Companies fined for Health and Safety offences

Two recent cases illustrate the large fines that can be imposed on businesses for health and safety breaches. Imperative therefore that companies consider the potential implications for a business that a conviction for a breach of health and safety legislation can have on its operations.

  • A packaging company has pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £750,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,511. A 26 year old worker was fatally crushed when his arm was caught in a powered roller while he was clearing sand around the base of an in-feed conveyor at the company’s bagging site
  • A coachbuilder has pleaded guilty at Trafford magistrates’ court to breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £5,890. An employee was pushing wood over a planer when his fingers touched the blades. This caused the amputation of his little finger and injuries to his right hand that later required skin grafts.

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