Prosecutions in 2014-15

In England and Wales, we completed four successful prosecutions against eight defendants with a total of £690k fines - see table below.

The defendants were: Balfour Beatty, SW Global Resourcing Limited, BAM Nuttall Ltd and a former First Capital Connect train driver.

Prosecutions this year were related to: failure to manage risk from working with electricity, working at height, lifting operations and a failure follow the rules when driving a train.

  England, Wales and Scotland
Defendant Incident Fine
Balfour Beatty A railway worker received a severe electric shock and was burned seriously (45% burns) after coming into contact with overhead lines while working at height using a cherry-picker to install overhead line cables near Cricklewood in March 2011. £350k
SW Global Resourcing Limited An employee using a mobile elevated work platform positioned on temporary concrete plinths to provide a level work surface but without edge protection. The mobile elevated work platform drove off the edge of the plinth and overturned, throwing the employee 40 feet on to the shallow river bed below at Annick Water Viaduct, Stewarton, Ayrshire, in 2010. He died from his injuries. £200k
BAM Nuttall Ltd A heavy beam toppled onto a worker during an unloading process, which resulted in him losing one leg and receiving severe damage to other limbs at Pouparts Bridge, between Clapham Junction and Battersea Park in South London in 2010. £140k
a former First Capital Connect train driver A former train driver failed to follow safety rules, including continuing after a SPAD without checking with the signaller that it was safe. He also failed to set up his GSM-R radio correctly before setting off on his shift. The driver received a three months suspended sentence and was ordered to pay £500 costs. n/a
Total £690k