A property maintenance firm has been fined for putting its employees at risk of serious health problems.
High Peak Remedial Services Ltd, which is based in Greater Manchester, failed to comply with an Improvement Notice requiring its wood dust extractor to be properly tested after a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector raised concerns during a routine visit to its Dukinfield workshop in Park Road on 13 July 2013.
The dangers of working with wood dust
Wood dust can cause serious health problems, including cancer of the nose, if it is inhaled.
It can also lead to occupational asthma.
Woodworking firms are therefore, required by law to put measures in place to prevent dust becoming airborne. They also have a duty to make sure extractors are tested at least every 14 months.
The HSE inspector found that High Peak Remedial Services Ltd had failed to arrange a recent test of its extraction system.
It was given just over eight weeks to comply with the enforcement notice, but asked for an extension on the day before it was due to expire. The company was then given another four weeks to arrange a test but it again failed to meet the deadline.
High Peak Remedial Services Ltd, of Buxton Road in Stockport, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,662 after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to comply with an Improvement Notice.
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Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown