Newport Crown Court has fined a pipe manufacturing firm a total of £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £27,724 after pleading guilty to offences under Regulations 5,6,7, and 8 of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated several reported cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) at the Newport based company.
The HSE told the court that the firm failed to provide any health and welfare screening or adequate risk assessments for employees between April 2014 and July 2015.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Joanne Carter stated: “The serious and irreversible risks from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome caused by work with vibrating tools are well known and guidance has been in place since the early 1990s. This case shows there is no excuse for not putting in place a management system which includes risk assessment, control measures, health surveillance and information and training to reduce these risks to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.”