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Health and safety fines bulletin 18 March 2015

18/03/2015

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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.


 

Transport firm fined £500,000 after Hull worker crushed between two lorries

Injury:  

Broken 13   bones in back, shoulders and ribs, and punctured a lung. The incident left   the worker with severe head injuries and impaired vision.

Fine:

£500,000

Company:

TIP Europe Ltd

Legislation:

Sections   2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£56,938

Source:  

HSE, 17   March 2015


  

Company sentenced for Tower Bridge lift fall

Injury:  

Four people sustained bone fractures

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Temple Lifts Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000

Source:  

HSE, 6 March 2015


 

Produce company in court after reversing forklifts injure workers

Injury:  

One worker suffered multiple fractures to leg, hip and foot; Second worker suffered fracture to leg

Fine:

£38,000 plus victim surcharge of £120

Company:

MyFresh Prepared Produce Ltd

Legislation:

sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£8,320

Source:  

HSE, 18   March 2015


 

Firm fined for multiple failings at Carmarthen waste site

Injury:  

None

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

Mekatek Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012; Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£20,000

Source:  

HSE, 27 February 2015


 

Company in court again after dangerous quarry blast

Injury:  

None

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

WCD Sleeman and Sons Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£20,000

Source:  

HSE, 27 February 2015


 

Essex company in court after worker’s life-changing injury

Injury:  

Arm severed

Fine:

£18,000 plus £120 victim surcharge

Company:

Glenholme Nursery Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£862.25

Source:  

HSE, 10 March 2015


 

Ecology business in court over worker’s broken back

Injury:  

Fractured vertebra at the base of back

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

DF Clark Bionomique Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 4(1) of   the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£1,138.50

Source:  

HSE, 10 March 2015


  

Firms   prosecuted after worker loses left leg

Injury:  

Left leg amputated

Fines:

£11,917 for Russell Fabrications

£12,000 for Delpro

Companies:

Russell Fabrications (UK) Ltd

Delpro Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 – Delpro

Costs:

£13,734 – Russell Fabrications

£8,735 - Delpro

Source:  

HSE, 2 March 2015


 

Firm in court after workers’ narrow escape in explosion

Injury:  

None

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Flexitallic Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,588

Source:  

HSE, 10 March 2015


  

Liverpool NHS Trust in court over deadly asbestos fibres

Injury:  

Workers   may be exposed to asbestos fibres

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

The Royal   Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£696

Source:  

HSE, 27 February 2015


  

Engineering firm in court after worker’s hand pulled into machinery

Injury:  

Strained tendons in two fingers and a fractured bone in hand

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Macduff Shipyards Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 10 March 2015


  

Forfar firm fined after agency worker injured

Injury:  

Serious injuries to legs including bruised bones, trapped nerves, muscle and tissue damage

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

Forfar Galvanisers Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 12 March 2015


 

Building firm in court over carbon monoxide risk to pregnant woman

Injury:  

Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

Topflite (North West) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,276

Source:  

HSE, 27 February 2015


This bulletin contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.

 

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