prosecutions

22nd July 2021

Chemical company fined £100,000

A West Yorkshire company was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £9,928 costs after worker suffered chemical burns. Following an accident incurred whilst transporting a cleaning concentrate the worker attempted to stop the leak but became contaminated with the substance.The company had no systems in place for dealing with spillages and was not properly equipped to deal with the consequences of employees being contaminated with substances which might be harmful to their health.

5th July 2021

Kent company fined £180,000

A Kent warehouse company has been fined £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,358 after an employee was electrocuted while servicing an air compressor. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the electrical systems had not been tested or visually inspected since installation, and an incorrect isolating switch had not been identified.

30th June 2021

Leicestershire firm fined £360,000

A Leicestershire car distributor was fined £360,000 and ordered to pay costs of £12,622 after two apprentices suffered chemical burns.  The two were cleaning vehicle ramps in a workshop using a chemical from an unlabeled barrel. The chemical caused burns to their hands and arms, which resulted in both of them being taken to hospital for treatment.  An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to ensure that the exposure of this hazardous substance was either prevented or adequately controlled.