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Health and safety fines bulletin 31 July 2013

31/07/2013

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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.


Leeds engineering firm sentenced after death of worker

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£300,000

Company:

AETC Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£77,500

Source:

HSE, 5 July 2013


Police force and firearm officer fined over PC death

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£166,666 (GMP)
£2,000 (PC)

Company:
Individual:

Greater Manchester Police
PC Francis (fictional name)

Legislation:

Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (GMP)
Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (PC)

Costs:

£90,000 (GMP)
£500 (PC)

Source:

HSE, 25 July 2013


Three firms sentenced after man killed by rocketing gas cylinder

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£117,000 (Crown House)
£165,000 (Kidde Fire)
£165,000 (Kidde Products)

Companies:

Crown House Technologies Ltd
Kidde Fire Protection Services Ltd
Kidde Products Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2 and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Crown & Kidde Products
Regulations 6 and  13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (Kidde Fire)

Costs:

£119,393.65 (Crown House)
£59,696.72 (Kidde Fire)
£59,696.72 (Kidde Products)

Source:

HSE, 5 July 2013


Worker suffers life changing injuries after being hit by falling machinery

Injury:

Severe burns to 25% of body

Fine:

£120,000

Company:

Special Metals Wiggin Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£55,000

Source:

HSE, 22 July 2013


Leisure centre operator sentenced after child drowning

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£90,000

Company:

Leisure Connection Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £101,663

Source:

 HSE, 18 July 2013


Ledbury drinks maker and Hereford scaffolder fined for health and safety failings

Injury:

 None

Fines:

£85,000 (Universal)
£50,000 (Central Roofing)

Companies:

Universal Beverages Ltd
Central Roofing and Building Services Ltd, trading as Erect-A-Scaffold

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,000 (Universal)
£18,000 (Central Roofing)

Source:

HSE, 9 July 2013


Scaffolding firm sentenced over worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£75,000

Company:

S&S Scaffolding Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

 £31,517

Source:

HSE, 10 June 2013


Surrey breaker company fined for skip fire failings

Injury:

Serious burns to face, neck, chest and arms

Fine:

£23,000

Company:

 Grublogger Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 19(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Costs:

£5,113

Source:

HSE, 23 July 2013


Engineering company fined after worker is seriously injured

Injury:

 Life threatening injuries to face and chest

Fine:

£40,000

Individual:

Oil States Klaper Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 26 July 2013


Skip company fined for storage failings

Injury:

None

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Simpson Eco Skips Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£1,260

Source:

HSE, 18 July 2013


Firms fined for North Devon quarry blast damage

Injury:

None

Fines:

WCD: £20,000
Hanson: £20,000

Companies:

WCD Sleeman and Sons Ltd
Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (WCD)
Quarries Regulations 1999 (Hanson)

Costs:

WCD: £17,000
Hanson: £14,000

Source:

HSE, 20 June 2013


Manufacturer fined after worker's hand trapped in machine

Injury:

Bruising to right hand and arm

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Superglass Insulation Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 19 July 2013


Company prosecuted after worker severed three fingers

Injury:

Severed three fingers

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Optima Foundations Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 10(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£8,171

Source:

HSE, 10 July 2013


Firm in court for Somerset worker's life-threatening injury

Injury:

Arm badly cut in several places and an artery in bicep was severed

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Brothers Drinks Co Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£12,859

Source:

HSE, 19 July 2013


Brewery fined after worker loses two fingers

Injury:

Loss of two fingers

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

Hall & Woodhouse Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£10,000

Source:

HSE, 8 July 2013

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