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Serious Work Related Incidents Curated by G. L. Taylor

These are not meant to be seen as "news items", some may even be historic items,  The criteria is that they are work related incidents from which lesson could or should have be learned in hindsight.

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A6 closed after two-vehicle crash

A6 closed after two-vehicle crash | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
A car driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries today after his car ended up on its roof following a crash with an articulated lorry. The man was treated at the scene by paramedics then...
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Building firm sentenced after worker’s friend suffers devastating injuries | Media centre - HSE

"The plywood that was used to cover the staircase void was less than 18cm wider than the void, meaning there was a high risk of it slipping when someone stood on it. There was also no handrail around the stairwell, and scaffolding on the outside of the building had numerous defects and missing parts.

Global Construction (Northwest) Ltd, of Alexandra Road, Oldham, was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay £8,595 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Grayam Barnes said:

“A site visitor has suffered devastating injuries that will affect him for the rest of his life because Global Construction’s working practices were fundamentally unsafe."

 

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Yet again no living breathing director or owner has been named for this irresponsible criminal act.  When will those that enforce the law and are appointed to invoke justice wake up to the fact that just prosecuting a firm will damage innocent parties’ just as much or even more than the guilty owner or directors who may even benefit from such action. 

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Roof ripped off London bus in freak accident

Roof ripped off London bus in freak accident | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
A London bus has had its roof ripped off when it collided with a tree. The vehicle was travelling along Kingsway in the centre of the capital earlier today when the incident happened. It hit...
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Are we really to believe a tree suddenly jumped out or suddenly lowered and decapitate a bus.  Maybe the bus jumped up and decapitated its self but it would have been better if the reporter took the trouble to explain, I though the idea of reporting was the reporter looked into the incident and then reported on it.

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Man airlifted to hospital after 'industrial accident' involving scaffolding near Lutterworth

Man airlifted to hospital after 'industrial accident' involving scaffolding near Lutterworth | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
A man was airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries after being crushed by scaffolding. Emergency services were called to Elms Farm Industrial Estate, off Ullesthorpe Road,...
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Perhaps the fact that "A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulator said the accident had not been reported to them and Harborough District Council’s health and safety team also said it had not been reported is why there is such a difference between the estimated work related injuries and deaths compared to the official figures.  * Waiting for work related incident and deaths to be reported to them seems a sure way to keep the figures ridiculously low to suit the present far right policies and politicians.  It’s like expecting speeding or drunken motorist to report incidents caused by their stupidity to the police.

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Cannock scaffolder in court over worker’s fractured skull | Media centre - HSE

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Strange how when a workman commits an H&S preach a jail they are named, shamed, prosecuted and receive a jail sentence yet when it’s a failure by company bosses very rarely are they even name, let alone shamed or sentenced it is usually just blamed on the company. The inanimate old chestnut that takes the blame for all the wrongs committed by business people.  It’s like a terrorist saying it wasn’t me that killed them it, was the gun. The problem is the law is complicit in allowing crimes of many sort to be blamed on the business instead of those claiming to be running the business otherwise such a defence would be contempt of court, the whole issue stinks of the class issue.

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Building firm prosecuted after joiner falls through ceiling | Media centre - HSE

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Yet again a man-made-device (inanimate object) Quaintbrook Properties Ltd put on trial and found guilty of health and safety offences but the names of the directors or those supposed to be running the company have not been held accountable.  Companies no more commit crimes than a car or gun; crimes are down to the people responsible for the way they are used.  Why does the law treat those who are responsible for running businesses (private or public) so lenient when they should at the very least be name and shamed on record so others are aware of their failings.

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Union calls for 'higher police profile' at train stations

Union calls for 'higher police profile' at train stations | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
A rise in violent and sexually related crime at train stations has lead to a call for a "higher police profile" from the rail workers union.
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Strange when it seem millions of UK police hour and UK ratepayers money has been spent trying to uncover what happened to a single child in 2007 is there some sort of class distinction operating within the UK?

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Enfield firm in court after faking safety record | Media centre - HSE

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Low blow - Hazards magazine

Low blow - Hazards magazine | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
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As always an informative read that should be in every employers and local authority library and read by all.

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G. L. Taylor's curator insight, January 5, 2015 4:39 PM

As always an informative read that should be in every employers and local authority library and read by all.

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British Ebola nurse 'deteriorating'

British Ebola nurse 'deteriorating' | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
UK nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone, is now in a critical condition, the Royal Free Hospital says.
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G. L. Taylor's curator insight, January 5, 2015 3:54 PM

Whilst every one including government and media is now quite rightly taking this serious thousands of workers in the UK are suffering work related injuries and illnesses that have serious consequences yet neither government or media seem to give a toss, why?

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160 staff at Trelleborg in Leicester set for two-day strike after rejecting

160 staff at Trelleborg in Leicester set for two-day strike after rejecting | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
More than 160 workers at an engineering firm were due to begin a two-day strike today in protest over an 'insulting' 2p-an-hour pay offer. Shopfloor staff at Trelleborg in Beaumont Leys, Leicester...
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Comment - "it would be interesting to know what the directors and top management have awarded themselves. It's time so called industrial leaders and their puppet politician led by setting examples themselves and accepting the austerity they like imposing or seeing imposed on others."

