After the discovery of many Health & Safety issues at an inspection, a waste and recycling company has been fined.
Inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive attended the company to carry out an inspection. They discovered risk to employees. They also found poor Health & Safety management of the site.
The inspection occurred on 21st of March 2019. The HSE then revisited on 1st of April 2019. They brought electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering specialists to assess the site. HSE had to issue nine Prohibition Notices and seven Improvement Notices. An investigation was conducted to determine the cause of the terrible conditions.
The investigation also concluded that there was a lack of competent advice, risk assessment, and poor management. The HSE issued previous enforcements. Despite this, there was a deterioration of conditions.
The company failed to appear at the hearing on 16 September 2016. The court found that a breach of Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 Section 2 (1) had been proven. £200,000 in fines was issued. £7,125.72 in costs was ordered. £170 in victim surcharges was also issued.
Following the hearing, a HSE Inspector commented on the case. ‘Companies should be aware that if they fail to operate their businesses in a manner which protects the health and safety of those who work there, HSE will pursue those responsible to the highest possible level. The conditions seen at this site should not occur in 21st century Britain.’
This sort of incident should have been easily avoidable with the appropriate safety measures. It is important to ensure that your company is compliant with the required safety legislation. This often includes ensuring that you have a competent person and a thorough risk assessment in place.
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