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Firm owner sentenced after employees suffer from lead poisoning

6th February 2014 | Warning Signs

Three employees at LDB Light Alloys Ltd, a Nottinghamshire firm, became seriously ill after being exposed to dangerous amounts of lead. The firms owner has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a result.

The conditions at the company, owned by Laurence Dennis Brown, were so bad that the HSE immediately served it with a prohibition notice to halt all activity due to the safety risks.

Employees were not provided with satisfactory extraction systems, personal protective equipment, or respiratory protection. No air monitoring or medical surveillance was provided to test whether they were being exposed to too much lead.

In terms of hygiene and rest facilities, the employees were provided with an old caravan contaminated with lead. Water had to be fetched from a hand washing area in the workshop, contaminated with yet more lead, using old milk cartons that were unsurprisingly found to also contain lead.

Employees were not informed of the effects of lead or how to recognise the symptoms of over-exposure, which could have easily been done with simple warning signs.

Mr Brown pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £35,000 costs, and was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801690672-ADNFCR


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