Health and safety in the workplace is everyone’s responsibility, but as the employer, the main accountability lies with you. We realise here at MHSC that implementing health and safety effectively takes effort and is an ongoing strategy, but it’s essential to get it right to keep people safe from harm. Risk assessments, policies and procedures, training, first aid and accident reporting all help reduce the risks of getting health and safety wrong.
Often when a firm has broken health and safety law it is the company that faces crippling fines and court costs but company owners and managers can also be individually prosecuted and they may receive fines and in some cases even prison sentences. Our latest article asks the question “Can you afford to ignore Health & Safety?” and we look back on recent cases, which for the most part, could of been avoided, with the correct implementation of health and safety management.
Recent court cases
Tarmac Aggregates Ltd has been fined £1.275m by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the death of a contractor. Luke Branston, aged 26, was crushed to death in June 2017 while repairing a feed hopper at Mountsorrel Quarry, Leicestershire, a Tarmac Aggregates site. Tarmac Aggregates is part of Tarmac, which is ultimately owned by materials giant CRH. The test button on the conveyor electoral panel did not function, as it was not connected to the test circuit. The HSE found that Tarmac Aggregates had not recorded and sorted out defects in a timely manner.
A commercial printing company has been fined £100,000 after an employee’s hand was crushed by a laminating machine. The man had been working for Celloglas Limited at the firm’s site at Cross Green Industrial Estate in Leeds. He was attempting to fix a laminating machine on 25 November 2020 when his right hand was drawn into the device and crushed between two rollers. The worker, who was 31 at the time, realised the machine had broken while he was feeding the device with paper. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the laminating machine was not adequately guarded and that the company failed to review existing risk assessments for the machine which required the production of a safe system of work.
A manufacturing company has been fined after a worker became entangled in a machine and has been left paralysed from the chest down. The man, from Worcester, had been working for Mountfield CNC Ltd at the firm’s site at Berry Hill Industrial Estate in Droitwich when the incident took place on 4 January 2022. He had been setting up a CNC machine when he became entangled with the machine’s rotating saw. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mountfield CNC Ltd failed to take effective measures to prevent access to dangerous parts of the CNC machine
HSE (Health and Safety Executive) statistics show that 135 workers were killed in work-related incidents in Great Britain in 2022/23, an increase of 12 (10%) on the previous year, AND a total of 68 members of the public sustained fatal injuries. So can you afford to ignore Health & Safety? For further information please contact us here.