UK: Health And Safety Fines Bulletin - 2 January 2014

Last Updated: 6 January 2014
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. 

International manufacturer fined after worker is impaled

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£173,332

Company:

Mapei UK Limited

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act

Costs:

Amount of costs to be paid will be agreed at a later date.

Source:

HSE, 5 December 2013


Estate fined £140,000 after forestry worker killed whilst tree felling

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£140,000

Company:

The Buccleuch Estates Limited

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 19 December 2013


Sheffield Forgemasters fined over worker's cellar death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£120,000

Company:

Sheffield Forgemasters Steel Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£125,000

Source:

HSE, 19 December 2013


Construction firm fined after five roofers injured in school steelwork collapse

Injury:

5 workers seriously injured

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

Adstone Construction Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£106,098

Source:

HSE, 13 December 2013


Pharmaceuticals firms fined for chemical incidents at Welsh plant

Injury:

Workers exposed to toxic substances

Fines:

£80,000 (Archimica)

£20,000 (Euticals – for health and safety breaches plus £20,000 for breach of environmental regulations)

Companies:

Archimica Chemicals Limited – now in liquidation

Euticals Ltd – now in liquidation

Legislation:

Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Section 31(1)(g) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

 HSE, 13 December 2013


West Yorkshire firm neglected safety for staff

Injury:

Company failed to act to protect staff from hard arm vibration syndrome

Fine:

£52,500

Company:

Onesubsea UK Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£92,000

Source:

HSE, 16 December 2013


Dorset firm fined after Christmas crane collapse

Injury:

No injuries

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2 and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£47,681

Source:

HSE, 6 December 2013


Council fined after worker suffered severe life changing injuries

Injury:

Severe abdominal crush injuries

Fine:

£50,000

Company:

South Lanarkshire Council

Legislation:

Section 2(1), 2(2)(a) and 2(2)(e) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 18 December 2013


Leisure centre operator fined after child suffered burns

Injury:

Severe burns

Fine:

£45,000

Company:

Leisure Connection Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Costs:

£20,746

Source:

HSE, 20 December 2013


Firm sentenced after worker loses leg in fish tank fall

Injury:

Broken both legs – one amputated as result of injuries

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Alloy Bodies Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£56,621

Source:

HSE, 9 December 2013


Timber firm fined after worker's fingers severed

Injury:

Severed parts of middle, ring and little finger

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

Sewstern Timber Services Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974

Costs:

£10,000

Source:

HSE, 3 December 2013


Safety breaches land Sheffield company in court

Injury:

12 stitches to right leg

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Ecclesall Developments Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£8,985

Source:

HSE, 20 December 2013


Kent building firm fined for worker fall

Injury:

Brain injuries and left partially deaf; also fractured shoulder and lost peripheral vision

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

Platinum Property Maintenance Ltd

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£6,000

Source:

HSE, 19 December 2013


Business owner sentenced for customer death failings

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£7,500

Company:

Mark Walker

Legislation:

Section 2(1) and Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£75,000

Source:

HSE, 18 December 2013


Cornish tractor sales firm fined for worker's injuries

Injury:

Multiple skull fractures

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

B&B Agricultural Sales Ltd

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£8,142

Source:

HSE, 6 December 2013


Farming company fined after worker seriously injured in roof fall

Injury:

Fractures to right collarbone and several ribs, and a punctured right lung.

Fine:

£6,670

Company:

Craigley Farms

Legislation:

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 20 December 2013


Firm in court after teenager's arm crushed in dangerous machinery

Injury:

Fractured upper arm

Fine:

£5,000

Company:

Reuse Collections Ltd, trading as Berryman

Legislation:

Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£3,638

Source:

HSE, 18 December 2013

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