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Health and safety fines bulletin 19 December 2012

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Health and safety fines bulletin 19 December 2012

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.


Environment agency sentenced after worker drowning

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£200,000

Company:

Environment Agency

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£28,548

Source:

HSE, 14 December 2012


Firm fined after residents are poisoned by carbon monoxide

Injury:

7 people hospitalised

Fine:

£165,000 plus £19,000 in compensation

Company:

Apollo Property Services Group Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£117,582

Source:

HSE, 18 December 2012


Skip firm fined following death of worker

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£45,000

Company:

Need a Skip Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£125,000

Source:

HSE, 17 December 2012


Council in court over worker's 230 volt shock

Injury:

Burns to wrist, leg and groin

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Bury Metropolitan Borough Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,594

Source:

HSE, 14 December 2012


Council fined after putting tenant at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

Injury:

None – person at risk of CO poisoning

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

Chesterfield Borough Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,534

Source:

HSE, 13 December 2012


Construction companies fined over worker's six-metre fall

Injury:

Punctured lung, broke every rib on the left hand side of body, shattered all the bones in left hand and fractured pelvis in three places

Fine:

£13,500 (for each company)

Companies:

Galliford Try Construction

Parkstone Group Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,345

Source:

HSE, 11 December 2012


Two north east firms fined after worker suffered serious head injuries

Injury:

Double fracture to the skull, facial fractures and a fractured eye socket

Fines:

£13,000 (for SAICA)

£4,000 (for MD)

Companies:

SAICA Pack UK Ltd

MD Engineering Services (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 8(1)(c) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (MD)

Costs:

£5,489.40 (for SAICA)

£4,600 (for MD)

Source:

HSE, 12 December 2012


Council and building firm fined for asbestos exposure during school refurbishment

Injury:

None – potential asbestos exposure

Fines:

£8,000 (G Evans)

£10,000 (council)

Companies:

G Evans (Services) Ltd

Staffordshire County Council

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£4,000 (G Evans)

£5,000 (council)

Source:

HSE, 14 December 2012


Firm's failures led to workers' exposure to asbestos at Aberystwyth flats

Injury:

Exposure to asbestos

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Superior Plumbing Installations Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,830

Source:

HSE, 10 December 2012


Suffolk plastics company fined after worker hurt

Injury:

Crushed finger

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

Tenza Technologies Limited

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 197

Costs:

£3,613

Source:

HSE, 6 December 2012


Cardiff building company fined for ignoring safety risks

Injury:

None – fine for ignoring a safety notice and exposing workers and members of the public to serious risk of injury.

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

Rimo Construction Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2(1), 3(1) and 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£1,000

Source:

HSE, 18 December 2012


Edinburgh food firm fined after worker injured

Injury:

two factures in fingers and ripped tendons in index and middle fingers

Fine:

£1,000

Company:

Jian's Dumplings Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 13 December 2012

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