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December 7, 2023

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SHP’s top 10 health and safety prosecutions of 2023

This year saw extremely high fines for the likes of Network Rail, Morrisons, Serco and Transport for London. From health and safety failings and negligence, to insufficient risk assessments leading to fatalities, have a read of the major health and safety prosecutions of 2023. 

10. £1.2million fine for Network Rail after man died doing maintenance work

In August, Network Rail was fined £1.2 million following the death of a man who was crushed while carrying out maintenance work.

9. Company fined £1.275m after man crushed to death

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In October, a company in Birmingham was fined £1.275 million after a 26-year-old man was crushed to death during maintenance work at Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire.

8. Renowned cider manufacturer fined £1.4m after man died

In December, a cider manufacturer was fined £1.4 million after a man, on his 65th birthday, was killed by the end of a security barrier.

7. Directors jailed after five men lost their lives in Birmingham wall collapse

In May, two company directors were jailed after a wall collapsed killing five men – with both firms having to pay combined fines of £1.6 million.

6. £1.9m fine for major transport firm after worker killed by HGV

Also in May, two major transport companies were fined a combined total of £2.2 million after a man was killed when he was hit by a HGV in Birmingham.

5. £2.25m fine for Serco after death of custody officer

Again in May, Security firm, Serco, was fined £2.25 million for health and safety failings following the death of custody officer Lorraine Barwell.

4. £3m fine for waste management company after two deaths

In September, a waste management firm was fined a total of £3 million following the deaths of two workers in separate incidents.

3. Morrisons fined £3.5 million over death of employee

In March, Morrisons supermarket was fined £3.5 million for failing to ensure the health and safety of an epileptic employee who died after falling from a shop stairway.

2. Network Rail fined £6.7m following Stonehaven derailment

In September, Network Rail was fined again, for £6.7 million following the fatal Stonehaven derailment that killed three people in 2020.

Croydon Tram Crash1. Transport for London fined £10m for health and safety failings in Croydon tram disaster

The highest fine came in July, where Transport for London (TfL) was fined £10 million and Tram Operations Limited (TOL) fined £4 million for health and safety failings leading to the Croydon tram disaster.

One hundred and thirty-five workers were killed in work-related incidents in Great Britain in the last year, according to HSE’s annual report.

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