Crown Censures taken by HSE since 1 April 1999

Crown employers, which include Government Departments, Next Steps Executive Agencies and some other Organisations sponsored by Departments, are bound by the provisions of Part 1 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, except sections 21 to 25 and 33 to 42. This is set out in section 48 of the Act.

The non-application of section 33 precludes prosecution of Crown employers under the Act [commonly referred to as Crown Immunity]. Crown censure is an administrative procedure, whereby HSE may summon a Crown employer to be censured for a breach of the Act or a subordinate regulation which, but for Crown Immunity, would have led to prosecution with a realistic prospect of conviction.

Ref Date of Censure Crown Employer
34 03/03/2017 Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support
33 29/09/2016 MoD Army
32 31/03/2016 MoD Joint Forces Command
31 08/01/2015 Highways Agency
30 14/01/2014 Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission
29 29/04/2013 Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
28 25/01/2013 MOD Army
27 13/02/2012 HM Prison Service (NOMS)
26 28/03/2011 Greenwich Hospital
25 18/02/2011 Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
24 13/09/2010 Ministry of Defence
23 12/06/2009 HM Prison Service
22 23/11/2009 Centre For Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
21 09/07/2009 Scottish Prison Service
20 16/03/2007 Ministry of Defence (Army)
19 16/03/2007 Ministry of Defence (Army)
18 22/10/2007 HM Revenue & Customs
17 24/06/2005 Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy)
16 08/05/2006 MOD (RAF)
15 18/01/2005 Ministry of Defence (Army)
14 19/01/2005 Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy)
13 20/02/2004 Scottish Prison Service
12 19/11/2004 MOD
11 13/08/2004 MOD (Royal Navy)
10 14/05/2004 HM Prison Service
9 28/04/2003 Ministry of Defence
8 12/03/2003 Department for Education and Skills
7 11/09/2002 Royal Mint

6

13/08/2001 MOD Army

5

26/07/2001 HM Prison Service

4

28/11/2000 MOD (Royal Navy)

3

06/07/2000 MOD Army

2

07/10/1999 MOD Army
1 06/05/1999 Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA)

 


Crown Censure 34 : Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence – Defence Equipment & Support
Date of Censure 03/03/2017
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Section 2(1) and 3(1)

Summary

An agency driver, working for the MoD, was fatally injured by a reversing vehicle. Mr Graham Wood, 55, was crushed between a reversing lorry and a stationary vehicle on the evening of 19 November 2013. The incident occurred when Mr Wood and a colleague were delivering goods to a large holding area in MoD Kineton, Southam, Warwickshire. The HSE investigation found the MoD failed to assess the risks created by the movement of large vehicles and they failed to ensure a safe system of work was in place to identify and control the risks presented by the movement of large vehicles in this area. Following the incident, a safe system of work including marked parking bays, well defined walkways for pedestrians and a one way system has been introduced.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 19/11/2013
Location of offence

Kineton, Southam, Warwickshire

Main Activity DEFENCE ACTIVITIES
Local Authority Stratford-on- Avon
HSE Details:
HSE Division Central
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Operations 2 Group 1
HSE Area Midlands

 

Crown Censure 33 : MoD Army
Crown Employer MoD Army
Date of Censure 29/09/2016
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Section 2(1) and 2(2)

Summary

Fusilier Dean Griffiths, 21, received a fatal bullet wound to the neck on 14 September 2011 during a ‘live’ training exercise at Lydd Ranges military firing range in Kent. The exercise involved troops approaching a specially built ‘shoot through’ compound (not designed to capture rounds), that had been created to simulate the type of building the troops would encounter in Afghanistan. Fusilier Griffiths had been shot as he lined up on the other side of the compound wall. The bullet had passed through an incorrectly placed enemy target, through the compound wall and hit Fusilier Griffiths in the neck. He died at the scene. HSE investigators found that operational pressures and resources available for the exercise necessitated two groups to be merged to cope with the lack of resource. The incident could have been prevented by ensuring unused targets were removed from the compound and by introducing a final walk through before each run through by the RCO (Range Conducting Officer) to ensure all targets corresponded to the target plan for the exercise.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 14/09/2011
Location of offence

