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Occupational Health Screening Errors Lead To Fines

Posted By Kerry Budworth on 2016-05-19 13:49

Recent court case leads to big fines for two seperate companies. 

Hand Arm Vibration Problems Lead To Fines

Two construction firms who are based in Derbyshire were fined for safety breaches as a result of separate investigations. The investigations were undertaken into reported cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome in their employees.

Regular Exposure To HAV (Hand Arm Vibration)

The Crown Court in Derby was told how employees at Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited were regularly exposed to hand arm vibration (HAV) during the use of a range of vibratory tools. 

Occupational Health Screening Failures

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the activities of both companies found that both companies between 2007 and February 2013, failed to adequately manage the risk to employees from exposure to vibration. These failures included failing to carry out suitable and sufficient occupational health assessments for the risk from vibration. Further, they had not made reasonable estimates of employee’s exposure. Between them the companies were fined £292,000 and ordered to pay costs of £16, 492. 

HAV Risks and Management

Hand arm vibration is a recognised issue within industry and the consequences of exposure are well known. There is no reason for employees to suffer the easily avoidable debilitating effects of excessive hand arm vibration exposure. It is important that risk management measures are put in place to manage the risk of exposure. It is also imperative to provide occupational health screening for employees who are exposed to hand arm vibration during the natural course of their work. 

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