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£1m-plus fines rise six-fold in a year
There has been a six-fold increase in fines of more than £1m for accidents and near-misses at work since the new sentencing guidelines were introduced in England and Wales.
The 20 largest fines imposed on businesses for safety and health offences last year totalled £38.6m, compared with £13.5m in 2015 and £4.3m in 2014.
There have been 19 fines of £1m or more in 2016 (not all involved a fatality), there were just 3 in 2015 and none in 2014.
Wilko fined £2.2m after ignoring warnings about lift faults
Wilko’s failure to act on warnings from staff and maintenance engineers that a goods lift at a Leicester shop was not correctly levelling with the floor has cost the firm £2.2m after an employee was left paralysed when a roll cage fell on her.
The heavily laden metal cage used to move stock around the store, toppled over the ledge that was created when the lift stopped at a slightly lower level than the floor.
The cage fell over as a part time employee manoeuvred it out of the doors, crushing her beneath hundreds of litres of paint tins. She sustained severe spinal injuries and now has to use a wheelchair
KFC to pay almost £1m after two employees suffer burns
KFC was fined £950,000 and ordered to pay £18,700 in costs at Teeside Crown Court following the incidents in July 2014 and December 2015.
A 16 year old employee at the business’s Teeside Park restaurant suffered serious burns to his hands and arms after he was asked to remove hot gravy from a microwave while he was not wearing protective gloves.
In a separate incident an employee at the chain’s Wellington Square branch in Stockton removed a tub of hot gravy from a microwave and spilled it, also causing serious burns to her body.
KFC had not maintained their duty to ensure the Health and Safety of their employees and provide them with suitable training.
Jaguar Land Rover fined £900,000 after worker loses leg
A Range Rover sport was driven toward the start of the production line, an event that normally happens 48 time an hours. On this occasion the delivery driver lost control of the car and collided with the rear of another vehicle he had just delivered, causing a four car shunt.
At the same time a worker was crossing the production line and became trapped between the second and third cars. His injuries resulted in the amputation if his right leg above the knee. Two employees also suffered minor injuries.
The company had failed to ensure that the driver of the Range Rover, who was covering the shift, was familiar with procedures. They also failed to properly separate the workers on the production line from the moving vehicle.
“Reckless” businessman jailed following factory roof death
A Birmingham businessman has been jailed for 30 months, after a man fell to his death from a factory roof.
West Midlands Police statement “His main priority had been to get roof repairs done as cheaply as possible with disregard to the safety of workers”
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