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Health and safety fines bulletin: 28 November 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 fines

In decreasing fine order

Two companies fined after worker injured by gas leak fire

Injury:  One worker suffered severe burns while the other sustained cuts and bruises.
Fines: £1.2million (Southern Gas)
£60,000 (Cliffe Contractors)
Entities: Southern Gas Networks Plc
Cliffe Contractors Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Southern Gas)
Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Cliffe Contractors)
Costs: £18,975.43 (Southern Gas)
£12,689.13 (Cliffe Contractors)
Source:  HSE, 6 November 2018


Bridgend County Borough Council fined following death of 15-year-old Ashley Talbot

Injury:  Death
Fine: £300,000
Entity: Bridgend County Borough Council
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £29,228
Source:  HSE, 2 November 2018


Companies fined after worker falls from warehouse racking

Injury:  Significant head injuries
Fines: £300,000 (Ortec)
£36,666 (Mechantech)
Entities: Ortec BV
Mechantech Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (both companies)
Costs: £4,742.75 for each company
Source:  HSE, 8 November 2018


London construction company fined for health and safety failings

Injury:  No injury; fine for failure to manage health and safety on-site
Fine: £250,000
Entity: MG Corporation Ltd
Legislation: Regulation 15(2) of The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and Section 33(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,790.40
Source:  HSE, 7 November 2018


Car parts manufacturer fined after worker suffers a serious injury

Injury:  As a result of their injuries, the worker had to have a throat operation
Fine: £134,000
Entity: SNOP UK Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2,264
Source:  HSE, 21 November 2018


Steel fabricators fined after employee received multiple fractures

Injury:  Multiple breaks in leg
Fine: £100,000
Entity: Lemon Groundwork Solutions Limited
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,253.14
Source:  HSE, 1 November 2018


Cast iron manufacturer fined after worker struck by forklift truck

Injury:  Fractured leg
Fine: £100,000
Entity: United Cast Bar (UK) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,439.17
Source:  HSE, 12 November 2018


Interserve Facilities Management fined for safety failings

Injury:  No injury; fine for health and safety failings
Fine: £93,600
Entity: Interserve (Facilities Management) Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £32,056
Source:  HSE, 16 November 2018


Logistics company fined after driver suffers crush injuries

Injury:  Multiple fractures and internal injuries
Fine: £84,000
Entity: Freight Movement Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Costs: £5,633.69
Source:  HSE, 21 November 2018


Company sentenced after death of employee

Injury:  Death
Fine: £60,000
Entity: R S Bruce (Metals & Machinery) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £15,000
Source:  HSE, 22 November 2018


Company fined after worker crushed by Forklift Truck

Injury:  Serious life changing internal injuries
Fine: £54,270
Entity: Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8,000
Source:  HSE, 8 November 2018


Fencing company fined after worker injured

Injury:  Lost index finger, broken ring finger, and severed nerves and tendons in little finger
Fine: £53,000
Entity: Littlewood Fencing Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,010.72
Source:  HSE, 13 November 2018


Dyeing company causes serious injuries to employees in two separate incidents

Injury:  One employee suffered serious burns to body; another employee suffered serious chest and leg injuries.
Fine: £12,000 (£6000 for each offence)
Entity: Premier Hank Dyers Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £12,014.70
Source:  HSE, 16 November 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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