Somerset farming company fined £16,000 for breach of work at height regulations
Evercreech Park Farms Ltd was recently fined £16,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of just under £3,500 for a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Maintenance failures ruled not to be the cause of death: R -v- Otis Lifts
Otis was ordered to pay a total of Â£545,000 fines and costs for failure to maintain lifts in three local authority tower blocks after two men fell to their death through lift landing doors.
Successful conviction under the Health & Safety at Work Act: R -v- Gary Wills
The defendant was convicted of an offence under the Health & Safety at Work Act and fined Â£1,260, after a young employee suffered serious arm and shoulder injuries when clearing woodland.
Defence of client in Health and Safety breach: R -v- Sub Surface Engineering Limited
The General Manager of a marine company was prosecuted after an incident which left a trainee employee with a fractured ankle.
Fatal Health & Safety case: R -v- Hall Hunter Partnership & Others
Two polish workers were killed in agricultural machinery. Fines and costs exceeded Â£100,000.
Successful prosecution in fatal Health & Safety case: R -v- Fine Lady Bakeries
The defendant was prosecuted after an employee fell from a height and died whilst attempting to release the machine. A guilty plea resulted in Â£150,000 fine and Â£26,000 costs.
Fatality results in guilty verdict under the Health & Safety at Work Act
We were retained to advise a freight forwarding company being investigated by the police and Health & Safety Executive in relation to the death of a subcontractor who had been employed to clean their warehouse roof. Sadly the subcontractorâ€™s employee fell through a skylight onto a concrete floor 12 metres below and sustained fatal injuries. Although the company had replied upon the expertise held out by the subcontracting firm, it was found that the company failed to fully assess the expertise and procedures to be employed by the subcontractor, and were therefore guilty of an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act and were fined.