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‘Flagrant Disregard’ of Prohibition Notice Leads to £30,000 Fine for Supermarket
A meat-cutting bandsaw that did was found not have an interlocking guard to protect staff from accessing moving parts of equipment, which included rotating pulleys and the bandsaw blade. In November 2018, Environmental Health Officers from Dacorum Borough Council placed tape around the bandsaw to prevent use and served a prohibition notice. The business was found to have deliberately removed the tape, considered to be a “flagrant disregard” of the prohibition notice, Luton Magistrates’ Court.
Migagold Ltd trading as Hemel Food Centre, based in the Marlowes, pleaded guilty to breaching its duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It was fined a total of £30,000 for the two offences – providing unsafe equipment and breaching a prohibition notice.
Read more about the case from SHPOnline.
Celebrating World Standards Day
Last week on 14th October, World Standards Day was celebrated, with this year themed around “Protecting the planet with standards”.
This day recognised the negative effects that human beings have had on our planet through excessive demand and exploitation of natural resource as well as our responsibility to protect and restore our natural environment, leaving it in a better state for future generations.
Climate change is fast becoming a business reality through carbon taxes, procurement practice, supply chain risks and extreme weather events. As we move towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient society, standards can help organisations to adapt, transform, communicate sustainability performance and better allocate resources.
Read more from BSI.
Transport Company Fined After Employee Fatally Crushed
On 23rd November 2016, an agency driver was carrying out a delivery for Reason Transport UK Limited at Fraser Road, High Wycombe. The driver was delivering a pallet of stone tiles using a tail-lift and a manual pallet truck. He spent several minutes struggling to lift and manoeuvre the pallet onto the truck’s tail-lift. When he eventually succeeded in doing so, he lost control of the pallet, which fell onto him, causing him to suffer fatal crush injuries.
The HSE’s investigation discovered that the weight of the pallet was recorded as 1,200 kg but the actual weight of the pallet was in excess of 1,400 kg. The pallet was therefore in excess of the 1,000 kg weight limit set by the pallet network for tail-lift deliveries. The investigation also found that the driver had worked for the company for two weeks and had not received any training for the safe delivery of pallets using a tail-lift.
Reason Transport UK Limited, now in liquidation, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and have been fined £5,000.
Read more about this tragic accident from SHPOnline.