Derby Crown Court has heard how safety breaches at two construction firms caused several cases of carpel tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration problems.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that employees were regularly in contact with vibratory machines. These machines were used to assemble and service crushers and screeners.
The HSE told the court that both companies had failed to appropriately risk assess the use of vibratory machinery and the length of vibration exposure by employees in handling these tools.
The court fined the first company £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,246 after pleading guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 . The second firm was fined £280,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,246 after also pleading guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 .
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Edward Walker said “There is a well-known health risk associated with exposure to hand arm vibration and it is important that measures are put in place to manage the risk. Exposure to hand arm vibration can cause debilitating affects which could have been avoided.”
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