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Health and safety fines bulletin | 24 November 2021

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

Contractor and security company fined after security guard dies of hypothermia at windfarm

Injury: Death
Fines: £768,000 (Northstone)
Entities: Northstone (NI) Limited
Corporate Service Management Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Northstone)
Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Corporate Service Management)
Costs: None reported
Source: HSE, 17th November 2021

Waste management company fined after workers suffered multiple fractures
 
Injury: One worker suffered a double break to the left leg, a break to the right leg and a broken ankle.  An agency worker sustained a dislocated and fractured shoulder.
Fine: £760,000
Entity: Associated Waste Management Limited
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £16,170
Source: HSE, 26th October 2021
 
Galvanizing company prosecuted after employee fatally injured
 
Injury: Death
Fine: £266,000
Entity: Hereford Galvanizers Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £14,635,29 plus a victim surcharge £170.
Source: HSE, 1st November 2021
 
Company prosecuted for failing to control risks to employees using vibrating tools
 
Injury: Fine for failure to adequately control risk of exposure to vibration
Fine: £246,000
Entity: Frontier Plastics Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £15,788
Source: HSE,
 
Company fined after employee suffered serious injuries during lifting operation
 
Injury: Crush injuries to right hand
Fine: £230,000
Entity: Fairline Yachts Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,410
Source: HSE, 26th October 2021 
 
Waste company fined after worker crushed between vehicles
 
Injury: Life changing injuries including fractures to pelvis and a crushed bowel
Fine: £180,000
Entity: Thorncliffe Building Supplies Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,856
Source: HSE, 18th November 2021
 
Company fined after fatality at quarry 
 
Injury: Death
Fine: £130,000
Entity: Leiths Scotland Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source: HSE, 27th October 2021 
 
Polymer distribution company in court after worker’s fingers severed
 
Injury: Loss of the tip of the index finger below the first joint and the tip of middle finger above the first joint
Fine: £33,000
Entity: Albis (UK) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,684
Source: HSE, 11th November 2021
 
Company fined after employee sustains serious burn injuries
 
Injury: Serious burn injuries to 15 per cent of body
Fine: £26,000
Entity: Fabric Flare Solutions Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,196
Source: HSE, 28th October 2021
 
Fabrication company and director in court after worker injures finger in machinery
 
Injury: Injury to little finger, which later had to be amputated from the second knuckle
Fine: £20,000
Entity: Dealercast Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,661
Source: HSE, 25th October 2021
 
Construction company fined after injured worker loses sight
 
Injury: Loss of sight in right eye
Fine: £16,500
Entity: Pearl Services UK Limited
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,778.40
Source: HSE, 11th November 2021
 
Concrete supplier fined after tyre explosion fatality
 
Injury: Death
Fine: £6,666
Entity: Anytime Concrete (GB) Ltd
Legislation: Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,522.40
Source: HSE, 29th October 2021

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