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Health and safety fines bulletin 16 April

07/04/2014

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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.


Two Aberdeen firms fined after worker severely injured in fall

Injury:

Eight fractures of the vertebrae, two broken ribs

Fines:

£45,000 (Aberdeen Fabrication)

£30,000 (Riverside Construction)

Companies:

Aberdeen Fabrication Limited

Riverside Construction (Aberdeen) Limited

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 15 April 2014


Firm in court after worker suffered radiation burns

Injury:

Severe tissue damage to the middle, ring and little fingers of right hand

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Mistras ETS Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,930

Source:

HSE, 31 March 2014


Company in court for ignoring safety risks

Injury:

Large gash to the back of head and broken part of hip bone

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Portland Stone Firms Limited

Legislation:

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

Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£18,992

Source:

HSE, 15 April 2014


County Durham firm in court after worker loses leg

Injury:

Right leg had to be amputated below the knee, and then later above the knee

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Con Mech Engineers Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,045

Source:

HSE, 15 April 2014


Firm fined for workers’ injuries tackling fire

Injury:

One worker received burns to chest, neck and face; the second worker required skin grafts for severe burns

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Maxibrite Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Costs:

£5,115

Source:

HSE, 28 March 2014


Salford Council prosecuted after child loses fingertips in school gate

Injury:

Lost the tips of three fingers

Fines:

£20,000

Company:

Salford City Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,632

Source:

HSE, 4 April 2014

Waste firm prosecuted after worker severs fingers in machinery

Injury:

Lost the tips of two fingers

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Biffa Waste Services Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,542

Source:

HSE, 3 April 2014


Council in court after death of pensioner

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Glasgow City Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 11 April 2014


Firm sentenced after tractor wheel fell on worker

Injury:

Collapsed lung, fractured ribs, a broken leg and broken collarbones

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Angus Tyres Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 15 April 2014


Company in court after apprentice loses finger

Injury:

Suffered crush injuries to hand leading to the amputation of index finger below the second joint. Second finger was also broken.

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Miller UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£894.95

Source:

HSE, 3 April 2014

Furniture maker in court after trainee’s hand injury

Injury:

Severe lacerations across the palm, fingers and back of the hand.

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

Wood and Mott Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 19(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Costs:

£699

Source:

HSE, 28 March 2014

Packaging company fined after worker’s leg injury

Injury:

Serious fracture of left ankle, severe damage to tendons and a large fracture blister which covered lower leg.

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

LP Foreman & Sons Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 .

Costs:

£621

Source:

HSE, 1 April 2014

Cornwall Council and building company fined for worker’s injuries

Injury:

Broken pelvis

Fine:

£6,000 each for Cornwall Council and Mr Sobey

Company:

Cornwall Council

Individual: Thomas Sobey

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,698 (Cornwall Council)

£7,782 (Mr Sobey)

Source:

HSE, 1 April 2014

Narrow escape for teenage worker in four metre fall

Injury:

Bad bruising to back

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

Austin Gregg (t/a Gregg Electrical)

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£505

Source:

HSE, 14 April 2014

Bolton charity in court after child loses finger in school door

Injury:

Lost a finger

Fine:

None – conditional discharge received

Company:

Birtenshaw

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£898

Source:

HSE, 11 April 2014

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