Two partners in a construction firm have been fined for failing to adequately control the risk to its employees from exposure to vibration when using vibrating tools.
These employees worked at various construction sites using vibrating tools without adequate control. As a result, an employee who had been working at the company for 12 years suffered significant ill-health from hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that on, or before the 15 January 2020, the company failed to adequately assess the risk to employees from exposure to vibration. They did not have appropriate measures to control exposure or place employees under suitable health surveillance to monitor their condition.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Leah Sullivan said: “This was a case of the company completely failing to grasp the importance of hand-arm vibration syndrome health surveillance...".
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