News & Events

News & Events

Stay up to date with all of the latest industry and legislative news relating to the safety and maintenance of workplace equipment.

We will post blogs relating to HSE prosecutions and HSE accident statistics, safety initiatives and topical events relating to equipment safety and the consequences of failing to maintain equipment at work across a wide range of industries – from farming to construction, warehousing to transport and logistics. In addition we will highlight how our Good to Go Safety inspection systems could help to improve workplace safety and help your company to reduce maintenance costs while complying with key statutory legislations such as PUWER, LOLER and WAHR.

Joiner falls from unsafe Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)
Joiner falls from unsafe Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP)
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A 35-year-old man from Caernarfon fell approximately 2.44 metres from a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) whilst he was working for Aspire Park and Leisure Homes Ltd (a manufacturer of leisure lodges and park homes) on the 6th January 2022. The end gate of the Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) was taped open whilst two employees were raised into the air to spray insulating foam into a lodge wall. The injured worker broke nine ribs, forearm and suffered a kidney laceration...


Farming company fined £320,000 after fatality
Farming company fined £320,000 after fatality
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A company involved in fruit and vegetable production has been fined £320,000 after a man “who always put family first” was killed at a site in Burscough. Francis Schlachter, known as Frank, suffered severe head injuries when he fell from a skip at a farm operated by M.A.Forshaw Limited on 3 January 2020. The 64-year-old from Southport was described as ‘a rock’ by his wife of 35 years Linda, who said how much he would be missed by his friends and family. Frank had been working at th...


Father of two left in coma following fall at work
Father of two left in coma following fall at work
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The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) carried out an investigation following an incident at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff Ltd on 10th November 2019. The findings showed that the company had failed to adequately analyse the risks of working at height due to the removal of guard rails on the docking platform. Iain Mawson, a British Airways Maintenance Cardiff Ltd employee, was placed into an induced coma for three weeks as a result of the fall. He suffered multiple skull fractures and ...


Company fined £200K after employee falls 8 metres
Company fined £200K after employee falls 8 metres
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The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) conducted an investigation after a Scottish man named Robin Williamson suffered live altering injuries. The HSE found that City Property (Glasgow) did not plan, organise and supervise the work, to ensure that all risks were identified and adequate precautions were in place. Robin Williamson suffered the horrific injuries after falling eight metres whilst carrying out an asbestos survey on the roof of Netherton Community Centre, Glasgow on 5 April 201...


The Monster in your Closet
The Monster in your Closet
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As young children we have all been told fairy tales, myths and legends. Innocent youngsters simply absorb the delight and magic that centres around the likes of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy; Similarly they may tremble or hide beneath the blankets when told about Ghouls, Witches, Werewolves or Monsters that may live in their closet. As adults we start to recognise that many fairy tales and the legends behind them, are actually watered-down versions of uncomfortable histor...


A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
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The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure was fined $125,000 in 2020 after a 64-year-old worker died, however a coroner's inquest into the death of the man has been set for next month - November 8 to 10 at Burton Law Courts. In 2020, the department plead guilty of failing to provide a safe working at height environment which could have saved the workers (James Martin) life. A jury and presiding coroner Emily Caissy will be given evidence from witnesses to determine the facts sur...


Worker left paralysed after platform plummet
Worker left paralysed after platform plummet
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A building owner has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after an employee was left paralysed when a platform he was working from plummeted to the ground. Whilst an employee was working on the platform, it fell to the ground floor without any warning, causing serious spinal and head injuries to a worker that resulted in paralysis of the lower half of the body. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the platform had not been adequately inspected and maintaine...


Roofer dies after fall from ladder
Roofer dies after fall from ladder
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A roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell from a ladder and died at the scene. Whilst carrying roof tiles an employee slipped from a triple extending access ladder and fell to the ground, sustaining fatal injuries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the interlocking sections of the ladder they had been negotiating did not allow for three points of contact to be maintained, especially when a load was being carried: a single pole access ladd...


Worker falls from Ladder
Worker falls from Ladder
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A worker who was installing a security camera on an unsecured ladder sustained multiple injuries after falling approximately 4.5 metres. The worker (whose name is unknown) sustained multiple fractures to his cheekbone, right arm, left leg and dislocated his backbone. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) prosecuted and fined the Gwynedd manufacturing company £40 thousand after carrying out an investigation of the incident and found that the business had failed to plan the work at height and ...


Worker falls from Forklift Truck
Worker falls from Forklift Truck
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A worker of a carpentry and joinery company fell 11.5 feet from an unsecured stillage on the forks of a fork-lift truck in order to clean office windows at height. The company "Staircraft Group Limited" were fined on 14 June 2021 after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to identify that using a stillage to lift someone on the forks of a forklift truck was unsafe. As a result of the incident, the worker (whose name is unknown) sustained a broken...


A man has died due to falling from a scaffolding tower
A man has died due to falling from a scaffolding tower
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We're extremely sad to report that a employee has died due to falling from a misconfigured scaffold tower. Cambridge Magistrates Court heard how, on 15 September 2017, Sean Harding was working on a mobile tower levelling a steel beam that was seated on a door lintel. This involved using a crowbar to lever the beam up for a work colleague to insert a metal packer into the gap. Mr Harding caught his jacket sleeve on the tower, lost balance and fell over a single guard rail and down to ground le...


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