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Health and safety fines: 21 April 2011

21/04/2011

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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.


Companies fined £400,000 after labourer's fatal fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£200,000 fine for each company

Company:

Robertson Construction Central Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 12/04/2011


Council fined after man with learning difficulties dies from drinking dishwasher fluid

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

East Sussex County Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£27,670

Source:

HSE, 04/04/2011


Cannock firm fined after worker crushed

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Hydraline Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£20,000

Source:

HSE, 18/04/2011


China clay company prosecuted after worker fell into machinery

Injury:

Serious head, shoulder and chest injuries

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Imerys Minerals Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£45,124

Source:

HSE, 31/03/2011


Cheshire car parts maker fined over crane injuries

Injury:

Shattered thigh bone

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Mitras Automotive (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 7(a) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£8,792

Source:

HSE, 31/03/2011


Tamworth firm fined for man's burns

Injury:

Acute burns to face, arm, neck and left hand

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Enviro-Strip (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 5(1) of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

Costs:

£6,491

Source:

HSE, 18/04/2011


Harwich company fined after worker hit by fork-lift truck

Injury:

Fracture to right leg, extensive and severe bruising to left leg and knee

Fine:

£9,000

Companies:

Surya Rice Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,214

Source:

HSE, 31/03/2011


Coventry construction firm put workers at risk

Injury:

None - repeated beach of health and safety regulations

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

Coventry Construction Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,000

Source:

HSE, 01/04/2011


Plumber survives after plummeting through Warrington roof

Injury:

Injuries to head and neck

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

Dowding and Mills UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,498

Source:

HSE, 11/04/2011


Workers poisoned in carbon monoxide release

Injury:

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Newlincs Services Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,580

Source:

HSE, 07/04/2011


Stonehaven grain company fined after worker's fall

Injury:

Cut to head (requiring staples)

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

East Coast Viners Grain LLP

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 14/04/2011

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