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Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust has been fined following the death of an 87-year-old man with dementia.

In April 2008 the man was being bathed at the Frank Lloyd Unit, Sittingbourne, when he slipped from a hoist and fell, sustaining injuries, and died the next day, said the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in a media release.

The HSE investigated the incident and reportedly found “poor communication between the nursing staff and the agency care workers”.

It added: “… the care plan was not clear and, in any case, was not shared with the agency carers.

“There was no consideration of the risk of using a bathroom in another ward which precluded any active supervision of the agency carers.”

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, of Farm Villa, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, was prosecuted and pleaded guilty for breaching section 3(1) of the UK Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined £107,000 and ordered to pay £25,000 in costs.

“This case has shown that it’s not enough to have well-intentioned management procedures if these are not followed through at ward level,” said HSE inspector Jan Combs said in a media statement. “There must be a robust mechanism to communicate care needs to all staff including temporary agency staff. Clear communication is an essential part of good management.”

For more details, visit the HSE

Published on 28 January 2016 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today

Thiess Services Pty Ltd has been fined a total of $600,000 after an overloaded barge capsized throwing three workers into the water seriously injuring one of them.

Thiess Services Pty Ltd was charged, prosecuted, convicted and fined for two breaches of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, following the overloading of the barge on two separate occasions at Patterson Lakes, Victoria, in April 2012. Thiess Services Pty Ltd was fined $250,000 for the first charge and $350,000 for the second.

In the first incident, on 19 April, the barge designed to carry about five tonnes was overloaded with a 15-tonne excavator, according to a WorkSafe Victoria media statement. Although the barge tilted dangerously, the excavator operator was asked to reposition the boom of the excavator to counterbalance the weight. The barge eventually made it to its destination without capsizing.

In the second incident, on 27 April, the barge was used to move a 13-tonne excavator. On this occasion the barge capsized. The excavator operator, who was in the cabin of the excavator at the time, and two other men on the barge were thrown into the river. The operator sustained three broken ribs, a lung infection, a smashed top dental plate, an enlarged heart and psychological injuries. The two other men were uninjured, WorkSafe Victoria said.

The court heard that in 2010, NSW Maritime had assessed the stability of the barge and told Thiess Services Pty Ltd of its concerns about the loading and transportation of a 5.3-tonne excavator, WorkSafe Victoria said.

NSW Maritime subsequently issued a Certificate of Survey for the barge, which included limiting the operation of the barge “in accordance with loading conditions in a NSW Maritime approved stability book onboard”, WorkSafe Victoria said. But the barge was used without the book until after the two incidents in 2012.

“The company had known for several years that experts had expressed concerns over the stability of the barge when carrying a weight of more than five tonnes,” WorkSafe Victoria executive director of health and safety, Marnie Williams said in a media statement.

“Rather than minimising the risks by obtaining a stability book, and adhering strictly to the conditions it set out, the company simply chose to play Russian roulette with the lives of its employees and contractors.”

For more detail, visit WorkSafe Victoria

Published on 19 November 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email.  Subscribe online today.

A company has been fined $120,000 after a worker’s skull was pierced with a steel bar.

The 18-year-old worker was operating an excavator on a demolition job in August 2013 when the incident occurred. As he filled the excavator’s sifting bucket with concrete and steel, a steel bar flew into the cabin of the excavator, pieced his skull and penetrated 10cm into his brain.

SafeWork NSW investigated and found that the excavator was operated with the glass front screen open—and that the supervisor had observed the worker operating the excavator with it open prior to the incident but failed to instruct the operator to close it.

The company, NMK Pty Ltd, was prosecuted in the District Court of New South Wales (NSW), found guilty and fined $120,000 for breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

“The risk of an excavator operator being struck by a flying object and the need to shut the front safety screen during excavation is widely known and understood within the demolition and excavation industry,” executive director of SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover NSW), Peter Dunphy said in a media statement.

“Fortunately the worker did not suffer a significant brain injury as a result of the incident but the outcome could have been very different.”

For more details, visit SafeWork NSW

Published on 22 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

A Victorian dairy company has been fined $40,000 following the death of farm worker on a working holiday from the UK.

The farm worker was hit by a prime mover as he crossed the Timboon-Colac Rd in Bungador, while driving one of the farm’s quad bikes on 4 February 2014, according to a WorkSafe media statement.

WorkSafe investigated the incident and found the quad bike driven by the worker and a second quad bike on the farm had defective brakes and none of the farm workers wore helmets when driving them.

Although the cause of the fatal incident wasn’t alleged to be faulty brakes and the failure to wear a helmet, such failings were in breach of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, WorkSafe said.

The dairy company, Foscor Pty Ltd, was charged and persecuted in the Colac Magistrates’ Court in September for failing to provide and maintain safe plant and a system of work for its employees. The company pleaded guilty, was fined $40,000 and ordered to pay costs of $5051.

“This man had only recently arrived in Australia from the UK with his girlfriend to begin a working holiday of a lifetime. Instead, his girlfriend, family and friends are now living with a lifetime of grief,” said WorkSafe’s Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, in the media statement.

For more details, visit WorkSafe

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

Visy Paper Pty Ltd has been fined more than $400,000 and Baker & Provan Pty Ltd has been fined $225,000 following the death of a worker in each of their respective companies.

A forklift operator was killed at Visy Paper Pty Ltd’s waste recycling facility at Smithfield on 12 December 2012 when a front-end loader reversed into him, according to a SafeWork NSW media statement.

Following an investigation into the incident, Visy Paper Pty Ltd was charged and prosecuted in the District Court of NSW. Last month the company was found guilty of a breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011, fined $412,500 and ordered to pay costs.

In another incident, a fitter and machinist at Baker & Provan Pty Ltd was killed when the crane he was maintaining fell on him.

Baker & Provan Pty Ltd was also prosecuted in the NSW District Court for breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The company was found guilty, convicted and fined $225,000 and ordered to pay costs.

For more details, visit the Visy Paper Pty Ltd and Baker & Provan Pty Ltd findings

Published on 8 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.


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