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Health and safety fines bulletin 12 June 2013

12/06/2013

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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. 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.


Sheffield company fined for Derbyshire skip lorry death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£300,000

Company:

Adis Scaffolding Limited, now in liquidation

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£124,468

Source:

HSE, 7 June 2013


Atomic Weapons Establishment sentenced for control failings

Injury:

Burnt left arm and face

Fine:

£200,000 plus £2,500 in compensation

Company:

AWE Plc

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £80,258

Source:

HSE, 28 May 2013


Company sentenced for exposing worker to deadly fumes

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£25,000

Company:

Multicrest Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£56,286

Source:

HSE, 23 May 2013


Firm in court after worker loses sight in one eye

Injury:

Lost the sight in right eye

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Faltec Europe Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,813.70

Source:

HSE, 10 June 2013


Lewisham Homes in court after woman breaks jaw

Injury:

Extensive jaw damage and fractured wrist.

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Lewisham Homes Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £5,804

Source:

 HSE, 23 May 2013


Rugby firm fined for London skylight fall

Injury:

 Fractured skull in two places, broke five vertebrae and three ribs, and suffered hearing impairment

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Grenergy Solar Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,041

Source:

HSE, 30 May 2013


South Wales firm fined for worker's six metre fall

Injury:

Five broken ribs, lacerations to elbow and injuries to hips

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Dollcast Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £9,671

Source:

HSE, 10 June 2013


Bedford company in court over worker's broken leg

Injury:

Broken left leg and lacerations to right leg.

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

 White & Co plc

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

Costs:

£3,524

Source:

HSE, 22 May 2013


High school fined after pupil's climbing wall injury

Injury:

 Fractured heel bone

Fine:

£9,000

Company:

Manningtree High School

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,641

Source:

HSE, 7 June 2013


Scaffolder's lack of safety measures put lives at risk

Injury:

None

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Anthony Dale

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,114

Source:

HSE, 24 May 2013


Building firm in court after Wolverhampton house collapse

Injury:

None

Fine:

£7,500

Company:

Astbury Design and Build Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £4,500

Source:

 HSE, 4 June 2013


Contractor prosecuted after road worker loses leg

Injury:

 Lower left leg amputated

Fine:

£6,700

Company:

Colin Boon

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,000

Source:

HSE, 29 May 2013


Worker's fall leads to court for two companies

Injury:

Shattered left ankle

Fine:

AAA: £5,000
Laundryquip: £5,000

Companies:

AAA Linen Services Ltd
Laundryquip LLP

Legislation:

AAA: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Laundryquip: Section 6(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

 AAA: £4,500
Laundryquip: £16,500

Source:

HSE, 3 June 2013


Worker's arm injuries lead to fine for demolition company

Injury:

Fractures to right arm along with wrist injuries and bruising

Fine:

£3,500

Company:

 Coleman and Company Ltd

Legislation:

 Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and section 11(1) of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£1,114

Source:

HSE, 30 May 2013


County Durham farmer fined after friend broke back in fall

Injury:

 Broken back

Fine:

£3,000

Company:

David Barron

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,000

Source:

HSE, 28 May 2013