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Oxfordshire Ales fined for failing to prevent unsafe work at height

2nd October 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Oxfordshire Ales has been sentenced after failing to take satisfactory action to stop unsafe work at height.

The company was warned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in May 2010, but subsequent visits in November and then February 2011 found that little had changed.

As a result, the firm was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £8,623 in costs for breaching section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulation 6 (3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Recently, the HSE introduced a consultation on the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), which aims to remove the need to report cases where information is of little use.

HSE inspector Stephen Manley said: "The improvements were necessary in order to protect workers from injury and prevent falls, yet the company took far too long to take appropriate action."

Mr Manley went on to say that, while no workers were hurt, the risks could have been rectified much sooner.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801461293-ADNFCR


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