Craig Hassall Q.C. secures £1.5 Million fine on behalf of the HSE against a company which closed in 2021 after it was found guilty of four health and safety breaches.

The investigation by The Health & Safety Executive followed a fatal accident at Cleveland Bridge in Darlington on the 25th October 2016. Keith Poppleton was an electrician working at the company via an agency. He had been asked to investigate an electrical fault on an overhead crane. Having climbed onto the crane’s walkway he fell 25 ft (7.6m) through an unsecured access panel onto the floor below. He died at the scene.

Craig Hassall secures £640,000 fine + costs for Nestle UK Ltd on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive.

On Thursday the 14th of January HHJ Gibson sitting at Bradford Crown Court sentenced Nestle UK Ltd for breaches of Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The court heard how on 13 February 2016, while observing the operation of the After Eight production machine, the technical operator placed his right hand close to a gap in the machine housing. An emery cloth held in his right hand was dragged into the machine taking his arm with it.