Lydd Ranges – Military firing range in Kent

Main Activity DEFENCE ACTIVITIES
Local Authority Shepway
HSE Details:
HSE Division Southern
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Operations 3 Group 10
HSE Area East & South East

 


Crown Censure 32 : MoD Joint Forces Command
Crown Employer MoD Joint Forces Command
Date of Censure 31/03/2016
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Section 2(1)

Summary

Three soldiers died on a training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013. Reservists Edward Maher, James Dunsby and Craig Roberts fell ill while on a training test march. Lance Corporal Craig Roberts and Trooper Edward Maher died during the exercise, whilst Corporal James Dunsby suffered multiple organ failure (as a result of hyperthermia) and died on 30 July 2013. The HSE investigation found a failure to plan, assess, and manage risks associated with climatic illness during the training. These failings resulted in the deaths of the three men and heat illness suffered by 10 other reservist casualties on the march.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 03/07/2013
Location of offence

Brecon Beacons

Main Activity DEFENCE ACTIVITIES
Local Authority Powys
HSE Details:
HSE Division Central
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Group 10
HSE Area Wales and South West

 


Crown Censure 31 : Highways Agency
Crown Employer Highways Agency
Date of Censure 08/01/2015
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Section 2(2)(c)

Summary

Highways Agency Traffic Officer was working as a Traffic Officer at the time, deployed to a vehicle in a live lane. Had successfully removed vehicle to the hard shoulder and was arranging its recovery when he was hit by an out of control vehicle travelling backwards down the motorway. He died on the scene.

The Highways Agency failed to discharge the duty imposed by Section 2(2)(c) of Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in that they did not provide the necessary supervision of Highways Agency Traffic Officers based out of the Dartford outstation to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health & safety at work of its employees.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 25/09/2012
Location of offence

SE Regional Control Centre/The Highways Agency, Fosterdown, Godstone RH9 8BQ

Main Activity BUSINESS/EMPLOYER MEMBERS ORGS
Local Authority Tandridge
HSE Details:
HSE Division Southern
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FOD Southern Operations 3
HSE Area Southern

 


Crown Censure 30 : Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission
Crown Employer Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission
Date of Censure 14/01/2014
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Section 3

Summary

Child sustained major injury when he fell through a glass floor panel in Yarmouth Castle which broke when he jumped on it, leaving large sharp pieces of glass. Crown Censure approved for Section 3(1) Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 case.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 05/09/2011
Location of offence

Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, Yarmouth Castle, Quay Street, Yarmouth PO41 0PB

Main Activity GENERAL PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Local Authority Isle of Wight UA
HSE Details:
HSE Division Southern
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FOD Southern Operations 3
HSE Area Southern

 


Crown Censure 29 : Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
Crown Employer Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
Date of Censure 29/04/2013
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Section 2(1)

Summary

Mycobacterium bovis is a biological agent that can cause severe human disease and requires a high level of containment to protect workers in laboratory situations. Over a period of more than 2 years the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) laboratory at Starcross (Devon) failed to appropriately inactivate M. bovis in samples that were subsequently sent to the AHVLA laboratory at Weybridge (Surrey) for genetic testing. Employees at Weybridge were put at serious risk because they handled samples potentially containing live bacteria without suitable containment and control measures believing they were inactivated and posed little risk. Failings were identified with respect to the equipment used, training of staff and the Standard Operating Procedures for the work. In addition, AHVLA failed to monitor the effectiveness of the method used to render the material safe, and managers failed to act when concerns were raised by staff. Consequently, AHVLA failed in their duties under section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act as they did not have a safe system of work to ensure that employees were not exposed to this hazardous biological agent.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence January 2009 to August 2011
Location of offence

AHVLA Starcross Regional Laboratory, Teignbridge, Devon

Main Activity Laboratory
Local Authority Teignbridge
HSE Details:
HSE Division Specialised Industries
HSE Directorate HID
HSE Group SI4
HSE Area Southern

 


Crown Censure 28 : MOD Army
Crown Employer MOD Army
Date of Censure 25/01/2013
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Section 3
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Section 2(1)
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 3(1)

