9 O-licence applications and decisions that caught our eye this week - 4 December 2018

Travis Perkins

Billy Miller Contractor and Plant Hire can base nine vehicles and six trailers at Ardviot Farm, Lossiemouth. It can also remove from its licence its operating centre at Westerside, Rathven, Buckie.

D McGhee & Sons has been given the go-ahead for one vehicle at a facility in Glenfield Place, Kilmarnock.

Montgomery Transport has been granted authorisation for 10 vehicles and 10 trailers at the P&O Ferries site, Port of Cairnryan, Stranraer.

Sandy Allan (Blacksmiths) can station four vehicles and five trailers at Lady Victoria Yard, Newtongrange, Dalkeith.

Curries Removals and Storage has been given the green light for two vehicles at a site in Callander Road, Ayr.

DHL Supply Chain can base eight vehicles and four trailers at the Mutch Tayside site on the Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate, Dundee.

Motus Group (UK) has been given authorisation for one vehicle and one trailer at Hawkshead Quarry in Sutton, Macclesfield.

Travis Perkins can locate seven vehicles and one trailer at an operating centre in Watery Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.

J&J Ward has been granted permission for five vehicles and five trailers at the F Brown (Carlisle) site in Cardewlees, Carlisle.

Lack of risk assessment results in company fines

Two companies, Ortec BV and Mechantech, have been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries after falling from a warehouse racking system.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 1 February 2016, recommissioning work of a warehouse racking system was being carried out at premises on Stopgate Lane, Simonswood, Merseyside. While working on the project, a worker fell 10m from the top of the racking system onto the concrete floor.

An HSE investigation found there was no safe system of work in place as none of the workers had safety harnesses and there were no physical barriers to prevent anyone from falling. Also, Mechantech had not undertaken any risk assessment for working at height, incorrectly assuming that main contractor Ortec BV had done so.

Ortec BV of Zoetermeer in the Netherlands pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £300,000. Mechantech of Rossington, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to a similar offence and was fined £36,666.