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Health and safety fines: 6 January 2011

06/01/2011

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Read the Health and safety fines bulletin - 6 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.


Companies and manager fined £440,000 after worker dies crushing aerosol canisters

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£100,000 (Deeside Metal)
£330,000 (Jeyes)
£10,000 (Robert Roberts)

Company:

Deeside Metal Company Ltd and Jeyes UK Ltd and Robert Roberts

Legislation:

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

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

Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Mr Roberts)

Costs:

£10,000 (Deeside Metal)
£50,000 (Jeyes)

Source:

HSE, 13/12/2010


BT sentenced following fatal ladder fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£300,000

Company:

British Telecommunications Plc

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£196,150

Source:

HSE, 15/12/2010


Training failures led to patient death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

Health and Care Services (UK) Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£40,823

Source:

HSE, 21/12/2010


Worker died on first day at work

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

Arken PoP Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£16,914

Source:

HSE, 20/12/2010


Worker dies in ladder fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£60,000

Company:

Bergwerff Numansdrop BV (operating as ECO2BV)

Legislation:

Section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£21,709

Source:

HSE, 21/12/2010


Manufacturer fined over worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Glossop Carton and Print Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£76,150

Source:

HSE, 22/12/2010


Pharmaceutical workers exposed to hazardous substance

Injury:

Allergic contact dermatitis

Fine:

£50,000

Companies:

Catalent U.K. Swindon Zydis Limited

Legislation:

Regulations 6(3), 7(1), 11(1) and 11(3) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as well as one charge under Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Costs:

£50,123.10

Source:

HSE, 17/12/2010


Worker's arm injured by two tonne metal plate

Injury:

Broken arm, broken finger

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Forth Steel Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

None referred to

Source:

HSE, 08/12/2010


Company fined after man crushed by truck

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Trevett Engineering Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,630

Source:

HSE, 13/12/2010


Sawmill fined after worker's leg injured

Injury:

Leg broken in three places with significant nerve damage

Fine:

£20,000 (reduced from £30,000)

Company:

Windymains Timber Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

None referred to

Source:

HSE, 17/12/2010


Excavator firm fined after worker's fingers severed

Injury:

Amputated fingers

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

Komatsu UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,421.10

Source:

HSE, 13/12/2010


Council fined after sculpture falls onto boy's foot

Injury:

Multiple fractures to foot

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

East Lothian Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

None referred to

Source:

HSE, 13/12/2010


Worker's fingers crushed in bakery rolling machine

Injury:

Serious crush injuries to hand

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

Tower Bakery Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

None referred to

Source:

HSE, 16/12/2010


Fencing firm ignored safety notices

Injury:

N/A - failure to protect workers

Fine:

£3,000

Company:

Andy Sutton Fencing Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,369

Source:

HSE, 14/12/2010

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