A round up of some recent HSE prosecutions and enforcement action in the construction sector and links to relevant advice.


Utility company fined after exposing employees to asbestos

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Construction firm fined after employee suffered serious burns

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Builder fined after worker fell from height


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Updated 15.08.2017

Tata Steel UK Limited fined after uncontrolled release of toxic substances

A steel company has today been fined after the release of toxic and flammable substances from its site in Scunthorpe.

Company fined after scaffold collapse

A Dorset based company has been fined after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit in Wallisdown, Poole.

Worker suffers flash burns

A manufacturing firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker suffered flash burns to her face, neck, chest and both arms.

Ilfracombe landlord endangered tenants with illegal gaswork

The landlord of a property in Ilfracombe has been given a suspended sentence for risking the lives of his tenants by undertaking dangerous gas work.

Company fined £250,000 after crushing leaves worker with brain damage

A passenger air transport firm has been fined after an employee suffered brain damage after being crushed by hangar doors in Bedfordshire.

HSE Fines and Prosecutions

National furniture company fined for safety failings

A national furniture company has been fined £1M and ordered to pay costs of £15,099 after safety failings which led to serious neck and head injuries of a worker who was unloading wooden furniture frames, when he was struck by an unsecured furniture arm which fell from an unstable load. The impact knocked him unconscious and he suffered serious neck and head injuries. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE’s Press Release.

Fencing business owners receive suspended sentences

The two owners of Kidderminster based fencing firm have been given suspended sentences of 18 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and fined £10,000 each after a worker was hit by timber posts and frames which fell from a fork lift truck. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE’s Press Release.

Wood shavings company fined

A company that produces and supplies wood shavings for use as horse bedding has been fined £17,293.60 and ordered to pay costs of £623.60 after a worker suffered a serious foot injury at its site while operating a log deck. More information on the accident and fine can be found on HSE’s Press Release.