Safety helmets failed to meet EN shock absorption standard
It has been reported by the Northampton Herald and Post that builders’ merchants Jewson Limited has been fined £14,000 for selling hard hats which failed to meet safety standards.
The prosecution was brought by Northamptonshire Trading Standards and heard at Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday 21st Oct 2013.
The hard hats are reported to have failed a test against Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002 and found not to comply with the shock absorption test in EN 397. The helmets stated “complies with : EN397” and were imported from China.
Northamptionshire County Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage told the Herald:
“I’m pleased that Trading Standards have investigated and prosecuted this case. It is impossible for users to detect this kind of issue for themselves and therefore it is vital that our officers proactively monitor the safety of products on sale. All manufacturers and importers need to carry out regular testing to ensure their products meet safety standards.
We are always willing to work with our county businesses to ensure that they are fully compliant with applicable regulations and safety codes. We firmly believe in being proactive and supporting our communities”