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Health and safety fines bulletin 20 August 2014

20/08/2014

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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.


Stonehaven firm fined £240,000 after driver crushed to death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£240,000

Company:

East Coast Viners Grain LLP

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 15 August 2014


Industrial gas supplier fined after plant explosion leaves worker injured

Injury:

Multiple lacerations and significant burns to left thigh, left arm and head

Fine:

£175,000

Company:

BOC Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£85,000

Source:

HSE, 8 August 2014


Housing firm in court over Blackpool balcony collapse

Injury:

Company failed to make balcony safe

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Blackpool Coastal Housing Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£27,821.25

Source:

HSE, 1 August 2014


Essex company in court after massive chemical spill

Injury:

None; Chemical storage tanks failed and spilled 150 tonnes of hazardous material

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Industrial Chemicals Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£14,231

Source:

HSE, 1 August 2014


NHS Board sentenced after safety failings led to mental health patient suicide

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Board

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 18 August 2014


Nottingham timber firm in court over worker’s injuries

Injury:

Leg fractures, broken and dislocated toes and deep grazing

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Jon Walker Timber Products Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£9,850

Source:

HSE, 1 August 2014


Gloucestershire town council fined for worker’s injuries

Injury:

Four fractured ribs and bruising

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Cirencester Town Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£17,000

Source:

HSE, 4 August 2014


Worker badly burned after firm ignores safety risks

Injury:

Extensive burns

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Hartwell Manufacturing Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,885

Source:

HSE, 14 August 2014


Timber firm fined after worker crushed by tree

Injury:

Fractured hip and damaged a knee

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Chalford Timber Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£16,335

Source:

HSE, 11 August 2014


Dudley company fined for failing to manage dangerous bacteria

Injury:

None; failed to properly manage and monitor Legionella bacteria and put workers and public at risk

Fine:

£100

Company:

Pride Cleaners (2000) Limited (since ceased trading)

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50

Source:

HSE, 14 August 2014

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