Major Rise in Health and Safety Prosecutions

31 Jan

In our latest brief Thomas Carroll Management Services discuss the latest figures published by the Health and Safety Executive. The figures have shown an 80% rise in health and safety fines since 2015.

In the first full year where the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences came into effect, fines have risen from £31 million to over £61 million, and included:

• Jaguar Land Rover were fined £900,00 after a worker lost leg following a car collision on the production line.

• KFC were fined £950,000 after two employees were burnt handling hot gravy from a microwave.

• Aldi were fined £1 million after a delivery driver suffered severe injuries to his foot while operating an electric pallet truck in store.

• Nottingham County Council were fined £1 million after a member of the public was struck by a tractor and suffered injuries to his arms, legs and head.

• South West Water were fined £1.8 million after a worker drowned in a sand filtration unit.

• Warburtons were fined £1.9 million after a worker’s arm got trapped in a conveyor belt, leaving him with friction burns requiring skin grafts.

• Wilko were fined £1.9 million after a woman was left paralysed when a cage full of tins of paint fell on her.

• Iceland were fined £2.5 million when a contractor died after falling 3 metres through suspended ceiling.

What these fines demonstrate is that an incident does not have to lead to a fatality in order for very large fines to be imposed by the courts and although larger businesses have attracted the headlines, smaller organisations are also seeing much larger fines.

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