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Workers Death leading to prison sentences

William Ward, 56, from Sheffield, sustained catastrophic crush injuries

Two subcontractors have been handed eight-month prison sentences, suspended for 18 months, after Mr Ward was killed when part of a 33-tonne metal barge he was dismantling collapsed on top of him.

Glaring safety failings identified that the barge was inadequately supported to prevent a possible collapse and proper assessments were not undertaken.

Tenants put at risk of poisoning by landlord

The lives of a young family were put at risk by their landlord who failed to have their gas boiler regularly serviced and checked, a court has heard.   A mother, her partner and young child moved into the property in Newquay but were not supplied with a copy of a gas safety record by their landlords.

A year later, the tenant asked about a safety inspection of the boiler but no inspection took place.  A short while later, the family noticed a gas smell.  A Gas Safe registered engineer later inspected the appliance and issued an “Immediately Dangerous” notice on the boiler.

Myth-busting by the HSE

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”.

Phil Jones

Council erecting a barrier on sloping grass bank to prevent workers and the public falling onto concrete path below

A sloping grassed bank, whose base is retained by a vertical wall, runs along behind social housing dwellings. The council has identified a risk of injury to workers from a fall from the top of the retaining wall when working on the bank above and also identified a similar risk of injury for residents and the public who access the bank. The council plans to install a barrier on top of the wall to reduce the risk of fall from height onto the concrete path below.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Village hall clock causes high ding-dong

A press article reported that a new member of the village had threatened to sue the parish council if the village hall clock strikes after 11pm. He claims the tranquil environs of the village had been disturbed by chiming every 15 minutes and will claim under health and safety legislation to stop this.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.
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