Norfolk company prosecuted after risk assessment failure
Posted by Ben Alexander
The owner of a Norfolk aggregate site has been prosecuted after failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for moving rail wagons without a locomotive.
Sibelco Ltd in Leziate was handed a £10,000 fine and ordered to pay £10,203 in costs after it breached Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The Health and Safety Executive found that, while a risk assessment had been completed, it was unclear and did not address all of the dangers associated with the work.
HSE inspector Steven Gill said: "This prosecution underlines the importance of companies suitably assessing and controlling risks associated with workplace transport - whatever form this takes.
Although in this case a risk assessment had been carried out, it was not deemed to be suitable and sufficient."
Recently, the HSE warned farmers about the importance of protecting their wellbeing while using machinery at work.
The organisation emphasised how a Shropshire man was killed when trying to operate a faulty bale wrapping machine, and it has called on all businesses to check their products have effective safety features.
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