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Contractor fined for potential asbestos risk

A County Durham contractor has been sentenced after illegally removing asbestos from a garage, putting himself, other workers and the householder at risk of exposure. John Simpson, trading as Dun N Dusted and offering waste removal services, was paid £900 by a householder to remove asbestos from a garage under his house in Jesmond, Newcastle. […]

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Baking firm fined after worker injured

Baking firm Warburtons Ltd has been prosecuted for safety failings after a maintenance worker seriously injured his hand when it was drawn into a conveyor at a Newcastle factory.  The 41-year-old, of Hebburn, South Tyneside, was attempting to identify a fault on a hot tin slat conveyor belt at Warburtons’ premises on the Newburn Industrial […]

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Top award for HSE legal eagles

The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency (EA) have been presented with a top award at the recent Annual GLS Prosecutors Conference.  The Prosecutors’ Convention Team of the Year Award 2014 was presented to the legal teams from both organisations by the Attorney General, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Wright, QC MP for the prosecution […]

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Architects fined for safety failings in care home construction

A firm of architects has been fined for safety failings in the construction of a new timber frame care home in Hemlington. Teesside Magistrates’ Court today (26 November) heard that Mario Minchella Ltd had not given contractors relevant information about the flammability of the timber frame used in the construction of the new building in […]

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Furniture manufacturer sentenced over worker’s hand injury

Furniture manufacturer Ercol has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered severe injuries when his hand was caught in poorly-guarded machinery. The 42-year old from High Wycombe, who does not wish to be named, was using a lathe machine to produce chair legs at Ercol Furniture Ltd’s factory in Buckinghamshire on 4 October […]

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Europe want ‘right to be forgotten’ extended globally

The EU wants the controversial ‘right to be forgotten’ that allows people to remove content from the web to be extended globally by Internet search engines. The privacy watchdogs of the EU’s member states yesterday agreed guidelines to help implement the ruling from the European Court of Justice that gives people the right to ask […]

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