HSE reminds employers of workplace responsibilities

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a reminder to employers to take proper care of their staff following two incidents in Mansfield which threatened employee safety as a result of accidents at work.

SDC Trailers Ltd and SDC Parts and Services Ltd were fined £2,600 and required to meet legal costs of a case at Mansfield Magistrate Court.

The two companies pleaded guilty to breaching Health and Safety legislation and were found to be in contravention of Regulation 3(1)a of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Specifically, the firms failed to make a "suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees in relation to the unloading of trailers containing lorry tyres and wheel and tyre assemblies."

Injuries sustained in the unloading of trailers, including a fractured knee and a crush injuries in another instance, were said to be the company’s liability.

HSE inspector Maureen Kingman said: "The unloading of trailers in which loads have not been properly secured places those involved at considerable risk.

"The outcome of these incidents – the injuries and the subsequent fine – reminds us that the results can be serious for people and for businesses that fail to comply with their health and safety duties."

The HSE has sought to publicise some of the risks involved in the workplace with its Shattered Lives campaign, which focuses on the potentially devastating consequences of slips, trips and falls in corporate environments.

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