Week commencing 25th January 2019 – In the News

‘Serious Negligence’ responsible for fatal air crash

Late last week, jurors heard that serious negligence and pilot error was responsible for the Shoreham Airshow crash, which killed 11 people in the summer of 2015. The prosecution also outlined that the aircraft was in excellent condition, and that it was the pilot’s decision to carry out a manoeuvre which led to the incident alone. It is believed that the aerobatic move was carried at too low an altitude.

Read more on the ongoing case HERE

Devon Farm Partnership fined after child sustains injuries

A HSE investigation has uncovered a series of failings which led to a 13-year-old sustaining serious leg injuries. The incident, which occurred in 2017, was due to the child riding as a passenger on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle), despite regulations prohibiting this. HSE Inspectors reiterated the professional function of such vehicles, stating that children should not be allowed to interact with them.

Read more on the strange case HERE

Scaffolding Firm fined heavily after fall from height

A Dorset-based scaffolding firm has been fined heavily after a HSE investigation uncovered insufficient safety procedures led to life-changing injuries to a worker. The employee fell five metres through a skylight in April 2017, sustaining serious injuries to the legs and back. The investigation found that the company had not done enough to prevent access to the fragile roof.

Read more on the case HERE

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Shattered elbow after unsafe ladder practices

This week, Sheffield Magistrate’s Court heard that an employee’s unsafe ladder practices resulted in him falling 3 metres and shattering his elbow. A HSE investigation uncovered that the employee rested the ladder on wet metal cladding, and did not sufficient tie or foot the tool, meaning slippage was likely. The company responsible was forced to pay £10,000 in fines and over £1000 in damage costs.

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Grenfell cladding far more dangerous than initially presumed

A worrying study, authored by fire experts and academics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), uncovered that cladding used on the Grenfell Tower prior to the disaster was 55 times more combustible than the safest alternative available on the market. The report argued that greater regulation and standardisation of cladding should be implemented to prevent such disasters from occurring again.

Read more on the story HERE