Summary

This censure arises from the failure of the MOD Army to ensure the safety of a 14 year old female Army Cadet who died on 3 August 2007 when a Rigid boat capsized on Loch Carnan on South Uist, Western Isles. She was trapped under the hull of the upturned boat and unable to escape. She was attending 2nd Battalion the Highlanders Army Cadet Force annual camp in the Western Isles at which cadets are assessed on their training progress.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 03/08/2007
Location of offence

Loch Carnan
South Uist
Western Isles

Main Activity Defence Activities
Local Authority Western Isles Council
HSE Details:
HSE Division SaNE
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Group 1
HSE Area SaNE

 


Crown Censure 27 : HM Prison Service
Crown Employer HM Prison Service (NOMS)
Date of Censure 13/02/2012
Breaches

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3(1)
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 5(1)

Summary

This censure arises from the self-inflicted death of a prisoner on 26th September 2006 at HM Prison Bullingdon due to non-compliance with Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, and Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 26/09/2006
Location of offence

HM Prison
Bullingdon
Bicester
Oxon
OX25 1WD

Main Activity Judicial
Local Authority Cherwell
HSE Details:
HSE Division Southern
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU03
HSE Area Southern

 


Crown Censure 26 : Greenwich Hospital
Crown Employer Greenwich Hospital
Date of Censure 28/03/2011
Breaches

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3(1)

Summary

This censure arises from an incident which involved a pupil falling six metres in an uncontrolled descent from the "top" of the wall onto a wood gymnasium floor below.

The School, in accepting the censure on behalf of Greenwich Hospital, admitted that “at the time of the accident the risk assessment, written operating procedure, written procedures or records for examination, inspection and maintenance regime relating to climbing activities/climbing wall and related equipment were not suitable or sufficient so as to ensure that risks were reduced to the lowest level reasonable practicable”.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 03/03/2009
Location of offence The Royal Hospital School
Holbrook
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP9 2RX
Main Activity Education
Local Authority Babergh
HSE Details:
HSE Division East & South East
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU01
HSE Area East Anglia

 


Crown Censure 25 : Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Crown Employer Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Date of Censure 18/02/2011
Breaches

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 2
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3

Summary

This censure arises from the failure by DSTL, which is part of the Ministry of Defence, to ensure the safety of its employees who were part of a team carrying out a trial to test energetic or explosive mixtures on 14th August 2002. The incident resulted in the tragic death of Mr Terry Jupp.

DTSL failed to have a safe system of work in place for the handling and preparation of charges of energetic or explosive mixtures for testing.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 14/08/2002
Location of offence Newlands Battery
MOD Shoeburyness
Southend-on-Sea
Main Activity Research and development in biological sciences
Local Authority Sevenoaks
HSE Details:
HSE Division East & South East
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU09
HSE Area East & South East

 


Crown Censure 24 : Ministry of Defence
Crown Employer Defence Estates on behalf of the MOD
Date of Censure 13/09/2010
Breaches

Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, Section 4 (8) (c)
Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, Section 6 (1) (a)
Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, Section 10 (1) (a)

Summary

In early 2005 a type 2 asbestos survey was undertaken in a boiler room on the site. The report stated that the “whole room considered contaminated. Further debris presumed present to floor and other surfaces”. It recommended that the asbestos be removed.

The report summary recommended that “access to the area should be restricted until they are decontaminated and that air monitoring is carried out within adjacent areas in order to access airborne fibre levels”.

No action taken on the report until October 2007. During the intervening period, the boiler room was accessed on a routine basis by various personnel without any precautions being taken to prevent exposure.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Between early 2005 and late 2007
Location of offence DSDA Bicester
Main Activity Defence
Local Authority Cherwell
HSE Details:
HSE Division East & South East
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU03
HSE Area East & South East

 


Crown Censure 23 : HM Prison Service
Crown Employer Cleland House
Page Street
LONDON
SW1P 4LN
Date of Censure 12/06/2009
Breaches

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3

Summary

Prisoner tested positive for legionella. Investigation revealed serious failings in hot and cold water management leading to potential exposure to legionella of prisoners and others in the Health Care Unit of Nottingham Prison.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 1 Nov 05 – 1 March 06
Location of offence HMP Nottingham
Main Activity 75230, Justice and judicial activities
Local Authority Nottingham
HSE Details:
HSE Division Midlands
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU18
HSE Area Midlands

