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Horticultural firm fined over multiple safety failings

William Sinclair Horticulture Limited, has been fined over two separate incidents that occurred at their Ellesmere Port and Lincoln sites. The incident at Ellesmere Port resulted in serious injuries to a worker as he fell from an unsecured ladder.

On the 8 January 2015, Darren Taylor, aged 40, was assisting in a deep clean of conveyor belts, at the Ellesmere Port site, and used a ladder so that he could remove guards for access. As he ascended the ladder it moved, causing him to fall 1.75 metres to the ground.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company did not have a risk assessment or safe system of work for the cleaning of the conveyor belts or for the safe use of ladders. None of the workers involved in cleaning the conveyor belts on the day of the incident had received training in the safe use of ladders

Bolton Magistrates’ Court heard that from February 2014, William Sinclair Horticulture Limited had previously received two formal HSE warnings that there was an issue on site in relation to unsafe work at height, but the company failed to take adequate action.

The Court also heard that William Sinclair Horticulture Limited failed to heed the advice of an HSE Inspector by not providing adequate guarding on machinery at their Lincoln site. Following a proactive visit by the Inspector on 28 January 2015, an Improvement Notice was served to improve the guarding of the conveyors that fed products into the machines.

Subsequent visits on 4 March 2015, resulted in an additional Improvement Notice being served in relation to guarding on the sand line. A third visit on 9 June 2015 the Company still had significant issues with machine guarding, despite previous formal enforcement action.

HSE inspector Helen Jones said after the hearing: “William Sinclair Horticulture Ltd failed to act on the advice they were given to improve safety standards at both their Ellesmere Port and Lincoln sites.

“Because the company had failed to ensure adequate control measures were in place to reduce the risk of falling from height, Mr Taylor suffering serious injuries when he fell from the ladder.

“A fixed platform had already been identified as a better way to control the risk of falling from height, but the company had failed to act to ensure the risks were significantly reduced. ”

William Sinclair Horticulture Limited of Firth Road, Lincoln, LN6 7AH, (currently in administration) was found guilty of breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £7,071.

Notes to editors                                                                   

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. More information on safe use of ladders can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/ladders.htm
  4. More information on machinery guarding can be found at http://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/faq-general.htm

Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases.

Drew Group Services Ltd Launch First4Quotes

Due to the identification of a shortfall of providing some areas of the country with our various products and services, Drew Group Services Ltd decided that rather than do nothing we would take the opportunity to tender them to other companies across the UK. With this in mind Drew Group Services Ltd have now launched First4Quotes Ltd nationally. For more information please visit www.first4quotes.co.uk.

J & D Training Ltd Summer Special Offer

Our forklift and plant training company J & D Training Ltd www.jdtrainingltd.co.uk are currently offering counterbalance, reach and bendi refreshers or conversions from another forklift for only £65 in their summer special offer. Goto www.jdtrainingltd.co.uk for more details.

New Home For Drew Group Services

Today Drew Group Services Ltd launch their first homepage. Drew Group Services Ltd is a family run group of companies run by Kerry Drew and her sons. Please feel free to browse the new site and leave any feedback.

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Drew Group Services Ltd

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Fish processing firm fined after man killed by falling boxes

A Plymouth company has been fined £500,000 after an employee suffered fatal injuries when a stack of boxes of frozen fish fell on him.

Tomas Suchy, 22, an employee of Interfish Limited, was helping to clear up a fallen stack of frozen fish boxes in one of the cold store areas when there was another fall of stock which struck him. He received multiple and severe injuries which proved fatal.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident, which occurred on 18 October 2013, found there was no safe system of work or instruction to staff on how pallets should be stored. There was no written procedure for dealing with falls of stock when they occurred.

Interfish Limited, of Wallsend Industrial Estate, Cattedown Wharves, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. At Plymouth Crown Court today, it was fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,800.

HSE inspector Emma O’Hara said after the hearing: “Safe stacking of stock is a cross-industry necessity and can often be overlooked when considering safe systems of work. Duty holders need to ensure that they are stacking safely and that they have a plan for dealing with any unforeseen circumstances such as a fall of stock.”

For further information on storage visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg76.htm

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/  and guidance at
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases.

