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Health and safety fines bulletin: 18 April 2018

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 appeals

R (HSE) v ATE Truck & Trailer Sales Ltd

[2018] EWCA Crim 752, 13/04/2018

The Court of Appeal has reduced to £200,000 a "manifestly excessive" £475,000 fine imposed on a truck sale and leasing company for breaches of health and safety law which led to the accidental death of a contractor. Source: Out-Law.com

Health and safety fines

Royal Mail Group fined £1.6 million for health and safety offences

Injury:  Multiple serious injuries including a fractured jaw and several fractured ribs amongst other injuries.
Fine: £1.6million
Entity: Royal Mail
Legislation: Unknown
Costs: £21,785
Source:  CWU, 03/04/2018


Agency worker crushed while unloading a vehicle

Injury:  Crush injuries
Fine: £373,000
Entity: ERIKS Industrial Services Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8,333
Source:  HSE, 29 March 2018


Care home fined after death of resident

Injury:  Death
Fine: £100,000
Entity: Hill Care Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £12,000
Source:  HSE, 17 April 2018


Construction company worker suffers life threatening injuries

Injury:  Multiple injuries including fractures to skull, ribs, left arm and vertebrae
Fine: £70,000
Entity: K.D.S. Construction Company Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,016.15.
Source:  HSE, 4 April 2018


Contractor fined after a series of failures to carry out work safely and provide adequate welfare facilities

Injury:  None; fine for safety failures
Fine: £51,334
Entity: PVAD Limited
Legislation: Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, Regulation 15(11) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,525.50
Source:  HSE, 11 April 2018


Egg Producer and Joinery Contractor fined after worker falls from roof

Injury:  Serious head and arm injuries
Fine: £50,000
Entity: T & J Leigh (a partnership)
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2.855.32
Source:  HSE, 28 March 2018


Housing association fined after exposing employees to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Injury:  Employees diagnosed with HAVS
Fine: £30,000
Entity: Tai Calon Community Housing
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2789.25
Source:  HSE, 29 March 2018


Surveyor fined after failing to detect asbestos

Injury:  None; failure to detect asbestos
Fine: £6,700
Entity: EAS Asbestos Limited
Legislation: Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,000 plus £170 victim surcharge
Source:  HSE, 12 April 2018

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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