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Health and safety fines bulletin 14 November 2012

14 November 2012

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.


Defence company sentenced over explosion death

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£266,000

Company:

Wallop Defence Systems Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£110,000

Source:

HSE, 9 November 2012


 

Wimbledon company fined for dangerous demolition site

Injury:

None – fine for endangering workers

Fine:

£36,000

Company:

AA Construction (London) Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£9,159

Source:

HSE, 24 October 2012


 

Global firm fined over worker's severed fingers

Injury:

Loss of three fingers

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

Cargill plc

Legislation:

Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

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

Costs:

£12,484

Source:

HSE, 26 October 2012


 

Worker suffers life changing condition after company ignores ozone danger

Injury:

Acute irritant asthma

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Cott Beverages Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,565

Source:

HSE, 12 November 2012


 

Ealing company prosecuted for tipper fall failings

Injury:

Broken rib, punctured lung, developed blood clot in head

Fine:

£20,000

Company:

Quick Skips & Recycling Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 7(1)(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Regulation 17(1) of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Costs:

£2,843

Source:

HSE, 25 October 2012


 

Aerospace firm fined after employee burns eyelid with caustic soda

Injury:

Chemical burn to eyelid and inside tear duct

Fine:

£17,000

Company:

Inflite Engineering Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,246

Source:

HSE, 6 November 2012


 

Essex firm fined after contractor fell seven metres

Injury:

Multiple fractures to his skull, leg, back and wrist

Fine:

£12,000

Company:

Adhere Industrial Tapes Ltd

Legislation:

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

Regulation 4(2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Costs:

£4,806

Source:

HSE, 26 October 2012


 

Firm fined after teenage apprentice loses four fingers on machine

Injury:

Loss of four fingers

Fine:

£8,000

Company:

W P Metals Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£2,740

Source:

HSE, 29 October 2012


  

 

School fined after pupil hurt in design and technology lesson

Injury:

Serious hand injuries

Fine:

£3,500

Company:

Alderbrook School

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,000

Source:

HSE, 5 November 2012


 

Firms sentenced after worker left with permanent injury

Injury:

Broken several bones on right hand side of body, including leg, hip, pelvis, wrist and elbow. Sustained head injuries and lacerations to face.

Fines:

£3,000 (JBN)

£4,500 (KJ Smith)

Companies:

JBN Builders Limited

K.J. Smith & Sons Painters & Decorators Limited

Legislation:

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

Regulations 4(1)(a) and 9(2)(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (KJ Smith)

Costs:

£1,932 (for each company)

Source:

HSE, 31 October 2012