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Health and safety fines bulletin 1 August 2012

01/08/2012

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Health and safety fines bulletin 1 August 2012

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.


Steel company fined £500,000 after worker died from fall into liquid waste

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£500,000

Company:

Tata Steels UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£57,487

Source:

HSE, 31 July 2012


UK Coal sentenced over Kellingley mineworker's death

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£200,000 (UK Coal)

£50,000 (Joy)

Companies:

UK Coal Ltd and Joy Mining Machinery Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Heath and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (UK Coal)

Section 6(1)(d) of the Heath and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Joy)

Costs:

£218,000 (UK Coal)

£100,000 (Joy)

Source:

HSE, 18 July 2012


Construction company fined over near-death fall

Injury:

life-changing injuries including multiple fractures to pelvis, leg and arm

Fine:

£110,000

Company:

Landmark Groundworks Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000

Source:

HSE, 27 July 2012


Healthcare provider prosecuted after patient death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

BMI Healthcare Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£29,447

Source:

HSE, 18 July 2012


Welsh chemical firm fined over dangerous substances

Injury:

None – fine for failing to comply with improvement notices

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

Euticals Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,344

Source:

HSE, 27 July 2012


Northumberland firm and two directors fined after death of worker

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£65,000 (company)

£13,000 (Alfred) and £2,000 (Christopher)

Company:

Directors:

Scotts of Whittington

Alfred Wood and Christopher Wood

Legislation:

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

Section 2(1) by virtue of Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (directors)

Costs:

£19,000 (combined)

Source:

HSE, 13 July 2012


Worker suffers serious crush injuries at recycling firm

Injury:

Abdominal crush injuries, broken shoulder blade and four broken ribs

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Donald Ward Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£19,970

Source:

HSE, 23 July 2012


Port berth operator fined after worker's legs amputated

Injury:

Legs crushed

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Stanton Grove Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

To be decided at later date

Source:

HSE, 31 July 2012


Burnley employees exposed to deadly dust

Injury:

None – exposure to dust

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Elite 04 Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,868

Source:

HSE, 19 July 2012


Firm fined after worker suffers serious burns

Injury:

Severe burns to lower right leg and burns to hand

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Meridian Lightweight Technologies (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£6,472

Source:

HSE, 25 July 2012


West Yorkshire firm prosecuted over unacceptable working conditions

Injury:

None – fine for working conditions

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Keylighting Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£20,000

Source:

HSE, 18 July 2012


Scaffold collapse leads to fines

Injury:

None

Fines:

£5,000 (Jacko's)

£13,320 (Potteries)

Companies:

Jacko’s Scaffolding Limited and Potteries Demolition Company Ltd

Legislation:

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

Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the same Act (Potteries)

Costs:

£2,992 (Jacko's)

£11,967 (Potteries)

Source:

HSE, 18 July 2012


Two firms fined after South Shields worker injured

Injury:

Fractures to skull, a fractured left eye socket, bruising to brain and internal bruising to lower back.

Fines:

£5,000 for each company

Companies:

MB Air Systems Ltd and GT Precision Products Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£3,196.50 for each company

Source:

HSE, 26 July 2012

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