Two companies fined for failing to secure the safety of their workers

Two separate firms have been investigated by the HSE after a 53 year old man suffered back and rib injuries whilst attempting to clean inside the filter of an industrial vacuum cleaner.

The employee, who works for at a waste centre, was hit by the vacuum unit when the ash inside was being dislodged by a fork lift truck. The accident caused serious injuries to the worker which resulted in him being off to recover work for seven months.

The investigation by the HSE found that two companies, involved with the waste centre, were guilty of not assessing the risks to staff when unblocking the vacuum filters and also didn’t provide a safe method or training on how to do the job safely. They also failed to supervise the job adequately.

The two companies were fined £14,000 and £16,000 respectively after pleading guilty at a Magistrates’ Court. They admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act by failing to ensure the safety of workers.

An HSE spokesperson commented after the ruling: “This incident could have easily been avoided and the injured cleaner would not have been injured had both companies planned this work properly and provided with appropriate training and supervision.”

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