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Health and safety fines bulletin | 14 January 2015

16/01/2015

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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.

In decreasing fine order

Recycling   firm sentenced over forklift death

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£180,000

Company:

Recresco   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£38,693

Source:  

HSE, 18   December 2014

 

Hospital   trust fined £180,000 after patient suffers debilitating burns from   super-heated mattress

Injury:  

Third   degree burns to hip and buttock

Fine:

£180,000

Company:

Maidstone   and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£14,970

Source:  

HSE, 18   December 2014

 

Waste   company fined over worker’s life-changing injuries

Injury:  

Life-threatening   injuries including having all ribs broken; back and shoulder injuries;   injuries to the top of left leg; a chip to the back of skull and a number of   cuts and bruises

Fine:

£160,000

Company:

Kier MG   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation   17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Costs:

£9,809

Source:  

HSE, 8   January 2015

 

Recycling   giant fined £150k for worker’s death

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£150,000

Company:

European   Metal Recycling Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£80,000

Source:  

HSE, 19   December 2014

 

£150,000   fine for Chessington over youngster’s severe injuries

Injury:  

Fractured   skull, bleeding to the brain and broken ribs

Fine:

£150,000

Company:

Chessington   World of Adventures Operations Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£21,614

Source:  

HSE, 12   January 2015

 

Firms   in court after worker killed in quarry

Injury:  

Death

Fines:

£85,000   (for Ward Bros)

£60,000   (for CEMEX)

Companies:

Ward Bros   (Plant Hire) Ltd

CEMEX UK   Materials Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£55,000   (for Ward Bros)

£37,500   (for CEMEX)

Source:  

HSE, 23   December 2014

 

Life-changing   injuries of two employees lead to court for Newport company

Injury:  

One   worker: severe internal and external injuries. Broke knees, left wrist, right   thigh and suffered trauma to head. Second worker: amputation of left arm and   scarring to face

Fine:

£70,000

Company:

Moonsys   Technology Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£20,710

Source:  

HSE, 13   January 2015

 

Recycling   company in court after worker fell from conveyor belt

Injury:  

Multiple   rib fractures

Fine:

£70,000

Company:

BW Riddle

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£18,000

Source:  

HSE, 23   December 2014

 

Manufacturing   firm fined over worker’s death

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£66,000

Company:

Gardiner   Colours Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000

Source:  

HSE, 7   January 2015

 

DHL   in court after employee suffered life-changing injuries

Injury:  

Life-changing   injuries including five fractures to pelvis

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

DHL   Express (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£15,698

Source:  

HSE, 12   January 2015

 

Lothian   Health Board in court after death of pensioner

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Lothian   Health Board

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 19   December 2014

 

Barnet’s   housing firm fined for safety failings

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£37,000

Company:

Barnet   Homes Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£75,000

Source:  

HSE, 18   December 2014

 

Bournemouth   aerospace firm in court for worker’s serious injuries

Injury:  

Multiple   breakages and injuries to arm

Fine:

£24,000

Company:

Magellan   Aerospace

Legislation:

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

Regulation   11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£10,157

Source:  

HSE, 17   December 2014

 

Farmer   in court over driver’s electrocution

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£20,000

Individual:

Tony   Slade

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,609

Source:  

HSE, 12   January 2015

 

Seat   belt could have saved life of estate worker

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£20,000

Individual:

Malcolm   John Reeve

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,681

Source:  

HSE, 17   December 2014

 

Ebbw   Vale packaging firm in court over worker’s injuries

Injury:  

Double   fracture to left ankle and damage to leg

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Platt   Packaging Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,663

Source:  

HSE, 19   December 2014

 

Court   for chocolate maker over worker’s injury

Injury:  

Loss of   thumb

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

Pecan   Candy Deluxe (Europe) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£627

Source:  

HSE, 7   January 2015

 

Essex   construction firm in court for health and safety breach

Injury:  

None;   fine for failing to provide adequate sanitation facilities for workers

Fine:

£ 2,000

Company:

Dantel   Construction Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,940

Source:  

HSE, 7   January 2015

 

Dangerous   scaffold costs Portsmouth firm owner

Injury:  

None;   fine for putting lives at risk

Fine:

£1,600

Company:

Graham   Pedaltey, trading as Graham’s Scaffolds

Legislation:

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

Regulation   5 of the Work at Height Regulations 1995

Costs:

£600

Source:  

HSE, 7   January 2015

 

Directors   fined after young worker crushed by dumper

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

None; 12   month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, and 180 hours of community   service for each director

Directors:

William   Friend

Robert   Plume

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£25,000   for each director

Source:  

HSE, 23   December 2014

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