Court Cases in March

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards”

Date Fine Accident Industry Details
2nd March £90,000 The injured individual suffered soft tissue damage to his right shoulder Meat production A meat production company has today been fined for safety breaches after a worker was injured whilst adjusting storage racking.
7th March £1,000,000 Death Manufacturer A plastic product manufacturer has been fined £1million after a delivery driver was fatally injured.
7th March £47,000 A worker suffered a serious injury whilst taking down a scaffold. Scaffolding A scaffolding company and its managing director have today been sentenced after one of its scaffolders suffered a serious injury whilst taking down a scaffold.
8th March £26,000 A worker suffered serious injuries Construction A Construction company have been fined after a worker was struck by a telehandler.
8th March £16,000 A Worker was struck by a bull and suffered a serious leg injury Farming A dairy farm has been fined after a farm worker was struck by a bull and suffered a serious leg injury.
9th March £6000 Company were Conducting gas work without being gas safe registered Plumbing A Chelmsford based company and director have been fined after conducting gas work at a domestic property in Mount Pleasant, Maldon without being gas safe registered.
12th March £28,000 Carried out unsafe and unlicensed asbestos removal Construction A construction company has been fined after it carried out unsafe and unlicensed asbestos removal during the refurbishment works in a junior school in Dursley.
13th March £20,000 Failing to safeguard the public and workers from an unsafe excavation Construction A construction firm has been fined after failing to safeguard the public and workers from an unsafe excavation and lifting operation, and not providing adequate welfare facilities for workers on site.
13th March £6,000 A worker was injured when his glove got entangled with the moving blade of a table saw. Construction A construction company has been fined after a worker was injured when his glove got entangled with the moving blade of a table saw.
14th March Sentenced to 14 months in custody, ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work. Carrying out gas work after his Gas Safe Registration had been removed Gas An unregistered gas fitter was handed a 26-month suspended sentence for carrying out gas work after his Gas Safe Registration had been removed and he had been prohibited from carrying out further work on gas appliances and fittings.
15th March £10,000 Worker fell from a ladder Farming A farming company has been fined after a worker fell from a ladder sustaining significant injuries.
16th March £10,000 Failing to manage and control fall from height risks Solar panels A solar panel installation company and its sole director have been fined for failing to manage and control fall from height risks.
21st March £22,000 A worker suffered two broken legs Manufacturing A manufacturer of agricultural equipment has been fined after a worker suffered two broken legs when a stack of metal sheets fell onto his ankles.
21st March £125,000 An employee sprayed cleaning potion into his face, causing burns to the left eye Retail Chelmsford Magistrates Court was told that an employee at the Highwoods Tesco Extra store in Colchester had received burns during an incident
22nd March £14,000 Putting workers at risk and allowing conditions on site to fall well below the expected standard Storage A storage company have been fined after both putting workers at risk and allowing conditions on site to fall well below the expected standard.
23rd March £733,000 Train Derailment Rail A Rail company Have been fined £733,000 for a freight train derailment in 2013
26th March £2,000,000 2 deaths NHS Fined £2m after a series of management failings led to the deaths of two vulnerable patients at different facilities owned by the Trust.
27th March £200,000 Teenage employee was hit by a angry motorist Fast food chain A Large Fast food chain has been fined after a teenage employee was hit by an angry motorist outside its Lakeside Shopping Centre branch in Thurrock, Essex.
27th March 12-month Community Order with 100 hours of unpaid work Breaching a prohibition notice for gas work Gas A worker has been sentenced after breaching a prohibition notice for gas work and for leaving gas appliances in a dangerous state.
28th March £50,000 Worker fell through a roof. Production A Preston egg production company and a joinery sub-contractor were today fined after a worker fell through a roof.
29th March £100,000 16-year-old apprentice joiner fell approximately four metres from a scaffold platform. Scaffolding A scaffolding company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a 16-year-old apprentice joiner fell approximately four metres from a scaffold platform.
29th March £30,000 Failed to effectively manage its employees’ exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome Community housing association A community housing association has today been sentenced after it failed to effectively manage its employees’ exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time. 
TOTALS £4,533,000 3 deaths  

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