A Cardiff based company which maintains and repairs aircraft components has been fined £400,000 and ordered to pay costs of £39,620 after some one hundred around employees were exposed to Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a period of twenty-two years. At least thirty of these were exposed to risk of significant harm.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that employees used a range of hand-held vibrating tools including orbital sanders, rivet guns, grinders and drills. The HSE found that the company failed in their duty to implement a safe system of work in order to control exposure to vibration. In addition, employees failed to organise suitable health surveillance which would have identified early stage symptoms of the disease.