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Health and safety fines bulletin 9 July 2014

09/07/2014

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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. 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

Bus operator sentenced over death of young employee

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£150,000

Company:

West Midlands Travel Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£35,119

Source:

HSE, 27 June 2014


Sussex firm and businessman in court after worker loses both legs

Injury:

Loss of both legs

Fines:

£60,000 for company

£10,000 for individual

Company:

Individual:

H Ripley & Co.

John Platt, t/a John Platt Services

Legislation:

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

Section 6(1) of same Act (individual)

Costs:

£34,633 (company)

£5,000 (individual)

Source:

HSE, 24 June 2014


Welding company fined after worker crushed fingers in unguarded machine

Injury:

Loss of two fingers

Fine:

£53,000

Company:

MTI Welding Technologies Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

Costs:

£3,100

Source:

HSE, 2 July 2014


Worker’s injury reveals Blackburn factory’s ‘appalling’ safety

Injury:

Part of a finger amputated

Fine:

£50,010

Company:

Europlast (Blackburn) Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

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

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

Costs:

£23,102

Source:

HSE, 23 June 2014


Tale of two trees that cost Northern Rail almost £100,000

Injury:

Fractured right ankle, cut to back of head and bruising to arm, thigh and forearm.

Fines:

£40,000 for the Council

150 hours of unpaid work for M Connelly

Company:

Individual:

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Mark Anthony Connelly

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,854 each for council and individual

Source:

HSE, 3 July 2014


Recycling firm sentenced over worker’s arm injury

Injury:

Crush injuries to arm

Fine:

£28,000

Company:

GBN Services Ltd

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£2,777

Source:

HSE, 19 June 2014


Firms in court over Manchester care home death

Injury:

Death

Fines:

£20,000 (Healthcare Management Trust)

£10,000 (Rothwell Robinson)

Companies:

The Healthcare Management Trust

Rothwell Robinson Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,500 for each company

Source:

HSE, 18 June 2014


Suffolk firm in court after teenage worker’s arm crushed

Injury:

Damage to the muscle, tendons and nerves in left arm

Fines:

£18,000 for company

£1,800 for director

Company:

Director:

Equestrobed Ltd

Timothy David Howard

Legislation:

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

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

Costs:

£6,929 for company

Source:

HSE, 3 July 2014


Engineering firm in court after toppling unit crushes worker

Injury:

Injured spine

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Wilden Services Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,148

Source:

HSE, 20 June 2014


Carlisle firm in court after trainee scaffolder injured in fall

Injury:

Severe cuts to face and head, shattered knee cap

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Contract Scaffolding Services Limited

Legislation:

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

Regulation 9(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Costs:

£920

Source:

HSE, 19 June 2014


Construction company in court after employee crushed by excavator

Injury:

Right leg was shattered

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

SD Launchbury Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£913

Source:

HSE, 9 July 2014


Firm fined after worker seriously injured in four metre fall

Injury:

Fractures to lower right leg and upper right arm and a shattered elbow

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Hedley Solutions Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,296

Source:

HSE, 20 June 2014


Warwickshire firm in court after worker suffers severe hand injuries

Injury:

Right hand crushed, three and a half fingers and half of palm amputated

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

RSM Industries Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,300

Source:

HSE, 30 June 2014


Wigan firm in court over HGV danger

Injury:

None – fine for putting workers at risk

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Boden & Davies Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£709

Source:

HSE, 23 June 2014


Company in court after worker seriously injured in fall

Injury:

Fractured right wrist and right eye socket and also suffered severe internal bruising

Fines:

£7,500 for the company

£3,000 for the individual

Company:

Director:

Summit Chairs Ltd

Roy Gurney

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,000 for the company

£1,315 for the individual

Source:

HSE, 18 June 2014


Aberdeen firm fined after investigation into hotel gas blast

Injury:

Three people injured

Fine:

£7,500

Company:

Instant Catering Maintenance Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 25 June 2014


Aberdeen firm sentenced after worker injured in fall

Injury:

Minor head injuries

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

TDC (Aberdeen) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 18 June 2014


Four fined after life-threatening fairground fall

Injury:

Life-threatening injuries including a torn aorta, broken ribs and shoulder, and a shattered ankle

Fines:

£2,000 for company

£3,000  for P Stevens

£8,000 each for M Lacey and F Meakin

Company:

Individuals:

Perrin Stevens Ltd

Perrin Stevens, Frederick Meakin, Martyn Lacey.

Legislation:

Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (P Stevens, company)

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (M Lacey and F Meakin)

Costs:

£3,000 each for P Stevens and company

£10,000 each for M Lacey and F Meakin

Source:

HSE, 4 July 2014