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.
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.
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.
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.