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Health and safety fines bulletin | 25 February 2015

25/02/2015

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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.

Please note: This report contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v 2.0.

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.

In decreasing fine order

Insulation   firm fined £500,000 over pensioner’s carbon monoxide death

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£500,000

Company:

HIS   Energy Ltd (now in voluntary liquidation)

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£24,968.44

Source:  

HSE, 13   February 2015

 

Tata   sentenced over workers’ burns in molten metal fire

Injury:  

Severe   burns to head and forearms of one worker; two other workers suffered less severe   burns

Fine:

£200,000

Company:

Tata   Steel Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,190

Source:  

HSE, 16   February 2015

 

Contractor   fined for workman’s death on sewerage pipe scheme

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£130,000

Company:

Cappagh   Contractors Construction (London) Ltd

Legislation:

Section   2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of   the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Costs:

£70,000

Source:  

HSE, 12   February 2015

 

Lake District council prosecuted   over bin lorry deaths

Injury:  

Deaths of   two women

Fine:

£120,000

Company:

South   Lakeland District Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000

Source:  

HSE, 13   February 2015

 

Firm   in court after man died in roof fall

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

Bruce of   the Broch 1886 Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£60,000

Source:  

HSE, 19   February 2015

 

Three   firms sentenced after worker’s death

Injury:  

Death

Fines:

£66,000   (Alumet)

£60,000   (Rugby Scaffolding)

£50,000   (Midlands Solar)

Companies:

Alumet   Renewable Energy Technologies Ltd

Rugby   Scaffolding Services Limited

Midlands   Solar Solutions Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£12,491   for each company

Source:  

HSE, 6   February 2015

 

Building   firm sentenced after worker’s friend suffers devastating injuries

Injury:  

Brain   damage and spinal injuries

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Global   Construction (Northwest) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,595

Source:  

HSE, 13   February 2015

 

Firm   fined after worker loses forearm

Injury:  

Arm   amputated

Fine:

£46,660

Company:

Farnbeck   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 5   February 2015

 

Farm   worker’s death leads to prosecution over exposure to toxic gases

Injury:  

Death

Fines:

£45,000   (Mr Yeatman as partner of CO and RA Yeatman)

£15,000   (Mr Yeatman as director of Biogas Nord UK)

£10,000   (Farmergy)

Individual:

Company:

Clifford   Owen Yeatman

Farmergy   Ltd

Legislation:

Sections   2(1), 3(1), 4(2) and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£75,000   in costs (shared between Mr Yeatman and Farmergy)

Source:  

HSE, 23   February 2015

 

Carpet   firm in court after worker breaks leg

Injury:  

Broken   left leg in two places and suffered damage to knee

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Interfloor   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,200

Source:  

HSE, 5   February 2015

 

Firms   sentenced after airport worker breaks leg

Injury:  

Broken   right thigh, sprained right knee and two sprained ankles

Fines:

£30,000   (ISS)

£10,000   (Lamick Floor Machine)

Companies:

ISS   Facility Services Limited

Michael   Laryea trading as Lamick Floor Machine

Legislation:

Section   2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 5(1) of   the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (ISS)

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

Costs:

£5,490   each

Source:  

HSE, 10   February 2015

 

Farm   director gets fine after dangerous work at height

Injury:  

Two men   suffered electrical burns

Fines:

£18,000   (for P Mansell)

£6,000   (for the company)

Director:

Company:

Phillip   Mansell

Shutt and   Mansell Ltd

Legislation:

Section   37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (P Mansell)

Regulation   9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (the   company)

Costs:

£1,495   (for P Mansell)

£800 (for   the company)

Source:  

HSE, 12   February 2015

 

Stevedores   fined for worker’s severe injuries

Injury:  

Two   broken legs

Fine:

£13,000

Company:

Briton   Ferry Stevedoring Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,497

Source:  

HSE, 5   February 2015

 

Steel   company in court after worker pulled into rotating rollers

Injury:  

Severe   burns to the right side of chest, punctured lung, fractured five ribs,   collarbone, shoulder blade and elbow and suffered muscle damage from wrist to   elbow.

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Cooper   and Jackson Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,061

Source:  

HSE, 12   February 2015

 

Development   failings land multiple defendants in court

Injury:  

None;   fine for unsafe work practices

Fines:

£11,000   (Mr Mooney)

£2,000   (Mou Chen)

£1,000   (Yi Chen)

£9,000   (Unicorn Services)

£200   (nominal for Chalice Homes)

Individuals:

 

 

Companies:

Steven   Mooney

Mou Qiang   Chen

Yi Long   Chen

Unicorn   Services Limited

Chalice   Homes (no longer trading)

Legislation:

Section   37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (HSWA) 1974 (Mou Chen, Yi Chen,   Mr Mooney)

Construction   (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and a single HSWA breach (Unicorn   Services)

Construction   (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (Chalice Homes)

Costs:

£5,000   (Mr Mooney and Mou Chen)

Source:  

HSE, 10   February 2015

 

Firm   in court after portable building collapses on churchgoers

Injury:  

One   person suffered bruising to arm

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Relocatable   Building Systems Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,589

Source:  

HSE, 19   February 2015

 

Flight   simulator firm in court over unsafe machines

Injury:  

None;   fine for putting workers' lives at risk

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

EDM Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,332

Source:  

HSE, 13   February 2015

 

Suspended   sentences for subcontractors for part in worker’s death

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

None;   both sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, ordered to   carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Individuals:

Stuart   Cheesman

Dennis   Cheesman

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,000   each

Source:  

HSE, 4   February 2015

This bulletin contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.

 

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