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    FIRM FAILED TO ‘ENGAGE’ WITH HSE INSPECTORS

    Company and director omitted to take action on Improvement Notices

    Glamping Cocoon Ltd and its director Nicholas Oaten have both been sentenced for failing to comply with health and safety legislation after being served with Improvement Notices in March 2017.

    Beverley Magistrates heard how the company was subject to an unannounced inspection as part of a targeted campaign of the woodworking sector. HSE issued Improvement Notices requiring various matters to be rectified within a certain time.

    Notice deadlines extended on three occasions

    Following three extensions to the improvement notices, two notices remained outstanding months after the expiry date despite HSE attempts to work with the company to support improvements.

    An Improvement Notice relating to the assessment of risk to employees from exposure to noise remains outstanding.

    • Glamping Cocoon Ltd – of Barmston Road, Beverley was found guilty to breaching Section 33 (1) (g) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £5506 in costs
    • Nicholas Oaten – of High Street, North Ferriby was found guilty to breaching Section 33 (1) (g) by Section 37 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Mr Oaten was fined £2640 and ordered to pay £5506 in costs

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Louise Redgrove commented:

    “Failure to engage with HSE exposes both employees and the business to risk. In this case health risks to employees from noise were not assessed or managed and the business will have to pay a substantial fine.

    The Company and director should have taken on board all the assistance available to them from HSE or obtained competent advice elsewhere.

    HSE will assist small companies but where there is a disregard for the law, specifically the requirements of Improvement Notices, prosecution will be sought”

     

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