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Health and safety fines: 27 January 2011

27/01/2011

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Read the Health and safety fines bulletin - 27 January 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.


Care home company fined after pensioner dies

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£150,000

Company:

BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£150,000

Source:

HSE, 19/01/2011


West Lothian council fined after pensioner's fatal fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

West Lothian Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

None referred to

Source:

HSE, 25/01/2011


Firm fined after worker hit by three-tonne steel tank

Injury:

Multiple fractures to pelvis, spine and ribs, fractured leg and ankle, and head injuries

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Wefco (Gainsborough) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,000

Source:

HSE, 10/01/2011


Four workers fall suffering serious injuries

Injury:

Four workers suffered combination of broken arms, smashed femurs, broken collarbones

Fine:

£5,000 (J&P)
£15,000 (West End Cold Stores

Company:

J & P Recruitment
West End Cold Stores

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£800 (J&P)
£1,862 (West End Cold Stores)

Source:

HSE, 05/01/2011


Firm fined after worker's fall

Injury:

Shattered leg, broken wrist

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

H. Cope & Sons Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,570.80

Source:

HSE, 20/01/2011


Property company ignored order to improve safety

Injury:

None

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Merlin Homes (Wales) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,700

Source:

HSE, 17/01/2011


Contractor fined after labourer has leg amputated

Injury:

Leg amputated

Fine:

£10,000

Companies:

Howper 291 Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,172

Source:

HSE, 24/01/2011


Firm fined after worker's thumb and finger sawn off

Injury:

Thumb and index finger amputated

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

G J Bream & Son Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4026.55

Source:

HSE, 06/01/2011


Council-owned housing company fined for asbestos exposure

Injury:

Exposure to asbestos

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

2010 Rotherham Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,418

Source:

HSE, 12/01/2011


Warrington worker paralysed in roof fall

Injury:

Severe spinal injuries, leading to paralysis from waist down

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Bizspace Investments Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,000

Source:

HSE, 07/01/2011


Gloucestershire quarry fined after stone crushes worker's leg

Injury:

Broken leg

Fine:

£5,000

Individual:

Ian Stanley Bond

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,790

Source:

HSE, 14/01/2011


Construction boss fined after sub-contractor suffers leg injuries

Injury:

Broken foot, ankle and leg

Fine:

£5,000

Individual:

John Handley

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,000

Source:

HSE, 24/01/2011


Farm worker fractured skull in roof fall

Injury:

Two fractures to the skull

Fine:

£5,000 (company)
£5,000 (director)

Company:

LD Heywood Ltd and director Leslie Heywood

Legislation:

Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (company)
Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (director)

Costs:

£2,500 (company)
£2,500 (director)

Source:

HSE, 21/01/2011


Company fined for ignoring improvement notices

Injury:

None

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

TLC Glazing Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,968

Source:

HSE, 14/01/2011


Building contractor fined after serious failings found

Injury:

None

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

DA Cook (Builders) Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,800

Source:

HSE, 07/01/2011

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