The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says the case highlights the need for employers to carry out risk assessments, provide proper training and put control measures in place to lessen the risk posed by the use of vibrating tools.
The workers’ employer, Asset International Limited, of Newport in south-east Wales, admitted breaching the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations. It has been fined a total of £200,000 and ordered to pay £27,724 in costs.
Newport Crown Court was told that workers had used vibrating tools with no proper training.
‘Risks are well known’
An HSE investigation established that no sufficient risk assessment or health monitoring had been conducted by the firm. Also, the HSE said, there had been no practical controls in place to reduce the risks.
Following the court case, HSE inspector Joanne Carter said while the serious risks posed by working vibrating tools is well known, guidance designed to help firms reduce them has been in place for well over 20 years.
The case shows, she added, that there is no excuse for failing to implement a management system to cut the risks as much as “reasonably practicable”.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: June 2, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown