Tags: Fined

Illegal worker fines up 50% on last year

Data obtained by Warrington-based employment services provider Parasol under the Freedom of Information Act shows that 1,822 civil penalty notices were issued to UK-based employers between January and December 2013. The number of fines issued represents a 50% increase on the previous 12 months, during which 1,216 penalties were imposed. The gross value of penalties…

Company directors who fail to take compliance seriously could face prison and unlimited fines

Skillsoft is warning UK businesses of the damaging fines and prison sentences that can be enforced on those that fail to protect their employees and keep their compliance knowledge updated. Skillsoft is urging company directors to stop viewing compliance training as a cost and start appreciating its business value. Skillsoft’s new compliance module, Skillsoft Advanced…

Penalty for employing illegal workers doubles to £20,000

The Home Office has published the results of its consultation on the civil penalty scheme to prevent illegal working. The maximum civil penalty for an employer in respect of each illegal worker is to be increased from £10,000 to £20,000, but the range of documents acceptable as evidence of the right to work is to…

Financial Services sector fined £154m so far this year

The Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS) team at EY has today released new research revealing the latest trends in activity from UK regulatory bodies. The research revealed that UK businesses and executives have already been fined over £166m by the OFT, FCA and FSA since the start of 2013 as a result of business misconduct, following…

Health board fined after failing to protect worker from attack

Lothian Health Board has been fined for safety failings after a worker was attacked while making a home visit to a patient with mental health issues. The community psychiatric nurse, aged 55, who has asked not to be named, was visiting a 58-year-old female patient who had been suffering from psychiatric illnesses for more than…

Food company fined after worker burned by hot oil

A Lincolnshire firm that manufactures frozen potato products has been fined after a worker was burned by hot oil. Harvey Hopwood, the health and safety manager at PAS (Grantham) Ltd, sustained 10 per cent burns to his shoulder, upper arms, neck and back while he was overseeing the jet washing of a large oil storage…

Vending machine firm fined after employee falls through roof

An employee at a vending machine supplier in Skelmersdale was lucky to escape with minor injuries after he fell through a fragile roof, a court has heard. The 40-year-old from Runcorn, who has asked not to be named, had been clearing out the gutters at Paragon International Ltd, on Paddock Road, on 4 September last…

Companies prosecuted following multiple asbestos failings

A court has heard how workers were exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres following a number of errors by an engineering company and a building firm during a demolition and refurbishment project in Swansea. Neath Magistrates’ Court was told that the project was badly managed, with untrained staff put in charge of the operation, and was…

UK Power Networks fined over worker death

UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd, which supplies power to the East of England, London and the South East, has been ordered to pay £420,000 in fines and costs after an employee died while working at one of its Essex sites. Electrical engineer John Higgins, 59, from Colchester, was killed at an electrical substation in Bishops…

Council fined £30,000 for health and safety failures at warehouse blaze which killed four firefighters

A local authority has been fined £30,000 for health and safety failures linked to a warehouse blaze in which four firefighters died. Mr Justice MacDuff said the fine imposed on Warwickshire County Council reflected deficiencies in record-keeping and information given to fire crews at the time of the tragedy in November 2007. During his sentencing…

Company fined more than £10,000 following explosion

1st Surface Ltd has been fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £2,571 in costs after two men sustained serious burns while attempting to use an old air shelter as a makeshift furnace to burn garden waste. The pair were working for the Surrey-based company to extend and resurface a tennis court when the incident occurred…

Construction firm fined more than £45,000 for unsafe work

AA Construction (London) Ltd has been prosecuted for endangering workers and the public with unsafe demolition work. While the work was being carried out in February 2011, local residents raised concerns that asbestos materials were being smashed up and littering the site. In addition they claimed that debris was dropping from height onto the road…

Fines for leading Hampshire firm and consultant

A Hampshire company and its safety consultant have both been prosecuted for safety failings after two workers were injured in similar incidents just weeks apart. The two employees each had the ends of fingers sheared off while operating inadequately guarded guillotine machines at Porvair Filtration Group Ltd in Segensworth, Fareham, last year. The incidents, on…

Somerset firm fined after worker crushed under bales

A worker had his lower body crushed when a stack of bales, each weighting a quarter of a tonne, collapsed on him as he sorted waste in a processing shed in Somerset. Aleksandras Fomenkouas, 40, who lived in Bridgwater at the time, suffered serious injuries in the incident on 8 September 2011 while working at…