Car sales company and an Occupational Health & Safety Consultants, were both sentenced for safety breaches after a worker developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
An investigation by the HSE found that the car sales company had failed to adequately assess and control the risk to SMART repairers. Following the diagnosis, they took no action to protect the employee from further damage and his condition was not reported to the authorities in line with legal requirements.
The safety consultants instructed to provide HAVS health surveillance for employees failed to provide suitable and accurate advice to the employer or to inform the employee of the results of the health surveillance, even when specifically requested to do so.
The car sales company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 8 of The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 and has been fined £140,000 and ordered to pay £7,658.67 in costs. The Safety Consultants pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and has been fined £4,000 and was ordered to pay £8,716.17 in costs.