Legionella Prosecutions

Every year in the UK, there are numerous legionella prosecutions to individuals and organisations who have not taken the necessary steps to minimise the risks of legionella.

So far, prosecutions have been dealt with through fines – some substantial enough to personally bankrupt individual’s, or even put some companies out of business. Failing to put the relevant controls in place could even being prosecution for involuntary manslaughter, carrying a maximum sentence of life in presentment, this demonstrates how serious it is if you fail to prevent or control Legionella bacteria in your water systems.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation – 11 June 2015

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £50,000 for failing to control legionella. The Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, was sentenced on 11 June at Lewis Crown Court after a joint investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Sussex Police identified a history of… Read more »

Dudley Cleaning Company Fined – 14 August 2014

A Stourbridge dry cleaning company has been fined after its failure to properly manage and monitor Legionella bacteria put workers and members of the public at risk. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Pride Cleaners (2000) Limited following a management audit and visit to the company’s Watford Road, Cotteridge, site on 6 September 2013…. Read more »

Basildon Hospital = 04 September 2013

A hospital where two patients died from Legionnaires’ disease has been ordered to pay £350,000 in fines and costs. Chelmsford Crown Court heard the patients died in 2007 and 2010 after contracting the disease at Basildon Hospital in Essex. Six more patients were infected during the same period. The hospital, which admitted failings under the… Read more »

Edinburgh 2012

The Edinburgh Legionnaires’ disease outbreak has been declared over by the Incident Management Team (IMT). The IMT, which is chaired by NHS Lothian and includes representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, City of Edinburgh Council and Health Protection Scotland, met yesterday (Tuesday 17 July) to review the latest position. To date, there are a… Read more »

Eaton Limited and Aegis Limited – 28 June 2011

Fines and costs totalling nearly £250,000 have been imposed on two firms after workers and members of the public were put at risk of exposure to the potentially fatal waterborne Legionella bacteria. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted multinational automotive parts manufacturer Eaton Ltd and water treatment services provider, Aegis Ltd of Felspar Road,… Read more »

Resort Fined after death of Holiday maker – 25 March 2011

A holiday resort near Dundee has been fined £120,000 for a breach of Health and Safety legislation which led to the death of a former guest from Legionnaires’ disease. Experts investigated the Piperdam Leisure Complex after Edward Warnes, 60, who spent time there in March 2008, died of the infection a month later. His partner… Read more »

S J Homes Limited – 1 April 2010

A care home company has been fined £5,000 after putting elderly residents in Manchester at risk of catching Legionnaires’ disease. SJ Care Homes Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the company failed to comply with an enforcement notice issued at one of its nursing homes. HSE Inspector Sandra Tomlinson issued… Read more »

Kepak UK Limited – 27th July 2009

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies in Lancashire to ensure they carry out regular, simple checks to protect employees from Legionnaires’ disease. The warning follows the prosecution of butchery processing company Kepak UK Ltd after two employees caught the disease at Kepak’s Carr Place premises on the Walton Summit Industrial Estate, Bamber… Read more »

Barrow Council – August 2002

In August 2002, seven members of the public died and 180 people suffered ill health as a result of an outbreak of legionella at a council-owned arts and leisure facility in the town centre of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Following the court case, two public meetings were held to allow members of the public, and those affected,… Read more »