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January 11, 2023

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Top 10 health & safety prosecutions of 2022

Last year saw huge fines for the likes of Sainsbury’s, Carlsberg, Dairy Crest and Network Rail. From environmental offences to gas leaks, take a look at the major health and safety prosecutions of 2022.

10. B&M fined £1m after electrician sustains serious burns in warehouse explosion

In August, Retail company, B&M, and an electrical contracting company were fined £1 million after an electrician suffered serious burns to 15 per cent of his body when he was caught in an explosion at a warehouse in Liverpool.

Sainsbury's9. Sainsbury’s fined £1m after customer suffers ‘horrific injuries’

In March, Sainsbury’s was fined £1 million for a ‘booby trap’ which caused horrific injuries to a shopper at one of its stores.

8. Dyson fined £1.2m after employee injured by machine

In August, technology firm Dyson was fined £1.2 million after an employee sustained head and chest injuries when he was struck by a 1.5 tonne milling machine.

9. Network Rail fined £1.4m after ORR prosecution following life-changing injuries to employee

In May, Network Rail was fined £1.4 million for a health and safety breach after an investigation by the Office of Rail and Road.

6. £1.5m fine after electrician died following fall from crane platform

In February, a company was fined after an electrician died in fall of approximately eight metres, when an access panel on the raised walkway of an overhead crane gave way beneath him.

£1.5 million fine for Dairy Crest after series of environmental offences

Black sludge which coated the River Inny for 3 miles in the summer of 2018.

5. £1.5m fine for Dairy Crest after series of environmental offences

In June, the maker of popular brands like Cathedral City and others was fined £1.5 million – the largest fine ever awarded for an Environment Agency conviction in the South West.

4. Yorkshire Water fined £1.6m for sewage pollution

In July, Yorkshire Water was fined £1,600,750 for polluting a Bradford watercourse in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency. It was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 and £22,112.79 in costs.

3. Scrap metal firm fined £2m over death of worker

In March, a company and three of its bosses were fined more than £2 million over the death of a worker who suffered catastrophic head injuries at a scrap metal recycling plant in Oldbury.

2. Carlsberg fined £3m following ammonia gas leak

In June, Carlsberg was fined £3 million after a contractor died and another was seriously injured following an ammonia gas leak at one of its breweries.

1. Mining company fined £3.6m after electricians sustain burns

The largest fine of the year was to a mining company, fined £3.6 million in August, after two electricians suffered severe burns in separate incidents.



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mark stephenson
mark stephenson
1 year ago

This still shows a huge disparity between sentencing and possibly how magistrates and judges are now solely relying on the sentencing guidelines instead of judgement, all these fines were for worker injuries’ and they are hefty, yet on the same email Newcastle city council received £280,000 for the death of a 6 year old girl, are we going to start seeing prison sentences instead of small fines for serious incidents?