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Health and safety fines bulletin 3 July 2013

03/07/2013

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Health and safety fines bulletin 3 July 2013

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.


Worker's six metre fall lands two Kent businesses in court

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£26,667 (Richard Parker)
£266,677 (Allied Domecq)

Companies:

Richard Parker, t/a Ovenden Engineering
Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine Ltd, t/a CG Hibbert

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,000 (Richard Parker)
£10,752 (Allied Domecq)

Source:

HSE, 18 June 2013


Farm fined for young worker's death in tractor tragedy

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

JA&E Montgomery Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £40,000

Source:

HSE, 18 June 2013


Company sentenced following platform collapse

Injury:

Shattered right elbow, broken vertebrae, fractured pelvis and ribs, and damage to internal organs

Fine:

£70,000

Company:

J Reddington Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£22,193

Source:

HSE, 28 June 2013


Rochdale bedding firm fined £50k over multiple safety failings

Injury:

None

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Sartex Quilts and Textiles Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£14,614

Source:

HSE, 12 June 2013


Council fined for allowing potentially lethal work

Injury:

None

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Newport City Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £11,000

Source:

 HSE, 24 June 2013


Company fined after worker's hand crushed

Injury:

 Serious injuries to hand

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

The Paper Pallet Company

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£10,877

Source:

HSE, 20 June 2013


Southend hospital trust fined over fatal fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £15,000

Source:

HSE, 1 July 2013


Council prosecuted after worker's near-death fall

Injury:

Multiple injuries including fractures to spine, collar bone, pelvis and right leg, plus internal injuries that required surgery

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

 Bradford Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,623

Source:

HSE, 25 June 2013


Stonemason in court following death of four-year old boy

Injury:

 Death

Fine:

£7,500

Individual:

Kristian Childs

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,500

Source:

HSE, 26 June 2013


West Yorkshire firm in court over highly-flammable spillage

Injury:

None - workers exposed to serious risk

Fine:

£3,000

Company:

Tradebe Solvent Recycling Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,070

Source:

HSE, 20 June 2013

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