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Unsafe laboratory

London’s Imperial College has been fined £20,000 after pleading guilty to a
charge brought by the HSE of failing to ensure that a laboratory was properly
sealed to permit disinfection and fumigation without the release of spilt agents.
Universal Safety Consultants, the college’s safety adviser, was also fined
£20,000.

Electrical hazard

The death of an electrician working in offices of Doncaster Metropolitan
Borough Council has led to a fine of £400,000 being imposed on the council, the
HSE has said.

Cement safety

An £11,000 fine imposed on a Kent company should serve as a warning to
everyone who works with cement that proper safety precautions are essential,
the HSE has said. The fine against Astell Scientific (Holdings) followed an
incident in February last year that led to a man having to have his leg
amputated after receiving chemical burns following exposure to cement.

Roadwork dangers

Three companies have been fined a total of £120,000 following an accident in
Cambridgeshire that led to a man having his leg amputated. Ringway Highway
Services, Hewden Plant Hire and Phoenix Engineering were fined.

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