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Health and safety fines bulletin | 25 August 2021

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

Furniture company fined for safety failure after driver injured

Injury: Serious leg injuries: fractures to right tibia and left foot
Fine: £100,000
Entity: Belfield Furnishings Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £18,618.28
Source: HSE, 16th August 2021

Construction company fined for repeated health and safety failings

Injury: An inspection identified numerous health and safety failings.
Fine: £50,000
Entity: Urban Living Constructions Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,578.84
Source: HSE, 2nd August 2021

Butcher’s fined £46,800 and director gets suspended sentence for meat saw incident

Injury: Partially amputated left middle finger
Fine: £46,800
Entity: Younis & Sons Limited
Legislation: Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,775 plus £181 victim surcharge
Source: Birmingham City Council, 2nd August 2021

Company fined after several workers contracted occupational disease

Injury: Multiple employees were diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS).
Fine: £40,000
Entity: Peter Duffy Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,919
Source: HSE, 19th August 2021

Construction company fined after worker suffered life changing injuries

Injury: Injuries led to amputation of right leg below the knee.
Fine: £34,000
Entity: Hovington Limited
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,935.84
Source: HSE, 5th August 2021

Landlord and tyre company fined £43k for dangerous platform lift

Injury: None; platform lift found to be dangerous and had been used without defects rectified
Fines: £26,677 (Blues Tyres) £16,666 (365 Services)
Entities: Blues Tyres Birmingham Limited 365 Services Limited
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Blues Tyres) Section 4 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (365 Services) 
Costs: £3,751.35 plus £170 victim surcharge (Blues Tyres) £4,000 plus £170 victim surcharge (365 Services)
Source: Birmingham City Council, 6th August 2021

Ship building company fined after employee killed by falling steel post

Injury: Death
Fine: £25,000
Entity: Carmet Marine Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £15,000
Source: HSE, 17th August 2021

Farming partnership fined after worker suffered multiple factures

Injury: Fractured sternum, six broken ribs, a fractured bone in back and three broken teeth.
Fine: £18,000
Entity: W Gibson & Son
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £787.87
Source: HSE, 29th July 2021

Companies fined for inadequate guards on machinery

Injury: Fingers and thumb of left hand were crushed, leading to their amputation
Fine: £6,500
Entity: DIG Corrugated Machinery Limited
Legislation: Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,529.20 with a victim surcharge of £170
Source: HSE, 2nd August 2021

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