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Health and safety fines bulletin: 7 March 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 appeals 

R. v John Henry and Sons Ltd (judgment available on Westlaw)


[2018] EWCA Crim 30, 16/01/2018


There had been a failure by the crown court properly to take into account the powerful mitigation when sentencing the appellant for an offence contrary to s 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, allowed the appeal and reduced the fine payable from £550,000 to £500,000.


Health and safety fines

In decreasing fine order

Company fined £1.1m following Red Arrows pilot death

Injury:  Death
Fine: £1.1million (see also: Sentencing Remarks)

Entity: Martin Baker Aircraft Limited
Legislation: Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £550,000
Sources:  HSE, 23 February 2018; Judiciary, 27/02/2018


Air cargo baggage handling company fined following two incidents at Luton Airport

Injury:  One worker sustained bruising and damage to spine; second worker suffered impact injury to foot.
Fine: £502,000
Entity: Swissport GB Ltd
Legislation: Sections 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005
Costs: £44,444
Source:  HSE, 26 February 2018


Companies fined after scaffolder struck by dumper truck and killed

Injury:  Death
Fines: £500,000 (Redrow Homes)
£300,000 (WPI Civil Engineering)
Entities: Redrow Homes Limited
WPI Civil Engineering Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) and Section 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (both companies)
Costs: £101,000 (Redrow Homes)
£17,000 (WPI Engineering)

Source:  HSE, 9 February 2018


Company fined after falling scaffold clips hits pedestrian

Injury:  Cuts to head and face, broken nose and severely bruised skull
Fine: £160,000
Entity: Alandale Plant & Scaffolding Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £7,059.08 and a victim surcharge of £170.
Source:  HSE, 15 February 2018


Care home operator fined after death of vulnerable patient

Injury:  Death
Fine: £120,000
Entity: Akari Care Limited
Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £41,997.48

Source:  HSE, 22 February 2018


Packaging company fined after worker left with life-changing injury

Injury:  Part index finger and ring finger amputated, middle finger damaged
Fine: £120,000
Entity: W.K.West Limited
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £849.54
Source:  HSE, 9 February 2018


Food manufacturer prosecuted after worker left seriously-injured

Injury:  Broken ribs, collapsed lung, large blood clot under armpit
Fine: £40,000
Entity: Kamkee Food Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Costs: £1,599.60
Source:  HSE, 14 February 2018


Recycling company fined after explosion

Injury:  Eight people injured, five seriously. One worker planed in an induced coma.
Fines: £30,000 (Ereco)
£16,000 (Paramount Waste)
Entities: Ereco EMEA Corporation Ltd
Paramount Waste Extraction Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Ereco)
Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Paramount Waste)
Costs: £30,000 (Ereco)
£16,000 (Paramount Waste)
Source:  HSE, 27 February 2018


Manufacturing company fined after worker suffers life-changing injury

Injury:  Right thumb amputated
Fine: £14,170
Entity: Mekufa (UK) Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2,849.50
Source:  HSE, 12 February 2018 


Manufacturing company fined after worker’s hand was partially severed

Injury:  Fingers and part of palm severed
Fine: £10,000.00
Entity: Mercury Specialist Frames Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £2057.72
Source:  HSE, 13 February 2018


Recycling company fined after worker injured

Injury:  Compound fracture to arm
Fine: £8,000
Entity: Anglo Recycling Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,500
Source:  HSE, 20 February 2018


Manufacturing company and contractor fined after failing to prevent exposure to asbestos

Injury:  None; fine for exposure of workers to asbestos
Fine: £8,000
Entity: Carter Brothers (Rochdale) Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,913.94
Source:  HSE, 8 February 2018


Steel stockholder fined after worker crushed by steel coil

Injury:  Life-changing injuries to both legs (left leg later amputated)
Fine: £1 (the company is in administration)
Entity: CSJ Coil Trading Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £1,745.60

Source:  HSE, 8 February 2018


MOD receives Crown Censure following Royal Navy technician death

Injury:  Death
Fine: None: Crown censure
Entity: Ministry of Defence
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source:  HSE, 9 February 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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