Health and safety update December 2017

Published on 14 December 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of our health and safety update where we look at the health and safety stories that have recently hit the headlines as well as well as the latest fines and sentences that have been handed down.

In the news

  • The Sentencing Council closes its consultation for sentencing of manslaughter offences
  • Greene King’s first health and safety prosecution in its 218-year history
  • Optometrist’s sentence for gross negligence manslaughter overturned by Court of Appeal
  • HSE to prosecute a housing group and others for the death of a 5-year old girl

Fines and sentences 

  • Spanish-based construction company is fined £3M following death of a worker
  • Housing Association fined for exposing workers to HAVS
  • NHS Trust fined following the deaths of five elderly patients
  • National manufacturer and supplier of kitchens fined £1.2M over death of HGV driver
  • Companies working on Crossrail fined in excess of £1M following the death of a construction worker and two other incidents 
  • Supplier and employer convicted after fatal crush injury during cleaning of a recovery vehicle 
  • Company fined £900,000 after a worker is electrocuted cutting through a live electrical wire
  • Prison sentence after a woman crushed by metal gate
  • Water company fined £300,000 for supplying water unfit for human consumption
  • Three companies fined over £1M for asbestos exposure during refurbishment of East London school

Round up

  • Health and safety statistics for 2016/2017
  • Health and safety statistics for 2016/2017

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