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Health and safety fines bulletin: 27 June 2018

Health and safety fines

In decreasing order

BUPA fined £3m after death of elderly resident

Injury:  Death
Fine: £3m
Entity: BUPA Care Homes (BNH) Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £151,482
Source:  HSE, 14 June 2018


Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd fined half a million pounds after exposing workers to debilitating condition

Injury:  None; workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011 which put them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
Fine: £500,000
Entity: Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 5 (1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.
Costs: £195,000
Source:  HSE, 18 June 2018


Company prosecuted after worker killed

Injury:  Death
Fine: £250,000
Entity: RRS London Waste Papers Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,639.77 and victim surcharge of £170
Source:  HSE, 30 May 2018


Company fined after worker trapped by falling scrap lead

Injury:  Worker trapped under a load of falling scrap lead
Fine: £200,000
Entity: H J Enthoven Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,509.69
Source:  HSE, 5 June 2018


Falkirk company fined after employee killed

Injury:  Death
Fine: £176,000
Entity: Bakkavor Foods Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 19 June 2018


Luxury yacht building company fined after engineer injured

Injury:  Large laceration to the top of head and lost consciousness. Suffered concussion for several weeks and pain in neck from a torn muscle.
Fine: £167,000
Entity: Sunseeker International Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,000 and victim surcharge of £120
Source:  HSE, 31 May 2018


Injection moulding company fined after worker injured

Injury:  Serious burns and multiple fractures to heel
Fine: £150,000
Entity: Brother Industries (UK) Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,659.98
Source:  HSE, 6 June 2018


Company fined after admitting safety failures

Injury:  Serious injuries to teenage worker
Fine: £120,000
Entity: Denholm MacNamee Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 14 June 2018


Devon construction company fined over safety risk

Injury:  None; fine for placing employees and members of the public at risk
Fine: £60,000
Entity: T J Smith Contracting Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £70,000
Source:  HSE, 20 June 2018


Maidstone company fined following death of worker

Injury:  Death
Fine: £30,000
Entity: Maidstone Studios Ltd
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,487.76
Source:  HSE, 12 June 2018


Two companies fined after worker fell from height

Injury:  Fracture to spine, a broken coccyx and nerve damage.
Fines: £28,800 (Oswestry Shropshire Scaffold)
£33,500 (Centreco)
Entities: Oswestry Shropshire Scaffold Ltd
Centreco (UK) Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £945.20 (for each company)
Source:  HSE, 6 June 2018


Company fined after worker fell down a lift shaft

Injury:  Significant injuries
Fine: £14,000
Entity: Sutton in the Elms Care Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 9(3)(a)(i) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
Costs: £2535.90
Source:  HSE, 25 June 2018


Property management consultancy and asbestos surveying company fined after inadequate refurbishment

Injury:  None; fine for an inadequate refurbishment and demolition survey was provided
Fines: £8,400 (Vital Property Solutions)
£4,800 (Home Inspectors Southern)
Entities: Vital Property Solutions Limited
Home Inspectors Southern Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £929.67 (for each company)
Source:  HSE, 1 June 2018


Company fined for poor condition of asbestos containing materials

Injury:  None; fine for failing to properly assess the risk from exposure to asbestos containing materials
Fine: £6,000
Entity: Aquapac Limited
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 7 June 2018


Construction firm and director fined for failure to comply with prohibition notices

Injury:  None; fine for failing to comply with prohibition notices
Fine: £2,000
Entity: D & S Building Solutions Ltd
Legislation: Section 22 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2,000
Source:  HSE, 6 June 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.