prosecutions

11th July 2016

Ship repair company fined £45,000

A Portsmouth ship building and repair company has been fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £9,000 costs following the death of a worker who was hit by a mooring rope. He suffered significant head injuries as a result of the rope breaking under tension and striking him. He was not part of the work activity, but was standing in the danger area of the operation.

An investigation by the HSE into the incident which occurred in November 2012 found that there was no management of safety during the activity, or any suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

4th July 2016

Care home company fined £100,000

A Middlesex based care home company has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £50,000 after an elderly resident died from scalding injuries. An investigation by the HSE into the incident found that the bathroom taps in were not adjusted to limit the temperature of the water to a safe level for bathing and showering. The investigation also found that while the company had policies and procedures in place they were deficient and the company failed to effectively communicate information and instruction to its staff so that the control measures could be implemented effectively.

30th June 2016

Construction company fined more than half a million pounds

A construction company has been fined more than half a million pounds for the corporate manslaughter of two men who died after falling into a building site it operated.

The company pleaded guilty to the charge of corporate manslaughter and also pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to discharge a duty to a non-employee, under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The two men were walking in Netley Street, NW1 in the early hours of Saturday, 19 October 2013 and were arguing and scuffling with one another. As they walked past the building site they made contact with a hoarding which gave way, sending both men falling into the basement area. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene following their fall.