Monthly roundup of industry news

Company fined and director given suspended sentence for exposing workers to asbestos and fire offences

A wood working company and its director have been fined after an inspection by the HSE found a series of failings and risks associated with significant quantities of asbestos-containing materials within the premises.

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HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures for 2020/21

Provisional data released shows that a total of 142 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2020/21, an increase of 29 from the previous year, though the number of deaths in 2019/20 (113) was low compared to other recent years.

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Fire investigators issue urgent warning over fires involving e-bike batteries

A man who escaped a blaze at his flat has backed fire investigators in issuing an urgent warning following a spike in “ferocious” fires caused by electric bike and scooter batteries. Nihad Chemban was lucky to get away without serious injury after his electric bike battery caught fire while it was on charge at his flat in Tottenham in May.

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Warehouse management company fined £180,000 after employee killed in electrical incident

A warehouse management solutions company has been fined after an employee was electrocuted while servicing an air compressor.

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Tool company fined after employee sustains fatal head injuries

Cheltenham Tool Company Limited has been fined after an employee was fatally injured while moving heavy machinery.

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