Unsafe Work Method Fine

Serious crushing injuries caused by unsafe cleaning methods results in company fine.

Here is the press release issued by Britain’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

HSE found there was no formal safe system of work for a cleaning task. The injured worker was cleaning an excavator that had been returned covered in dirt. The work needed to be done quickly because the vehicle was due to be hired out again later the same day. The court was told it was unsafe to work either beneath or immediately adjacent to an excavator when it is supported only by the bucket on the excavator arm and the shovel blade, and that had the work been better planned and managed then the incident could have been avoided.

Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.”

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