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Health and safety fines bulletin 26 March

26/03/2014

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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.


Large fine for heating firm after worker crushed to death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£150,000

Company:

Roberts-Gordon Europe Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£33,000

Source:

HSE, 7 March 2014


Preston building firm sentenced over cinema death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£130,000

Company:

EMC Contracts Ltd (now in liquidation)

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£52,790

Source:

HSE, 6 March 2014


UK’s biggest care home provider fined over fish & chip death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£125,000

Company:

Four Seasons Health Care (England) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£45,000

Source:

HSE, 13 March 2014


Chester dairy factory fined after workers badly scalded

Injury:

Worker suffered burns over all body; second worker sustained burns to left arm

Fine:

£54,000

Company:

Meadow Foods Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 8(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£18,553

Source:

HSE, 7 March 2014


Powder coating firm in court after worker’s hand injury

Injury:

Broken bones, lacerations, and damage to nerves and tendons to right hand

Fine:

£36,000

Company:

DT Powder Coating Ltd – now trading as XL Powder Coating Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, and Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Costs:

£10,509

Source:

HSE, 10 March 2014


Stafford firm in court after worker’s arm caught in machine

Injury:

Injuries to left forearm

Fines:

£24,000

Company:

CEP Ceilings Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,194

Source:

HSE, 12 March 2014


Staffordshire firm prosecuted after worker fractures skull

Injury:

Fractured skull

Fine:

£19,050

Company:

Thomas Bolton Ltd

Legislation:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Costs:

£10,361

Source:

HSE, 19 March 2014


Welwyn Garden City firm fined after worker’s injury

Injury:

Multiple fractures of hand and lacerations

Fine:

£17,000

Company:

Sika Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,219

Source:

HSE, 14 March 2014


Court for company after reversing digger injures worker

Injury:

.Life-changing injuries including double fracture to right shin bone and broken bones in both feet

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Solent Waste Services Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£19,752

Source:

HSE, 25 March 2014


Builder in court for concrete burn failings

Injury:

Two labourers sustained second degree chemical burns

Fine:

£10,000

Individual:

Geoffrey Cinko

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£10,000

Source:

HSE, 11 March 2014

Leading print firm’s safety failures led to injury

Injury:

Partial finger amputation

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Polestar UK Print Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,997

Source:

HSE, 6 March 2014

Leicestershire logistics firm sentenced over men’s injuries

Injury:

One of the two suffered a broken jaw, 11 broken teeth, a fractured elbow and a broken pelvis; the second worker gashed his leg, suffered whiplash and required ten stitches for a head wound.

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

CEVA Logistics Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,491

Source:

HSE, 25 March 2014

Scaffolding firm in court for department store failings

Injury:

None – fine for health and safety failings

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Darren Baker Scaffolding Limited

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£706

Source:

HSE, 17 March 2014

Contractor fined after worker is crushed by falling steelwork

Injury:

Serious crush injuries including a fractured sternum and vertebrae

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

HCL Equipment Contracts Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£491

Source:

HSE, 21 March 2014

Dorset machining company fined after employee suffers bruising

Injury:

Bruising to left side

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

TG Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,369

Source:

HSE, 20 March 2014

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