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Health and safety fines bulletin: 9 May 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

Civil engineering firm and district heating firm fined after worker suffered fatal injuries

Injury:  Death
Fines: £1,000,000 for each company
Entities: R K Civil Engineers Ltd
R K District Heating Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (R K Civil Engineers)
Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (R K District Heating)
Costs: £15,847 (arrangements to be agreed between the two defendants)
Source:  HSE, 18 April 2018


Cambridgeshire Partnership fined after death of employee 

Injury:  Death
Fine: £400,000
Entity: G W Topham & Son
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (found guilty after trial)
Costs: £67,274.12
Source:  HSE, 17 April 2018


NHS Trust fined after exposing patients to legionella risk

Injury:  Exposure of patients to legionella risk
Fine: £300,000
Entity: Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £37,451.78
Source:  HSE, 20 April 2018


Construction company fined after death of worker

Injury:  Death
Fine: £200,000
Entity: Tonic Construction Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £5,565.80 and victim surcharge of £170
Source:  HSE, 2 May 2018


Company fined following death of worker

Injury:  Death
Fine: £180,000
Entity: Colin Lawson Transport Limited
Legislation: Section 2 and Section 33(1) (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source:  HSE, 23 April 2018


£40k fine after two employees injured in fire at adhesive manufacturer

Injury:  One employee suffering facial burns and another employee being treated with oxygen at the scene
Fine: £40,000
Entity: Itac Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £8;309.74
Source:  HSE, 17 April 2018


Company fined after a scaffolder was injured in fall from height

Injury:  Several injuries including the dislocation and fracture of right wrist, crushed nerves in left wrist, broken nose and sprains to shoulder and ankle
Fine: £33,333.33
Entity: Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £14,638.40
Source:  HSE, 3 May 2018


Company fined after worker injured by dumper

Injury:  Fractures to right thigh, hip socket and vertebrae
Fine: £26,667
Entity: Chalmers and Co (Sussex) Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £3,659
Source:  HSE, 25 April 2018


Companies fined after worker injured in fall from height

Injury:  Serious fracture to the upper spine
Fines: £14,600 (Aster Property)
£8,000 (Stuart Barnes)
Entities: Aster Property Limited
Stuart Barnes Limited
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Aster Property)
Regulation 4(1)(a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (Stuart Barnes)
Costs: £5,015.75 for each company
Source:  HSE, 25 April 2018


Construction worker suffers severe injuries after fall from height

Injury:  Broken ribs and internal injuries and later removal of part of bowel due to infection
Fine: £1, as the company have gone into administration
Entity: George Hurst & Sons Limited
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source:  HSE, 23 April 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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