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Health and safety fines bulletin 13 November 2013

13/11/2013

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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.


Road maintenance firm in court after motorcyclist paralysed

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£200,000

Company:

Carillion AM Government Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£28,551

Source:

HSE, 7 November 2013


Care home operator fined following death of resident

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£175,000

Company:

Barchester Healthcare Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£22,961

Source:

HSE, 1 November 2013


Worker lost arm in conveyor at South Wales recycling firm

Injury:

Right arm amputated

Fine:

£90,000

Company:

Neath Port Talbot Recycling

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000

Source:

HSE, 25 October 2013


Luton airport fined after Norfolk pensioner’s death

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£75,000 (LLAOL)
£70,000 (subcontractor)

Companies:

London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL)
C-T Aviation Solutions Limited (subcontractor)

Legislation:

Sections 3(1) and 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (LLAOL)

Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 11 of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (subcontractor)

Costs:

£197,595 (LLAOL)
£30,000 (subcontractor)

Source:

HSE, 18 October 2013


Dad paralysed in fuel tank explosion

Injury:

Severe burns and paralysis

Fine:

£66,000

Company:

Fuel Proof Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£25,000

Source:

 HSE, 29 October 2013


Firm fined after chimney sweep injured in fall

Injury:

 Fractured two ribs, suffered a collapsed lung and fractured pelvis

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

D Henderson Chimney Specialists and Roofers Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 5 November 2013


Council fined after school janitor loses toe

Injury:

Severed toe

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Fife Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 4 November 2013


Blackpool Council prosecuted over child’s head injury

Injury:

Severe head injuries

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

Blackpool Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£20,000

Source:

HSE, 24 October 2013


Council and decorating firm prosecuted for asbestos failings

Injury:

None – workers exposed to asbestos fibres

Fines:

£10,000 (Council)
£5,000 (Intal)

Company:

North Warwickshire Borough Council
Intal Decorators Limited

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Council)
Regulation 5 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (Intal)

Costs:

£1,200 (Council)
£500 (Intal)

Source:

HSE, 31 October 2013

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