Saturday, 12 September 2015

Essex company fined £17,000 for failure to have statutory inspections carried out

Welsted Joinery Ltd of South Woodham Ferrers was been fined a total of £17,240 (inc.costs) for repeatedly failing to have statutory checks carried out.
The company failed to have checks done on:
  • Local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system for extracting wood dust and 
  • Lifting equipment on its rider operated trucks

Previous enforcement notices had been issued on these matters and others over a period of ten years identified in a number of inspection visits to the company.
The HSE inspector said:
“This case sends out a clear message that HSE will prosecute when Inspectors find serious health and safety failings particularly when previous enforcement and advice has been provided. This year HSE is targeting the woodworking industry because of the significant health risks associated with wood dust exposure. I strongly urge such businesses to consult the HSE website for further information to ensure that control of exposure is managed and their statutory duties are complied with”.

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