Each month the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a particular focus. We look at what is happening in November as well as some key prosecutions in this month’s HSE update.
In November, the HSE is expected to maintain its focus on inspections within the construction industry, particularly in relation to Covid-Secure workplaces. As many construction firms continue to operate at near-to or full capacity during the second national lockdown, their management of coronavirus-related risk should remain as a top priority.
Prosecutions in October covered separate incidents involving one fatality and three major life changing injuries, including one at a construction firm. These prosecutions led to fines exceeding a total of £700,000.
Commonly identified issues in these cases were lack of training, poor planning, poor management, and insufficient safety checks.
This was evident in the case heard at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, where an employer’s failure to assess LGV-related risk left an employee with fatal injuries. Although the company did have systems of work in place, it was found that these were outdated, further compromising the safety of their staff.
To avoid a situation like this, it is vital to consider whether your managers are suitably trained to carry out Risk Assessments? If you do have safety checks in place, are they being carried out by people who would be deemed competent?
Remember that the HSE can, and will, prosecute based on any serious near misses. Even if no injury has occurred, you could still end up with a fine or worse.
AHR Consultants can act as your competent person and help prevent accidents in your workplace. This includes the provision of suitable evidence that helps to portray procedures as both reasonable and practical.