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Health and safety fines bulletin 22 August 2012

22/08/2012

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Health and safety fines bulletin 22 August 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.


Firms fined for workmen's four storey plunge down lift shaft

Injury:

One worker suffered a broken back; the other worker suffered two broken legs

Fines:

£85,000 (Cowling)

£50,000 (Prestoplan)

£35,000 (Somerset Carpenters)

Companies:

Cowlin Construction Ltd, Prestoplan Ltd and Somerset Carpenters Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£20,000 each for Cowling and Prestoplan.

£22,000 for Somerset Carpenters

Source:

HSE, 3 August 2012


Council fined after subcontractor suffers severe crush injuries

Injury:

Fractures to pelvis and spine, bruising to a kidney, internal bleeding and nerve damage

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 30 July 2012


Timber building company fined after worker's fall at Shropshire school

Injury:

Fractured back, breastbone, six ribs and right wrist

Fine:

£6,500

Company:

RG Stones (Buildings) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,105

Source:

HSE, 10 August 2012


Firm fined after worker injured at waste site

Injury:

Soft tissue injuries to groin

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Rugeley Environmental Waste Services Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,306

Source:

HSE, 15 August 2012


Construction company fined over multiple safety failings

Injury:

None – fine after a routine inspection at one of its sites revealed a number of dangerous failings

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

T Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,658

Source:

HSE, 6 August 2012

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