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Top Ten Health and Safety Prosecutions of 2022 as reported by the Health and Safety Practitioner

Top Ten Health and Safety Prosecutions of 2022


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

Health and Safety Prosecutions-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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