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Health and safety fines bulletin 6 December 2012

06/12/2012

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Health and safety fines bulletin 6 December 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.


Companies sentenced after worker's fatal fall

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£130,000 (Carillion)

£85 (Febrey – company now in liquidation – fine would have been £250,000)

Companies:

Carillion Construction Ltd

Febrey Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£52,500 (Carillion)

Source:

HSE, 23 November 2012


Property developer sentenced over Manchester gas explosion

Injury:

Homes destroyed; burns to man's face and hands

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

PJ Livesey Group Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£21,404

Source:

HSE, 29 November 2012


Care home provider fined after elderly resident died following fall

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£57,000

Company:

BUPA Care Homes (Carrick) Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3 of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 14 November 2012


Machinery company fined after Shropshire farmer's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£45,000

Company:

McHale Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

Section 6(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£70,000

Source:

HSE, 3 December 2012


Food company fined for failing to protect workers

Injury:

In two separate incidents to different workers: Fractured shoulder blade and vertebra; Fractured skull, severed ear, extensive bruising.

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

Jas Bowman and Sons Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£20,282

Source:

HSE, 27 November 2012


Derbyshire firm fined for putting workers in danger

Injury:

None – fine for putting workers in danger

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

SAPA Profiles UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£12,348

Source:

HSE, 22 November 2012


Local authority prosecuted after disabled boy nearly drowned

Injury:

Boy nearly drowned

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Essex County Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£10,110

Source:

HSE, 14 November 2012


Firm fined after worker falls into sewage well

Injury:

Ingested raw sewage, sustained friction burns to arms, and bruised elbows, knees and head in the fall

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Tardis Environmental UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,000

Source:

HSE, 14 November 2012


Chorley bottling firm in court over forklift injuries

Injury:

Bruising to right hip and thigh

Fine:

£14,000

Company:

H&A Prestige Packing Company Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Costs:

£6,657

Source:

HSE, 30 November 2012


Concrete firm in court after worker hit by forklift

Injury:

Suffered multiple foot fractures, needed four screws in broken ankle and also hurt knee

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Elite Precast Concrete Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,897

Source:

HSE, 16 November 2012


Company fined after air raid shelter explosion injures workers

Injury:

Burns to two workers

Fine:

£9,000

Company:

1st Surface Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,571

Source:

HSE, 22 November 2012


Firm fined for worker's injuries at Caerphilly factory

Injury:

Broken ankle, fractured heel

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Smurfit Kappa Corrugated UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£14,100

Source:

HSE, 26 November 2012


Packaging company prosecuted after worker injured

Injury:

Skin on the palm of left hand torn away

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Frith's Flexible Packaging Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,046

Source:

HSE, 28 November 2012


Mitcham firm fined for rubbish safety

Injury:

Fine for ignoring safety warnings

Fine:

£5,000 (for each charge)

Company:

Rubbish Express Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,500

Source:

HSE, 14 November 2012


Driver crushed during Old Trafford demolition

Injury:

Fractured both legs in several places and severe cuts and bruising

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 29(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

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

Costs:

£12,000

Source:

HSE, 16 November 2012


Southend laundry fined after worker's arm burned

Injury:

Injuries were so severe that two fingers later required partial amputation

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Exclusive Cleaners UK Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 3(1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

Costs:

£5,000

Source:

HSE, 22 November 2012


Gloucestershire firm fined over teenager's severed fingers

Injury:

Fingers severed

Fine:

£4,000

Company:

The Albany Engineering Company Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£1,962

Source:

HSE, 19 November 2012


Injury brings early end to Hull man's working life

Injury:

Multiple fractures to left leg and broke right heel

Fine:

£2,500

Individual:

Colin Mawe

Legislation:

Section 37(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£1,800

Source:

HSE, 5 December 2012

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