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Health and safety fines bulletin | 31 December 2014

09/01/2015

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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.

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

 

Utility   company sentenced for worker death

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£300,000

Company:

Thames   Water Utilities Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£61,229

Source:  

HSE, 8   December 2014

 

Edinburgh   firm fined after worker blinded in one eye

Injury:  

Lost   sight in one eye

Fine:

£165,000

Company:

Viridor   Enviroscot Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 2   December 2014

 

Aberdeen   firm fined after worker killed

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£135,000

Company:

JPR   Fabrication Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 10   December 2014

 

Three   to pay £590,000 after father’s death at Yorkshire Mining Museum

Injury:  

Death

Fines:

£110,000   (for AC ltd)

£80,000   (for MI ltd)

£10,000   (The Museum)

Companies:

Amalgamated   Construction Ltd

Metal   Innovations Ltd

National   Coal Mining Museum Trust

Legislation:

Health   & Safety at Work etc. Act (AC and MI)

Management   of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (AC)

Management   and Administration of Safety and Health at Mines Regulations 1993 (The   Museum)

Costs:

£245,000   (for AC ltd)

£110,000   (for MI ltd)

£35,000   (The Museum)

Source:  

HSE, 16   December 2014

 

Employee   died from crushing injuries at Gloucester works yard

Injury:  

Death

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

Complete   Utilities Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£27,000

Source:  

HSE, 15   December 2014

 

Firms   fined after worker suffers multiple injuries

Injury:  

Two   broken bones in left leg, a torn ligament, a broken left wrist and a broken   rib

Fines:

£67,000   (for Brush Electrical)

£25,000   (for Keenhandle)

Companies:

Brush   Electrical Machines Ltd

Keenhandle   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£15,500   (for Brush Electrical)

£60,000   (for Keenhandle)

Source:  

HSE, 2   December 2014

 

Firms   fined for lead exposure during Nab Tower works

Injury:  

Worked   exposed to lead

Fines:

£56,000   (Bam Nuttall)

£14,000   (Four Tees)

Companies:

Bam   Nuttall Ltd

Four Tees   Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

Sections   2(1) and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and breaches of the   Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (Bam Nuttall)

Health   and Safety at Work etc Act and Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (Four   Tees)

Costs:

£6,165   (Bam Nuttall)

£2,081   (Four Tees)

Source:  

HSE, 12   December 2014

 

Four   prosecuted after roof fall death

Injury:  

Death

Fines:

£53,000   (Albion)

£66,000   (E2)

£1,500   (Mr Allum)

Companies:

 

Individuals:

Albion   Tower and Scaffold (East Midlands) Ltd

E2   Developments Ltd

Peter   Allum

Lee   Cotterill (received 3 month suspended sentence)

Legislation:

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

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

Construction,   Design and Management Regulations 2007 (Albion)

Costs:

£15,500   (Albion)

£13,200   (E2)

£1,500   (Mr Allum)

£4,000   (Mr Cotterill)

Source:  

HSE, 4   December 2014

 

Aircraft   firm gets it wrong with work at height

Injury:  

Workers   injured in three separate falls

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

ATC   (Lasham) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£32,430

Source:  

HSE, 10   December 2014

 

Fuel   firm fined after tanker explosion causes horrific burns

Injury:  

Two   workers received burns

Fine:

£25,000

Company:

Adler   & Allan Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£8,166

Source:  

HSE, 15   December 2014

 

Worker   felled by falling metal beam in City street

Injury:  

Six   broken ribs and three fractured vertebrae

Fines:

£22,500   (McClaren)

£1 (John   Doyle – nominal fine; company in liquidation)

Companies:

McClaren   Construction Ltd

John   Doyle Construction Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£14,854   (McClaren)

Source:  

HSE, 10   December 2014

 

Tameside   firm in court over dangerous saws

Injury:  

None;   fine for failed to comply with Prohibition Notice

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Openshaw   Bespoke Timber Gates Ltd

Legislation:

Section   33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£729

Source:  

HSE, 5   December 2014

 

Rochdale   company in court over worker’s severe chemical burns

Injury:  

Serious   chemical burns to lips, arms, chest, groin and legs as well as a large cut to   eyebrow and the bridge of nose

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

PW   Greenhalgh and Co Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£718

Source:  

HSE, 26   November 2014

 

Firm   fined after apprentice hit by pressurised hose

Injury:  

Cuts and   bruises

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Alfred   Cheyne Engineering Ltd t/a ACE Winches

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 16   December 2014

 

Steel   firm fined after worker seriously injured

Injury:  

Big toe   had to be amputated; partial amputation of second and middle toes.

Fine:

£7,500

Company:

S M   Thompson Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,120   plus £750 Victim Surcharge

Source:  

HSE, 2   December 2014

 

Glasgow   engineering firm in court after power line damaged

Injury:  

None

Fine:

£6,600

Company:

George   Leslie Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 9   December 2014

 

Baking   firm fined after worker injured

Injury:  

Open   fracture to right hand and tissue damage

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Warburtons   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,162.50

Source:  

HSE, 27   November 2014

 

County   Durham firm fined after driver seriously injured

Injury:  

De-gloving   of the big toe on left foot and severe bruising and grazing to both feet and   legs

Fine:

£3,300

Company:

Meditek   Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£790.60   plus £1,000 compensation

Source:  

HSE, 10   December 2014

 

Jedburgh   firm fined after worker seriously injured in fall

Injury:  

Several   severe fractures to right hip and heel as well as tissue damage to sciatic   nerve, knees and lower legs

Fine:

£3,000

Company:

The L S   Starrett Company Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:  

HSE, 28   November 2014

 

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