April 2017 – London bus company fined after fatality


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London Bus Company fined after fatality

London’s largest bus operator, Go Ahead London, has been handed a £600,000 fine.

A worker died after falling 2.5 m from a ladder. The 56-year-old was using a bungee cord to secure the top of the ladder to the ceiling of a fuel tank when the cord snapped and he fell backwards, sustaining fatal head injuries.

Employee at DFS knocked out by falling furniture

The national furniture retailer DFS has been fined £1 million and ordered to pay costs of £15,099 after one of its employees was knocked unconscious when part of an unstable load fell on him.

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) investigation found the company did not manage the risks associated with moving heavy loads between manufacturing locations.  It failed to ensure the work was supervised, despite reports of several near-misses from unsecured loads.


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Myth-busting by the HSE

Children banned from waiting in car at Recycling centre

A recycling centre manager requested that children be removed from their parent’s car and taken outside the centre to wait as they are not allowed on site for health and safety reasons.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.
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