ACCIDENTAL OVERSIGHT

Appeal against a fine of #75,000 for an offence of failure to ensure the safety of an employee at work contrary to s.2 Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.The Court of Appeal held that since the accident had occurred as a result of the appellant’s oversight and was not a deliberate failure to ensure adequate safety precautions, the sentence would be quashed and substituted with a more appropriate fine of #40,000.