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Health and safety fines: 13 May 2011

13/05/2011

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Read the Health and safety fines bulletin - 13 May 2011 on www.ffw.com

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.


Waste company fined £250,000 after member of the public dies

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£250,000

Company:

Team Waste (Southern) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000

Source:

HSE, 26/04/2011


Company fined after Crawley employee paralysed

Injury:

Severe spinal injuries causing paralysis from waist down

Fine:

£120,000

Company:

Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£81,927

Source:

HSE, 05/05/2011


Pet food company fined £50,000 after steam scalds workers

Injury:

Severe burns to faces, arms and hands of five workers

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Nestle Purina Petcare (UK) Limited

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 13 of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

Costs:

£22,634.15

Source:

HSE, 20/04/2011


Bucks company and mechanic fined after forklift death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Morgans Plant Hire Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£15,000

Source:

HSE, 28/04/2011


Land Rover fined for failing to assess risk

Injury:

None: failed to take account of risks associated with working with vibrating tools

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Land Rover

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£60,606

Source:

HSE, 27/04/2011


Car firm fined after fatal head injury to worker

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Cannon Automotive Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£13,100

Source:

HSE, 28/04/2011


Recycling firm fined after worker's jaw smashed

Injury:

Shattered jaw

Fine:

£15,000

Companies:

Ampthill Metal Company Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£21,718.05

Source:

HSE, 10/05/2011


Scaffolder balanced eight metres without safety harness

Injury:

None: failure to work with harness at height

Fine:

£750 (Mr Roser)
£15,000 (Giant Scaffolding)

Parties:

Gareth Roser
Giant Scaffolding Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (Mr Roser)
Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and a breach of Section 20(2)(j) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Giant Scaffolding)

Costs:

£643 (Mr Roser)
£5,000 (Giant Scaffolding)

Source:

HSE, 09/05/2011


Aerospace firm fined after worker suffers severe hand injuries

Injury:

Left hand crushed

Fine:

£14,000

Company:

Meggitt Aerospace Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£6,758

Source:

HSE, 10/05/2011


Ipswich manufacturer fined £25,000 after worker injured

Injury:

Internal injuries and multiple fractures

Fine:

£15,000 (for PUWER breach)
£10,000 (for HSWA breach)

Company:

Crane Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 4 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974

Costs:

£3,387.25

Source:

HSE, 10/05/2011


Oldham company in court over electric shock risk

Injury:

None: failed to comply with improvement notices

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Townfield Manufacturing Ltd

Legislation:

Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£3,979

Source:

HSE, 05/05/2011


Two companies fined after man falls six storeys from roof

Injury:

Broken bones in his back, broken arm, pelvis and rib, a punctured lung and had to have spleen removed

Fine:

£5,000 (Triton)
£3,500 (Fire Escape Ltd)

Companies:

Triton Building Restoration Ltd
Fire Escape Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,339.55 (Triton)
£11,300.55 (Fire Escape Ltd)

Source:

HSE, 20/04/2011


Chard company fined after fork lift injury

Injury:

Fractured knee and ankle

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Metaltech Precision Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,940

Source:

HSE, 06/05/2011


Playground firm fined after North Yorkshire worker hurt

Injury:

Loss of four fingers

Fine:

£4,700

Company:

Playpower UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,382.40

Source:

HSE, 10/05/2011


Roof fall leads to fine

Injury:

Broken vertebrae, fractured skull, and internal bleeding

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

IFT Services Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,000

Source:

HSE, 20/04/2011


Bristol woodworking firm fails to comply with enforcement

Injury:

None - failure to comply with Improvement Notice

Fine:

£3,750

Company:

Blackstone Developments (South West) Ltd

Legislation:

Section 33 (1) (g) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Costs:

£836.50

Source:

HSE, 10/05/2011


£3,000 fine following fatal Bristol scaffold fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£3,000

Company:

Russell Lee Flook, trading as Flooks Scaffolding

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Section 33(1)(k) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£1,000

Source:

HSE, 27/04/2011


Contractor is fined after man is seriously hurt at boatyard

Injury:

Severe head injuries

Fine:

£2,250

Individual:

Malcolm Ely

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,000

Source:

HSE, 10/09/2011

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