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A chemical company was fined £2.4 million after one employee died from a toxic chemical cloud, and another suffered permanent injuries.

Cristal Pigment UK Limited (formerly known as Millennium Inorganic Chemicals) in Stallingborough, North East of Lincolnshire, was found guilty for breaching their legal duties when one of their workers died after being exposed to a toxic chemical cloud. Another worker suffered permanent lung damage from the exposure as well.

Cristal Pigment is part of a global company that makes titanium dioxide as an inexpensive white pigment. However, the European Chemicals Agency has recently hinted that it will be classing the chemical as a respiratory carcinogen as it is suspected to cause cancer. This was just a small clue as to how dangerous the chemical can be.
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Amtek fined after employee injured hand on drilling machine

Amtek Aluminium Castings (Whitham) Limited was given a fine for health and safety failings after an employee injured his hand using a rotary drilling machine at work. Mr Andrew Gibson was drilling a hole in a cast when his glove got caught in the spinning motor and his hand was pulled into the drill, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports.

The drill had ripped apart the glove and injured Mr Gibson’s hand before he managed to hit the emergency stop button. An ambulance crew attended to his injury before he was taken to hospital for further treatment, where he required skin grafts for his hand.
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Supervisor sentenced and fined for negligently exposing workers to asbestos

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An asbestos removal supervisor has been fined and sentenced for exposing his team members to deadly asbestos fibres.

Alan Burdett was a supervisor for Asbestos Decontamination Services Limited in Birmingham and was engaged in large scale asbestos ceiling removal of Raleigh House in Stockport. Mr Burdett led a team during licensed asbestos removal works on a day-to-day basis.
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Construction employee struck by a 215kg skip due to employer’s negligence

Site manager and worker ordered to pay seven thousand pounds in fines and costs

This story serves as an important reminder that employers have a duty of care to their employees for their health and safety.

Reports from the HSE confirmed that 27-year-old Ryan Musgrave suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a concrete skip on the construction site he worked on in South London. As a result of the incident, the HSE investigated accordingly.
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HSE says “Slips, trips, and falls” are the most common injuries at work

According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, slips, trips and falls are the most common injuries at work, accounting for over a third of all major work injuries.

Slip incidents are also one of the most common types of accidents giving rise to a claim for personal injury. The question of compensation depends on whether the third party was negligent in preventing the slip.
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Work claims involving Personal Protective Equipment

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Your employer has a legal duty to provide you with a safe workplace where all dangers are removed where possible. Where the hazards pose a risk to employees and cannot be removed (perhaps because it’s a part of the nature of the work), employers must do all they can to provide protection for the employee, and this is where Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) comes in.
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“Breach of duty causing severe leg and foot injuries” – Employee suffers a fractured leg and ankle after Galvanising firm fails to instruct him of the safety procedures

If this is not a lesson learnt, then I do not know what is…

T & D Galvanising Ltd were found to have breached the duty of care owed to their employee, Mr Ali Zada, who sadly suffered severe injuries to his leg and foot in June 2015.

On the day in question, Mr Zada was lifting wires that were tied around a bundle of mesh panels, when the overheard crane snapped on one side which caused the mesh panels to swing down and hit his leg.

Mr Zada suffered fractures to his leg and foot.
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“Double Amputation as a Result of Employer’s Breach of Duty of Care” – Cornish Construction Company fined £200,000 after their employee lose both legs

Health and safety in the workplace is so, so important. Getting it right and wrong can literally be the difference between life and death…

In this employer’s negligence case, an employee of Cornish Construction Company, Roger Daw, tragically had both his legs amputated after he was crushed by a dumper truck during the course of his employment.

A truly horrifying incident.
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Gresley House Residential care home investigation

The Care Quality Commission published a report this year on a care home in Derbyshire where it was found that the care home residents had suffered neglect in the form of not being fed properly; being locked in the home; and not receiving medication.

Gresley House Residential care home in Derbyshire was deemed inadequate and required improvements based on the report findings of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The report found that resident’s health and wellbeing were at risk, with one person sustaining an injury from a fall that happened sometime during the night.

