The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has played a key role in the prosecution of Leeds-based Onesubsea UK after the firm failed to protect its staff from long-term health risks.
On Monday (December 16th), Leeds Crown Court saw the company plead guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following an investigation by the regulator that highlighted deficiencies in its provision of care to staff between 1999 and 2010.
During this period, several workers were exposed to the prospect of developing hand arm vibration syndrome, as there were no limitations placed on the use of high-powered tools by individuals at its factory on Queen Street, Stourton.
Onesubsea UK was fined GBP52,500 and ordered to pay costs of GBP92,000 as a result of its infringements.
HSE inspector Kate Dixon commented: "A good health surveillance system is vital to detect signs of vibration-related symptoms at an early stage. It is imperative that management then respond actively and appropriately to any such signs."
Posted by Wayne Weir