Tractor Drives Over Workers Leg, Highlights Lack of Safety

 

Driver Severely Injured by Tractor Unit
 
An Aberdeenshire, Great Britain haulage firm has been fined after a driver was severely injured when he was knocked to the ground and run over by a tractor unit of a Heavy Goods Vehicle, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
 
Ian Mackie, 43, from Turriff, was one of a team of drivers who worked for R & J Milne Limited operating out of its haulage yard in Norwood, Ardmiddle, Turriff.
 
 
Wheels Drove Over Foot & Leg
 
As part of their duties, drivers were regularly required to clean company vehicles in a "wash bay" area.  Mackie was one of five drivers who had cleaned a tractor unit. He was talking to a colleague near the front of the vehicle, when the driver of that tractor unit climbed into his cab, started the vehicle and began to pull out of the wash bay.
 
As the vehicle turned left out of the wash bay, it struck Mackie, who fell into his colleague. Both men were knocked to the ground and one of the front wheels of the tractor unit drove over Mr Mackie's right foot and leg.
 
Another driver raised the alarm and the tractor unit was reversed off Mr Mackie. He suffered severe injuries, including the removal of the soft tissue of his leg, an open wound and broken bones in his foot, a fractured pelvis and cracked ribs.
 
Mackie was in the hospital for 13 weeks and had to have a metal plate inserted into his pelvis and a skin graft on his leg. He returned to work, but has permanent scars along the length of his leg and to his hip and still suffers bad circulation, numbness and pain. The second employee who was knocked over during the incident escaped physical injury.
 
 
No Organized System to Control Vehicle Movements
 
Banff Sheriff Court heard this month that an investigation into the incident by the HSE found that there was no organized system to control vehicle movements within the yard around the wash bay area to segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles.
 
There was a 'Health and Safety Manual', prepared by a company of external consultants, which purported to deal with all health and safety issues and included various entries within the document that purported to be risk assessments dealing with transport issues. These largely took the form of various high-level statements which did not in any way amount to a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks involved in maneuvering vehicles around the site.
 
R & J Milne Ltd., of Carden Place, Aberdeen, was fined $32,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
 
 

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British Laundry Firm Gets Dressing Down for Ignoring Safety Suggestions

A Battersea, Great Britain laundry firm showed scant regard for employee wellbeing and safety after ignoring instructions to make it easier and safer for workers to move heavy loads of laundry, London magistrates heard recently.
 
 
According to a report from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Niva UK (Ltd), trading as Sunbeam Laundry, failed to act on two separate Improvement Notices served by HSE following a routine inspection of its premises at the London Stone Business Estate, on Broughton Street. (WCxKit)
 
 
The first Improvement Notice required the removal of bags of laundry and other items from walkways, including a stairway, and the entrance to a female staff toilet. The second required an urgent review and improvements to reduce the lifting and handling of laundry.
 
 
City of London Magistrates Court heard that when HSE made a return inspection two months later, Niva had done nothing to comply with either notice. Employees were still carrying heavy loads through blocked walkways and were routinely risking tripping and falling as a result. (WCxKit)
 
 
The company pleaded guilty to two separate breaches of Section 33 (1) (g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for failing to take action and was fined $3,155.6 and ordered to pay $7,986.32 in costs.
 

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Three British Workers Nearly Killed by Carbon Monoxide

Three Sheffield, Great Britain workers nearly became incapacitated from fumes when a decontamination unit began to fill with deadly carbon monoxide, a court heard recently.
 
 
The men were part of a five-strong team working in an asbestos enclosure on a demolition site in Huddersfield in November 2009. After working for 90 minutes, each departed the enclosure to go one at a time through a three-stage decontamination unit (DCU).
 
 
Huddersfield Magistrates Court heard the workers would begin at the dirty end of the DCU and disposes of overalls, enter a second stage including showers and washing of their respiratory equipment, prior to reaching the final clean section to finish and change into normal clothes. (WCxKit)
 
 
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuting told the court the first pair of workers passed through each of the stages successfully but the next three men were nearly overcome by dizziness and nausea. All three were sent to hospital where tests indicated they had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
 
The three workers were treated with high-flow oxygen therapy at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and released later the same day.
 
