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Health and safety fines bulletin 4 December 2013

04/12/2013

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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.


St Helens healthcare firm sentenced over fatal fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£170,000

Company:

TRU Ltd - now trades as TRU (Transitional Rehabilitation Unit) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£82,145

Source:

HSE, 22 November 2013


Engineering firm sentenced following Preston worker’s death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£160,000

Company:

Assystem UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£52,500

Source:

HSE, 26 November 2013


Workers’ acid burns lead to court for chemical firm

Injury:

Acid burns to faces of three workers

Fine:

£120,000

Company:

Polimeri Europa UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£18,023

Source:

HSE, 29 November 2013


Demolition company sentenced after worker severely injured on first day

Injury:

Loss of left eye and part of scalp; broken eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, nose, left collarbone, several ribs and left leg. Also suffered a punctured lung and severed nerves on bottom lip.

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Bloom Plant Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£27,500

Source:

HSE, 22 November 2013


Surrey firm in court after worker seriously injured

Injury:

Both legs broken

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

Cemex UK Materials Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£10,043

Source:

 HSE, 13 November 2013


Care home owner fined for putting residents at risk at Dagenham home

Injury:

 None – exposing residents to risk of scalding

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

MNS Care PLC

Legislation:

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

Regulations 8(1) of the Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment 1998

Costs:

£880

Source:

HSE, 28 November 2013


Sawmill sentenced after worker suffers horrific injury

Injury:

Severe injuries to arm

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Tennants (Elgin) Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 15 November 2013


Joinery company and director fined for safety failings

Injury:

None – fine for putting employees at risk

Fines:

£24,000 (company)

£8,000 (director)

Company:

Sunbeam Wood Works Ltd

Director:

Stephen Morrison

Legislation:

Section 2(1) and Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (company)

Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (director)

Costs:

£1,460 (company)

Source:

HSE, 29 November 2013


Firm fined for guarding failings after worker struck by flying splinters

Injury:

Injuries to leg from splinters of wood

Fine:

£24,000

Company:

Timbmet Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 27 November 2013


National Grid Gas fined after worker seriously injured

Injury:

Fractured right leg

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

National Grid Gas Plc

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,846

Source:

HSE, 15 November 2013


School and glass contractor fined for asbestos failings

Injury:

None – fined due to failings relating to asbestos

Fines:

£5,000 (Birmingham Glass)

£7,500 (Equitas)

Companies:

Birmingham Glass Services Ltd

Equitas Academies Trust

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£1,969 (Birmingham Glass)

£3,000 (Equitas)

Source:

HSE, 14 November 2013


Firm fined after electrician suffers burns

Injury:

Burns to face, hands and arms

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

McGill Electrical Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 22 November 2013

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