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Health and safety fines bulletin | 10 March 2022

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


Company fined after electrician died following fall from crane platform
Injury:Death
Fine:£1.5m (company found guilty)
Entity:Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd
Legislation:Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Regulation 8(b)(i) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005
Costs:  £29,239
Source:HSE, 28th February 2022

Company fined after a worker falls from height when platform collapses
Injury:Life threatening injuries
Fine:£200,000
Entity:Able UK Limited
Legislation:Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs:£20,991.24
Source:HSE, 2nd March 2022
 
Company, director and excavator operator fined after two workers sustain severe injuries in separate incidents
Injury:First incident: multiple fractures to both legs, a dislocated kneecap, a right sided fracture to the pelvis and hip, two punctured lungs, and a right sided fracture to the skull
Second incident: severe crush injuries to right leg
Fines:First incident: £70,000
Second incident: £50,000
Entity:J Murphy Aggregates Ltd
Legislation:First incident: Section 2 (1) and Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Second incident:Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs:£8,750
Source:HSE, 1st March 2022
 
Metal recycling company and its director prosecuted after 15-year-old boy suffers serious burn injuries
Injury:Serious burns
Fine:£66,000 (served as a compensation order to be paid to the injured person)
Entity:A & S Metal Recycling Limited
Legislation:Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs:£8,192.55
Source:HSE, 25th February 2022
 
Motor vehicle scrap company fined after worker suffers crush injuries
Injury:Multiple fractures to both legs
Fine:£60,000
Entity:Queensferry Car Breakers Limited
Legislation:Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and Section 1(1) of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969
Costs:£3,923
Source:HSE, 23rd February 2022
 
School prosecuted after mountain rescue team called to evacuate children
Injury:None; fine for failing to adequately manage risks posed by the trip
Fine:£30,000
Entity:The Gateshead Cheder Limited
Legislation:Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs:£4,574.90 and victim surcharge of £181
Source:HSE, 17th February 2022
 
Manufacturing company fined after employee suffered fatal injury
Injury:Death
Fine:£18,000
Entity:Cutting Edge Trading Limited
Legislation:Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs:£10,153
Source:HSE, 23rd February 2022
 
Company fined after employee injured by a forklift truck
Injury:Open fracture to left leg as well as crush injuries to foot
Fine:£466
Entity:Tudor Stonework Limited
Legislation:Sections 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs:£5,570
Source:HSE, 9th February 2022
 

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