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Company Fined for Fall through Roof Accident at Sainsburys

March 5, 2015

Magistrates in Westminster have fined a Derbyshire company for safety failings which resulted in a fall through roof accident at Sainsburys in Wandsworth.

On 8th August 2013, James Whelan (31) from Wimbledon in Surrey was working for a scaffolding subcontractor on a project to extend the Sainsburys supermarket in Wandsworth, West London. As he walked along an area linking the roof space of the existing store with the new extension, he stepped on a section of plasterboard which he assumed was covering the secure walkway.

Unfortunately the fragile material snapped under his weight, and James fell seven metres through a suspended ceiling – landing on a stairway. James was rushed to hospital, where he underwent treatment for a fractured spine, fractured pelvis, four broken ribs and a bruised lung.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the fall through roof accident at Sainsburys and discovered that more could have been done to mitigate the chances of a fall – such as providing stronger covers over or beneath fragile materials and properly securing the integrity of the walkway with guard rails.

Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd – the subcontractor for whom James was working – was prosecuted by the HSE for a single breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which led to the fall through roof accident at Sainsburys. The Derbyshire-based company pleaded guilty to the charge, but said that they had tried to mitigate the risk of an accident by restricting access to the walkway.

Magistrates fined the company £6,000 and order it to pay a further £1,428 in costs, after which HSE Inspector Gavin Pugh said: “The hazards presented by fragile surfaces and open edges are clear, and it is common knowledge that falls from height account for almost half of all deaths and serious injuries on construction sites. As such, companies like Bowmer & Kirkland should be fully aware of what needs to be done to adequately protect workers”.

“The safety standards surrounding the walkway and fragile area fell some way short on this occasion, and it could have cost the scaffolder his life. He suffered painful injuries that still cause him pain and discomfort, but he could just as easily have been killed.”

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Watermelon Salmonella Compensation Claims Lead to Warning

February 5, 2012

A health warning has been released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) after the discovery of watermelon salmonella. Claims that the death of one UK resident and scores of food poisoning cases across Europe are due to the presence of salmonella in pre-wrapped Watermelons are being looked into by the Food Standards Agency and other international food safety authorities.

Thirty cases of food poisoning after eating watermelons have been refiled in England and Wales, with many more across Scotland, Ireland and Germany. The cause of the watermelon salmonella is thought to be a lack of hygiene during the preparation stages, with the watermelons washed in dirty water or being sliced with a knife that had not been cleaned before use.

The strain of salmonella found in the sliced and pre-packed watermelons is known as Salmonella Newport, and many of the victims who have fallen ill with vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever had consumed a slice of pre-packed watermelon in the three days before they became ill. It has not yet been confirmed where the infected watermelons came from, but watermelon salmonella compensation claims have been made that the produce was imported from Brazil in November 2011.

Supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose and the Co-op have been quick off the mark to issue press statements that their watermelons are free from the salmonella, however the most likely source of the infected watermelons is from snack kiosks and in cafes or restaurants where pre-packed watermelons are convenient to store and easy to serve.

Claims for watermelon salmonella compensation are extpected from those affected by the bug, and will be made against the outlet from which they bought the infected produce. One of the key things that will determine whether victims of food poisoning are eligible for watermelon salmonella compensation will be the result of a sample test given to a doctor or their GP.

As the watermelon salmonella has already claimed the life of one individual, people experiencing the initial signs of food poisoning are advised to see their doctor at the earliest possible opportunity and thereafter seek compensation claims advice from a personal injury solicitor.

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