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Health and safety fines bulletin 5 March

05/03/2014

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United Kingdom

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.


Cambridgeshire farming firm in court following wetland deaths

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£60,000

Company:

AC, PC, & RC Green

Legislation:

Section 4(2) of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974.

Costs:

£31,252

Source:

HSE, 14 February 2014


Nottinghamshire cold storage company in court after injuries to several workers

Injury:

Worker suffered four broken metatarsals in right foot; several employees suffered Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Dawson Rental Portable Cold Storage Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£20,000

Source:

HSE, 13 February 2014


Engineering company fined after worker suffers horrific injuries in explosion

Injury:

Both legs amputated; head injuries, severely restricted movement in arms.

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Filtration Service Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£15,325

Source:

HSE, 20 February 2014


Security company sentenced for generator death failings

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£20,000 (maximum penalty available to Magistrates)

Company:

Anchor Services (GB) Limited (now in liquidation)

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£35,656

Source:

HSE, 14 February 2014


Farmworker disabled after being crushed under falling hay bales

Injury:

Multiple fractures to spine and ribs

Fine:

£16,000

Company:

Pockmor Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,500

Source:

HSE, 14 February 2014


Council in court after schoolgirl seriously injured in lift shaft fall

Injury:

Three fractured vertebrae, bruising on lower back, sprained wrist.

Fines:

£8,000

Company:

City of Edinburgh Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

25 February 2014


Global plastics recycler fined after worker’s arm injury

Injury:

Broken arm

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

MBA Polymers UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Section 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£3,851

Source:

HSE, 14 February 2014


West Yorkshire school in court over climbing wall fall

Injury:

Broken forearm and elbow, fractured two vertebrae and bit through his tongue

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Thornton Grammar School

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,500

Source:

HSE, 19 February 2014


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