Health And Safety Fines Bulletin 20 March 2013

Author:Mr Rhys Griffiths, Gina Peters and Serena Stracey
Profession:Field Fisher Waterhouse
 
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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.

Firms fined after Bristol man electrocuted

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£125,000

Company:

Birakos Enterprises Limited

Legislation:

Regulation 4(1) and 16 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Costs:

£50,000

Source:

HSE, 28 February 2013

Company fined after worker severely injured at paper mill

Injury:

Serious crush injuries to left arm

Fine:

£75,000

Company:

Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 13 March 2013

Sole trader sentenced for tipper death failings

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

John Mould

Legislation:

Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974; Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; Regulation 17 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1999

Costs:

£17,060

Source:

HSE, 14 March 2013

Fine for company after workers flee whisky fire

Injury:

None

Fine:

£40,000

Company:

The Edrington Group Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 27 February 2013

Farming company fined after worker severely injured

Injury:

Serious degloving injury to left leg and ankle

Fine:

£35,000

Company:

Blackford Farms Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

n/a

Source:

HSE, 1 March 2013

Company fined after Norfolk engineer fractured skull in fall

Injury:

Fractured skull

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Cranswick Country Foods

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£11,690

Source:

HSE, 28 February 2013

Engineering firm fined after worker loses finger

Injury:

Index finger crushed

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

Kaby Engineers Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£5,182

Source:

HSE, 1 March 2013

Suffolk hospital fined for window fall failings

Injury:

Broken vertebra and punctured lung

Fine:

£10,000

Company:

West Suffolk NHS Foundation...

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