Preventing access to dangerous moving machinery is 'vital'
Posted by Ben Alexander
It is vital for companies to ensure that they prevent access to dangerous moving machinery, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged.
Site managers may decide to use more safety signs as a means of warning employees about hazardous appliances, after a Lincolnshire quarry owner was fined by the HSE for using unsafe machinery.
Andrew Freeman failed to adhere to a legal notice that forbade the use of improperly maintained guard and sand plant until it was made safer for workers.
HSE inspector Jo Anderson said: "By failing to maintain the guards or, worse still, provide any at all, Mr Freeman was putting himself and his employees at risk."
Ms Anderson also noted that Mr Freeman showed a blatant disregard for health and safety.
The importance of the HSE was recently underlined by a mother of a man who suffered a fatal accident in a chimney fire.
County Durham resident Linda Whelan told the Northern Echo that cutting the HSE's funding would lead to devastating consequences.
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