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Health and safety fines bulletin 3 October 2012

04/10/2012

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Health and safety fines bulletin 3 October 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.


Redhill company fined £167,000 over worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£167,000

Company:

Birse Metro Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£43,000

Source:

HSE, 20 September 2012


St Helens recycling firm sentenced over worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£140,000

Company:

JFC Plastics Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£100,000

Source:

HSE, 28 September 2012


Salford firm sentenced over canal boat death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

Worsley Dry Docks Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£15,185

Source:

HSE, 21 September 2012


Haulage firm fined after worker severely injured

Injury:

Removal of the soft tissue of leg, an open wound and broken bones in foot, fractured pelvis and cracked ribs

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

R & J Milne Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 13 September 2012


Company fined after worker suffers horrific head injuries

Injury:

Nose and jaw broken, upper lip ripped off and worker had bitten through his tongue, lacerations to the back of head and neck, muscular damage to left arm, severe neck pain and scratches and bruising to left side.

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

H&E Knowles (Lye) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,220

Source:

HSE, 20 September 2012


Gas leak leads to prosecution

Injury:

None

Fine:

£17,500

Company:

National Grid Gas PLC

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,192

Source:

HSE, 25 September 2012


Safety failings led to farm worker's injury

Injury:

Three tendons in hand severed

Fines:

£16,000 (Grimme)

£20,000 (Mr Dean)

Company and individual:

Grimme (UK) Ltd

Timothy Francis Stuart Dean

Legislation:

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

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 (Mr Dean)

Costs:

£15,000 (Grimme)

£9,566 (Mr Dean)

Source:

HSE, 19 September 2012


Firm fined after incorrect machine set up caused injury to worker

Injury:

Serious bruising to hand

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Curran Packaging Company Ltd

Legislation:

section 2(1) Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£ 4,069

Source:

HSE, 1 October 2012


Stoke trailer firm in court over serious crush injuries

Injury:

Internal bleeding, two crushed vertebrae and had to undergo surgery to remove part of his bowel

Fine:

£14,000

Company:

Don-Bur (Bodies & Trailers) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,233

Source:

HSE, 12 September 2012


Firm fined for worker's roof fall at Brecon activity centre

Injury:

Severe bruising to back

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

WDS Green Energy Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,181

Source:

HSE, 13 September 2012


Tyneside firm fined after worker suffers toxic chemical burns

Injury:

Serious burns to legs and body

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

DMI (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,081

Source:

HSE, 21 September 2012


Council fined after power line collisions endangered lives

Injury:

None

Fine:

£9,300

Company:

Powys County Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£15,990

Source:

HSE, 12 September 2012


Brewer fined for ignoring safety warning

Injury:

None – fine for ignoring Improvement Notice

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

Oxfordshire Ales Limited

Legislation:

Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£8,623

Source:

HSE, 1 October 2012


Firm fined after worker lost finger in recycling machinery

Injury:

Loss of finger

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

GLJ Recycling Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,000

Source:

HSE, 13 September 2012


Merseyside firm in court over life-threatening fall

Injury:

Brain haemorrhage, fractured skull and collapsed lung; broken collar bone, ribs, wrist and fingers

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

CME Ceilings Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,000

Source:

HSE, 18 September 2012


Barking garage fined for dangerous repair work

Injury:

Fine for breach of prohibition notice

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

M&K Autos Ltd

Legislation:

Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£2,000

Source:

HSE, 26 September 2012

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