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Manufacturing company fined for safety failings

Date:
15 September 2016

A manufacturing company based in Somerset has been fined for safety failings

Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard how employees at LJH Group Limited were identified as being at increased risk from working with vibrating tools following a fitness for work assessment.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company failed to complete a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk from the use of vibrating tools and the failure to implement a suitable programme of health surveillance for their employees identified at risk.

LJH Group Limited of Leigh Road, Frome, Somerset, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,490 and a £250 victim surcharge.

For further information on Hand Arm Vibration visit: www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/hav/advicetoemployers/responsibilities.htm

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