Appallingly, the resident was not found till 7am the next morning.
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“Duty of Care of an Employer” – Roofing Company breached a duty of care owed to their employee, after he fell five metres from a roof

A 32-year-old man sustained severe injuries after falling five metres through a roof he was working on.

His employers, the Richardson Roofing Company Limited (RRCL), were found to be liable for his injuries and losses, and were fined £200,000 for not providing adequate safety measures for their employee.

This was a serious incident indeed, and it was entirely preventable.
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A chemical company was fined £2.4 million after one employee died from a toxic chemical cloud, and another suffered permanent injuries.

A chemical company was fined £2.4 million after one employee died from a toxic chemical cloud, and another suffered permanent injuries.

Cristal Pigment UK Limited (formerly known as Millennium Inorganic Chemicals) in Stallingborough, North East of Lincolnshire, was found guilty for breaching their legal duties when one of their worker...

Published on the 06/02/2017


Amtek fined after employee injured hand on drilling machine

Amtek fined after employee injured hand on drilling machine

Amtek Aluminium Castings (Whitham) Limited was given a fine for health and safety failings after an employee injured his hand using a rotary drilling machine at work. Mr Andrew Gibson was drilling a h...

Published on the 26/01/2017


Supervisor sentenced and fined for negligently exposing workers to asbestos

Supervisor sentenced and fined for negligently exposing workers to asbestos

An asbestos removal supervisor has been fined and sentenced for exposing his team members to deadly asbestos fibres. Alan Burdett was a supervisor for Asbestos Decontamination Services Limited in B...

Published on the 17/01/2017


Construction employee struck by a 215kg skip due to employer's negligence

Construction employee struck by a 215kg skip due to employer's negligence

Site manager and worker ordered to pay seven thousand pounds in fines and costs This story serves as an important reminder that employers have a duty of care to their employees for...

Published on the 03/01/2017


HSE says Slips, trips, and falls” are the most common injuries at work

HSE says "Slips, trips, and falls” are the most common injuries at work

According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, slips, trips and falls are the most common injuries at work, accounting for over a third of all major work injuries. Slip incidents are al...

Published on the 22/12/2016


Work claims involving Personal Protective Equipment

Work claims involving Personal Protective Equipment

Your employer has a legal duty to provide you with a safe workplace where all dangers are removed where possible. Where the hazards pose a risk to employees and cannot be removed (perhaps because it's...

Published on the 13/12/2016


Breach of duty causing severe leg and foot injuries - Employee suffers a fractured leg and ankle after Galvanising firm fails to instruct him of the safety procedures

"Breach of duty causing severe leg and foot injuries" - Employee suffers a fractured leg and ankle after Galvanising firm fails to instruct him of the safety procedures

If this is not a lesson learnt, then I do not know what is... T & D Galvanising Ltd were found to have breached the duty of care owed to their employee, Mr Ali Zada, who sadly suffered severe i...

Published on the 06/12/2016


Double Amputation as a Result of Employer's Breach of Duty of Care - Cornish Construction Company fined £200,000 after their employee lose both legs

"Double Amputation as a Result of Employer's Breach of Duty of Care" - Cornish Construction Company fined £200,000 after their employee lose both legs

Health and safety in the workplace is so, so important. Getting it right and wrong can literally be the difference between life and death... In this employer's negligence case, an employee of Corni...

Published on the 28/11/2016


Gresley House Residential care home investigation

Gresley House Residential care home investigation

The Care Quality Commission published a report this year on a care home in Derbyshire where it was found that the care home residents had suffered neglect in the form of not being fed properly; being ...

Published on the 21/11/2016


Duty of Care of an Employer - Roofing Company breached a duty of care owed to their employee, after he fell five metres from a roof

"Duty of Care of an Employer" - Roofing Company breached a duty of care owed to their employee, after he fell five metres from a roof

A 32-year-old man sustained severe injuries after falling five metres through a roof he was working on. His employers, the Richardson Roofing Company Limited (RRCL), were found to be liable for his...

Published on the 16/11/2016


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