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Hughes Forrest Ltd prosecution

Posted on : 31 Jul 2019

 Hughes Forrest Ltd prosecution
Builders merchant Hughes Forrest has been fined following an incident in June 2018 at its Pontllanfraith premises in which an employee sustained severe injuries when retrieving goods from racking.
The prosecution was brought by the Environmental Health team of Caerphilly County Borough Council following an in depth investigation.
At Newport Magistrates Court on 25th July 2019, the company entered a guilty plea to the following five offences:
  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Section 2 (2) (c) - Failure to provide new employees with Induction Training or with job specific health and safety training
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation (1) - Failure to provide employees operating fork lift trucks with fork lift truck training and relevant refresher training.
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Regulation 3 (1) (a) & (b) - Failure to make a suitable assessment of the risks posed from loading/unloading racking.
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Regulations 17(1) - Failure to organise the external yard area in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate in a safe manner.
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulation 9(3)(a)(i) - Failure to thoroughly examine the fork lift trucks used in association with the working platform on a six monthly basis.

The company were ordered to pay a fine of £40,000 with costs of £3,370.44 and a victim surcharge of £170. 
Cabinet member for the Environment Cllr Eluned Stenner said, “We take all reports of accidents reported to the council very seriously and investigate them thoroughly. This was a serious incident involving a person becoming injured as a result of a failure to implement policies and procedures and I am pleased that the court has reflected this in the fine”.

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