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Health and safety fines bulletin | 02 December 2020

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A round-up of recent fines and costs resulting from health and safety related incidents. For further information on any of these matters please contact Andrew Sanderson or Elliott Kenton of our Health and Safety Group.
   
AWE pleads guilty to Health and Safety offence
Injury: None; contractor narrowly avoided injury
Fine: £660,000
Entity: Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Legislation: Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £9,945.71
Source: Office for Nuclear Regulation, 7 December 2020
 
Theme park fined after child seriously injured on a ride
Injury: Serious head injuries
Fine: £333,344
Entity: Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £16,183
Source: HSE, 4th December 2020
 
Sellafield Ltd pleads guilty following electrical safety incident
Injury: Worker sustained 15-20% burns
Fine: £320,000
Entity: Sellafield Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £12,079.07
Source: Office for Nuclear Regulation, 18 December 2020
 
Engineering firm sentenced after employee suffers permanent nerve damage
Injury: Worker was diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
Fine: £300,000
Entity: AIM Engineering Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,831.90.
Source: HSE, 26th November 2020
 
Engineering company sentenced after apprentice narrowly escapes serious injury
Injury: None; apprentice avoided a potentially fatal crush injury
Fine: £220,000 (found guilty)
Entity: M&J Engineers
Legislation: Section 2(1) Health and safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £65,443.72
Source: HSE, 27th November 2020
 
Company fined after worker suffers crush injury
Injury: Left arm crushed
Fine: £200,000
Entity: Reckitt Benckiser Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8,261.28
Source: HSE, 4th December 2020
 
Company fined after machine operator suffered serious leg injury
Injury: Multiple fractures to leg
Fine: £200,000
Entity: VSMPO Tirus Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,293.15
Source: HSE, 1st December 2020
 
Precision tool manufacturer fined after worker severs finger
Injury: Index finger was severed and thumb deeply lacerated
Fine: £100,000
Entity: L.S. Starrett Company Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source: HSE, 21st December 2020
 
Groundworks company fined after employee suffers multiple leg fractures in workplace incident
Injury: Multiple fractures that needed extensive surgery
Fine: £55,440
Entity: Smith Construction Group Limited
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £971.80
Source: HSE, 11th December 2020
 
Company sentenced after worker injured in fall from roof
Injury: Broken ribs and bruising
Fine: £30,000
Entity: DNA Home Improvement (Cheshire) Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,771.92
Source: HSE, 26th November 2020
 
Company fined after worker develops serious respiratory illness
Injury: Worker developed hypersensitive pneumonitis
Fine: £10,000
Entity: PYC Engineering Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £9,555.29
Source: HSE, 3rd December 2020


 

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