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HSE inspection campaign

5th Nov 2018

Two waste management companies have been fined by the Health and Safety Executive after injuries were sustained to workers on their premises.

Derbyshire-based CP Environmental Ltd was fined £34,000 and ordered to pay costs of £19,226.35 after an incident in 2016 left an employee with severe injuries to his foot.

HSE ruled that adequate training to operate the machine safely had not been provided and there had been insufficient supervision.

HSE Inspector David Keane said: “This incident could have easily been avoided and it was fortunate that the injuries suffered weren’t more serious. Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working, and to properly monitor and supervise those systems.”

Another company, B & W Waste Management Services Ltd, based in Bedfordshire, pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates’ Court for breaking Regulation 6 (1) of Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 and has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,603.14. Two of its employees suffered burns whilst working on flammable aerosol containers using an industrial plastic shredder. A spark from the forklift led to an explosion; one worker suffered third degree burns and was in an induced coma for 10 days and on a life support machine.

Following the hearing at Luton Magistrates Court, HSE inspector Andrew McGill said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries suffered by one employee, could have been prevented.”
In October, HSE launched its Waste and Recycling Inspection campaign, which will see the regulator conduct unannounced site visits over a period of three months. It will focus attention on machinery safety and the management of workplace transport.

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