Recent Prosecutions


It is paramount to ensure your Health and Safety procedures in place are robust enough to protect you, your business and your workforce from accidents occurring, particularly in the current harsh economic climate. CQMS Ltd urges all employers to review their arrangements and procedures, supervision and competency of employees to ensure they are doing all they reasonably can to prevent workplace injuries and dangerous occurrences.


The cases outlined below have been taken from the press and are provided as a stark reminder of what can happen when those arrangements are inadequate.

27th April 2022

Soft furnishings company fined after employee injured by unguarded machinery

A North West company that manufactures soft furnishings has been fined after an employee sustained serious hand injuries whilst working on an automatic duvet rolling machine. […]
27th April 2022

Food manufacturing company fined after worker falls from ladder

A jam and preserve manufacturer has been prosecuted after a worker sustained multiple fractures after falling from a ladder. Llandudno Magistrates’ court heard how on the […]
27th April 2022

Priory Healthcare Ltd pleads guilty following HSE investigation

Priory Healthcare Ltd appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, on Wednesday 20 April, and pleaded guilty to failing to discharge a duty under Section 3(1) Health and […]
27th April 2022

North West construction company fined after building collapse

A Manchester construction company was fined after much of a three-bedroom domestic property in Stretford collapsed during a loft conversion and ground floor extension work. Manchester […]
27th April 2022

Construction company fined after child struck by wall collapse

Gurmit Properties Limited were fined today for safety breaches after a substantial part of a wall at a construction site at Barnsley Road, South Elmsall collapsed, […]
27th April 2022

Chemical company fined after worker suffered burns

Robert McBride Ltd was sentenced today for safety breaches after a 31-year-old worker suffered 13 per cent superficial burns to his right arm and hand following […]
27th April 2022

Two contractors sentenced after cable strike at substation

A principal contractor and subcontractor have been fined after an employee’s retina was damaged by an explosion caused by a cable strike during construction works at […]
27th April 2022

HSE issues MOD with Crown Censure following severe injuries to employee

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been issued with a Crown Censure by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an employee was shot during a […]
27th April 2022

Property Management Company fined following a gas explosion

Holt Estates England Ltd has been fined after a homeowner sustained burns when gas escaping from an open-ended pipe ignited. North Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard that […]
6th April 2022

Company fined after worker died following fall from shipping container

A transport and haulage company was sentenced after a worker died after falling from the rear of a transport shipping container. Newcastle Magistrates’ Court heard that […]
6th April 2022

Farmer fined after worker becomes entangled in potato harvester

A farmer has been sentenced after a worker suffered multiple injuries after becoming entangled in the contra-rotating rollers of a potato harvester. Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard […]
28th March 2022

Principal contractor sentenced for unsafe excavation work

A principal contractor has been sentenced after he was found to have supervised unsafe excavation work at a site in Denton, which put workers in danger […]