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Mist exposure 'highlights need for safety signs'

3rd November 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

A Barnsley company has been fined after employees were exposed to hazardous materials, illustrating the importance of safety signs. Koyo Bearings (Europe) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £15,280 costs at Barnsley magistrates court, following incidents which occurred between December 2007 and May 2008. During this period, employees at the company were exposed to a metalworking fluid mist, which was being emitted from more than 100 metalwork machines on the premises. Breathing in the mist had been proved to cause occupational asthma and extrinsic allergic alveolitis and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the verdict proves that working practices at the firm were "inadequate and dangerous". The HSE recently warned companies that safety signs should always be used whenever there is a hazard present in an area of their premises, in order to prevent a potential disaster.


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