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Health and safety fines bulletin 2 October 2013

02/10/2013

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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.


Developer and sign company fined for advertising sign collapse

Injury:

Permanent brain injury

Fines:

£300,000 (SGSL)
£60,000 (AETL)

Companies:

St George South London Ltd
A E Tyler Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£222,692 (SGSL)
£22,855 (AETL)

Source:

HSE, 26 September 2013


Waste recycling firm sentenced over young worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£250,000

Company:

Nolan Recycling Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£53,100

Source:

HSE, 25 September 2013


Pharmaceutical company fined £100,000 after man sprayed by toxic chemical

Injury:

Sprayed with bromine; inhalation of corrosive substance, severe skin burns and damage to one eye

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,803

Source:

HSE, 20 September 2013


Southport firm sentenced over teenage biker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

JA Jones & Sons

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,209

Source:

HSE, 13 September 2013


Runcorn boat manufacturer in court after employee crushed

Injury:

Torn ear, three chipped teeth, nerve pain and several stitches to head

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Pyranha Mouldings Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £6,562

Source:

 HSE, 20 September 2013


Firm in court after two workers suffer devastating injuries within a week

Injury:

 Severe injuries to abdomen; another worker had to have his leg amputated

Fine:

£46,500

Company:

Hydro Pumps Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 27 September 2013


Health board fined after failing to protect worker from attack

Injury:

Nurse attacked by patient; hair pulled out in large clumps

Fine:

£32,000

Company:

Lothian Health Board

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 11 September 2013


Construction firm in court over major city centre gas scare

Injury:

None

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Merepark Construction

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,490

Source:

HSE


Company fined for tall ship blaze

Injury:

40 percent burns to upper torso and head

Fine:

£25,000

Company:

Yacht Project Associates Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£65,000

Source:

HSE, 27 September 2013


Machine safety - food for thought after worker loses finger tips

Injury:

Lost the tips from four fingers

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

Oldfields Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,399

Source:

HSE, 30 September 2013


Glossop metals firm in court over employee's crane injuries

Injury:

Broken right leg in two places

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Firth Rixson Metals Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,024

Source:

HSE, 1 October 2013


Company fined after toppling trolley severs worker's fingers

Injury:

Two fingers severed

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Noon Products Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,068

Source:

HSE, 26 September 2013


Plant hire company fined after excavator crushed worker

Injury:

Four fractures to pelvis, dislocated thumb and sustained soft tissue damage to left hand and both legs

Fine:

£11,000

Company:

L&M Glazing Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£6,400

Source:

HSE, 25 September 2013


Pig farmers in court after worker injured by falling hopper

Injury:

Two skull fractures, a crushed left ankle and leg broken in four places

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

F Brunton & Sons Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,153.40

Source:

HSE, 30 September 2013


Plymouth building company in court for worker's fall

Injury:

Several fractures to ribs, shoulder blade and spine, as well as severe cuts to head.

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

W Cooper and Son (Plymouth) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,000

Source:

HSE, 27 September 2013


Firm fined after worker's fingers severed

Injury:

Severed three fingers

Fine:

£6,667

Company:

Armistead Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,715

Source:

HSE, 1 October 2013


Crane hire firm fined for safety failings

Injury:

None; fine for inadequate provisions for safe work at night

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

RW Christopher Crane Hire Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,904

Source:

HSE, 11 September 2013


City council fined after teenager suffers electric shock at skate park

Injury:

Finger amputated

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Newport City Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,477

Source:

HSE, 24 September 2013

 

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