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Health and safety fines bulletin 21 August 2013

21/08/2013

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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.


Vauxhall owner sentenced over Ellesmere Port death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£150,000

Company:

General Motors UK Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£19,654

Source:

HSE, 14 August 2013


Rolls Royce fined after worker suffers permanent injury

Injury:

Bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome

Fine:

£60,000

Company:

Rolls Royce Plc

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 5(1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

Costs:

£18,168

Source:

HSE, 16 August 2013


Freight company fined £50,000 after worker hit by falling pallets

Injury:

Multiple fractures to vertebrae of upper and middle back

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Eagle Freight Terminal Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace [Health, Safety and Welfare] Regulations 1992

Costs:

£4,501.23

Source:

HSE, 15 August 2013


Companies sentenced for major blaze failures

Injury:

None

Fines:

£35,000 (Northern Gas)
£50,000 (Morgan Sindall)

Companies:

Northern Gas Networks Operations Ltd
Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure) plc

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,453 (Northern Gas)
£12,900 (Morgan Sindall)

Source:

HSE, 31 July 2013


Kent firm in court over building site "shambles"

Injury:

None

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Ecobuild Homes Ltd

Legislation:

Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

Costs:

 £10,035

Source:

 HSE, 20 August 2013


Engineering company fined after worker is seriously injured

Injury:

 Life threatening injuries to face and chest

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Oil States Klaper Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 26 July 2013


Surrey breaker company fined for skip fire failings

Injury:

Serious burns to face, neck, chest and arms

Fine:

£23,000

Company:

Grublogger Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 19(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Costs:

£5,113

Source:

HSE, 23 July 2013


Firms fined for North Devon quarry blast damage

Injury:

None

Fines:

£20,000 (WCD)
£20,000 (Hanson)

Companies:

WCD Sleeman and Sons Ltd
Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (WCD)
Quarries Regulations 1999 (Hanson)

Costs:

£17,000 (WCD)
£14,000 (Hanson)

Source:

HSE, 25 July 2013


Faulty rope led to amputation for outdoors instructor

Injury:

 Broken back; paralysed for 6 months; right foot amputated

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Pfiefer Rope & Tackle Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£6,348

Source:

HSE, 15 August 2013


Cable firm fined after two Leigh workers injured

Injury:

Two incidents: one worker lost almost all of use of left arm; another worker suffered deep cut to index finger

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

TCB Arrow Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£10,984

Source:

HSE, 26 July 2013


Company prosecuted following building collapse drama

Injury:

Minor injuries

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Clark Brothers (Builders & Developers) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,844

Source:

HSE, 13 August 2013


Construction firm fined after worker seriously hurt in fall

Injury:

Multiple fractures to right arm and elbow

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

MGM Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£6,184

Source:

HSE, 15 August 2013

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