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Health and safety fines bulletin: 20 November 2019

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A round-up of recent fines and costs resulting from health and safety related incidents. For further information on any of these matters please contact Andrew Sanderson or Elliott Kenton of our Health and Safety Group.

Health and safety fines

In decreasing fine order

Places for People Homes fined after five employees developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Injury:  5 employees developed HAVS
Fine: £600,000
Entity: Places for People Homes Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc., Act 1974
Costs: £13,995.06
Source:  HSE, 12th November 2019


Company fined after employee suffers hand and leg injuries

Injury:  Serious hand and leg injuries, including fractured tibia
Fine: £133,000
Entity: Boal UK Limited
Legislation: Sections 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,346.30
Source:  HSE, 31st October 2019


Farm equipment manufacturer fined after employee’s arm pulled into lathe

Injury:  Arm fractured in four places
Fine: £50,000
Entity: Richard Western Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,717.19
Source:  HSE, 1st November 2019


Registered charity fined after resident of care home fell down a set of stairs and was fatally injured

Injury:  Death
Fine: £40,000
Entity: Nazareth Care Charitable Trust
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 5th November 2019


Farming partnership fined after member of public fatally injured

Injury:  Death
Fine: £18,000
Entity: B A L Ackroyd
Legislation: Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £10,690
Source:  HSE, 31st October 2019


Building company fined after staircase collapse seriously injures worker

Injury:  Three fractured vertebrae
Fine: £16,000
Entity: Rombalds Builders Ltd
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £16,561.50
Source:  HSE, 6th November 2019


University fined after research workers exposed to risk of suffering adverse health effects

Injury:  None; workers at risk of suffering from adverse health effects as a result of exposure to LAA.
Fine: £10,000
Entity: The University of Edinburgh
Legislation: Sections 2 and Section 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 1st November 2019


Dairy farm fined after employee permanently blinded by disinfectant chemicals

Injury:  Permanent blindness
Fine: £8,000
Entity: Beechdean Farm Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £11,879.94
Source:  HSE, 4th November 2019


Landscape service company fined for selling unsafe machinery which was involved in the death of a worker

Injury:  None; fine for selling unsafe machinery with no declaration of condition of machinery
Fine: £4,000
Entity: Mayfair Developments Group Limited
Legislation: Sections 6(1)(a) and 6 (1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,000 and a surcharge of £170
Source:  HSE, 30th October 2019

A round-up of recent fines and costs resulting from health and safety related incidents. For further information on any of these matters please contact Andrew Sanderson or Elliott Kenton of our Health and Safety Group.

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