30 Jul 2014

HEALTH & SAFETY WARNING

H&S warning after fatal fall

A logistics business has been prosecuted and fined £250,000 by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a sub-contracted worker fell through its warehouse roof, killing him.

Aramex (UK) Ltd engaged Gary Edwards, a roofing contractor, and his employee, Michael Sweet, to fix a leak and to clean out its warehouse guttering.

The HSE prosecuted both Aramex and Mr Edwards after an investigation found that no safety measures had been put in place.

Aramex were found to have ignored its own health and safety guidelines, and failed to supervise the work or assess how it would be carried out, despite knowing that the roof was fragile. Mr Edwards had provided Mr Sweet with just a pair of gloves as safety equipment for cleaning the warehouse roof.

Aramex and Mr Edwards each pleaded guilty to single breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Aramex was fined £250,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £20,000. Mr Edwards received a four-month prison sentence suspended for one year.

While the death of an employee is tragic, a fine or prison sentence could be a massive problem for your business. As this case highlights, you can still be held responsible and prosecuted by the HSE even if an employee killed or injured isn’t one of your own.

It’s essential that you have a safe working environment for your employees, anyone you have hired to work on your premises, your customers and members of the public.

To uphold your legal duty to protect the health and safety of anyone who could be affected by your work, you need to undertake a suitable and sufficient assessment of risk and take any actions to control any identified risks.

Without an effective risk assessment, your chances of defending yourself against prosecution and civil action in the event of an accident will be extremely low.

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1 comment:

  1. It's something we have to keep improving as a business because the safety is one of the most important thing to work on, thanks for the help

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