debris from beneath a log haul at Hunter Wilson Ltd’s sawmill at Rigg in Gretna (HSE)
  6. Firm fined for guarding failings after worker struck by flying splinters – A Glasgow wood machining company has been fined for safety failings that left a worker needing extensive surgery. Raymond McNaughton, then aged 43, of Ayrshire, was struck by splinters of wood that pierced his body as he operated a rip saw machine at Timbmet Limited’s Shieldhall premises (HSE)
  7. Care home owner fined for putting residents at risk at Dagenham home – A national care home operator has been fined for safety failings at an east London care home. Middlesex-based MNS Care PLC was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for exposing residents to a risk of being scalded, and for using potentially unsafe lifting equipment at Hanbury Court Care Home in Dagenham (HSE)

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