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Zizzi restaurant in Belvoir Street faces £30,000 bill after a chef breaks elbow in fall

Zizzi restaurant in Belvoir Street faces £30,000 bill after a chef breaks elbow in fall | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
A restaurant company has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in fines and costs after an assistant chef slipped on wet ceramic tiles and fractured his left elbow. Azzurri Restaurants, trading...
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Brothers given custodial sentence for exposing workers to asbestos | Media centre - HSE

Akram Hussain and Inam Hussain both pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Akram Hussain was given a custodial sentence of 22 weeks and ordered to pay costs of £43,000. Inam Hussain was given a custodial sentence of 14 weeks.
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Leicestershire's worst-kept kitchens revealed by Food Standards Agency

Leicestershire's worst-kept kitchens revealed by Food Standards Agency | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
The Leicester Mercury can today reveal the shops cafes, takeaways and bars that have the lowest ratings in the Food Standards Hygiene Rating. Leicestershire currently has 19 outlets that the Food...
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Its time local authorities and governments of all persuasion stopped cuddling up to businesses, the softly softly approach is far too costly and ineffective the behaviour of many is criminal if not insane.

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Furniture company fined £20,000 after machine operator suffered serious hand injuries

Furniture company fined £20,000 after machine operator suffered serious hand injuries | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
A furniture company has been fined £20,000 after a machine operator suffered serious hand injuries in a makeshift vacuum cleaner. Leicester Magistrates' Court heard Belvoir Associates Ltd, of...
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Grant2010 | Tuesday, January 27 2015, 11:14PM:-Surely companies cannot committee crimes any more than guns; it is surely down to those that are or should be in control of companies that should be charged. I think if I was charged for speeding no one in the world would dream of charging the car so why charge a company or am I missing something.

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Grant2010 | Monday, February 2 2015, 8:17PM - LM states A furniture company has been fined £20,000 after a machine operator suffered serious hand injuries in a makeshift vacuum cleaner. Leicester Magistrates' Court heard Belvoir Associates Ltd, of Oakham, in Rutland, had modified a portable dust extraction system, which was regularly blocked with wooden off-cuts." The point I was trying to make was that the company did not fail to provide safe and satisfactory equipment and any more than a car exceeds speed limits. The driver or owner is prosecuted not the car so to my mind on this occasion the owner or responsible manager/director should have been personally prosecute not an inanimate object/company. The odd thing is many individual workers are prosecuted under H&S legislation whereas very few manager/directors or owners are individual held responsible. The prosecution of companies allows manager/directors and owners to keep clean records despite some having been criminally negligent at best and at worst responsible for deaths. Owners of businesses need to be made to realise the responsibility goes further than profit/loss accounts or the boardroom.
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Five firefighters injured and one taken to hospital after explosion rips through warehouse

Five firefighters injured and one taken to hospital after explosion rips through warehouse | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
FIRE-FIGHTERS were injured in an explosion while battling a blaze in a huge warehouse, Hampshire Fire and Rescue have confirmed.
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Watch heart-stopping moment coach driver leaves wheel at 70mph … to dance

Watch heart-stopping moment coach driver leaves wheel at 70mph … to dance | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
Turkey
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Whilst this offence was committed in Turkey not the UK the danger drivers Turkish or otherwise can driver in countries other than where their license was issue plus what is acceptable and normal behavior in one country can be far from that in another because of vastly differing cultures.  Whilst it as to be conceded there are too many idiots driving on UK licenses, some foreign driver’s behavior both abroad and in the UK is unbelievable as they observe no rules or regulations and behave totally irresponsibly. 

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HSE statement: Lecht Ski Centre incident | Media centre - HSE

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Following the incident the Snowy Owl chairlift involved in the incident was fitted with additional safety features beyond that required or recommended by the manufacture or the relevant Standard according to this report.  The question should be why neither the manufactures nor the HSE have taken this on board and advice all such chair lifts are fitted with such a device?  Surely if this happened once, despite all the correct procedures being followed, it surely indicates it is foreseeable that it will happen again.

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Two men airlifted to hospital after explosion on board cargo ship near Portland

Two men airlifted to hospital after explosion on board cargo ship near Portland | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
TWO crewmen were airlifted to Dorset County Hospital with facial injuries after an air pipe exploded on a ship 35 miles south of Portland.
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Gas explosion at ocean terminal sparks 12-hour blaze operation

Gas explosion at ocean terminal sparks 12-hour blaze operation | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
Two fire crews attended the incident at Greenock Ocean Terminal on Sunday after an acetylene cylinder caught fire.
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NWN Media - Three-storey building collapses in Wrexham town centre#.VKqQKZEvs-4.twitter#.VKqQKZEvs-4.twitter

NWN Media - Three-storey building collapses in Wrexham town centre#.VKqQKZEvs-4.twitter#.VKqQKZEvs-4.twitter | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
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Will this mean that when planning permission is given authorities should have the power to insist work is completed or at least efforts are made to ensure the safety of the site?  Don’t hold your breath government nor do any authorities seem to have the will, courage or conviction to control businesses of any sort. It called free markets where businesses have no compassion nor accept any moral responsivity yet they expect and demand respect.

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Zero-hours contracts 'cancer' will have spread to 1.5MILLION UK jobs this year

Zero-hours contracts 'cancer' will have spread to 1.5MILLION UK jobs this year | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
Pizza Hut, JD Wetherspoon, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Sports Direct and McDonald’s all use the unfair deals
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Yet government and businesses defend this indefensible behaviour to undermine workers conditions of employment and return misleading employment figures.

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Yet government and businesses defend this indefensible behaviour to undermine workers conditions of employment and return misleading employment figures.

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Explosion at chemical plant in Germany

Explosion at chemical plant in Germany | Serious Work Related Incidents | Scoop.it
More than 300 firefighters are battling 50ft-high flames after the building was reduced to rubble by the blast last night
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Such incidents seem far to common does know on care? Is it not time governments kept tighter control or are they hopping to compete with countries that have little if any control over industries that kill, maim and terrorise communities?

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