 


Crown Censure 22: Centre For Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
Crown Employer Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR33 0HT
Date of Censure 23/11/2009
Breaches

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002(as amended), Regulations 6, 7(5)(c), 9 and 11

Summary

Investigations in October 2007 at the Cefas laboratory in Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, identified failings in the assessment and control of substances hazardous to health for known carcinogenic substances, including a failure to maintain control measures.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Between 2005 and 2007
Location of offence Lowestoft Laboratory
Main Activity Research and development
Local Authority Waveney
HSE Details:
HSE Division East and South East
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU01
HSE Area East and South East

 


Crown Censure 21: Scottish Prison Service
Crown Employer Scottish Prison Service
Calton House
5 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh
EH12 9HW
Date of Censure 09/07/2009
Breaches

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Section 3 (3)
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 3 (1)

Summary

Second prisoner injured on poorly maintained machinery, where identical accident had occurred 11 days previously, injuring another prisoner. Investigation showed Risk Assessments not known about, effective, or up to date following modicifation of machinery. Safety inspection regime seriously flawed and accident investigation process lacking in important steps, and some steps not followed by employees.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 14/08/2008 and 28/08/2008
Location of offence HMP Barlinnie
Main Activity Defence
Local Authority Glasgow
HSE Details:
HSE Division Scotland
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU06
HSE Area Scotland

 


Crown Censure 20: Ministry of Defence (Army)
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence (Army)
Date of Censure 16/03/2007
Breaches

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulation, Section 2 (1)

Summary

This censure arises from the tragic death of Corporal Thomas Eirian Rees following the failure by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to ensure his safety during the unloading of armoured fighting vehicles destined for the Gulf on the 22 May 2003.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 22/05/2003
Location of offence Teesport
Grangetown
Middlesborough
Cleveland
TS6 6UE
Main Activity Defence
Local Authority Redcar & Cleveland
HSE Details:
HSE Division Yorkshire & North East
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU01
HSE Area Yorkshire

 


Crown Censure 19: Ministry of Defence (Army)
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence (Army)
Date of Censure 16/03/2007
Breaches

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 2 (1)

Summary

This censure is about a failure by the Ministry of Defence on the 1 May 2004 to ensure the safety of Lance Bombadier Robert Wilson when he was crushed between a moving Armoured Fighting Vehicle and another stationary vehicle. He later died of the injuries he sustained as a result of this incident.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 01/05/2004
Location of offence 24 Albemarle Barracks
Stamfordham
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE15 0RF
Main Activity Defence
Local Authority Castle Morpeth
HSE Details:
HSE Division Yorkshire and North East
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU01
HSE Area Yorkshire and North East

 


Crown Censure 18: HM Revenue & Customs
Crown Employer HM Revenue & Customs
Date of Censure 22/10/2007
Breaches

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Section 7 (1)
Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Section 33(1)(c)

Summary

Non-compliance with Crown Improvement Notice issued as a result of failure to provide reasonable thermal comfort because ventilation air provided was neither efficiently monitored, nor conditioned, to maintain it between recommended levels of 40% to 70% relative humidity and, that as a consequence of this, and draughts, employees felt cold.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 30/01/2007
Location of offence Pyramids Business Park
Bathgate
West Lothian
EH48 2EH
Main Activity Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Local Authority West Lothian
HSE Details:
HSE Division Scotland
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU02
HSE Area Scotland

 


Crown Censure 17: Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy)
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy)
Date of Censure 24/06/2005
Breaches

Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, section 2
Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, section 3
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, regulation 3
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, regulation 5

Summary

In relation to a specific Royal Navy equipment procurement project: failure to ensure the health and safety of employees and others, failure to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessment and failure to make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate, having regard to the nature of your activities and the size of your undertaking, for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 11/09/2002
Location of offence RM Poole
Hamworthy Barracks
Poole
Dorset
BH15 4NQ
Main Activity Defence
Local Authority Borough of Poole
HSE Details:
HSE Division W&SW
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU01 Public Services
HSE Area South West

 


