The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has played a key role in the prosecution of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council after it emerged that a number of local authority staff are now suffering from long-term health conditions due to unsafe practices.
Christina Goddard, investigating inspector for HSE, said: "Wirral Council failed to take action to prevent damage caused by vibrating tools, with the result that 29 workers now suffer from a debilitating condition."
One worker, 49-year-old head green keeper at Hoylake Golf Course now suffers from Hand Arm Vibration syndrome after years of working with vibrating machinery, including strimmers and mowers.
As such, the council has been fined GBP 25,000 after pleading guilty to a numerous breaches of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
Elsewhere, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council was recently fined GBP 20,000 after an employee suffered a severe electrical shock when he struck a mains cable while using a jackhammer without proper training to do so.
Posted by Verity Taylor