The call for greater vigilance comes from Herefordshire Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards after prosecuting a company for failing to comply with the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations1998.
FJ Williams of Hay, Hereford Road, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire pleaded guilty to charges brought by the council last week (24 August 2012). These charges related to an accident that took place last year which resulted in an employee suffering injury whilst cutting short strips of wood on a Dominion circular/rip saw. The saw was found to be non compliant with health and safety legislation and the company was fined a total of £4,500 in respect of two separate offences under Health and Safety regulations together with costs of £4,128.
Mike Pigrem, acting head of consumer and business protection, said: “FJ Williams of Hay took prompt action to address safety matters relating to the Dominion circular saw and have demonstrated their commitment to health and safety in continuing to review their work practices and equipment.
“Prosecution is normally a last resort, but in serious matters especially where the health and safety of employees is at risk, then formal action is likely to ensue. The health and wellbeing of Herefordshire’s population is a prime consideration for this service.”
The council is urging all employers to make sure that all equipment used by employees for work is safe to use and suitably maintained in line with health and safety legislation. If in doubt, advice and support is available at 01432 261761.