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Health and safety fines bulletin 11 September 2013

11/09/2013

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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.

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.


Firm sentenced after worker crushed to death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£125,000

Company:

Universal Builders Supply Limited

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Costs:

£40,000

Source:

HSE, 4 September 2013


Hospital trust sentenced over fatal Legionnaires' disease and patient window fall

Injury:

Seven patients infected with legionella, two died; patient fall resulting in broken back and ankle

Fines:

£100,000 (relating to legionella cases)
£75,000 (relating to the fall)

Company:

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£162,000 (relating to the legionella cases)
£13,000 (relating to the fall)

Source:

HSE, 4 September 2013


Kent company fined over worker death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£85,000

Company:

Moores Turf & Top Soil Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£97,791

Source:

HSE, 9 September 2013


Building contractor fined after family exposed to carbon monoxide danger

Injury:

Exposure to carbon monoxide

Fine:

£60,000

Company:

Morris and Spottiswood Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 2 September 2013


House builder and site manager prosecuted after bricklayer's fatal fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Chestnut Homes Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 To be determined at later date

Source:

 HSE, 5 September 2013


Council fined after two workers suffered electrical burns

Injury:

 Two workers suffered flash burns

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

South Lanarkshire Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 28 August 2013


Pirelli in court over injuries at Carlisle tyre factory

Injury:

Broken arm in three places

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Pirelli Tyres Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,330

Source:

HSE, 21 August 2013


Company fined after man seriously injured on Cheltenham building site

Injury:

Serious injuries to left leg, including a severed artery, a severely damaged thigh muscle and a large puncture wound

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

John O'Flynn Developments Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,892

Source:

HSE, 6 September 2013


Fairground operator in court for ride collapse

Injury:

 7 passengers taken to hospital, 3 kept in overnight

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Pleasure Beach Amusements (Skegness) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,000

Source:

HSE, August 2013


Jarrow firm sentenced after worker's hand severely injured

Injury:

Dislocated knuckle on right hand and a broken index finger

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Premier Precision Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,875.10

Source:

HSE, 3 September 2013


Company fined for guarding failings after worker severs finger

Injury:

Severed little finger

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Incube Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,025

Source:

HSE, 4 September 2013


Norfolk company in court after worker's finger injured in printing press

Injury:

Almost severed right index finger

Fine:

£6,700

Company:

Swallowtail Print Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,030.10

Source:

HSE, 28 August 2013


Wallasey care home ordered to pay £40k over pneumonia risk

Injury:

None; company failed to comply with an Improvement Notice to assess the risk from the legionella bacteria

Fine:

£6,525

Company:

Mother Redcaps Care Home Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£33,475

Source:

HSE, 23 August 2013


South Yorkshire council in court over care home fall

Injury:

Cuts and bruises

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Doncaster Borough Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,040

Source:

HSE, 6 September 2013


Firm in court after worker's hand crushed in machinery

Injury:

Severe nerve damage to hand

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

Radford HMY Group Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,388.30

Source:

HSE, 10 September 2013

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