HSE jobs – Emergency Response Specialist: Marine Operations / Marine Engineer, Navy Architect or Master Mariner / Offshore Electrical Systems Engineer / Wells Engineering and Operations

  • Location: Bedford, Cardiff, Chelmsford. Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oxted
  • Salary: Up to £60,167 depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

Your specialist knowledge will play an important role addressing major accident hazards within Control and Instrumentation systems in a wide variety of Onshore Major Hazard Installations; you will be involved in completing accident investigation and inspections. You will join a dynamic team which will provide you the opportunity to contribute and influence national technical guidance.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Control and Instrumentation Engineer role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Basingstoke, Bedford, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oxted
  • Salary: Up to £60,167 depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

Using your Electrical Engineering expertise you will address potential major accidents hazards within a wide range of onshore major hazards installations. This is challenging role which will offer the opportunity to provide expert evidence to legal proceedings, provide specialist assistance and advice to colleagues.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Electrical Engineer role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Salary: Competitive salary depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 November 2016

Are you a marine professional from either the marine engineering or deck branches (or Royal Navy equivalent)? Do you have seagoing experience in a leadership or management role? This maybe the job for you! You will have the opportunity to utilise your specialist skills to be involved in inspections and investigations of offshore oil and gas installations.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Emergency Response Specialist role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Buxton, East Midlands
  • Salary: £29,180
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 18 July 2016

You can expect to work on a diverse portfolio of projects within the occupational health and safety sector, and to be involved in all stages of statistical and epidemiological projects.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Higher Statistical Officer role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Salary: Competitive salary depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 November 2016

You will have the opportunity to join our exciting Marine Integrity Team. You will utilise your expert knowledge to undertake inspections and assessments of marine integrity issues on offshore installations operating in the UKCS

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Marine Engineer role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: South West, Wales, Eastern, South East, London, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, Scotland, North East, West Midlands, North West
  • Salary: Up to £54,508 depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

HSE’s Mechanical Engineering team ensure inspections of Major Hazards Installations are completed by a highly motivated experienced team. This will be your opportunity to utilise your specialist knowledge to be involved in conducting inspections, undertaking investigations, contribute to the development of technical and operational strategy.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Mechanical Engineer role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Basingstoke,Oxted, Bristol, Bedford, Nottingham, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Leeds and Bootle.
  • Salary: Up to £43,349
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

Minimising occupational health risk is a challenging and varied task for our specialist team of Registered Nurses. You’ll be involved in conducting inspections, undertaking investigations, taking enforcement action, or by providing specialist assistance and advice to colleagues. Meet a member of the Occupational Health team and hear more about the role and HSE.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged.

You can find further information and apply for the Occupational Health Specialist role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: South East
  • Salary: Up to £48,121
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

Specialist providing front line occupational hygiene expertise, helping to regulate workplaces to ensure that workplace health risks have been identified, evaluated, eliminated or adequately controlled.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged.

You can find further information and apply for the Occupational Hygiene Specialist role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Salary: Competitive salary depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 November 2016

Are you a professional electrical engineer? Do you possess knowledge and understanding of design installation, operation and maintenance of electrical systems? If you are, this maybe the career for you!

You will have the opportunity to achieve and maintain safety in the offshore oil and gas environment. You will join a dynamic team which will provide you with the opportunity to contribute to the development of industry standards and guidance.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Offshore Electrical Systems Engineer role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: South East, South West & West Midlands
  • Salary: Up to £54,508 depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

HSE offer the opportunity to join HSE’s Process Safety team. You will utilise your specialist knowledge and skills in a widely varied role which will include investigating process safety related accidents and incidents, providing specialist assistance and advice to colleagues.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Process Safety Specialist role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: London, Oxted, Bedford, Cardiff, Bristol, Northampton
  • Salary: Up to £48,121
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 September 2016

You’ll draw on your technical knowledge and practical experience to support our frontline enforcement and advisory work in sectors using ionising and non-ionising radiation. There’s real variety to this role, which focuses on supporting or leading inspection activities.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged.

You can find further information and apply for the Radiation Specialist role via Civil Service Jobs.

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Salary: Competitive salary depending on relevant experience and skills
  • Post type: Permanent
  • Closing date: 30 November 2016

Do you have sound practical experience of well engineering with responsibility for planning and managing drilling operations at a senior level?

If the answer is yes; by joining our dynamic Wells Engineering Team this will be your opportunity to utilise your skills to influence and improve safety across a wide range of activities both on and offshore, including ageing installations, the significant new exploration programme and the most high tech innovations.

The closing date may be brought forward if we reach our maximum ceiling of applications prior to this date. As such, early applications are encouraged. Please note CV’s sent direct to HSE will not be accepted.

You can find further information and apply for the Wells Engineering and Operations role via Civil Service Jobs.

COSHH: Practical assessment and control – Buxton, 20-21 July 2016

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HSL is to run a 2 day course on COSHH Training – Practical Assessment and Control.

12 -13 October 2016

This two day course gives detailed and practical training on
carrying out COSHH assessments and, crucially, putting the
assessment into practice to control substances hazardous to
health.

