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Health and safety fines bulletin: 20 February 2019

20/02/2019
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 fine order

Steel cladding company fined after worker’s hand crushed in machinery

Injury:  Crush injuries to hand required amputation of parts of four fingers on left dominant hand.
Fine: £600,000
Entity: SIG Trading Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £23,593.83
Source:  HSE, 1st February 2019


Company fined after worker loses leg

Injury:  Loss of leg from knee down
Fine: £400,000
Entity: Rygor Commercials Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 5 of the Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres Regulations 2002
Costs: £9,671.55
Source:  HSE, 5th February 2019


Company fined after worker seriously injured in fall from height

Injury:  Serious injuries including a broken collarbone, several fractured ribs and a head injury.
Fine: £200,000
Entity: W. D. Close and Sons Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,398
Source:  HSE, 1st February 2019


Companies fined for health and safety breaches

Injury:  Injuries from fall from height
Fine: £200,000 (EDF Energy)
£150,000 (Doosan Babcock)
Entities: EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd
Doosan Babcock Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (EDF Energy)
Regulation 4(1) of Work at Height Regulations 2005 (Doosan Babcock)
Costs: £36,353.84 (between the two companies)
Source:  Office for Nuclear Regulation, 1 February 2019


North West company fined after failing to ensure safe use of machinery

Injury:  Serious arm injuries
Fine: £134,000
Entity: Jost (UK) Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,572
Source:  HSE, 14th February 2019


Basildon Borough Council prosecuted after wall collapses onto child

Injury:  Serious and life threatening injuries
Fine: £133,333
Entity: Basildon Borough Council
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £21,419.55
Source:  HSE, 15th February 2019


Textile company fined after worker suffers crush injury

Injury:  Crush injuries to left arm requiring surgery and skin grafts.
Fine: £80,000
Entity: Spectrum Yarns Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £989
Source:  HSE, 5th February 2019


Food manufacturer fined after two workers injured

Injury:  Severed finger
Fine: £74,000
Entity: 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,386.52
Source:  HSE, 7th February 2019


Essex-based company fined after employees put at risk

Injury:  None; fine for putting employees at risk
Fine: £66,000
Entity: Air Livery Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Section 5(1) of the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002
Costs: £5,496.85
Source:  HSE, 8th February 2019


Vehicle components manufacturer fined after employee injured

Injury:  Double bone fracture of left forearm and internal stomach injuries
Fine: £60,000
Entity: Eurac Poole Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2,642.30
Source:  HSE, 31st January 2019


Companies fined after worker killed during lifting operation

Injury:  Death
Fines: £60,000 (Cumbria Design)
£20,000 (Larkin Eng)
Entities: Cumbria Design Scaffold Ltd
Larkin Eng Services Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Cumbria Design)
Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Larkin Eng)
Costs: £27,464.28 (Cumbria Design)
£27,211.09 (Larkin Eng)
Source:  HSE, 6th February 2019


Company fined and managing director sentenced after engineer killed

Injury:  Death
Fine: £50,000
Entity: A D Hurst and Son Commercial Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £22,282.54
Source:  HSE, 12th February 2019


Local authority fined after worker’s leg crushed by refuse vehicle

Injury:  Severe crush injuries resulting in removal of lower right leg
Fine: £40,000
Entity: Pendle Borough Council
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £14,000
Source:  HSE, 14th February 2019


Housing association prosecuted after exposing employees to vibration

Injury:  Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome diagnosis of employee
Fine: £20,000
Entity: Calico Homes Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,335.24
Source:  HSE, 14th February 2019


Agricultural building contractors fined after worker falls from height

Injury:  Three fractured vertebrae, a displaced ribcage and a fractured heel
Fine: £11,000
Entity: Michael Mudd Ltd
Legislation: Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £851
Source:  HSE, 4th February 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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