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.