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Health and safety fines bulletin 28 May 2014

28/05/2014

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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


Sauces firm prosecuted over forklift death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£140,000

Company:

AAK UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£22,657

Source:

HSE, 15 May 2014


Construction firm sentenced after basement fall paralyses worker

Injury:

Damaged spinal cord; no longer able to walk or work

Fine:

£110,000

Company:

Habitat Construction LLP

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£16,620

Source:

HSE, 22 May 2014


Company prosecuted after young engineer dies at juice factory

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

Refresco Gerber UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£75,000

Source:

HSE, 16 May 2014


Cheshire farming firm sentenced over worker’s death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

T Lea Sherwin Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£28,585

Source:

HSE, 13 May 2014


Farming family prosecuted for avoidable roof fall death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

John Evans, on behalf of a partnership consisting of John, Glenys and Margaret Evans

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£15,000

Source:

HSE, 12 May 2014


Dock company in court after worker’s life-changing injuries

Injury:

Multiple fractures and destruction of soft tissue on lower right leg

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Harwich Dock Company Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£14,761

Source:

HSE, 9 May 2014


Fairground operator in court after toddler falls through gap in fence

Injury:

No long term injuries

Fine:

£2,500

Company:

C Patrick Evans Entertainments Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,900

Source:

HSE, 13 May 2014


Worker in court after asbestos exposure

Injury:

None; worker exposed himself to asbestos

Fine:

£1,000

Worker:

Jack Conn

Legislation:

Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£1,500

Source:

HSE, 20 May 2014

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