21st December 2015

Merthyr Tydfil based manufacturer fined £50,000 HAVS cases

A Merthyr Tydfil based manufacturer has been fined £50,000 and was ordered to pay £14,793.60 in costs after twenty-one employees were diagnosed with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). HSE established that from 2000, when the factory opened, until its closure in 2013 there was never a fully compliant management system for hand arm vibration.

Employees were exposed to the risk of hand arm vibration on a daily basis yet the company failed to recognise this. There was no health surveillance to identify employees who might already have some vibration damage even though they employed ex-miners and experienced fitters, or to pick up whether someone was suffering symptoms before they became serious

24th November 2015

Slough based drainage company fined £60,000

A Slough based drainage company has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay a further £39,506 in costs after a worker was seriously injured when an unsafe excavation collapsed during work to lay new pipes near Canterbury.

HSE’s investigation found that found the excavation pit was missing vital shoring.

24th November 2015

Sheffield firm special materials firm fined £160,000

A Sheffield firm special materials firm was fined £160,000, with costs of £72,321 following the death, in August 2011, of an employee who was struck by a load on a moving crane.

An investigation by HSE found that found that the company had not reviewed risk assessments and safe systems of work for nine years. Many employees who operated cranes had received no refresher training for between six and ten years and the training programme for new starters was inadequate