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The manager of a nightclub where a man plunged 40ft to his death when he fell over a “low level” barrier has been prosecuted. On Saturday 19 August 2017, at approximately 2.45am, electrician Ryan Shenton stumbled over a 2.6ft-high barrier while in a “considerable state of intoxication”, Stafford Crown Court was told…


Ian Dunsford

This tragic case shows why nightclubs, and pubs, need to consider their duty of care, to their patrons as they leave their premises. Owners should carefully consider at all potential exits and consider traffic routes, trip hazards, and areas where people could fall from height. Had this happened then, perhaps, fencing would have been installed, and this death prevented.

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A Lancashire man was sentenced after a father-of-three was fatally crushed while working underneath a double decker bus. Crewe Magistrates’ Court heard how on 14 June 2017, Wayne Lannon, a 46-year-old employee of Brian Finch, trading as F E Coaches, was carrying out repairs under a double decker bus in the car park of Chester Zoo…READ MOREIan Dunsford

Details of which repairs can be done roadside, and which must be done back at the workshop, should be decided and communicated. Where repairs are done, at the roadside, workers need to be provided with suitable recovery vehicles, equipment (including chocks), and lifting equipment. Lifting equipment needs to be thoroughly examined under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), and rated for the vehicles that they will be supporting. Safe systems of work need to be prepared, which should include ensuring the ground is firm and flat.


A vehicle recovery and repair company has been sentenced after a new worker suffered fatal crush injuries during maintenance work, only hours after he’d started his new job. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that on 24 November 2014, Albert Road Recovery and Repair Limited employee John Glenn was fatally injured when a rigid vehicle fell suddenly from an inadequate axle support prop at Siskin Parkway East, Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry…READ MOREIan Dunsford

This tragic accident demonstrates why it is vital to ensure that employees are given the proper tools, to carry out high-risk works, safely. Had Mr Glenn been adequately trained he may have recognised that he had not been given the correct jack and asked for an alternative.


A Lincolnshire metal fabrication company has been fined for not complying with three HSE improvement notices. In December 2018, W S Barrett & Son Limited was issued with three improvement notices relating to testing wood dust and powder coating local exhaust ventilation (LEV), and providing LEV for welding fume extraction on its site in Boston, Lincolnshire…READ MOREIan Dunsford

Improvement notices are issued, by the HSE and local environmental health departments, for serious breaches of health and safety law. Failing to comply, with the terms of the notice, is often seen as being more serious than the original failing. If you receive an improvement notice it is important that you get advice, from your competent person straight away. They will advise you on how to comply and avoid further enforcement action.

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Tesco had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to breaches of its duties under Section 2 and Section 3 of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Those duties required Tesco, so far as reasonably practicable, to operate and manage its stores so as to ensure customers were not exposed to risks to their safety and to ensure the health and safety at work of Tesco staff…READ MOREIan Dunsford

Spillages, in a busy retail environment, can happen at any time. But extra care needs to be taken when dealing with spills from faulty equipment. Planned maintenance can, often, prevent faults from developing. But where they do then investigations, and repairs, need to be carried out as soon as possible. Until these can be completed then alternatives, such as turning faulty equipment off, blocking off affected areas of the premises, etc., should be implemented to reduce the risk.