Unfit machinery at a London waste company could have put people or employees on site at risk of death or serious personal injury, a court has been told.
Westminster magistrates heard that Greenwich-based Murphys (Waste) Ltd had been served with 10 enforcement notices by the Health and Safety Executive between 2009 and 2014.
Many of the more serious failings related to defective machinery that was in bad repair and not fit for purpose.
Poor maintenance risked workplace accidents
Murphys Ltd has a poor history of workplace health and safety, particularly where vehicles and machinery are concerned, the court was told.
The company had previously received eight enforcement notices over five years, including one ordering the firm to introduce a functional and effective system for maintaining its vehicles.
A 360 degree excavator and a loading shovel were found to be in a dangerously poor state of repair during inspections by the HSE.
Prohibition notices were served on both pieces of machinery after the loading shovel was found to be still in use and the HSE took the firm to court.
Murphys Ltd, of Horn Lane, South East London, admitted to two offences under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was ordered to pay £6,000 in fines and £1,287 in costs.
After the hearing, HSE inspector John Crookes said that Murphys appeared to be content with putting its employees in danger, adding that the firm had a dismal record where compliance and safety legislation were concerned.
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Date Published: November 7, 2014
Author: David Brown