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Health and safety fines: 1 April 2011

01/04/2011

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The fines and costs which may flow from a safety related incident can be significant, not to mention the reputational stigma which the company will suffer. We set out below examples of recent prosecutions which give a flavour of the sentences handed down following conviction. For further information on any of these cases please do not hesitate to contact Rhys Griffiths of our Corporate Risk Management Group.


Llanelli company fined £400,000 after employee dies at work

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£400,000

Company:

Calsonic Kansei UK Limited

Legislation:

Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£44,790.14

Source:

HSE, 18/03/2011


Firms fined after worker crushed to death by concrete

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£100,000 (Micor)
£30,000 (Crane)

Company:

Micor Ltd
Crane and Transport Services Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£20,000 (Micor)
£10,000 (Crane)

Source:

HSE, 14/03/2011


Dutch firm fined after Essex worker's arm had to be amputated

Injury:

Amputation of arm between elbow and shoulder

Fine:

£60,000

Company:

Coolrec Group BV

Legislation:

Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£22,000

Source:

HSE, 09/03/2011


Aerospace firms sentenced over worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000 (Brookhouse Composites)
£25,000 (Brookhouse Tooling)

Company:

Brookhouse Composites Ltd (now t/a Kaman Composites-UK Ltd)
Brookhouse Tooling Ltd (now t/a Kaman Tooling Ltd)

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Section 2(1) of the Act

Costs:

£35,000 (Brookhouse Composites)
£35,000 (Brookhouse Tooling)

Source:

HSE, 25/03/2011


Roofing firm fined for worker's death by electrocution

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Blackford (Newbury) Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974

Costs:

£20,000

Source:

HSE, 14/03/2011


Lorry driver killed by falling steel gates

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£13,300 (James Paterson)
£40,000 (Mackay Steelwork)

Company:

James Paterson Haulage Ltd
Mackay Steelwork and Cladding Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (James Paterson)
Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Mackay Steelwork)

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 29/03/2011


Builder fined over collapse of St Neots Christmas lights

Injury:

Stitches to head, broken ribs and punctured lung
Broken fingers, bruising to arm, hand and back

Fine:

£12,000

Companies:

Broadland (Builders) Limited

Legislation:

Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£4,250

Source:

HSE, 09/03/2011


Two companies fined after member of public badly hurt in scaffold collapse

Injury:

Double fractures to right hip joint and right femur, puncture wounds to right ankle, severe bruising

Fine:

£10,000 (Skyline)
£3,000 (Ashbrook)

Company:

Skyline Scaffolding
Ashbrook Construction Services Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (Skyline)
Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Ashbrook)

Costs:

£4,182.30 (Skyline)
£2091.15 (Ashbrook)

Source:

HSE, 16/03/2011


Firm ignored risks to workers' safety for years

Injury:

None - fine for putting lives at risk

Fine:

£9,000

Company:

Neal Brothers (Leicester) Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£3,289.20

Source:

HSE, 30/03/2011


Farm fined after worker's foot caught in machine

Injury:

Toe amputated, two other toes seriously injured

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

The family partnership operating Burnton Farms of Burnton

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 16/03/2011


Construction company fined after worker blinded in fall

Injury:

Facial fractures, cuts and bruising and in a coma for several days

Fine:

£7,000 (HSWA)
£7,000 (WAHR)

Company:

Balsham (Buildings) Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Work at Height Regulations 2005 - Regulation 4(1)

Costs:

£8,832.30

Source:

HSE, 30/03/2011


Fines for asbestos failures on site

Injury:

None

Fine:

£5,000

Individual:

Shay James

Legislation:

Section 36 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£2,348

Source:

HSE, 11/03/2011


Nuneaton firm sentenced after teenager injured by forklift

Injury:

Broken left lower leg, dislocated left ankle and left elbow broken, crushed & dislocated

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

Intelligent Recycling

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 22 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Costs:

£2,832

Source:

HSE, 21/03/2011


Father blinded after gas engineer's blunder

Injury:

Blinded in one eye

Fine:

£2,000

Individual:

Simon Challis

Legislation:

Section 7(a) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£1,071

Source:

HSE, 14/03/2011


Building firm in court after pupil injured on work experience

Injury:

Bruising to left side

Fine:

£1,500

Company:

Alan Fleischer Builders Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health &Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£1,320

Source:

HSE, 15/03/2011

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