Crown Censure 16: MOD (RAF)
Crown Employer MOD -RAF
Date of Censure 08/05/2006
Breaches

Section 2 (1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Summary

Failed to ensure so far as was reasonably practicable, the safety of it’s employees, in that the risks of them falling whilst climbing Lockwood’s Chimney, during the conduct of Adventurous Training at the Resource Initiative Training Centre Fairbourne, were not adequately controlled.[Fatality]

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 28/11/2001
Location of offence Lockwood’s Chimney
Clogwyny
Bustach
Nant Gwynant
Snowdonia
Gwynedd
North Wales
Main Activity  
Local Authority Gwynedd Council
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area N Wales

 


Crown Censure 15: MOD(Army)
Crown Employer MOD -Army
Date of Censure 18/01/2005
Breaches

Section 2 (1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Summary

Failed to ensure so far as was reasonably practicable, the safety of employees, including Apprentice Tradesman Kevin Alan Sharman, in that the risks of them drowning whilst caving at Porth-yr-Ogof Cave, and/or similar caving systems, during the conduct of Adventurous Training at Sennybridge, were not adequately controlled.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 01/09/1999 to the 22/07/2002 inclusively
Location of offence Porth-yr-Ogof Caves Ystradfellte Brecon Powys
Main Activity  
Local Authority Gwynedd
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area N Wales

 


Crown Censure 14: MOD (Royal Navy)
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy)
MOD Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 2HB
Date of Censure 19/01/2005
Breaches

Section 2(1) Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Summary

Failure to ensure the safety at work of all their employees, including a Recruit Marine, during Royal Marine recruit training at Woodbury Common, Devon.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 31/03/2000
Location of offence Woodbury Common, Near Lympstone, Exmouth, Devon
Main Activity SIC 75220 DEFENCE
Local Authority East Devon
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Public Services
HSE Area South West

 


Crown Censure 13: Scottish Prison Service
Crown Employer Scottish Prison Service
Calton House
5 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh
Date of Censure 20/02/2004
Breaches

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989: Regulation 14 and Regulation 16
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: Regulation 3

Summary

Firstly did fail to implement all suitable precautions namely, implementation of a suitable and sufficient safe system of work encompassing a controlled working area suitable for the practice of live working and provision of adequate information, instruction and training to prevent injury to employees engaged in the instruction of testing techniques within the Vocational Training Domestic Appliance Repair Workshop within HMP Perth and that an employee did suffer and electric shock and burns whilst engaged in live testing of a washing machine motor.

Secondly did fail to ensure that all employees undertaking live electrical work in the form of instruction in live testing were in possession of a suitable level of knowledge and experience or were under such supervision as to adequately prevent danger.

Thirdly did fail to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of your employees to which they were exposed whist they were at work for the purpose of identifying the measures needed to comply with the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations in that you did not assess the risk to staff from the instruction of live testing techniques within the Vocational Training Domestic Appliance Repair Workshop within HMP Perth.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 12/03/2003
Location of offence HMP Perth, Edinburgh Road, Perth
Main Activity Live testing of a washing machine motor in the presence of an offender undergoing training.
Local Authority Perth and Kinross
HSE Details:
HSE Division FOD
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU02 - Services
HSE Area Scotland

 


Crown Censure 12: MOD
Crown Employer MOD
MOD Main Building
Whitehall
London
Date of Censure 19/11/2004
Breaches

Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 S3 (1) and Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 Reg 16

Summary

MOD employees were required to make 11000volt switchgear safe for contractors to maintain, but failed to recognise live terminals and failed to lock the shutter in the closed (protective) position. A contract electrician gained access to the live terminals and died as a result of the electrical explosion. Another contractor was injured at the same time. Safety programmes for previous years contained similar errors but they were not detected by the auditing process.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 20/07/2002
Location of offence MOD Main Building, Whitehall, London
Main Activity Office work (in this building)
SIC Code 751109
Local Authority City of Westminster
HSE Details:
HSE Division London
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group FMU02
HSE Area London South

 


Crown Censure 11: MOD (Royal Navy)
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence (Navy)
Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 1HB
Date of Censure 13/08/2004
Breaches