 
The court heard the DCU used a gas boiler to provide hot water for the shower. HSE tests on the boiler showed poor maintenance meant it was pumping out high levels of carbon monoxide. Also, a door seal and lock between the boiler compartment and clean sections of the unit were damaged, leading to poisonous gases being drawn into the clean end. (WCxKit)
 
 
The contractor and owner of the DCU, Newlincs Services Ltd, of Dudley Street, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined $8200.25 and ordered to pay $5871.2 in costs.
 
 
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Self-Defense Training at Psychiatric Hospital Insufficient to Protect Employees

For the second time in less than a month, the Oregon State Hospital has been fined for workplace safety violations.
 

According to
the Statesman-Journal, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division levied a $1,250 penalty against the Salem psychiatric facility last month, according to records. It came on the heels of a $3,750 fine OR-OSHA imposed against the hospital in a separate case on Oct. 7. (WCxKit)
 

The
Salem psychiatric facility intends to challenge the regulatory agency's findings by pursuing appeals in both cases, according to hospital Superintendent Greg Roberts.
 

In the first case
, the hospital was cited for safety violations after regulators found self-defense training was inadequate for employees dealing with violent patients. Regulators also determined that the hospital had been late in providing training for staffers to use shields as "a tool to protect employees from projectiles, riots and to approach patients in order to secure them."
 

According to Roberts
, the hospital's appeal in that case is set for a hearing with OR-OSHA on Nov. 22.
 

In the second case
, regulators discovered safety violations in connection with an August incident in which a pair of security staffers received injuries after they were called to transport a mental patient from a transitional-program cottage to a secure hospital unit.
 

The two staffers
reportedly were assaulted by the patient at the cottage and in the transport vehicle. Both employees received hospital treatment for their injuries.
 

The OR-OSHA
citation issued in connection with the incident claims the hospital:

1.     
Did not have adequate security staff on duty to perform the transfer.


2.     
Did not have a contingency plan in place "in case the patient was resistant to transfer."

 3.      Did not have a plan or policy for searching the patient for weapons and other contraband after he was transported to a maximum-security ward.
 


The regulatory agency
also found that the hospital lacked a standard policy or procedure for transporting patients from transitional cottages to other units at the mental hospital. (WCxKit)

Roberts claimed
the hospital "fully disagrees with the findings in the report."
 

 

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Architect and Contractor Fined For Workers Fatal Fall Due to Low Parapet on Roof

Worker Loses Life in Fatal Fall:  Architect and Construction Company Held Responsible as Contributory Cause
Businesses may look to improve their safety measures when it comes to contractors following a fatal accident in Great Britain leading to a pair of guilty pleas.
According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an architect's practice and a construction company was fined a total of £195,000 ($310,688) following a fatality on the site.
The construction company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for failing to safely manage their subcontractors.
The architects involved also pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 13, and 14, of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994, requiring designers to take safety considerations into account. (WCxKit)
The construction company was fined £75,000 ($119,495) and ordered to pay costs of £68,000 ($108,342) and the architect partnership was fined £120,000 ($191,193) and ordered to pay costs of £60,000 ($95,596) at Bristol Crown Court.
The court heard the 64 year old was working as a sub-contractor on the air conditioning plant, built on a platform accessed via a ladder at the edge of a flat roof. The roof only had a low parapet, which was not high enough to prevent the worker falling nine meters (30 feet) to the ground.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Sue Adsett, noted, "This is a tragic case where both the failings of the construction firm and the architects led to (the workers) death.
"While it is rare for designers to be charged with breaching health and safety legislation, they must be aware they can be held responsible where bad design is an important contributory factor to a work-place fatality.
"Designers must ensure that plant and equipment can be accessed safely, and that safety harnesses are only used as a last resort. (WCxKit)
The man’s family, who sat in court, commented "Our loss of has deeply affected us all and he will be greatly missed. Our hope is that lessons are learned within the construction industry so that other similar incidents are prevented. Safety should be paramount during all stages of the building process so that another family doesn't have to suffer the loss that we have."
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