Health And Safety Fines Bulletin 1 October 2014

Author:Mr Rhys Griffiths
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.

Rolls Royce fined for loss of radioactive source

Injury:

Workers exposed to high levels of gamma radiation

Fine:

£200,000

Company:

Rolls Royce Marine Power Operations Ltd

Legislation:

Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 11 of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 and Regulation 38(2) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010

Costs:

£176,500

Source:

HSE, 29 September 2014

SW Global Resourcing Limited fined £200,000

Injury:

Death

Fine:

£200,000

Company:

SW Global Resourcing Limited

Legislation:

Sections 2 and 33(1) (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Costs:

n/a

Source:

COPFS, 16 September 2014

Construction company fined £100,000 after worker run-over by nine tonne truck

Injury:

Life changing injuries, including severe brain injury

Fine:

£100,000

Company:

JB Leadbitter and Co Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£100,000

Source:

HSE, 19 September 2014

BAE company sentenced over worker's firing range injury

Injury:

Worker's leg bone shattered

Fine:

£80,000

Company:

BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Munitions Limited

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£100,000

Source:

HSE, 19 September 2014

Firm in court after major petrol escape at Staffordshire fuel site

Injury:

None; petrol leak posed major hazards

Fine:

£30,000

Company:

British Pipeline Agency Ltd

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£58,606

Source:

HSE, 29 September 2014

Council sentenced after litter picker struck by car

Injury:

Serious injuries including four broken ribs, a punctured lung, a cut to the liver, a fractured right eye socket, fractures to his face and a broken pelvis

Fine:

£15,000

Company:

Manchester City Council

Legislation:

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

Costs:

£3,830

Source:

HSE, 24 September 2014

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