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Firm ignored safety risks for years

17th December 2013 | Warning Signs

A Leeds firm that manufactures machinery parts for the oil and gas industry has been prosecuted after allowing 24 workers to develop health issues, ignoring warning signs for over a decade.

Onesubsea UK Ltd was found to have failed to take any steps to prevent hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) in its employees. Symptoms of the condition, caused by using power tools, were found in 24 of the firm’s workers.

Some employees had developed these symptoms as far back as the 1990s, but the firm had taken no action to reduce the risks of developing the condition.

Onesubsea pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £52,500 and ordered to pay £92,000 in costs.

HSE inspector Kate Dixon said: “Onesubsea UK Ltd did not comply with their statutory duties for a period of several years despite being aware of the risks. A number of workers are now paying the price.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801673300-ADNFCR


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