Many people tasked with COSHH assessments are unsure what is
required or where to get information.  Once the initial
assessment is complete, they are often uncertain on how to approach
control, and how to judge when control is adequate.  This
course aims to give that knowledge and those skills.

Day one covers assessing exposure and risk and includes case
studies and the chance to work through examples.  Day two
moves on to implementing exposure controls that are effective and
reliable, and includes practical demonstrations.  The focus
for both days is on practicality and effectiveness.

  • Hazardous substances and risks from over exposure
  • COSHH regulations and what they mean in practice
  • Guidance and finding information
  • Assessments and action plans
  • Adequate control, understanding limits, the principles of good
    control practice
  • Hierarchy of control and reliability
  • Reducing exposure by process change and substitution
  • Choosing and using effective LEV
  • Choosing and using RPE
  • Skin and ingestion exposure
  • Choosing and using PPE

The course will benefit anyone tasked with completing COSHH
assessments and/or implementing controls, whether for the first
time or to improve skills.  This will typically include
managers and supervisors and safety officers, plus other health and
safety professionals looking to refresh or update their skills.

The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of
Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good
links to mainline train stations and Manchester International
Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk.

The cost of the course is £695 per
person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

Comments & Feedback
“The knowledge gained from the trainer was
exceptional.”
Sean Thackwell, BOC Group
Limited

Book Course

Please note the invoice option is not available within 4
weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.

For further dates and additional information email: training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit
at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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Managing asbestos in domestic and non-domestic premises – Buxton, 19 July 2016

Book Course

HSL is to run a 1 day course on Asbestos – Managing asbestos in domestic* and non-domestic premises.

19 July 2016

This one-day course gives you the knowledge to manage
asbestos in non-domestic premises to the standards required by
Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR
2012). The course information is also applicable to
the management of ‘domestic premises’, such as landlords’
duties for rented accommodation.

Many people now dying from asbestos-related diseases are
tradesmen – people who work on and maintain buildings. Also,
building operators and their management systems are under
increasing scrutiny from enforcing authorities, their own staff,
and the public.

CAR 2012 places a duty to manage asbestos on anyone who has
control over the maintenance and repair of non-domestic
premises. In practice, this means all workplaces that may
contain asbestos. Whilst no duty under this regulation falls
on operators of rented domestic premises, the same standards are
useful in ensuring proper management.

Training approaches include presentation, case studies and the
practical use of risk assessment and management tools.

  • The health effects of asbestos
  • Dutyholders and their responsibilities
  • Asbestos legislation and guidance
  • The extent of asbestos-containing materials in buildings
  • Commissioning and understanding asbestos surveys
  • Assessing risks and formulating a management plan
  • Managing minor work with asbestos
  • Commissioning and scrutinising asbestos removal firms
  • Communication plans for asbestos management

Anyone with duties under Regulation 4 of CAR 2012 – Management
of Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises. People have duties if
they are responsible for repair or maintenance of non-domestic
premises or access to them. This can include employers,
self-employed people and building owners. The course is also
suitable for landlords with similar responsibilities for
managing risks from asbestos in rented domestic premises.

The course will be run at the Health & Safety Laboratory in
the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District
and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester
International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk

The cost of this course is £425 per
person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

* ‘Domestic’ refers to landlords of domestic premises and not to
people in their own homes.

Book Course

Please note the invoice option is not available within 4
weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.

For further dates and additional information email: training@hsl.gsi.gov.uk
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit
at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker

A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work.

Christopher Dignam, trading at Blue Flame Plumbing and Heating Services, has never been on the Gas Safe Register, the body which ensures those who carry out gas work are competent to do so.

One of the two boilers fitted by him in November and December 2014 was found by a Gas Safe investigator to be ‘at risk’ – meaning that faults were present which could constitute a danger to life or property.

Advertisements for Blue Flame Plumbing and Heating in two local publications showed a Gas Safe Register logo and a registration number which does not belong to Dignam, confirming that he knew he should be Gas Safe Registered, the court heard

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Caroline Shorrock said: “Dignam showed a reckless and flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements. He knew he should be registered with Gas Safe and he exposed customers to a risk of serious injury or death.”

Dignam, of Kenyon Lane, Middleton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to two breaches of Regulations 3(3), and for breaching 3(7) and 26(1) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998. He was sentenced to 12 months custody, suspended for two years. He was ordered to pay £460 and £400 compensation to the two homeowners and £3,000 costs.

Notes to editors  

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk 
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/   
  3. More information on managing gas appliances and equipment safely can be found at:http://www.hse.gov.uk/gas/domestic/  
  4. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

Journalists should approach HSE press office with any queries on regional press releases.