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Health and safety fines bulletin | 10 March 2021

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A round-up of recent fines and costs resulting from health and safety related incidents.

Chemical manufacturing company fined after employee scalded with boiling water

Injury:  Severe scalding injuries
Fine: £560,000
Entity: Calachem Limited
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 1st March 2021

Foundry fined for exposing workers to hand-arm vibration risks

Injury:  Number of workers diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome
Fine: £500,000
Entity: Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £9,453
Source:  HSE, 8th March 2021

Metal supplier fined after employee suffers multiple fractures

Injury:  Multiple fractures to the hand and wrist
Fine: £375,000
Entity: Timet UK Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £16,622
Source:  HSE, 22nd February 2021

Construction company sentenced after worker sustains life-changing injuries

Injury:  Severe laceration to arm
Fine: £250,000 (found guilty)
Entity: MJL Contractors Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £100,000
Source:  HSE, 4th March 2021

Recycling firm sentenced after employees trapped in machinery

Injury:  One employee killed; one employee suffered serious injuries
Fine: £200,000
Entity: Stonegrave Aggregates Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
Costs: £48,952
Source:  HSE, 26th February 2021

Roofing company fined after worker suffers fatal injuries in fall

Injury:  Death
Fine: £165,000
Entity: R4 Industrial Roofing Cladding Systems Ltd
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £20,957
Source:  HSE, 23rd February 2021

Company fined after worker suffered fall from height injuries

Injury:  Torn artery and nerve damage
Fine: £140,000
Entity: Country Style Foods Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £11,589
Source:  HSE, 25th February 2021

Mattress manufacturer fined after employee dragged into machine

Injury:  Multiple injuries to arm, shoulder, ribs and neck
Fine: £66,000
Entity: Dreamtouch Mattresses Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,836.20
Source:  HSE, 9th March 2021

Construction firms fined due to unsafe removal of asbestos

Injury:  None; fine failing to manage asbestos safely
Fines: £25,000 (Swift Property)
£12,000 (Samer Constructions)
Entities: Swift Property Management Limited
Samer Constructions Limited
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (both companies)
Costs: £3,428 (for each company)
Source:  HSE, 12th February 2021

Waste and recycling company fined for safety failings

Injury:  Serious injuries to his arm
Fine: £10,000
Entity: Johnsons Scrap Metal Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,000
Source:  HSE, 25th February 2021

Property company fined after employee falls from roof

Injury:  Serious injuries including fractures to pelvis, ribs, and elbow
Fine: £4,000
Entity: Alex Brewster and Sons
Legislation: Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 18th February 2021

 

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