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Agency worker injured in ladder fall acident

A company based in Suffolk has been fined after an agency worker suffered an injury when he fell from a ladder. Paul's Malt Ltd, a malting factory, were prosecuted at Scarborough Magistrates Court. The court heard that the agency worker suffered a nasty injury when he fell approximately 2 metres from a ladder. His injuries included two fractures to his right foot, a head injury and severe bruising to his chest. At The time of the accident he was in the process of checking the fill level of the malt in a container that he was loading for export. The container was fitted with a large fabric liner which had a high-level loading, this flap which could be zipped up once the container was at full capacity.

Used car under recall sold to mother

The recall of thousands of Vauxhall Zafiras over fears that they can spontaneously combust may have resulted in some second hand car dealers selling their vehicles illegally, according to an officer from the Chartered Institute of Trading Standards. Car buyers in the Manchester area may be aware that legislation protecting consumers states that any goods purchased must be safe for use, and that this also applies to used car sales.

A mother in Essex who was sold a second hand Zafira by a car dealer spoke of her horror when the car ignited shortly after she and her infant child exited the vehicle and entered a shop. She said that she had been unaware that there was a recall on the car and that she had not been informed of the matter when she bought the vehicle. In fact, two recalls had been issued for the Zafira B. It was first recalled by the manufacturer at the end of 2015 so that corrective measures could be made to the vehicle. But in May 2016 a second recall was announced after problems with the car continued.

Employee suffers serious burn in work accident

A company based in Batley, Yorkshire, has been fined after a worker suffered serious burns when his clothes caught fire at work. The company, the Batley Foundry Limited, were prosecuted at Bradford Crown Court. The court heard how an employee of the company was undertaking work involving the use of a 'paint-like' highly flammable chemical. The bucket containing the chemical caught fire and the employee's clothes then set on fire. The employee was left with serious burn injuries. The Health and Safety Executive launched a full investigation into the accident, which occurred on 5 August 2014. It was discovered that the company had failed to provide adequate training, work equipment and no protective clothing was provided. The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. They were fined £15,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs in the sum of £9000. The Health and Safety Executive inspector commented that if the company had taken a number of simple measures prior to the activity being carried out, the accident and subsequent serious injuries could have been totally avoided.

North West plumbing firm fined after accident at work

A Warrington based company has been fined by Scunthorpe Magistrates Court after an employee suffered serious injuries after an accident at work. The unnamed worker was seriously injured when a metal framework fell on top of him. He suffered injuries to his head and neck when the metal framework, which was being lifted by a fork lift truck, fell from the vehicle and hit him.

Teenage death in car crash

An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into an incident where a 15-year-old girl died after the car she was travelling in crashed after it failed to stop for police. Residents in the Manchester area may know that an investigation by the IPCC is standard procedure for an incident such as this. The commissioner for the organisation stressed that the investigation had only just begun and expressed his sympathies for the family of the girl.

She was a Luton resident and has been described as being very popular. Flowers have been laid near the scene of the accident in her memory. The car had come to a stop after crashing into a shop causing severe structural damage to the building. An engineer was called to the site in order to make the building safe and a number of people had to be evacuated. Police have appealed for anyone who saw the crash, or the events leading up to it, to come forward.

Man falls to his death in workplace accident

A hearing into an incident that led to the death of a worker has been held at Bradford Crown Court. Workers in the Manchester area may be aware of the dangers of working at heights and the precautions that must be taken by companies to protect their employees. The court heard that the firm had failed to ensure that effective safety procedures were in place and had allowed the worker to continue working on the roof of the company building.

The Whiteghyll Plastics company located in Bradford was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay an additional £37,655 in costs after it admitted that it had breached health and safety regulations. The deceased 43-year-old worker was married with children. His widow spoke out about the incident and said that her former husband was not only the father of her children but also her true love. She said it was not right that a person should have a fatal accident at work.

Victim of holiday car accident must be compensated through Greek Law

A woman who lost her leg accident was on holiday in Greece, has been informed that she must go through the Greece Legal System to obtain compensation. Tiffany Monero, from Barry, had her right leg amputated after being hit by an insured vehicle while on holiday in Greece in May 2011. The claim was initially made to the Motor Insurers Bureau, the body that compensate victims of uninsured drivers. They have admitted liability but stated that the damages should be calculated according to the laws of the country where the accident happened.

Employee injured at factory, company fined £100,000

In July, a company located about three hours south of Manchester was fined £100,000 for a workplace accident that occurred in May 2015. An employee was cleaning a moving conveyor belt when his hammer became caught in the machine.

The employee had his arm severed below the shoulder and had his ear ripped off. Additionally, he also suffered a broken shoulder, a major wound to his upper chest and developed a blood infection. Although his ear was able to be reattached, the employee will be on medication for the rest of his life. He was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following the accident. Even so, he ultimately returned to work though he was moved to another position.

Workers crush death accident leads to prosecution

A manufacturer based in Cambridge has been fined and given suspended sentence after an employee died while at work. The employee was killed when they were crushed by a printing machinery. The company manufactured plastics goods. The Health and Safety executive launched a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. The Health and safety executive is Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill-health.

Harrison Ford injured during Star Wars filming

"Star Wars" fans in Manchester who have seen "The Force Awakens" may be aware that the actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of the movie. The results of an investigation into the accident were related at a hearing in Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court where Foodles Production (UK) Ltd admitted to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The sentencing over these breaches will be decided separately at Aylesbury Crown Court in August.

Foodles is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company which purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for over $4 billion and now owns the franchises for both "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones". The incident that occurred in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive with the assistance of Foodles who said that the well-being of its staff had been of supreme importance throughout the filming of the movie.