UK: Health And Safety Fines Bulletin - June 10 2015

Last Updated: 22 June 2015
Article by Rhys Griffiths

Company fined £140,000 after worker crushed under forklift truck

  • Injury: Death
  • Fine: £140,000
  • Company: Boal UK Ltd
  • Legislation: Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £32,251.31
  • Source: HSE, 3 June 2015

Fall from scaffold leads to fines

  • Injury: Number of bones in neck broken and 21 stitches to wounds on both legs
  • Fine: £75,000
  • Sentences:12 month community order of 100 hours of unpaid work (for Mr Pleace) 12 month community order of 150 hours of unpaid work (Mr Williams)
  • Company: 4Brothers Properties Ltd
  • Roofer: Nigel Pleace
  • Scaffolder: David Williams t/a Midland Scaffolding
  • Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (company) Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Mr Pleace) Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (Mr Williams)
  • Costs: £80,000 (for company) £5,000 (for Mr Williams)
  • Source: HSE, 22 May 2015

London council in court after decade of ignoring asbestos risks

  • Injury: Exposed members of staff to asbestos
  • Fine: £66,000
  • Company: Waltham Forest Borough Council
  • Legislation: Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Regulation 4(8) of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
  • Costs: £16,862
  • Source: HSE, 29 May 2015

Construction firm sentenced over 'life changing' fall

  • Injury: Life changing injuries including a fractured back
  • Fine: £60,000 (although in a highly unusual move the fine was converted into a compensation order of £60,000 to be paid directly to the worker)
  • Company: Race Interiors Limited
  • Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £7,784
  • Source: HSE, 9 June 2015

Sentences after tree-felling incident leaves worker in wheelchair

  • Injury: Permanent spinal injuries
  • Fine: £35,000 (for company)
  • Sentence: 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years (for contractor)
  • Company: Alpha Schools Limited
  • Contractor: Paolo Mule
  • Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (company) Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (contractor)
  • Costs: £25,000 plus ex gratia payment of £50,000 to the injured worker £2,000 (for contractor)
  • Source: HSE, 5 June 2015

Shropshire fuel firm fined £20,000

  • Injury: Injuries included a bone fracture to the neck
  • Fine: £20,000
  • Company: DA Roberts Fuels Ltd
  • Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £2,989
  • Source: HSE, 21 May 2015

Paper shredding company fined after worker suffers severe hand injuries

  • Injury: Badly injured right hand
  • Fine: £18,000
  • Company: Shred-it Limited
  • Legislation: Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £1,375 plus victim surcharge of £120
  • Source: HSE, 27 May 2015

Timber manufacturer fined after apprentice suffers severe hand injuries

  • Injury: Lost two fingers of right hand
  • Fine: £18,000
  • Company: Dresser Mouldings (Rochdale) Ltd
  • Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £844.50
  • Source: HSE, 1 June 2015

South Yorkshire recycling firm prosecuted over young worker's injury

  • Injury: Arm broken in three places
  • Fine: £15,000
  • Company: C F Booth Ltd
  • Legislation: Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £1,595
  • Source: HSE, 1 June 2015

Halifax firm fined over explosion at primary school

  • Injury: No injuries
  • Fine: £13,000
  • Company: Marshall Gas Services Ltd
  • Legislation: Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £35,699
  • Source: HSE, 8 June 2015

Agriculture firm fined after two workers injured by reversing vehicles

  • Injury: One worker sustained minor cuts and bruising; the other suffered serious and multiple injuries to arms torso and pelvis.
  • Fine: £10,000
  • Company: AB Agri Ltd
  • Legislation: Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £1239
  • Source: HSE, 9 June 2015

Firm in court after two workers severely injured in roof fall

  • Injury: One worker suffered multiple fractures to both heels; the other worker suffered multiple fractures to spine and ankle and extensive soft tissue damage to other parts of body including nerve damage to right leg and foot.
  • Fine: £10,000
  • Company: Clive Thompson Installation Ltd
  • Legislation: Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: n/a
  • Source: HSE, 2 June 2015

Roofer prosecuted for safety failings

  • Injury: No injuries; workers put at risk
  • Fine: £3,000
  • Company: Rory Wootton
  • Legislation: Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Costs: £1,236
  • Source: HSE, 8 June 2015

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