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HIRE COMPANY PROSECUTED OVER DANGEROUS PRACTICES

Unsafe working practices and failure to take action lands hire company in court

Rapid Hire (Swindon) Ltd of Swindon has been fined for continuing unsafe working practices and ignoring safety warnings from HSE.

Chippenham Magistrates Court heard (15 May) that HSE served four Improvement Notices on the company on 12 October 2011 for failing to provide adequate training for operators of forklift trucks and telehandlers and failing to provide proper inspections for equipment that was available for hire.

The purpose of the Notices was to protect employees and customers from potential injury. An HSE inspector returned to the company three months later to check compliance and discovered that dangerous practices were continuing and three of the Notices had been ignored.

Defendant blatantly ignored warnings enforcement notices

Rapid Hire, of 14 Devizes Road, Swindon, SN1 4BH, was found guilty of three separate breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to comply with the notices.

The company was fined a total of £800 and ordered to pay £1,215.95 in costs.

Speaking after the prosecution, HSE inspector Ian Whittles said:

“Rapid Hire blatantly ignored warnings and the Improvement Notices served to them, neglecting its duty of care to its employees and customers.

Even though there were no reported incidents, serious safety breaches continued and these could easily have resulted in serious injury.”

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