(i) Section 2 (1) The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
(ii) Regulation 3 (1) (a) Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Summary

(i) Failure to ensure the health and safety of its employees during the conduct of military diver training courses.
(ii) Failure to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks associated with military diver training.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Between the 14/05/2001 and the 15/03/2002
Location of offence Defence Diving School Horsea Island,Portsmouth
Main Activity 75220 Defence Activities
Local Authority Portsmouth U A
HSE Details:
HSE Division HID
HSE Directorate OSD
HSE Group Diving
HSE Area Southern

 


Crown Censure 10: HM Prison Service
Crown Employer HM Prison Service
Page Street
London
SW1P 4LN
Date of Censure 14/05/2004
Breaches

Offence 1 Regulation 13(1) of the Workplaces (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Offence 2 Regulation 5(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Offence 3 Regulation 6(1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999

Summary

Offence 1 Failed to ensure that effective measures were taken to prevent a person falling more than 2 metres or being struck by a falling object during work on flat roofs at the prison resulting in serious head injuries to an employee who was hit on the head by a falling concrete block.
Offence 2 Failed to make and give effect to appropriate health and safety management arrangements including for risk assessment, management training and for monitoring and review of performance.
Offence 3 Failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to employees and prisoners from exposure to hazardous substances in connection with work including the use of cleaning chemicals on the wings, use of acids in the boiler house, and exposure to wood dusts and paints in woodworking. Resulting in two prisoners being exposed to chlorine gas.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Offences 1 & 2 (Erlestoke) 22/07/2002 to 15/10/2002
Offence 3 (Verne) 14/10/2002 to 05/06/2003
Location of offence HMP The Verne and HMP Erlestoke
Main Activity 75240, Public security, law and order activities
Local Authority Offences 1 & 2 West Wiltshire
Offence 3 Weymouth and Portland
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and South West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group MU01
HSE Area Bristol South West

 


Crown Censure 9: Ministry of Defence
Crown Employer Ministry of Defence
Main Building
Whitehall

London
SW1A 2HB
Date of Censure 28/04/2003
Breaches

Section 3(1) Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Summary

MOD re-surfaced the road with an unsuitable limestone macadam that became dangerously slippery over time. Two fatal accidents occured in 1997 and 1998, but the road had by then been adopted by the Highway Authority and MOD were no longer responsible for it.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Between 01/12/1995 and 31/01/1997
Location of offence James Callaghan Drive,
Portsmouth
Main Activity 452130 construction civil engineering
Local Authority Portsmouth
HSE Details:
HSE Division London East and South East Division
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Construction
HSE Area Basingstoke

 


Crown Censure 8: Department for Education and Skills
Crown Employer Department for Education and Skills
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA
Date of Censure 12/03/2003
Breaches

(i) Section 2(1) Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

(ii) Section 3(1) Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974


(iii) Regulation 3(1) a and (b) Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


(iv) Regulation 8 of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 1987

Summary

Between April 1999 and August 2002. Failure to ensure that employees and others were not exposed to risks to their health and safety from asbestos during and after maintenance work carried out in March 2000 and March 2001 at East Lane House, Runcorn, and failure to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. Failure to prevent or reduce to the lowest level reasonably practicable, by measures other than respiratory protective equipment, exposure of employees and others to asbestos.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Between 01/04/1999 and 31/08/2002
Location of offence East Lane House
East Lane
Halton
Runcorn
WA7 2GJ
Main Activity 75110 General (overall) public service activities
Local Authority Halton
HSE Details:
HSE Division North West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Merseyside and Cheshire

 


Crown Censure 7: Royal Mint
Crown Employer Royal Mint
Llantrisant Business Park
Llantrisant
Pontyclun
Rhondda Cynon Taff
CF72 8YT
Date of Censure 11/09/2002
Breaches

Section 2(1) Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Summary

An employee at the Mint, was killed when a 6.5 Ton furnace that fell from an overhead crane during a routine operation struck him. The furnace was not properly located on the crane hook at the start of the operation. A safety device designed to confirm that the hook was fully engaged was not functioning properly at the time of the accident, and employees were not aware of its purpose. The Royal Mint had not conducted a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 28/06/2001
Location of offence Business Park
Llantrisant
Pontyclun,
Rhondda Cynon Taff
CF72 8YT
Main Activity 36210 Striking of coins and Medals
Local Authority Rhondda Cynon Taff
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Wales

