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Health and safety fines: 14 September 2011

14/09/2011

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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.


National power firm fined after employee electrocuted

Injury: Death
Fine:

£300,000

Company:

UK Power Networks

Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £219,352.09
Source: HSE, 31 August 2011

Company fined after man dies in machine incident

Injury: Death
Fine:

£200,000

Company:

Duco International Limited

Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Costs: £43,352
Source: HSE, 8 September 2011

Newport council fined following death of disabled man

Injury: Death
Fine:

£100,000

Company:

Newport City Council

Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £60,108.02
Source: HSE, 13 September 2011

Bus builder fined after Falkirk worker hit by steel platform

Injury: Deep cut to chin and four broken teeth
Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Alexander Dennis Ltd

Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source: HSE, 13 September 2011

Pitmachie garage worker fatally injured

Injury: Death
Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Pitmachie Garage Ltd

Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source: HSE, 6 September 2011

Glasgow demolition worker fatally injured

Injury: Death
Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Whiteinch Demolition Ltd

Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source: HSE, 30 August 2011

Somerset employer prosecuted after teenage employee loses fingers

Injury: Loss of four fingers
Fine:

£15,000

Individual:

Nigel Ashley

Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £7,376.40
Source: HSE, 5 September 2011

Two firms prosecuted for dangerous building site

Injury: None – fined for poor standards at building site
Fine:

£8,000 (Kubik)
£8,000 (Bellway)

Companies:

Kubik Homes Ltd
Bellway Developments Ltd

Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety etc at Work Act 1974
Costs: £2,426.50 (Kubik)
£2,384.50 (Bellway)
Source: HSE, 30 August 2011

Company fined after scaffolding collapse at wedding

Injury: None
Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Block Scaffolding Limited

Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £7,370
Source: HSE, 5 September 2011

West Yorkshire firm fined over worker injury

Injury: Two fingers partially severed
Fine:

£7,500

Company:

Shaw Pallet Ltd

Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £2,410
Source: HSE, 8 September 2011

Council in court over workers exposed to asbestos

Injury: Three men exposed to asbestos
Fine:

£5,000 (Birmingham CC)
£1,750 (Solihull Supplies)

Companies:

Birmingham City Council
Solihull Supplies Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Birmingham CC)
Regulation 6(1)(a) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (Solihull Supplies)

Costs:

£1,091 (Birmingham CC)
£1,091 (Solihull Supplies)

Source: HSE, 5 September 2011

Kent tree surgeon fined over worker's injuries

Injury: Broken leg, severe muscle injuries and hospitalisation for several weeks
Fine:

£5,000

Individual:

Richard Curteis

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,679

Source: HSE, 13 September 2011

County Durham firm fined after worker struck by waste vehicle

Injury: Broken shoulder, two fractured toe bones and a cracked rib
Fine:

£3,350

Company:

First Skips Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,528.70

Source: HSE, 30 August 2011

Disregarded safety warnings cost Bolton firm

Injury: None – fine for ignoring formal safety warnings
Fine:

£705 (Mr Smith)
£360 (Mrs Barrett)

Individuals:

Anthony Smith and Yvonne Barrett

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,500 (Mr Smith)
£1,500 (Mrs Barrett)

Source: HSE, 9 September 2011

Barnet bread company fined after man dies from fall

Injury: Death
Fine:

£1 (Ovenpride)
£300 (Mr Mahmood)

Company:
Individual:

Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd
Amjad Mahmood

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£200 (Mr Mahmood)

Source: HSE, 24 August 2011

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