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Health and safety fines: 4 August 2011

04/08/2011

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Read the Health and safety fines bulletin - 4 August 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.


Salisbury skip hire company fined over death of employee

Injury: Death
Fine: £150,000
Company: C B Skip Hire
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974
Costs: £55,000
Source: HSE, July 25 2011

 Parcel firm fined £150,000 after lorry reverses into worker's head

Injury: Severe head injuries
Fine: £150,000
Company: Tufnells Parcels Express Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £19,000
Source: HSE, 01/08/2011

Cumbrian grandfather survives being engulfed by fireball

Injury: Burns to 47% of body
Fine: £90,000
Companies: Innovia Films Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £26,790
Source: HSE, 18 July 2011

Companies in court over major chemical fire in Crewe

Injury: None
Fine: £50,000
£37,500
Companies: Pakawaste Ltd
Greenway Environmental Ltd
Legislation: Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £87,030
£50,000
Source: HSE, 28/07/2011

Companies sentenced after worker is forced through 125mm gap

Injury: Ruptured stomach & bowel, broken back, shattered pelvis, and fractured hips, right arm and several ribs
Fine: £45,000 (Compass)
£30,000 (Kaltenbach)
Companies: Compass Engineering Ltd
Kaltenbach Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Compass)
Section 6(1)(a) of the same legislation (Kaltenbach)
Costs: £24,000 (Compass)
£16,000 (Kaltenbach)
Source: HSE, 27 July 2011

Dad-to-be's death exposes safety flaws

Injury: Death
Fine: £33,333
Company: DavyMarkham Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1)of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £49,247
Source: HSE, 01/08/2011

St Helens firm sentenced after worker loses three fingers

Injury: Serious injuries to hand, resulting in loss of three fingers
Fine: £30,000
Company: Emboss (Europe) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £12,549
Source: HSE, 26/07/2011

Manufacturer fined after worker's arm is severed by industrial 'corkscrew'

Injury: Loss of arm
Fine: £16,000
Company: London Concrete Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £9,397
Source: HSE, 18 July 2011

Dunstable glass firm fined after worker seriously hurt

Injury: Laceration of forearm causing severed artery, muscle and nerves
Fine: £11,200
Company: Nicholls and Clarke Glass Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
Costs: £3,977.40
Source: HSE, 19 July 2011

Newcastle firm fined after worker impaled

Injury: Serious injuries including puncture wounds, internal bleeding, broken pelvis, fractured spine and lacerated tendons in thumb
Fine: £8,000
Companies: Dupre Minerals 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: £5,236
Source: HSE, 22 July 2011

Wiltshire firm failed to prevent fall risk

Injury: No injury - fine for ignoring previous warnings on safety
Fine: £4,000 for each charge (£8,000 in total)
Company: Ashton Farms Limited
Legislation: Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £3,986
Source: HSE, 15 July 2011

Somerset farm owner fined after telehandler crush

Injury: Broken ribs, punctured lung
Fine: £6,000
Individual: Pamela Greenslade
Legislation: Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source: HSE, 21 July 2011

Somerset firm fined after man falls from platform

Injury: Broken back, arm and ribs
Fine: £5,000
Company: UK Storage Company (SW) Limited
Legislation: Section 4(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £2,680
Source: HSE, 21 July 2011

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