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Health & Safety Alert

05 July 2010 #Employment


There has been a lot of publicity in the press lately about employers being found guilty of breaching health & safety standards and being fined colossal amounts - enough to bring some companies into liquidation.     

"21 year old employee killed after firm`s failings"

The company in this case failed to carry out adequate risks assessments.  This resulted in the employee receiving fatal injuries when carrying out a pressure test on a high pressure valve.  The company was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay full costs.

"American Airlines fined after ground worker loses leg"

The employee had to have his leg amputated when he was knocked over by a reversing vehicle used to move aircraft from the departure gate.  Investigations showed that the vehicle had no reversing lights or alarm.  The company was fined £70,000 and was ordered to pay full costs.  

"Bradford Motor Parts firm fined after worker injured"

The company in this case was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs as a result of a failing to safeguard a machine that severed the tip of an employee`s finger.

These cases serve as a useful reminder to all employers that the safety of its workforce is paramount and priority must be given to safeguard employees from any health & safety risks.

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