Haulier fined £44,000 after worker severely injured
Building materials company Tudor Griffiths has been fined £44,000 after it failed to keep fixed guards in place on moving machinery at a quarry, causing serious injuries to an employee’s arm.
Telford Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 9 December 2016, a new employee at the haulage operator was injured on his first day working at the quarry when his arm got caught and dragged into the “nip point” between the conveyor belt and rotating tail drum. He needed multiple skin graft operations and now has permanent scarring on his arm.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company had failed to ensure that the fixed guards were effective to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery, despite this risk having been identified several months before the incident.
The firm, based in Wood Lane, Ellsmere, Shropshire pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety Executive Act 1974 and was also ordered to pay costs of £2,866. Following the hearing, HSE inspector Simon Edwards said: “This could have easily been prevented and the risk should have been identified.
“Entanglement in conveyor systems is a significant cause of serious incidents in the quarry industry. Quarry operators should make sure they properly assess and apply effective control measures to minimise the risk from dangerous parts of machinery.”
End of life for failing haulier
Blackburn-based Hesketh Transport Services has had its O-licence revoked for multiple failings including the discovery that its transport manager had been working elsewhere.
In a written decision following a public inquiry (PI) in Warrington in December 2018, North West traffic commissioner (TC) Simon Evans disqualified nominated transport manager Julie Hesketh, saying it was likely that over a period of years she had ceased to be actively involved with the business working instead as an end-of-life specialist nurse.
Her husband, sole trader David Hesketh, had a standard national O-licence, granted in November 1993. In August 2017, he took on a self-employed driver and a vehicle was sourced on a lease-hire contract.
However, on 2 October 2017 enforcement officers stopped the truck and issued delayed prohibitions for a loose wheel nut. They discovered drivers’ hours infringements, as well as an AdBlue cheat device fitted.
A subsequent investigation by a DVSA examiner in October 2017 found failures to download driver cards in a timely manner, incomplete downloading, an absence of systems to manage the Working Time Directive, no proper induction arrangements for new drivers, and a failure by the operator to come to terms with digital tachographs.
Maintenance enquiries by a DVSA examiner in July 2018 uncovered a stretching of preventive maintenance frequencies, inadequate and incomplete record keeping and an absence of records for vehicles no longer on the licence. Also, undertakings following a 2008 PI, requiring quarterly roller brake tests and an independent audit of maintenance arrangements, had not been met.