Company fined £40,000 under the COSHH act

The HSE investigated a manufacturing company after one of its workers contracted allergic contact dermatitis which is a skin disease caused by exposure to toxic substances.

Their investigations found that the company that make rubber seals had failed to risk assess the sensitising agents in their rubber compounds and therefore manage the risks to those who worked with the materials on a daily basis.

As a result of the company’s failure to understand their responsibilities with regards to health and safety , they were fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and Regulations 6 and 11 of the Control of Substances hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH), and ordered to pay costs of £6,529.

A woman, who was a self-employed Health and Safety Advisor to the company, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £200after she pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, for failing to carry out her duty and therefore exposing company workers to risks to their health and safety.

If you have recently been involved in a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault or have received burns, rashes or breathing difficulties as a result of coming into contact with a toxic substance then you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.

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