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LACK OF THOROUGH EXAMINATIONS PENALISED

Exhaust systems and lifting equipment neglected for ten years

Welsted Joinery Ltd has been fined a total of £15,000 for repeatedly failing to ensure that local exhaust ventilation (LEV) systems for extracting wood dust and lifting equipment on its rider operated trucks were thoroughly examined.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard that 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.

Ignoring advice on serious risks will be prosecuted

Welsted Joinery Ltd of South Woodham Ferrers Essex pleaded guilty to two breaches of Regulation 9(3) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and one breach of Regulation 9(2) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.

It was fined £5000 for each offence and ordered to pay total costs of £2240.50

HSE inspector Saffron Turnell 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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