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Health and safety fines bulletin: 14 August 2019

15/08/2019
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.

Health and safety fines

In decreasing order

GTR fined £1m after man killed on the Gatwick Express

Injury:  Death
Fine: £1 million
Entity: Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £52,267
Source:  ORR, 17 July 2019


Company fined £1 million after two employees suffer burns

Injury:  Significant burn injuries, with one employee’s injuries being so serious they could not return to work for over two months.
Fine: £1,000,000
Entity: Delphi Diesel Systems Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £9,374
Source:  HSE, 24th July 2019


Building services company fined for unsafe gas work that caused fires at housing development

Injury:  None
Fine: £280,000
Entity: EGP Building Services Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £918.00
Source:  HSE, 24th July 2019


West Midlands company fined after worker killed by forklift truck

Injury:  Death
Fine: £200,000
Entity: Minteq UK Ltd
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £23,217.87
Source:  HSE, 19th July 2019


Events company fined after worker injury

Injury:  Broken collar bone.
Fine: £161,000
Entity: Sovereign Exhibitions & Events
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,345
Source:  HSE, 7th August 2019


Two companies fined after employee falls from height

Injury:  Two broken arms and three broken ribs.
Fines: £140,000 (Bifrangi)
£54,000 (Zamperoni)
Entities: Bifrangi UK
Zamperoni F.lli srl
Legislation: Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Bifrangi)
Costs: £2,607 (Bifrangi)
£1,240 (Zamperoni)
Source:  HSE, 29th July 2019


West Midlands companies sentenced after workers exposed to risk of falling from height

Injury:  None; workers exposed to risk
Fines: £100,000 (James Durrans & Sons)
£18,000 (Kingswinford)
Entities: James Durrans & Sons Limited
Kingswinford Engineering Co Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (James Durrans & Sons)
Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Kingswinford)
Costs: £20,000 (James Durrans & Sons)
£9,000 (Kingswinford)
Source:  HSE, 5th August 2019


Company fined after worker crushed by roller

Injury:  Fractures of pelvis and lumbar region of spine.
Fine: £80,000
Entity: Betafence Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,403.38
Source:  HSE, 16th July 2019


Company and director sentenced after multiple workers diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome

Injury:  Workers diagnosed with HAVS
Fine: £36,667
Entity: Celtic Rock Services Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,560
Source:  HSE, 1st August 2019


Company sentenced after worker injured by unguarded machinery

Injury:  Lost parts of all fingers on right hand, sustained extensive scarring to stomach following an unsuccessful attempt to generate new skin growth to save fingers, and continues to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder
Fine: £28,000
Entity: NPS Worldwide UK Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3(2) of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
Costs: £7,771
Source:  HSE, 1st August 2019


Company fined after worker loses fingers clearing baler blockage

Injury:  Extensive damage to hand, including the amputation of two fingers
Fine: £13,000
Entity: Wrapp Recycling Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,951.90
Source:  HSE, 1st July 2019


Company fined for non-compliance of Notices

Injury:  None; fine for non-compliance of notices
Fine: £10,000
Entity: The Solid Surface Shop UK Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,181.51
Source:  HSE, 16th July 2019

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.

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