Court Cases in January

Date Fine Accident Industry Details
4th January £1,000,000 24 counts of breaching the Health & Safety at work etc act 1974 Retailer Breaches to health and safety legislation at three Poundstretcher stores in Newbury, Newhaven and Swindon have resulted in the retail chain being hit with a £1m fine.
5th January £8,000 A worker lost his leg Engineering An engineering company has been fined after a worker lost his leg from the knee down when he was hit by a forklift truck.
8th January £75,000 Death Civil engineering A civil engineering company has been sentenced for safety breaches after father of three Darren Richardson suffered fatal crush injuries.
9th January £100,000 Death Construction  “A well planned job would have identified the risks from working on a fragile roof, so that steps could have been taken to prevent the risk of anyone falling from height. This tragic incident was entirely avoidable if appropriate controls had been put in place.”
11th January £150,000 Failing to manage and control the risk of persons falling into vehicle inspection pits Council The London Borough of Lewisham has today been found guilty and fined for failing to manage and control the risk of persons falling into vehicle inspection pits at their Wearside Service Centre in Ladywell.
16th January £25,000 Employee was injured when a storage tank failed. Chemical company An Essex based chemical company has been sentenced today after an employee was injured when a storage tank failed. 
16th January £120,000 A man had part of his finger severed Manufacturing “After the incident, the company moved the controls for the machine so that operators could not reach the blade when the machine was moving. Had this been done beforehand then the injury could have been avoided.
17th January £300,000 13 employees and contractors were exposed to asbestos fibres. Gas Storage operators of a natural gas storage facility near Atwick on the East Yorkshire coast, has been sentenced today after 13 employees and contractors were exposed to asbestos fibres.
TOTALS £1,778,000 2 deaths