Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard how Faiveley Transport Tamworth Limited exposed its workers to uncontrolled and unrestrained exposure to vibrating tools from 2005 to 2015 at their Amington site in Tamworth. Company employees used a number of vibrating tools including sanders and air-fed cutting equipment to refurbish train doors… 


Any work equipment which is suspected of exposing staff to vibration should be subject to a documented risk assessment process. In order to conduct an effective assessment, monitoring should be undertaken to understand how long employees operate particular equipment in a day or week. Once you have an idea of employee exposure, this can then be compared to documented Exposure Action Values (EAV) and Exposure Limit Values (ELV) to determine whether further steps are needed to reduce the risk. A Hand-arm Vibration Exposure Calculator can be found on the HSE website to assist in calculating exposures.


Leeds Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 13 April 2016, the two employees of Karro Foods Ltd were investigating a leak from the roof at the Malton site, which the workers did not realise contained several roof lights. The workers were walking closely together and both stood on the same roof light which consequently fell through due to the weight… 

yle=”color: #45818e;”>SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury. At Southalls we work closely with our clients to ensure that those who perform tasks involving their staff working at height are as planned and prepared as possible. We provide professional advice to mitigate the risks of falls from height, thereby reducing the potential for accidents, prosecution or civil claim.


Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on the 5 July 2017, an employee of Contour Showers Ltd, Winsford, was trying to clear a blockage from a metal cutting saw, when the blade cut through the knuckle of his left index finger damaging the tendon and ligament, such that he was unable to work for 8 months… 


Ensuring suitable guarding is fitted to dangerous machinery is a fundamental, basic health and safety requirement. The manufacturing industry accounts for 8.5% of the UK workforce but 16% of UK reported injuries. At Southalls we work closely with many manufacturers, raising their game in health and safety compliance.


Blackburn Magistrates’ Court was told how, on 13 April 2017, the employee was attempting to remove waste material when his hand became trapped between the conveyor belt and drive roller of a magnetic separator. The incident caused extensive damage to his left forearm, leaving him with a lasting impairment in the use of his arm… 


This is another example of a serious injury arising from contact with moving parts caused by a lack of guarding. In this instance, essential guarding had been removed and not replaced. It is important that where guard removal is required, this is conducted following a permit to work procedure in which the power supply to the machine is isolated and the machine locked off and taken out of use, until such time that the guarding is re-fitted.