UK: Health and safety fines bulletin: 29 October 2014

Last Updated: 31 October 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. For further information on any of these cases please do not hesitate to contact Rhys Griffiths of our Corporate Risk Management Group.

Recycling firm in court after worker loses arm

Injury:

Arm severed at shoulder

Fine:

£118,000

Company:

Lowmac Alloys Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 2(2)(a) and (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 6 October 2014

Oldham factory sentenced over worker's death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£90,000

Company:

Refinery Supplies Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£35,000

Source:

HSE, 24 October 2014

Somerset firm sentenced following worker's death in explosion

Injury:

Death of one worker; three other workers injured

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

Cantelo Nurseries Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£59,812

Source:

HSE, 24 October 2014

Bedfordshire vets in court after workers exposed to harmful drugs

Injury:

Workers potentially exposed to harmful substances

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

Davies Veterinary Specialists Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£50,378

Source:

HSE, 23 October 2014

Darwen scrap metal firm fined over lead poisoning

Injury:

Workers suffered from lead poisoning

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

Frank Barnes (Darwen) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£29,639.65

Source:

HSE, 22 October 2014

Employer sentenced after worker crushed to death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£24,500

Company:

Basil 'Bill' Pinkney, t/a B D Pinkney & Co

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 23 October 2014

Burnley College in court over employee's life-long injuries

Injury:

Broken back, fractured breastbone

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Burnley College

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£7,600

Source:

HSE, 24 October 2014

NHS Trust fined after patient paralysed

Injury:

Broken neck and a bleed on the brain

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£6,864

Source:

HSE, 1 October 2014

Drinks firm Diageo sentenced after two workers injured

Injury:

Two workers injured in separate incidents: concussion, cut to head and dislocated finger; bleed to brain and shattered bone in leg

Fine:

£18,000

Company:

Diageo Scotland Ltd

Legislation:

Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 23 October 2014

No volume control at Keighley company

Injury:

None; company failed to protect workforce from excessive noise

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Fibreline Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,457

Source:

HSE, 7 October 2014

Loughborough firm prosecuted after machine crushes worker's ankle

Injury:

Crushed ankle

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Advance Display Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,677

Source:

HSE, 24 October 2014

Firm prosecuted after worker loses fingertip in unguarded drill

Injury:

Part of middle finger amputated

Fine:

£13,000

Company:

H&H Alloy Sales Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£1,391

Source:

HSE, 3 October 2014

Mental health service provider fined following patient fall

Injury:

Two fractures to back, dislocated right knee

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£615

Source:

HSE, 23 October 2014

County Durham firm fined over worker's severe burns

Injury:

Serious burns to face, hand and arm

Fine:

£7,500

Company:

Ebac Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£770.10

Source:

HSE, 27 October 2014

Firm sentenced after worker's leg injured by chainsaw

Injury:

Deep cut near knee

Fine:

£7,000

Company:

Enviroclean (Scotland) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 16 October 2014

Barnet building business turns 'blind eye'

Injury:

None; fine for failure to comply with improvement notice

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

MP Builders Ltd

Legislation:

Section 33(1)g of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

£4,500

Source:

HSE, 9 October 2014

Macclesfield firm in court over worker's drill injury

Injury:

Third finger on right hand dislocated and fractured, and little finger was also fractured

Fine:

£2,000

Company:

Stormguard Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£4,377

Source:

HSE, 1 October 2014

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