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Health and safety fines bulletin | 5 January 2022


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

 
Company prosecuted after worker injures hand in lathe
Injury: Hand severed in the machine
Fine: £530,000
Entity: Ibstock Brick Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety etc. Act 1974
Costs: £4,548.20
Source: HSE, 13th December 2021
 
Council prosecuted after member of the public killed by falling tree
Injury: Death
Fine: £300,000
Entity: Staffordshire County Council
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £13,164.90 and a victim surcharge £181
Source: HSE, 22nd December 2021
 
Quarrying company fined after blasting operation puts workers at risk
Injury: None; fine for putting workers at risk
Fine: £300,000
Entity: Breedon Trading Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2,534.80
Source: HSE, 25th November 2021
 
Foundry sentenced after worker suffers life-changing burns
Injury: Burns to a third of body including face, neck, stomach, arms, legs and feet, which required multiple skin grafts
Fine: £133,000
Entity: Goodwin Steel Castings Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,226.30
Source: HSE, 15th December 2021
 
Waste treatment company fined after employee fatally injured
Injury: Death
Fine: £126,000
Entity: Lanstar Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £17,664
Source: HSE, 17th December 2021
 
Merseyside firm guilty of repeated breaches of health and safety law
Injury: None; fine for repeated breaches of health and safety law, including contravention of an Improvement Notice
Fine: £90,000
Entity: Securafence Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £6,017
Source: HSE, 29th November 2021
 
Farm fined after employee crushed during demolition project
Injury: Death
Fine: £60,000
Entity: J & D Foster Farms LLP
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974
Costs: £6,731
Source: HSE, 25th November 2021
 
Farm worker fatally injured by telehandler
Injury: Death
Fine: £53,000
Entity: CM Stone
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8,000
Source: HSE, 7th December 2021
 
Sawmill fined after worker’s finger is severed in machinery
Injury: Severed index finger on left hand
Fine: £40,000
Entity: Truro Sawmills
Legislation: Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
Costs: £15,594
Source: HSE, 13th December 2021
 
Contractor prosecuted due to partial collapse of building
Injury: None; but collapse presented a risk to life
Fine: £31,500
Entity: Iproject Cheshire Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £13,500
Source: HSE, 20th December 2021
 
Commercial printing fined after employees injured at work company
Injury: One employee sustained a de-gloving injury; another sustained a broken wrist
Fine: £20,000
Entity: Precision Colour Printing Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8,547.60
Source: HSE, 16th December 2021
 
Livestock market prosecuted for unsafe cattle handling arrangements
Injury: Serious laceration to leg.
Fine: £16,000
Entity: McCartneys LLP
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,685
Source: HSE, 16th December 2021
 
Company and care home owner admit criminal liability after care home resident dies following lift fall
Injury: Death
Fines: £14,400 (Lancs and Cumbria Lifts)
£0 (Premum Care – in liquidation)
Entities: Lancs and Cumbria Lifts UK Ltd
Premum Care Ltd (in liquidation)
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £45,000 (Lancs and Cumbria Lifts)
Source: HSE, 13th December 2021
 
School and contractor fined for unsafe removal of asbestos
Injury: None; fine for unsafe removal of asbestos and potentially exposing people to asbestos fibres
Fines: £3,000 (Park View)
£2,000 (TW Steam)
Entities: Park View Academy
T.W. Steam & Heating Services Limited
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Park View)
Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (TW Steam)
Costs: £4,785.37 (Park View)
£4,710.37 (TW Steam)
Source: HSE, 29th November 2021

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