 


Crown Censure 6: MOD Army
Crown Employer MOD Army
Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 1HB
Date of Censure 13/08/2001
Breaches

Regulation 5(1) Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Summary

Failure to put into place proper arrangements for the monitoring and review of preventative measures. The case arose out of an investigation to an accidental shooting of a soldier with a GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) 7.62mm support weapon being used in an improvised firing position.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 19/01/2000
Location of offence Sennybridge (SENTA)
Main Activity 75220, Defence Activities
Local Authority Brecon
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Cardiff

 


Crown Censure 5: HM Prison Service
Crown Employer HM Prison Service
Page Street
London
SW1P 4LN
Date of Censure 26/07/2001
Breaches

(i) Section 2(1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Summary

Failure to provide employees with such instruction and training as was necessaryfor them to know the risks to their health and the precautions required to prevent or adequately control exposure to asbestos fibres.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence Between 04/07/2000 and 30/11/2000
Location of offence HM Prison Bristol
Cambridge Road
Horefield
Bristol
BS8 8PS
Main Activity 75240,Public security, law and order activities
Local Authority Bristol
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Bristol

 


Crown Censure 4: MOD (Royal Navy)
Crown Employer MOD (Royal Navy)
2SL/CNH
Victory Building
HM Naval Base
Portsmouth
PO1 3LS
Date of Censure 28/11/2000
Breaches

(i) Regulation 5(1) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

(ii) Regulation 6(2) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Summary

Failure to maintain spin driers in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair. Failure to ensure that spin driers exposed to conditions causing deterioration liable to result in danger were inspected at suitable intervals.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 05/05/2000
Location of offence HMS Raleigh
Torpoint
Cornwall
PL11 2PD
Main Activity 75220, Defence Activities
Local Authority Caradon
HSE Details:
HSE Division Wales and West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Bristol

 


Crown Censure 3: MOD Army
Crown Employer MOD Army
Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 1HB
Date of Censure 06/07/2000
Breaches

(i) Section 3(1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

(ii) Regulation 3 (1) (b) Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992

(iii) Regulation 3 (4) (a) Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992

Summary

Cadet fatally injured when she was run over by a vehicle during a night exercise. Poor planning and risks were not properly identified and controlled.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 29/07/1998
Location of offence Longmoor Training Camp
Longmoor
LISS
Hampshire
GU33 6EL
Main Activity 75220, Defence Activities
Local Authority East Hampshire
HSE Details:
HSE Division Home Counties
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Basingstoke

 


Crown Censure 2: MOD Army
Crown Employer MOD Army
Main Building
Whitehall
London
SW1A 1HB
Date of Censure 07/10/1999
Breaches

(i) Section 2(1) Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

Summary

Failure to ensure safety of employee engaged in slinging of large containers. Risk of falling. Being a Crown employer prevents prosecution. Crown Censure heard and accepted on 7 October 1999.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 15/02/1999
Location of offence PO Box 1
Army Department
Central Ammunitions Depot
Carlisle CA6 5LX
Main Activity 75220, Defence Activities
Local Authority Carlisle
HSE Details:
HSE Division North West
HSE Directorate FOD
HSE Group Services
HSE Area Preston

 


Crown Censure 1: Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA)
Crown Employer Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA)
DERA Farnborough
Ively Road
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 0LX
Date of Censure 06/05/1999
Breaches

(i) Regulation 7 (1) Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994

(ii) Regulation 12 (1) Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1994

Summary

Research worker potentially exposed to hazard group 3 pathogen following centrifuge accident. Risks not properly controlled. Failure to adequately instruct and train laboratory staff.

Offence Details:
Date of Offence 01/09/1993 - 21/04/1998
Location of Offence DERA Porton Down
Porton Down
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP40JG
Main Activity 75220, Defence Activities
Local Authority Wiltshire
HSE Details:
HSE Division Technology Division
HSE Group Dangerous Pathogens, TD6, Bootle

Last Updated:  21 March 2017