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Health and safety fines bulletin | 17 February 2021

Health and safety fines 

In decreasing fine order 
National Grid Gas sentenced over missing gas network records
Injury: None; fine for failing to ensure records on gas risers were up to date
Fine: £4 million
Entity: National Grid Gas plc
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £91,805
Source: HSE, 9th February 2021
 
Construction company and plastering firm fined after employee falls from height
Injury: Fractures to vertebrae and ribs, and severe bruising.
Fines: £140,000 (Robert Norman Construction)
£26,700 (R&B Plastering)
Entities: Robert Norman Construction Limited (found guilty)
R&B Plastering Limited (pleaded guilty)
Legislation: Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (RNC)
Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (R&B P)
Costs: £8,426 for each company
Source: HSE, 4th February 2021
 
Company fined after employees seriously injured in unguarded machinery
Injury: Broken wrist, broken and dislocated elbow and snapped forearm
Fine: £120,000
Entity: Northwood Tissue (Disley) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,023
Source: HSE, 18th January 2021
 
Worker fell to his death through fragile asbestos roof
Injury: Death
Fine: £80,000
Entity: Pearsons Glass
Legislation: Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,656
Source: HSE, 5th February 2021
 
Construction firms fined due to unsafe removal of asbestos
Injury: None; fine for failure 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
 
Company fined after workers injured in forklift truck crash
Injury: Two workers had serious injuries
Fine: £20,000
Entity: Profile Patterns Limited
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,435
Source: HSE, 4th February 2021
 
Company fined after worker has crushed arm amputated
Injury: Arm was partially severed at the scene; required several operations and following medical complications was amputated from above the elbow.
Fine: £18,000
Entity: Ken Mills Engineering Ltd (found guilty)
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £50,494.18
Source: HSE, 27th January 2021
 
Company fined after worker’s hand caught in metalworking lathe
Injury: Serious injuries to hand and arm.
Fine: £13,300
Entity: Martland Rollers Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,284
Source: HSE, 28th January 2021

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