UK: Health And Safety Fines Bulletin 31 July 2013

Last Updated: 14 August 2013
Article by Rhys Griffiths

The fines and costs which may flow from a safety related incident can be significant, not to mention the reputational stigma which the company will suffer. We set out below examples of recent prosecutions which give a flavour of the sentences handed down following conviction. 

Leeds engineering firm sentenced after death of worker
Injury: Death
Fine: £300,000
Company: AETC Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £77,500
Source: HSE, 5 July 2013
Police force and firearm officer fined over PC death
Injury: Death
Fines: £166,666 (GMP)
£2,000 (PC)
Greater Manchester Police
PC Francis (fictional name)
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (GMP)
Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act (PC)
Costs: £90,000 (GMP)
£500 (PC)
Source: HSE, 25 July 2013
Three firms sentenced after man killed by rocketing gas cylinder
Injury: Death
Fines: £117,000 (Crown House)
£165,000 (Kidde Fire)
£165,000 (Kidde Products)
Companies: Crown House Technologies Ltd
Kidde Fire Protection Services Ltd
Kidde Products Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Crown & Kidde Products
Regulations 6 and 13(2) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (Kidde Fire)
Costs: £119,393.65 (Crown House)
£59,696.72 (Kidde Fire)
£59,696.72 (Kidde Products)
Source: HSE, 5 July 2013
Worker suffers life changing injuries after being hit by falling machinery
Injury: Severe burns to 25% of body
Fine: £120,000
Company: Special Metals Wiggin Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £55,000
Source: HSE, 22 July 2013
Leisure centre operator sentenced after child drowning
Injury: Death
Fine: £90,000
Company: Leisure Connection Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £101,663
Source: HSE, 18 July 2013
Ledbury drinks maker and Hereford scaffolder fined for health and safety failings
Injury: None
Fines: £85,000 (Universal)
£50,000 (Central Roofing)
Companies: Universal Beverages Ltd
Central Roofing and Building Services Ltd, trading as Erect-A-Scaffold
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £50,000 (Universal)
£18,000 (Central Roofing)
Source: HSE, 9 July 2013
Scaffolding firm sentenced over worker's death
Injury: Death
Fine: £75,000
Company: S&S Scaffolding Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: £31,517
Source: HSE, 10 June 2013
Surrey breaker company fined for skip fire failings
Injury: Serious burns to face, neck, chest and arms
Fine: £23,000
Company: Grublogger Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 19(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Costs: £5,113
Source: HSE, 23 July 2013
Engineering company fined after worker is seriously injured
Injury: Life threatening injuries to face and chest
Fine: £40,000
Individual: Oil States Klaper Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source: HSE, 26 July 2013
Skip company fined for storage failings
Injury: None
Fine: £30,000
Company: Simpson Eco Skips Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
Costs: £1,260
Source: HSE, 18 July 2013
Firms fined for North Devon quarry blast damage
Injury: None
Fines: WCD: £20,000
Hanson: £20,000
Companies: WCD Sleeman and Sons Ltd
Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd
Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (WCD)
Quarries Regulations 1999 (Hanson)
Costs: WCD: £17,000
Hanson: £14,000
Source: HSE, 20 June 2013
Manufacturer fined after worker's hand trapped in machine
Injury: Bruising to right hand and arm
Fine: £20,000
Company: Superglass Insulation Ltd
Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Costs: n/a
Source: HSE, 19 July 2013
Company prosecuted after worker severed three fingers
Injury: Severed three fingers
Fine: £15,000
Company: Optima Foundations Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
Regulation 10(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Costs: £8,171
Source: HSE, 10 July 2013
Firm in court for Somerset worker's life-threatening injury
Injury: Arm badly cut in several places and an artery in bicep was severed
Fine: £10,000
Company: Brothers Drinks Co Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Costs: £12,859
Source: HSE, 19 July 2013
Brewery fined after worker loses two fingers
Injury: Loss of two fingers
Fine: £6,000
Company: Hall & Woodhouse Ltd
Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
Costs: £10,000
Source: HSE, 8 July 2013

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