A facilities management company has been fined for safety failings that contributed to a worker sustaining Hand Arm Vibration.
Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 2007 and 2012, an employee of UPP (Broadgate Park) Limited operated mowers, strimmers, and a leaf blower as part of his work for the company, and was regularly exposed to levels of vibration which were above the Exposure Limit Value and Exposure Action Value. He reported ill health symptoms to his line manager but no action was taken.
UPP (Broadgate Park) Limited, of Gracechurch Street, London, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and pleaded guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 5(1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and fined a total of £14,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1,943.
For more information about Hand Arm Vibration log onto the website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/VIBRATION/hav/index.htm
Notes to Editors:
- The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. www.hse.gov.uk.
- Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act requires an employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all its employees.
- Section 5(1) of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 states: An employer who carries out work which is liable to expose any of his employees to risk from vibration shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk created by that work to the health and safety of those employees and the risk assessment shall identify the measures that need to be taken to meet the requirements of these Regulations.
- Further HSE news releases are available at www.press.hse.gov.uk