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Health and safety fines bulletin 8 May 2014

08/05/2014

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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.


Hospital Trust’s basic failures led to patient’s death
Injury: Death
Fine: £200,000
Company: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Costs: £27,049
Source: HSE, 28 April 2014

Care provider prosecuted after death of patient during restraint

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd, now in administration

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 29 April 2014


Power distribution consultancy fined after employee fall

Injury:

Compound fracture to the left leg and three fractured vertebrae to lower spine

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

Freedom Group of Companies Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,272

Source:

HSE, 25 April 2014


Three injured in floor collapse at Trafford mansion

Injury:

Three workers injured

Fines:

£33,000 (Belmont)

£9,000 (Waymac)

Companies:

Belmont Homes (Cheshire) Ltd

Waymac Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 28(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

Costs:

£15,000 (Belmont)

£15,000 (Waymac)

Source:

HSE, 17 April 2014


Worker suffers broken back after six-metre fall

Injury:

Broken back

Fines:

£30,000 (company)

£7,300 (Mr Black)

Company:

Director:

Alternative Energy Installations Limited

Ian Black

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£27,000 (company)

£6,700 (Mr Black)

Source:

HSE, 22 April 2014


Council sentenced after lives of workers and the public put at risk

Injury:

No injuries but members of the public were put at risk of injury or death

Fine:

£24,000

Company:

Fife Council

Legislation:

Sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 1 May 2014


Firm fined after worker suffers horrific head injuries

Injury:

Extensive head injuries including a hole in the bridge of nose, shattered eye sockets, a large gash to head, a badly-damaged jaw, a bleed on the brain and fracture to temple

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Springvale EPS Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,244.40

Source:

HSE, 29 April 2014


Firm sentenced after worker severely injured

Injury:

Crush injuries to legs

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Specialised Castings Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 23 April 2014


Monmouthshire firm ignored safety warning at excavation site

Injury:

None – fine for ignoring Prohibition Notice

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Eastlake Developments Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£1,187

Source:

HSE, 25 April 2014


Manchester care home in court over vulnerable resident’s injuries

Injury:

Fractures to leg, knee and back

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Nada Residential and Nursing Home

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£597

Source:

HSE, 2 May 2014


County Durham firm in court after worker’s hand severely injured

Injury:

Some of skin from hand was stripped by moving machinery; also sustained damage to the carpal tunnel in wrist and muscle damage to thumb.

Fine:

£6,000

Company:

Elite Composite Products Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,188.50

Source:

HSE, 6 May 2014


Employee in court after striking co-worker’s head with digger bucket

Injury:

Multiple fractures to jaw as well as a punctured and collapsed lung

Fine:

Compensation of £2,500

Employee:

Gary Draper

Legislation:

Section 7(a) of Health and Safety at Work Act

Costs:

£1,554

Source:

HSE, 25 April 2014

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