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Comments by Steve Naldrett Director of Ardan Training Consultancy Ltd
With fines reaching record levels for major breaches in health and safety law and Corporate Manslaughter, and gross negligent manslaughter sentencing guidelines being revised to ensure harsher prison sentences, the New Year is a great time to review your “Health and Safety Culture”
As a company, are you confident that the workforce is being led from above and that there is not a tick box culture?
Health and safety is a day to day discipline and companies have to “walk the walk” as well as “talking the talk”
Please do not hesitate to utilise all its tools. Links to some are below

When and how to get competent help

Prepare a health and safety policy

What a policy is and how it helps you manage health and safety

Conduct a Risk assessment

How to identify hazards and assess risks at work

Consult your workers

Involve your workers and inform them about health and safety

Tell your workers what their health and safety duties are and check understanding.

Have toilets, washbasins and other welfare facilities workers need

Advice on your first aid kit, training workers and appointing first aiders

You must display the poster or give workers the equivalent leaflet

Further to this, a well-trained and motivated workforce can be a massive influence with regard to your Safety culture.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch to ensure you comply. It is better to be pro-active as opposed to waiting for, or trusting to luck that you do not have a major incident.
Some recent prosecutions are shown below.
Things to consider is the time that prosecutions take, the emotional stress for a number of years. How would it affect you?
Most prosecutions have a summary at the end by the HSE inspector stating how easily the incident could be avoided!!!!

Hampshire County Council fined £1.4m after child suffers life-changing head injury

4th December 2019
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Hampshire County Council has today been fined after a six-year-old girl playing on an unsecured street bollard suffered a life-changing head injury.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard how, on 28 December 2015, the girl was visiting Lymington with her family. She climbed onto the cast iron hinged bollard on Quay Hill, a cobbled pedestrianised street. The bollard fell to the ground taking the child with it. As a result, she suffered serious, life-changing head injuries that were initially life-threatening and spent six months in hospital in a critical condition.
 
The extent of her brain injury will not be fully known until her brain has matured.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the bollard which weighed approximately 69kg was damaged and not appropriately secured. This matter had been reported to Hampshire County Council prior to the incident and monthly scheduled inspections had failed to identify this. The investigation also found insufficient information, instruction and training were provided to the council’s highways department personnel conducting ad hoc and monthly inspections, and the inspection guidance was misleading.

Hampshire County Council of The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire was found guilty after a trial of breaching Section 3(1) of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £1.4m and ordered to pay full costs of £130,632.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Angela Sirianni said: “Councils have a duty to adequately assess and control risks to members of the public from street furniture.

“A child has been left with life-changing injuries as a result of what was an easily preventable incident. Council inspections failed to identify this risk over a long period of time and then, when alerted to the damage to the bollard, failed to take the urgent action required to prevent injury.”

A solar panel company and its director have been sentenced after his brother’s fatal fall from height.

Worcester Crown Court heard that on 9 December 2015, during installation of solar panels on the roof of a barn at Manor Farm, Orleton, Hereford, Stephen Webb fell approximately seven metres through a fragile roof ridge panel to the ground below suffering fatal injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no measures were in place to prevent falls from the roof or through the roof.

Light Power Grp Limited of Keady Orchards, Boraston Bank, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company has been fined £80,000 with a victim surcharge of £120.

The director of Light Power Grp Limited, Michael John Webb of Keady Orchards, Boraston Bank, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 (1) of The Work at Height Regulations 2005. He was given a 12-month community order to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £15,000 with a victim surcharge of £60.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector James Lucas said:

“There are no winners in this tragic case. Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in this country and the risks associated with working at height are well known.”

“This tragic incident led to the avoidable death of a young man, who had only that year become a father. This death could easily have been prevented if the company and director had acted to identify and manage the risks involved, and to put a safe system of work in place.”

Further information about safe techniques can be found at:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/roofwork.htm

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on 1 December 2018 an employee of Staveley’s Eggs Ltd had been driving the FLT at the company’s premises at Goosnargh Near Preston, when the truck overturned, trapping the driver between the truck and the ground, leading to him sustaining serious life changing crush injuries.
09 December 2019

A CHORLEY company has been fined after a forklift truck (FLT) overturned on a slope trapping the driver.

 

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the areas where FLTs were driven had significant changes in gradient which were not a suitable surface for the type of FLTs in use. The company failed to both identify and control the risk of FLT overturn.

Staveley’s Eggs Ltd of Coppull, Chorley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company were fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4259.42.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd commented;

 

 “This incident could so easily have been avoided by ensuring the area where FLTs were driven was free of slopes and damage, and that a suitable FLT was used for the site. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

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