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Health and safety fines bulletin: 3 April 2019

03/04/2019
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 appeals

Faltec Europe Limited v Health and Safety Executive

[2019] EWCA Crim 520, 28/03/2019
The company appealed against the fine of £1.6m imposed in respect of three Health and Safety offences (an outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease and an explosion on its premises).


Health and safety fines

In decreasing fine order

Yorkshire company fined over £1.8m after two workers injured in fall from height

Injury:  One worker suffered four fractured ribs, a punctured lung, and muscular contusions to outer right thigh. The other suffered a fractured skull, muscular injuries to right leg and injuries inside ear
Fine: £1,866,000
Entity: Karro Foods Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8,019
Source:  HSE, 22nd March 2019


South Yorkshire company fined £1.4m after worker suffers serious crush injuries

Injury:  Multiple injuries including several fractured ribs, fractures to back and a punctured lung.
Fine: £1.4 million
Entity: 2 Sisters Food Group Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £38,000
Source:  HSE, 29th March 2019


Building firm fined £900,000 after fatal wall collapse

Injury:  Death
Fine: £900,000
Entity: Capstone Building Limited
Legislation: Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £60,336.99
Source:  HSE, 14th March 2019


Staffordshire company fined after exposing worker to HAVS

Injury:  Exposure of workers to hand arm vibration syndrome
Fine: £90,000
Entity: Faiveley Transport Tamworth Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £45,000
Source:  HSE, 25th March 2019


Hoteliers fined after failing to assess the presence of asbestos during refurbishment

Injury:  None reported
Fine: £80,000
Entity: Percy R Brend and Sons (Hoteliers) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £14,999.60
Source:  HSE, 27th March 2019


Two companies fined after worker seriously injured by fall

Injury:  Serious injuries to back and ankle.
Fines: £45,000 (Saba Infra)
£16,000 (Bouwfonds)
Entities: Saba Infra UK
Bouwfonds European Real Estate Parking (Luxembourg)
Legislation: Section 4(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £40,000 (Saba Infra)
£18,000 (Bouwfonds)
Source:  HSE, 28th March 2019


Leicestershire company fined for health and safety failings after worker seriously injured

Injury:  Burn injuries to the inside of right arm, the top of right hand, the inside of left arm, and the right-hand side of face. The worker also had burns to hair, eyelashes, eyebrows and beard.
Fine: £35,000
Entity: AR Signs Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2,475
Source:  HSE, 25th March 2019


Waste recycling company fined after employee suffers crush injuries

Injury:  Severe injuries
Fine: £30,000
Entity: William Munro Construction (Highland) Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: None reported
Source:  HSE, 11th March 2019


Roofing company fined after worker falls from height

Injury:  Fractured pelvis and spinal injuries.
Fine: £20,000
Entity: PNR Roofing and Building Services Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £20,000
Source:  HSE, 28th March 2019


Lancashire waste company fined after worker injured by machinery

Injury:  Extensive damage to left forearm
Fine: £20,000
Entity: KT Recycling Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £13,000
Source:  HSE, 13th March 2019


Sheet metal fabrication company in court after worker loses finger

Injury:  Severed finger
Fine: £20,000
Entity: Derek Anthony Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,000
Source:  HSE, 7th March 2019


Winsford Company fined after worker injured by machinery

Injury:  Damage to the tendon and ligament of index finger
Fine: £14,000
Entity: Contour Showers Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,473.21
Source:  HSE, 15th March 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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